Summary: If you are a photographer, not someone necessarily interested in being or becoming a videographer, then i would highly recommend this camera. Its true, it has no live view and that ISO above 1600 is probably not really usable. What it does bring to the table, however is a full frame sensor, excellent form and function for a stills camera, and an ease of use and degree of instant familiarity that make it an absolute joy to use.
Summary: Probably the best price per megapixel camera on the market (including the used market) there is. This one was exactly as advertised and provides a 24MP full frame camera at 1/2 to 1/3 of the going rate for new. Great deal. Mates well with the one I already had.
Summary: I'm a portrait and wedding photographer and I bought this A850 as a second-camera to use with my Sony A99 (which I also love). The A850 was the last of Sony's great traditional digital SLR bodies. It has a magnificent optical viewfinder, brilliantly designed ergonomics (I like the positioning of buttons on the A850 better even than on the A99), and most important, takes fantastic pictures.
Summary: A wonderful camera. Well made, simple to use and reliable. It has an optical viewfinder which Sony no longer makes in the DSLR category- but I prefer it to the newer EVF. I am now using this camera almost to the exclusion of my others and have found no drawbacks to it's operation. Highly recommended.
Summary: they don't make it any more. I had a hard time getting a new one after I dropped my first on in a creek :( Sony has just come out with several new cameras, so you may want to look at those rather than pursuing this discontinued model. All the same I was very glad that I was able to find one.
Summary: Being a Minolta fan for some years, I one day discovered that Sony sheared the same lens mount. I found a A850 on Amazon rated as good, but as it came I found it excellent. Since then I've been trying out all my AF Minolta lenses with very good results. I have had the A850-book from David Bush to help me pick out the best choises in the A850's meny, so I'm amazed at the fine pictures, I'm very happy with my Sony Alpha A850.
Summary: As an a700 owner, I knew the ergonomics, button layout, and menu are what I like. The full frame sensor image quality is amazing with a noticeable step up in dynamic range. I have few 80’s Maxxum lenses that possess the pleasing aesthetic quality known as “Minolta Colors“. They are exceedingly robust with astounding craftsmanship and gain an additional exposure value with the a850 in-body image stabilization.
Excerpt: For those set on still photography only, the A850 (based on the A900 platform) is one of the most pure still shooting cameras out there. Externally bristling with controls that naturally fall to the hand and fingers second nature, the A850 is a pleasure to shoot with that only experience with it can enlighten you. The first hand hold of one, you'lll be impressed with how it feels in the hand and falls to it.
Summary: I recently sold my Sony A77 that I bought new to buy a used A850. The A77 is more modern in every way, with incredible features based around its translucent mirror technology. It (the A77) even has about the same 24 MP resolution as the full-frame A850, so why the move from the latest and greatest of 2011 to a stripped-down version of what was already considered a very basic camera in 2008 (A850 is essentially a reduced feature set A900) along with a significant weight...