Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Review

Overall Score

61

Main Features

  • 25 MP Full frame CMOS Sensor
  • 200 - 3200 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 156 x 117 x 82 mm, 895g.
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Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Overview


First introduced in April, 2010, Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 is a 25 MP DSLR with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.


Sony A850 comes with a Full Frame sensor - 35.9 x 24 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 43.18 mm

- Full Frame, approximate the actual size shown above

Sensor resolution of Sony A850 ~ 6123 x 4082 pixels.

Sony A850 has Crop Factor: 1.0

The sensor has a surface area of 861.6 mm².

There are approximate 24,994,086 photosites (pixels) on this area.


Proc and Cons of Sony A850


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 with competitors in semi-pro dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
External Flash
RAW Support
922k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Focus
Environmental Sealing
2 Storage Slots
Flash Sync Port
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
Optical Viewfinder
25MP High Resolution Sensor
3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
880 shots Long Battery Life
Manual Exposure Mode
9 Focus Points
3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No AF Face Detection
Weight: 895g
No Articulating Screen
No Full HD Video
Slow Continuous Shooting: 922 fps
Type Scores

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 has an Overall Score of 61/100 and ranked #110 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #314 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony A850 Scores
Imaging score
67
Features score
51
Value for money score
75
Portability score
64
Overall score
61
Average Scores in Semi-Pro DSLR
Imaging Score
55
Features Score
58
Value For Money Score
73
Portability Score
70
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Sony A850


Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 weighs 895g and has external dimensions of 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.14 x 4.61 x 3.23"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro DSLR cameras is 783g, Sony A850 is 112 grams more than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A850 is more by 15mm more than the average length in Semi-Pro DSLR.

Weight Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sony A850
895g
Average weight
783g
Min weight
479g
Max weight
1074g

Thickness Comparison
Semi-Pro DSLR Cameras


Sony A850
82mm
Average Thickness
75mm
Min Thickness
64mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha DSLR-A850 Dimensions Alpha DSLR-A850
Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Sony A900 895 g 895 g 156 x 117 x 82 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Sony SLT-A99 Sony A99 812 g 895 g 147 x 111 x 78 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Sony SLT-A77 II Sony A77 II 647 g 895 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon 5D MII 850 g 895 g 152 x 114 x 75 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Sony SLT-A77 Sony A77 732 g 895 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony A700 768 g 895 g 142 x 105 x 80 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Nikon D700 Nikon D700 1074 g 895 g 147 x 123 x 77 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 492 g 895 g 129 x 95 x 78 mm 156 x 117 x 82 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha DSLR-A850


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha DSLR-A850
Announced April, 2010
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier n/a
Number of Lenses 143
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Fixed
Screen Resolution 922k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 98%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.74
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 25 MP
Max Image Resolution 6048 x 4032
Max Native ISO 3200
Min Native ISO 200
Max Boosted ISO 6400
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None
Video Formats
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 880 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FM500H
Physical
Weight 895 g
Physical Dimensions 156 x 117 x 82 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Storage Slots 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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