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Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A850. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the viewfinder and usability are overall positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. The flash and portability get mixed opinions, while there are some less positive opinions about the control panel and video.

performance, image quality, price, usability, viewfinder

video, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and lens. The usability and performance are also appreciated, but comments about the viewfinder and sensor are mixed. Many are less positive about the portability.

price, performance, usability, lens, size

portability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 BodySony Alpha DSLR-A850 Body

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The image quality and performance also get good comments, whereas there are some negative reviews about the screen and size.

usability, performance, image quality, portability, durability

size, screen

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Alpha DSLRA850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)Sony Alpha DSLRA850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Quick Review

 

This is the first camera to be reviewed using our new 'Quick Review' format. From now on we will be using this format for cameras that are in terms of operation close and in terms of image quality fundamentally identical to either their predecessors or...

Class-leading resolution (as long as your lenses are good enough) Very solid build quality, environmental sealing Intuitive operation and uncluttered control and menu system Excellent out of camera JPEG results with superb tonality, dynamic range,...

Noise reduction settings applied to raw as well as JPEG files - cannot be 'turned off for raw but left on for JPEGs' (as is normal practice) Relatively high levels of noise at anything over ISO 400 (ISO 6400 is of very, very limited use) JPEGs a little...

For this Quick review we ran some basic studio tests to confirm the A850's image quality is as good as identical to the A900's. On the previous pages of this article we have described all specification and performance differences between the two...

May, 2010

Expert review by: William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Sony DSLR-A850 Review

 

Sony has created a professional grade dSLR model that challenges the competition with it's $1999.95 price point for a full frame dSLR, with image quality and resolution rivalling far more expensive camera models. If you want the highest resolution...

Superb Pro Level Build Quality with Weather Sealing; Very Comfortable size and weight for a body of this caliber; Lower Price point than competing full frame models; Unsurpassed resolution in a dSLR, regardless of price; Superb High Resolution LCD;...

Slight higher noise than competing models shooting JPEG; Slower (3fps) frame rate compared to higher priced dSLR models; Not as many AF points as some Pro Grade cameras ; Bottom Line ; Sony has created a professional grade dSLR model that challenges...

Sony has created a professional grade dSLR model that challenges the competition with it's $1999.95 price point for a full frame dSLR, with image quality and resolution rivalling far more expensive camera models. If you want the highest resolution...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Quick Review

 

When the Sony DSLR-A900 was introduced in September 2008 it looked like an incredibly good deal: a full-frame DSLR with a weather-sealed pro body and a whopping 24.6 million pixels ...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Sony A850 DSLR

 

An overall assessment of the Sony A850 Digital SLR is that it is very good, even with the pros and cons. The pros are as follows: 1) this is the most affordable full frame 24-megapixel camera currently available; 2) it produces sharp images and...

Amazing- most affordable full-framed 24.6-megapixel digital SLRFull-fledged- too many features to list, most of which enhance imagesDurable- magnesium-allow body safely resists wear, tear, and dustVersatile- produces sharp images with excellent dynamic...

Suffers- noisy images at high-ISO, slow shooting speeds

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is yet another stunning camera developed by...

Jun, 2010

Highly Recommended

Expert review by: Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A850 Review

 

Boasting no less than 24.6 megapixels, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is the highest-resolution and crucially cheapest full-frame DSLR camera in the world. Sony have differentiated the A850 in price from the more expensive A900 by reducing the size of the...

The Sony A850 is virtually identical to the A900 for significantly less money, with the only concessions to price being the slightly smaller viewfinder coverage, slower burst shooting mode and the lack of a remote control in the box. We're a little...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: dcworld (digitalcameraworld.com)

Sony Alpha 850 review video

 

A look at all the main features of Sony's full-frame DSLR with sample pictures In this guide to the best D-SLRs on the market, Ali Jennings from Digital Camera takes a look at the Sony Alpha 850, the full-frame DSLR to rival the Canon 5D Mark II and...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Review

 

Although slightly less capable than its older sibling, the A850 offers just about everything I liked about the A900 including a slew of sophisticated features that make it easy to capture great images. Its 24 megapixel sensor provides plenty of...

The most affordable full-frame, 24 megapixel camera on the market, Excellent resolution, sharp images (when used with a high end lens), Natural color reproduction, Sophisticated feature set providing extensive user controls, Effective Dynamic Range...

High end lenses can cost as much as, or more than, the camera, 3 fps continuous shooting is below average for current DSLRs, High ISO performance could-and should-be better/less noisy, Proprietary hotshoe so you need an adapter to use other flash...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

Sony’s Alpha A850; 24MP In A Full-Frame D-SLR

 

Much has been made of the difference in image quality between so-called full-frame and APS-C-sized sensors. There's no doubt that full frame offers more freedom to crop and make, all things being equal, higher quality enlargements, and especially the...

I would suggest that there be a blinkie-only display, as that's how I and other folks I know handle their exposure in the field, relying on the blinkies to notify of dangerous overexposure. The way it is set up now has the blinkie image way too small

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Eric Reagan (photographybay.com)

Sony A850 and A900

 

The Sony A850 and A900 are full frame cameras that pack in 24.6-megapixels on that big sensor. The cameras appear at the top-end of the Alpha system line up. At first blush, the A850 appears almost identical to the pricier Sony A900. After delving...

With overall solid performances from both the A900 and A850, Sony has made a powerful entrance into the full frame realm. I think the A850 and its $2000 price tag would have been a better entry point for Sony to come into the full frame semi-pro realm....

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Buy-n-Shoot.com (buy-n-shoot.com)

Sony Alpha 850 DSLR Digital Camera Review

 

Sony crashed the Full-Frame DSLR party in late 2008 when they released its A900. With its 24.6 megapixel CMOS sensor, Sony set the highest resolution of its class and has only now been equalled by a competitor with Nikon's D3x. Now a year and a half...

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:35.9 x 24.0 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera

Lens

Bayonet Compatibility:Sony alpha / Konica-Minolta
Camera Mount:Sony Alpha
Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: Yes
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: Yes
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: No
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FM500H
Battery Type:Sony NP-FM500H

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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