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Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

CNET
19 April 2014
  • 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.
  • Cons: No video mode; no pop-up flash; not everyone will need the high detail it offers.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Channel5
20 October 2010
  • Conclusion: The a850 is undoubtedly a very good camera, and if you've been waiting for full-frame photography to become affordable, Sony has just answered your prayers. But with the a850 so closely based on the pricier a900, it struggles for an identity of its own, and you're left wondering if there's room for both in Sony's lineup.
  • Pros: That whopper of a sensor is unquestionably the star of the show, and Sony deserves credit for bringing full-frame photography more within the reach of the mass market. D-SLR purists will no doubt approve of the suitably imposing body and large optical viewfinder, but inside the a850 is jam-packed with Sony's increasingly impressive arsenal of digital goodies. Picture quality is broadly impressive too, though not quite a match for its pricier full-frame rivals.
  • Cons: Sony doesn't have any sort of SLR legacy to live up to, so we're quite surprised to see modern touches such as the increasingly obligatory Live View and movie mode not present on the a850. The 3fps maximum frame rate is nothing to write home about either, and the downside of that huge resolution is not only huge file sizes, but the tendency for noise to creep in at lower ISOs than on its rivals.
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Overall 8
7.5

Expert Review

DP Review
17 October 2010
  • 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 of headroom, Almost 100% reliable metering and exposure, In-body image stabilization that works well (around 2 stop advantage), Superb screen and attractive menu system, Excel...
  • 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 to NR visible even at ISO 200) - you really need to shoot raw (and use ACR or similar) to get the best out of the sensor, Top panel LCD very limited compared to all competitors...
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
20 August 2010
  • Excerpt: A step down from Sony's original A900 full-frame offering, the newer A850 is nevertheless almost identical in most areas, but with a significant price reduction, making it the cheapest full-frame camera on the market.
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Sony a850 Review

digitalslrphoto.com
17 June 2010
  • Conclusion: The Alpha 850 is an oddity in the sense that it is virtually identical to the A900. But as we've seen with its consumer models, Sony isn't afraid to release a number of similar cameras if it gains them market share. The fact is, the Alpha 850 is a very tempting proposition, especially when you can find it for £1,500 if you shop around.
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Overall 8
8.4

Sony A850 DSLR: Review

Electronics Made Easy
14 June 2010
  • 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 reproduction; 4) it comes with a wide range of features and options; 5) this model features an effective dynamic range optimizer.
  • 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
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Expert Review

photo.net
6 June 2010
  • 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 or large image buffers. The A850 lacks the video capability.
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Camera Test: Sony Alpha 850

Pop Photo
5 June 2010
  • Excerpt: Just a few years ago, a full-frame DSLR would have set you back as much as a late-model used car. Now, Sony is offering its new 24.6MP Alpha 850 for a cool two grand (body only). And our lab tests revealed image quality close to that of its more expensive sibling, the A900 ($2,700, street, body only). In fact, the A850 scored better on two out of three image-quality factors, although not by a big margin.
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Overall 9
9.0

Sony Alpha 850 Review

digitalslrphoto.com
18 May 2010
  • Conclusion: The Alpha 850 is an oddity in the sense that it is virtually identical to the A900. But as we've seen with its consumer models, Sony isn't afraid to release a number of similar cameras if it gains them market share. The fact is, the Alpha 850 is a very tempting proposition, especially when you can find it for £1,500 if you shop around.
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Sony DSLR-A850

Steve's Digicams
15 April 2010
  • Excerpt: Sony's newest full frame Alpha model, the DSLR-A850 (aka the A850 or Alpha 850) is a powerful dSLR that boasts features that industry professionals demand. These include a high-resolution 24-megapixel CMOS image sensor, fast Dual BIONZ image processor setup, in-body Super SteadyShot image stabilization, weather and dust resistance, dual card slots for CF and MS Duo type media, 9-point AF system, and a broad sensitivity range to name a few.
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