Minor change of the A900 drops viewfinder accuracy to 98%, slows burst rate to 3 fps, and forgoes a wireless remote control. It kept the impressive image quality, top ergonomics, and superfast AF, though—so much so that it achieved an equal rating to the A900.
Just a few years ago, a full-frame DSLR would have set you back as much as a late-model used car. Now, Sony is offering its new 24.6MP Alpha 850 for a cool two grand (body only).
And our lab tests revealed image quality close to that of its more expensive sibling, the A900 ($2,700, street, body only). In fact, the A850 scored better on two out of three image-quality factors, although not by a big margin.
Where Costs Were Cut
|Camera Category:||Prosumer DSLR|
|Sensor Size:||Full Frame|
|Fastest Shutter Speed:||1/8000 second|
|Slowest Shutter Speed:||30 seconds|
|Image Processor:||Dual BIONZ|
|Display Size:||3.0 inches|
|Display Resolution:||921600 pixels|
|Minimum ISO:||100 ISO|
|Maximum ISO:||6400 ISO|
|In-Body Image Stablization:|
|Media Type:||Compact Flash|
|Maximum Video Resolution:|
|AF in Video Mode:||No|
|Wireless Flash Trigger:||Yes|