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Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 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. People really like the durability and price. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are mixed views on the shutter and screen, and there are some critical opinions about the control panel and video.

performance, usability, image quality, price, durability

flash, 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 (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 are impressed by the size and lens. The usability and performance also get good feedback. The viewfinder and sensor get mixed reviews, while there are some critical reviews 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

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (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. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The image quality and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts 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)

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Lars Rehm (dpreview.com)

Sony Alpha 850 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...

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...

The Sony DSLR-A850 is the most affordable full-frame DSLR on the market. It's a no-nonsense photographers' camera that delivers excellent image quality at base ISO but cannot quite keep up with the competition at higher sensitivities.

Apr, 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 : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Sony Alpha 850 Test

 

Sony Alpha 850 SLR-Kamera Test : Ein Jahr, nachdem Sony einen Preisdurchbruch bei den Full-Frame DSLR-Kameras durchgesetzt hat, indem sie die Sony Alpha 900 zu einem Kampfpreis eingeführt haben, deutet alles darauf hin, dass Sony dieses Kunststück...

Oct, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Sony Alpha 850 review

 

One year after Sony forced a price-breakthrough for full-frame DSLR cameras by introducing the Sony Alpha 900 at a sharp price, it seems that Sony is about to pull the very same trick again. The new Sony Alpha 850, introduced to the world on the eve of...

Sony's introduction of the Sony A900 last year, managed to shake the renowned professional camera industry to its foundations. At that time, it was quite unbelievable indeed; a high resolution professional DSLR at such a sharp retail price, bringing...

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

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):880
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FM500H

Camera

Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating
Live view: No
Self-timer:2
Self-timer delay:2
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921.600

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash recharging time:N

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Focus:TTL

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:cf, microdrive

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):6048 x 4032
Storage temperature range (T-T):6048 x 4032

Other Features

Camera shutter speed:1/8000 - 30
Digital SLR: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Light exposure rating:1/8000 - 30
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: No

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body
Image sensor size (W x H):1.41 x 0.945
Megapixel:24.6
Sensor Type:CMOS

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.74

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.22
Height:4.61
Weight:30
Width:6.14