Sony Alpha DSLR-A850Q with 18-70mm lens reviews and prices: SLR camera

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This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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9.3 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850Q with 18-70mm lens: 24.6 MP (Megapixels), Compact Flash storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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P.S, Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Full frame, no-frills and easy-to-use. The build quality is excellent and the images captured first rate. When I bought this I got a superb camera and did not pay for features such as video and other gimmicks which I do not require.
Bad points:
Nothing thus far.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jun 2011

Purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good weight balance. Easy lens change. Solid robust body.
Bad points:
Complicated instructions re functions in Manual.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Review date: 18 Jun 2010

Alan, Basingstoke Professional photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:


Apart from the pionts below every thing else is superb.
Bad points:
ISO above 500 very noisy campared to canon & nikon..
It takes 2 functions to change ISO
Would prefer more than 3 frames per second.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Jun 2010

Mark , Harrogate Professional photographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Like the viewfinder and the build quality.

Raw images contain a lot of detail, vast difference between 12 and 24mb, if I upscale an image from my A700 to match the A850 you loose more detail than I expected.

Upgraded from the A700, so a lot of the features/menus/settings are very similar.

The intelligent preview is very useful.

The beauty of full frame is that all my wide angle lens are now wide angle, takes some getting used to especially with my Carl Zeiss 16-35mm, but love it.

Love the fact that I can change from Compact Flash to Memory Stick via the F button, rather than having to go through the menu system.

Like having the AF micro function feature, although the A850 focuses better than my A700. Use the memory feature 1, 2 and 3 most of the time, very easy to access and change settings.

I got the grip at the same time and highly recommend it, lot more comfortable than my grip on the A700.

Like the display on the top panel, a lot of people moan about the fact that it doesn't give much information, I like that fact that it's nice, clean and simple.

To me the A850 is the camera that the A700 should have been but with the smaller chip.

Things I'm still getting used to going full frame and I think this will relate to any manufacturer are the following:

1. Lenses are now the correct focal length
2. Just the amount of detail you can capture, it's huge!
3. Lot bigger viewfinder
4. Lenses focus better and if not have the ability to adjust them
Bad points:
Miss having 5 frames per second, but that's available on the the A900, didn't think the difference would be that great, but it's very noticeable. Shame it's not got live view like its competitors.

Price too similar to the A900, although I got a good deal on mine, with the 28-75mm F2.8 and grip.

Prefer the paint finish on the A900 than the very matt finish on the A850.

Tends to under expose slight, need to put +0.7 most of the time, but I always bracket my shots, so not a major issue.

Don't know why they bothered with an Auto setting, not really something I would every use, prefer to have had 4 memory options.

One thing I have noticed, is that due to the size of the chip, I have to clean it more often to get dust/blobs off it more than my A700

Noise is an issue above 800ASA, but as I rarely shoot above 400ASA not a major issue. It's just a case if other manufacturers can produce good ISO images at higher settings, why can't the A850?

Things I'm still getting used to going full frame and I think this will relate to any manufacturer are the following:

1. Corner sharpness not as good as APS-C cameras
2. Lenses vignettes more than on APS-C cameras
3. Narrower depth of field
4. You'll need to buy more cards/hard drives for your files
5. You'll need Cokin Z filters for you wide angle lenses

I know I've listed a lot of negative points, but none of the above are major issues and I'm glad I purchased the A850 and went full frame.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Mar 2010

Paul, Cardiff Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It feels good to hold and all buttons are easy to reach. The Intelligent preview is brilliant and easy to operate with the left hand little finger whilst holding the lens and adjustments can be made to the image then shoot with the new settings. I found this particularly useful. All information from the back screen and viewfinder are clear and easy to read once you understand what the symbols mean. It's great value for money and such a close specification to the A900 that it was an easy decision to buy. I can't fault it.
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Review date: 01 Jun 2010

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 6048x4032
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format Memory Stick PRO Duo
Media format MS-Pro HG Duo
Media format Memory Stick Duo
Media format Compact Flash
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder No
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 850
Flash No
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 156.3x116.9x81.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 55
Release date 40085
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
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Incredible full-frame imaging quality with advanced creative features and pro-style handling.

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