Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

43 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 43 reviews.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 (Body Only): 24.6 MP (Megapixels), Compact Flash storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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pawel, leeds Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
picture quality but high iso noise, build quality
Bad points:
poor high iso performance-noise, frames per second should be much higher, no movie mode, shake reduction system not good enough, sensor cleaning system should be more efficient
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 31 Jan 2011

Miguel, Professional photographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Image quality

Viewfinder

Interface

Weather resistance

In-body steady shot
Bad points:
No live view

Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2011

Chris, Hartlepool Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Outstanding image quality. Amazing detail. Wonderful colours. Solid, well made body. Great user interface. Great camera for landscape photographers. Easy access to most used features, including mirror lock up. Really like perfect shot preview.
Bad points:
Dust on sensor!!! Loud shutter.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2011

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality is amazing and very reactive to environment and light.
Usability with short keys is quick and simple once the system is learned.
Bad points:
Lenses for full frame are expensive as always, but the ones for this camera seem to be much more than market.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Dec 2010

grahame, Derby Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Quality as good as Nikon and Cannon equivalents, but at a better price
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2012

Mark, Liverpool Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Lens micro adjust, adjustable image frame size, can change between full frame and APS-C modes to accept full frame and ASP-C lens types, easy control set layout (almost exactly the same to the A700), top settings review window, dual memory card slots (CF & MS Pro Duo).
Bad points:
No built-in flash (not a bad point per-se, but it needs a v3 firmware upgrade, but as it's a discontinued model that's not going to happen), only 3 fps burst mode, should really be fitted with an FDA-ME1AM 1.2x magnifying eyecup as standard to give 100% viewfinder coverage.

Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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3 of 10 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jun 2011

John, Leeds Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Carries over the best features of the high end Minolta cameras and allows the use of all Minolta AF lenses. Excellent control layout and Menu organization. Many thoughtfull touches such as the hinged cover for the PC flash socket. Very good viewfinder. Really though this camera has most appeal to converts from professional film cameras who do not need video, scene modes, smile detection, built in flash or the host of other features found on most compacts.
Bad points:
No real criticisms, but the choice of the mini version for the USB-B socket seems odd, the standard USB-B appears more robust and is fitted to much smaller cameras than this. The lack of direct view is a shame, it is the one missing feature I would most have liked. Also it is a pity that Sony have not provided support for Minolta Flash guns.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Jan 2011

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format Compact Flash
Media format Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Weight (g) 850
Flash No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 156.3x116.9x81.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-09-29
Height in mm 11.7
Width in mm 156.3
Depth in mm 8.2
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Body Only, Sony DSLR-A850 Body Only

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Manufacturer's Description

A850 Digital SLR camera
Incredible full-frame imaging with advanced features and pro handling

24.6 megapixels full-frame Exmor™ CMOS, 3" Xtra Fine LCD, 3fps, HDMI™, SteadyShot INSIDE. Body only

  • Incredible full-frame image quality
  • Ultra-bright optical viewfinder
  • Accurate, responsive AF
  • Pro-style features and handling

Full-frame imaging quality and pro-style features

Step up to high performance full-frame digital imaging, pro-style handling and advanced, easy-to-use creative features.

It’s all in the detail

The high-resolution CMOS sensor assures detail-packed pictures with excellent contrast and gorgeous colours. Exmor technology cuts noise while signals are converted to digital form. The result? Flawlessly beautiful images.

Enjoy a brighter outlook

Take a look through the bright optical viewfinder. You’ll be amazed by an exceptionally clear view of your subject, with 98% field coverage… so what you see is exactly what you shoot.

Get tough… whatever the weather

It’s all about inner strength. The rugged aluminium chassis is teamed with magnesium alloy body panels for extra strength while keeping weight to a minimum. Vulnerable controls and other sensitive areas are protected from dust and moisture for worry-free outdoor shooting.

Look closely: you’ve never seen anything like it

Don’t miss those vital details. The Xtra Fine LCD screen gives you an incredible view of all your shots, with superb colour reproduction and contrast. It’s ideal for checking correct focus and exposure when you’re reviewing pictures after shooting.

Control the show in comfort

Connect the camera to your BRAVIA television – then effortlessly control playback functions with your BRAVIA TV’s remote. There’s no need to get up from your favourite chair to enjoy the show in sparkling HD.

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