Summary: Offering high performance at a relatively low price, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is one of the cheapest ways to enter the world of full-frame photography. If you can afford it, you're unlikely to be disappointed.
Pros: Currently the cheapest 24.6-megapixel full-frame camera available; stunning picture quality; great viewfinder; easy to operate.
Cons: No video mode; no pop-up flash; not everyone will need the high detail it offers.
Summary: The Sony DSLR-A850 is the most affordable full-frame DSLR on the market. It's a no-nonsense photographer's camera that delivers excellent image quality at base ISO but cannot quite keep up with the competition at higher sensitivities.
Pros: 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, color, Excellent raw dynamic range gives lots ...
Cons: 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 soft by default (some loss of detail due t...
Summary: 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 provides excellent resolution; 3) if offers good color...
Pros: Amazing- most affordable full-framed 24.6-megapixel digital SLR, Full-fledged- too many features to list, most of which enhance images, Durable- magnesium-allow body safely resists wear, tear, and dust, Versatile- produces sharp images with excellent dynamic color ranges
Cons: Suffers- noisy images at high-ISO, slow shooting speeds
Conclusion: Overall, the Sony Alpha A850 is a very capable camera capable of yielding very high quality images, especially at lower ISO settings. The frame rate may be a little low at 3 fps and the buffer size may be smaller than some of the competition, but many photographers don’t need either high frame rates...
Summary: Sony certainly took the photography world by surprise when it announced its full-frame, 24 megapixel Alpha A900 DSLR . Perhaps even more interesting is that Sony followed up with the Alpha DSLR-A850 , a sub-$2,000 (body only) version that makes it the least expensive full-frame camera on the market.
Pros: Natural colors, Sophisticated features, Sub $2000 price
Cons: Proprietary hotshoe, Slower 3 fps burst mode, Noisy at high ISO
Summary: If its price point really undercut the competition then it’d be a genius proposition to full-frame hungry consumers. But despite the removal of the in-camera remote, lowering the burst rate and shaving 2% from the viewfinder’s field of view the effective monetary compensation is somewhat paltry.
Pros: Most affordable full-frame DSLR to market, Intelligent Preview
Cons: Too closely priced to a900, Intelligent Preview button poorly placed, auto white balance inconsistent, no in-built flash/live view/video mode
Conclusion: Sony Alpha 850 advanced digital SLR camera 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 the...
Conclusion: It’s hard to call a $1,999 DSLR a great deal, but the Sony alpha DSLR-A850 is one. It’s the cheapest 24.6MP full-frame model available, $700 less than the Sony A900 and six grand less than the 24.5MP Nikon D3x.
Pros: Great 24-megapixel images; intelligent Preview a real aid; built-in image sensor-shift stabilization; tweaks galore
Cons: Still expensive; noise at ISO 1250 and higher; poorly positioned preview button; no built-in flash; it's a must-have add-on; no Live View or HD video
Conclusion: Sony has clearly decided that they want a major slice of the DSLR pie and are pulling out a lot of the stops to make this happen. With the new A850 they are taking no prisoners, undercutting their only real competitor, Canon’s 5D MKII, by 25% in terms of price.