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Packed with innovative features to get the best shot, the rugged Sony A850 DSLR camera features a 35mm full frame 24.6 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that provides a larger capture area, improved wide angle performance, and tighter depth of field control. The A850 also incorporates SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer which actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. Additional features include Dual BIONZ imaging processors for continuous shooting at up to 3 fps, an ultra-bright glass pentaprism viewfinder, 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD display and HDMI output.

Ultra-Fine Images
The camera's Exmor CMOS sensor delivers the photographic expressive power of wide angles and perspective that only a 35 mm full-frame sensor can offer, and is designed to take advantage of the resolving power of high-precision alpha lenses. Its high pixel count and large size provide enhanced image detail and a wider dynamic range for natural color reproduction and subtle tonal gradations.

Image processing gets a boost in speed and power from two BIONZ processing engines. Large amounts of data captured by the 24.6-megapixel sensor can be quickly processed to achieve a fast shooting response. Additionally, this dual BIONZ system applies advanced noise reduction algorithms producing images of exceptional quality and detail, especially at high ISO sensitivities.

The camera's innovative intelligent preview function takes the guesswork out of setting up a shot and the hassle of taking multiple shots to achieve a desired effect.

After pressing the depth of field preview button, the camera grabs a RAW preview image which is processed and displayed on the LCD screen. You can then fine tune white balance, determine the best level and effect of dynamic range optimization, adjust exposure compensation and check histogram data, all before you actually take the picture. Preview images are not recorded on the camera's memory card, thus saving capacity.

The camera's autofocus system features nine sensors with 10 assist points for improved tracking of moving subjects. A center dual cross sensor comprised of two horizontal and two vertical line sensors as well as a dedicated f/2.8 sensor are included to achieve greater precision, especially when using fast-aperture lenses.

Ultra-Bright Viewfinder with 98 Percent Coverage
The ultra-bright viewfinder with 98 percent field of view coverage and 0.74x magnification enables accurate framing and preview. It features a high-power condenser lens, an eyepiece with high reflective-index glass, and a multi-layer, anti-reflective coating on optical surfaces to deliver its extraordinarily bright view.

A mirror box features a parallel-link mirror mechanism that moves on two horizontal axes to accommodate both the large full frame mirror and the body-integrated image stabilization system without increasing the camera's size.

Anti-Shake System for a Full-Frame Sensor
With its body-integrated SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization, the camera achieves an anti-shake effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops. The anti-shake system stabilizes all Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta compatible lenses even wide angle or large aperture lenses.

Versatility to Unleash Creative Possibilities
Other key features aimed to expand creative options include the Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) with five levels of user-selectable correction as well as DRO bracketing for enhanced scene analysis and graduation optimization. EV bracketing with ?2EV range makes it easy to create high dynamic range composite images.

With the camera's HDMI output and Photo TV HD mode, your creative output can be enjoyed on a compatible HD television. This mode brings the look of actual printed photography to the television, by fine-tuning such image parameters as sharpness, gradation, and color reproduction.

The a850 model features a 3-inch (diagonally), Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) making it possible to check focus and image quality with accuracy. It incorporates an easy-to-see display with a quick navigation menu to easily access common functions without interrupting your creative flow. A backlit LCD panel sits on top of the camera and displays key settings.

The camera includes dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, HX series and CompactFlash media.

Optional New All Bright Lens
The choice of full-frame lenses to complement the a850 model is enhanced with the new SAL2875 28-75mm F2.8 SAM lens. This compact, easy-to-carry lens is ideal for photo enthusiasts looking to add a bright, general purpose zoom to their collection of full-frame optics.

Delivering excellent imaging quality at an accessible price, it offers a wide F2.8 aperture over its entire zoom range. Ideal for day-to-day shooting tasks, its bright constant aperture makes the 28-75mm F2.8 SAM particularly valuable for depth-of-field control and available-light portraits.

Expanded Creativity
Enjoy unlimited creativity and image control thanks to Intelligent Preview which allows you to adjust exposure and white balance. You can also fine-tune contrast, saturation, sharpness and brightness to achieve the precise tonalities and artistic effects your creativity requires.

System Flexibility
Brilliantly capture your subject and expand your creativity with an unlimited range of accessories. From lenses and flashes to filters and grips, the A850 offers solutions to satisfy even the most demanding photographer.

Extraordinary Durability
The finest build quality to match the finest in imaging. The a A850 is constructed of a rugged and lightweight magnesium-alloy body for durability, while the moisture and dust-resistant design make this DSLR camera safe to use in a variety of environments.

35mm full frame 24.6MP Exmor CMOS image sensor
The A850 features a 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor that is approximately 2.35x larger than the APS-C sized sensors found in many DSLR cameras. The result is a larger capture area, improved wide angle performance, and tighter depth of field control. In addition, its 24.6MP resolution maximizes the resolving power of your existing lenses and delivers sharper, higher contrast photos.

SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
Building on years of expertise, Sony has developed the world's first body-integrated image stabilization solution for a full frame DSLR1. The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to as many as four shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible a system lenses.

Dual BIONZ processors for up to fast 3fps performance
The a harnesses the power of Dual BIONZ image processing engines to deliver true-to-life images with ultra-low noise and continuous shooting at up to 3 fps.

3.0-Inch Xtra Fine LCD (921k pixels)
Review your images in stunning detail on the 3.0? Xtra Fine LCD4 display (921k pixels). With photo-quality resolution of 270ppi (pixels per inch), you can identify any necessary focus or exposure corrections at the time of capture, rather than discovering them when you transfer your images to your PC.

Ultra bright, 98% coverage glass pentaprism view finder
A large, ultra bright glass pentaprism viewfinder provides you with amazing clarity and high optical performance for tighter focus control. In addition, it offers viewfinder magnification of 0.74x, allowing you to see an image nearer to its actual size, as well as 98% field coverage for detailed framing work.

Intelligent Preview Function
The Intelligent Preview function allows you to see the effects of manual adjustments to exposure value, shutter speed, aperture, Dynamic Range Optimizer and White Balance before you take the shot, so you can determine the optimum settings before you take the shot, instead of losing time to trial-and-error.

Rugged magnesium alloy shell
The body of the A850 is entirely covered in a die-cast magnesium alloy shell, providing a rugged feel and surprisingly lightweight.

PhotoTV HD viewing w/HDMI output
The A850 provides direct HDMI output to your BRAVIA HDTV and other compatible HDTV screens, so you can view and share photos in breathtaking clarity and detail Additionally, PhotoTV HD capable BRAVIA HDTVs will automatically optimize display settings, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display your images in a way that more closely matches the natural look of printed photographs.

Precise and fast 9-point AF system w/ 10 point assist
A high-performance autofocus system uses 9 focus points (center dual-cross type) and 10 assist points to deliver fast and precise focusing.

Battery Performance
A supplied InfoLITHIUM lithium-ion battery provides long-lasting performance, allowing you to capture approximately 880 images on a single charge.

Moisture/dust-resistant design
Sealed viewfinder optics and rubber gasket surrounds on all buttons, dials, and switches help resist the entry of dust and moisture into the camera, and allow for safe use in a wide range of environments.

Anti-Dust Technology
Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to help keep the CMOS imager cleaner for better pictures, the Sony a; (alpha) DSLR-A850 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the sensor to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

40-Segment Multi-Pattern Metering
A 40-segment multi-pattern metering system provides superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions.

Durable Shutter Design
The shutter mechanism in the A850 is designed to achieve shutter speeds up to 1/8000 seconds and proven for 100,000 cycle operation.

Dual Card Slots
The A850 features a dual card slots and accepts both CompactFlash and Memory Stick Duo Media (sold separately).

Dual Noise Reduction Processing
In addition to digitizing analog signals, the full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor also performs both analog and digital noise reduction. This on-chip dual noise reduction process aids in the high speed transfer of noiseless digital signals.

Dynamic Range Optimizer
To recover details in dark or bright areas of the image, the A850 provides multiple levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Standard mode, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves; Advanced Auto mode, allowing you to select any of 5 DRO correction levels, or DRO Advanced Bracketing, which automatically takes three shots at different DRO levels with a single shutter press.

On-Chip Column A/D Conversion
Analog-to-digital signal conversion is performed by the full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor.

APS-C Size Capturing
In addition to full frame image capture, the a850 can also crop images to the APS-C size format, allowing the use of lenses designed specifically for APS-C sized image sensors.

Updated Image Data Converter SR3
Updated Image Data Converter SR3 software improves your workflow with faster RAW file processing and improved image correction.

AF Micro Adjustment
AF Micro Adjustment allows you to fine tune focus for various lenses. The a850 can store adjusted focus values for up to thirty lenses.

F2.8 Sensor
The autofocus system in the a850 features a highly accurate F2.8 sensor for improved focus precision when using lenses faster than F2.8.

Eyepiece Shutter
The a850 includes a built-in eyepiece shutter which can be shut to help shield against entering light and prevent exposure errors.

2EV Exposure Bracketing (3 exposures)
The a850 allows you to bracket up to three exposures in 2.0EV-step increments.

Viewfinder magnification of 0.74x
Viewfinder magnification of 0.74x lets you see your subjects nearer to actual size.

Mirror Lockup Mode
Mirror Lockup Mode raises the main mirror before exposure to reduce vibration at shutter release, resulting in better performance during long exposure shots of fireworks, stars, etc.

Remote Camera Control
Remote Camera Control allows you to control your a850 from your PC.

Optional Focusing Screens (sold separately)
User-replaceable focusing screens for shooting specific subject types can be purchased as optional accessories.

Image Data Lightbox Software
The Image Data Lightbox software included with your Sony a DSLR helps you browse, rate, and compare your images, making it easier to select your favorites for further processing.

Rubberized Grip
Sony drew upon its extensive experience designing and building heavy professional broadcasting camcorders to develop a rubberized grip that allows you to hold the a850 with comfort and confidence.

Convenient Button Placement
Concentrate on your shooting and make adjustments on the fly thanks to convenient button placement. The ISO and White Balance adjustment buttons are located on the top of the camera body near the shutter button for easy thumb operation.

Picture Motion Brower (PMB) Software
Sony Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software provides a simple and intuitive way to sort and archive your image collection, as well as perform common editing operations and output to data disc or the Web.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
83% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(5), Fast / accurate auto-focus(3), Fast shutter speed(4), Good image quality(3), Image stabilization(4)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery(5), Low light(3), Travel(5), Weddings(3), Wildlife(3)
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro photographer(5)
 
Poor jpeg quality for a pricey camera
By MrJRVerified Purchaser from Newborn,Ga. on 4/11/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Waterproof
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk, Sell – professional photographer
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
3
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
3
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
5
Overall Experience:
3
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will not
Pros:
Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO, Poor Image Quality, Poor In Low Light, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This is not a pro quality camera. I have only had a little over a week and have taken over 300 shots both hand held and off a tripod with and without image stabilization using 4 different lens two are G series. Full auto delivers terrible jpeg images leaving even the slightest shadow areas dark with excessive grain. Using a polarizer makes it even worse. Exposure was just ok except night shots that totally suck. It does not offer the quality images as the Konica/Minolta 7D it was to replace

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great for beginner or pro
By StephaniVerified Reviewer from Delaware on 12/18/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Fast Auto focus, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

When my old DSLR bit the dust, I couldn't believe that there was a full frame on the market under $2k. Who wouldn't jump at that if it was in their budget?
I am not disappointed in the least, and I dare say that Canon and Nikon better have some really awesome bells and whistles to justify the huge price difference.
For the bad - there's not much. No video, and viewfinder only. I prefer a viewfinder, and I use my point and shoot or a camcorder for video so those aren't issues for me. Obviously some noise at the highest ISOs but that is to be expected. Also doesn't shoot as high fps as others, but again to get this level of resolution at this price, you have to concede something.
Performance in low light is amazing. The auto focus is fast and accurate. I LOVE the live capture button on the front. I just press it, make adjustments and see the results instantly, so I always have the right white balance, etc. Awesome. I don't know a lot about photography - I had to google aperture and ISO to see what they meant, but this camera is totally workable for a novice like me. Buttons are laid out intuitively, and everything is easily accessible without being overwhelming.
I shoot mostly with a 28-75mm 2.8 Sony SAM, and it produces great pictures. True to life color, sharp, just perfect. I also have a 50 1.7 prime lens and a 75-300 both by sony, also both very nice lenses.
I'm amazed at the shots I get, even in low light. I'm a mom, so most of my pics are of the kids, but I also shoot my animals, sports, landscapes, macros, etc, and I haven't found a weakness with this camera yet.

 
Best upgrade for Minolta Maxxum users
By Stan PustylnikVerified Reviewer from Rockville, MD on 4/16/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Sony A850 camera is well crafted tool. It incorporates Image Stabilization camera based technology, which works very effectively with Carl Zeiss (CS), Minolta Maxxum, A-Mount designed Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lenses.
A850 Full Frame sensor resolution is incredible.
At the same time, user who doesn't need full resolution for casual photos can choose 13 Megapixel or 6 Megapixel modes.
Camera feels solid in hands. Auto Focus is fast and accurate. Low light assistant allows accurate focus at night.

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Reliable Photographer's camera
By Stan Pustylnik from Rockville, MD, USA on 4/15/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Macro Photography, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

A850 is capturing astonishing Image Resolution because of FF sensor.
Because of same reason color transitions in photos are natural.
A850 camera is built like a tank. It is heavy as KM 7D was, but it feels right for me. This camera is not PS toy, but precious instrument to capture memories and create beautiful photo art.
Auto Focus is fast and accurate.
AF assistant in dim light situations is working very well.
Image Stabilization (SSS) works very well with any lens attached. All 11 Minolta Maxxum, Sigma and Tamron lenses from my collection are compatible with A850.
I find this camera menu intuitive.
But most important is great image quality I'm getting using A850.

For sample images made with A850 you can google my nickname

Stan Pustylnik

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Full Frame Camera
By RLQVerified Reviewer from Chaska MN on 10/16/2009
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization, Strong Construction, Use of old Minolta Lens
Cons:
None yet
Best Uses:
Fun, Great for Macro, Landscape, Portraits, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera does it all well it is easy to use and built like a tank. Wide selection of Sony and Minolta lens also some great third party lens. very good battery life and the camera size and weight is right for me. You must have good glass on it to produce outstanding photos.

[1 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
The best mony can buy....
By Palvga from Romania on 9/28/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings
Cons:
Not Good In Low Light
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony DSLR-A850 alpha Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I`ts the best new foto camera.

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