|Sony Alpha A850 DSLRA850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera - #19346|
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|The Sony a (alpha) 24.6 MP camera is a flexible portable body only and is created for those who want to learn about photography. A greater number of megapixels means cropping and enlarging won't negatively affect picture quality. This Sony a (alpha) A850 is great for producing memorable prints, featuring a 24.6 MP image sensor, so you can make 15x22 inch prints of the moments of your life and send them to family and friends. Featuring an HDMI connection, this Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera is ideal for sharing high-definition memories, so you can share clear and crisp pictures with the special people in you know on a screen. The 3-inch LCD screen found on the Sony a (alpha) 24.6 MP camera helps you to review memories with ease. High-quality pictures and superb performance are yours with this Sony a (alpha) A850. With its removable flash storage, this Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera is excellent for snapping and storing large numbers of action shots, and it allows you to choose the number of pictures stored in the camera. With its black body, the Sony a (alpha) 24.6 MP camera is a refined device for taking pictures. This Sony a (alpha) A850 is ideal for snapping photos any time or place, with its batteries, which enables you to always be prepared to catch your special moments. This Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera comes with only the body and no lens. Picking and choosing the most appropriate interchangeable lenses based on your photography budget resources is the main advantage to buying the camera body on its own.|
|UPC||0027242772410, 027242772410, 027242772427, 27242772410, 4905524598889, 4905524598940|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||24.6 MP|
|Sensor Size||24 x 35.9mm|
|Sensor Type||CMOS, Exmor CMOS|
|Lens For SD||Body Only|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-6400, ISO auto (200-1600)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||6400|
|Camera Flash Features||Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Rear Sync Flash|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||CompactFlash, CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, Memory Stick DUO PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Microdrive|
|Floppy Drive Storage||None|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Fixed eye-level pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||98%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-3 to +1|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x remote control|
|Expansion Slot||1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II, 1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later, MS Windows 2000 Professional, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Anti-Dust Technology, Automatic Brightness Adjustment, Brightness Control, Built-In Help Guide, Contrast Control, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Dust proof, Dynamic Range Bracketing, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, HDMI, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Mirror Lock, Moisture Resistant, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge Support, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount|
|Special Effects||Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Clear, Deep, Landscape, Light, Neutral, Night View, Portrait, Sepia, Sunset, Vivid|
|White Balance||Auto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3 frames per second|
Average review score based on 20 user reviews
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My background is using a Leica 8.2, Leica R9 with DMR, Panasonic Lumix GH1 and GH2 and a soso Sony 380. Before shelling out $10'000s for a Hasselblad or Phase One, I wanted to try a digital full frame sensor at a modest price, the Sony alpha 850.
The 'kit' offer from a reputable US professional camera store was so ridiculously attractive compared to European prices that I took the risk and bought it through Ebay. Camera arived well and prompt, no Swiss customs to pay (why?) and all works with very curteous people at the other side of the ocean.
Why did I attribute only a 4/5 on "features". The usual: no live view, no tilt screen, no flash unit, no video. Try this on a Leica!
The camera takes excellent pictures through any excellent lens. The old Minolta (AF) lenses work great as well. I must have excellent Tamrons (4 of them, even one for the R Leica) because they are really good lenses, also on the 850.
To have the anti-shake inside the camera body is the logical thing to do, makes for much smaller lenses; no Sony invention, though. Bravo for the innovative people at Minolta.
The better image quality one always attributes to the Leica lenses. Now the 850 takes the better pictures. The camera conveys some positive expression in the images that I cannot only attribute to the 24 Mpix. The Leica 10 MPix and Lumix 16 Mpix are also excellent and sufficient. It must have something to do with the aspect ratio, rays hitting the sensor from a less steep angle than an APS-C or the Leica sensor. After only 12'000 shots in three months I have to research this further. Everyone notices the difference!
The important buttons are well arranged around the body, not necesary to dig in umpteen menues. Image processing is good (I am a professional in that), AF and focus in general works well and fast (after the new ROM upgrade even faster). The 380 always has problems with focussing on a moving black cat, not so the 850, it is always on the mark.
I use the camera a lot on irregularly moving objects - our 19 cats and other animals, no studio stills and I am pleased with the results.
The camera is solid built, weight and size is no consideration when you are used to lugging around a Leica R9 with DMR. Of course, the GH2 is smaller, lighter ...
Viewfinder is bright and large, rear screen is very good, battery life okay. I have yet to find things I do not like about the Sony alpha 850.
Would I recommend it to buy? It is a totally underrated camera and must be excellent value for money from any angle. And it takes great pictures easily.
This is the full frame 23+ megapixel Sony A850 which I bought with a good quality Zeiss lens Zoom to 80mm auto-focus/exposure TTL metering . There is no down side to this camera. It is a tremendous value in my opinion. I also purchased a Zeikos Dig Flash made for this model high power, it has no built in flash, it does not take video, however I didnt buy it for those functions . I always use separate flash and I have a great HD Video cam and like it . It is a super Dig SLR . The ratings are all true. The tremendous detail great color ability to shoot RAW & JPEG set the color to Adobe, RGB etc.. My first few shot I made a greater than life size poster after cropping a photo at nearly 50 feet away taken with flash and using Adobe CS5. The detail is spectacular it seems like I can crop blow up crop and blow up almost indefinitely without seeing a single pixel. If you are a pro you will leave your Nikon and Canon and maybe your Leica by the wayside and grab this your next shoot. Im truly amazed and I know Sony must have something coming even better because I understand they will be revising this model though Im not sure what they can do better, This cam does it all and only a very few ultra-specialty photographers will ever require more. If you can find one buy it!
What an incredible camera. I have had several Sony Alpha cameras and two Nex5 cameras. I had held off buying the 850/900 because they lacked the live rear screen viewer that the A550 and below have. That and the ability to tilt the viewer is a major plus when one has to put the camera above a crowd to shoot an otherwise unobtainable picture. I miss that feature. But, the price was too good to pass up and I purchased this A850 from Ritz Camera Clearance Center on e-bay very cheaply as it was a discontinued model / display model.
Pros: The A850 feels right, is easy to hold and super easy to learn to use. The images are exceptionally sharp, perfectly exposed and the ability to do severe cropping w/o affecting the overall image quality in post-production is a major plus.
Cons: Lack of live tilting viewer, Lack of video (both included on the just released 24mpl Nex7). Others have noted the 3fps and 90% viewfinder, but for me, they are non-issues since I do mostly travel photography and portraits where the lack of either feature is not a deal breaker.
Lenses: I have a full-frame 18-300 Tamron 3.5-5.5 zoom that works remarkably well with the camera.
With the Sony extended warranty, this camera should give the user years of dependable shooting.
Strengths: The full-format sensor and 24 megapixels - you have no idea what details he gives!
Excellent ergonomics: all the wheels and buttons are there where you can customize yourself.
Beautiful colors and skin tones (skin tones) - without exaggeration.
Faithful AvtoBB (white balance), even for shooting in a PAB value and does not have, but all the same time, great saves.
Elegant viewfinder is bright and big.
The work of the accumulator of about 850 -1000 shots on a single charge.
Adequate AvtoISO, now do not have to think about and monitor exposure.
Well, the stabilizer of self-other. Rent-stabilized fixed-aperture can not in every system;)
• Weaknesses: Only 3 frames per second (increased buffer size, in contrast to A900). Noise in the shadows are visible from ISO 640-800. For filming in the PAB is not concerned, everything is ok. Well, actually not normal looking at pictures in 100% increase. You can print without noise A4 ISO 1600 ceremony.
When you first pick up the a850 you might be surprised by it's simplicity. Almost every control you will need has a dedicated button. The camera is built very well, I love the viewfinder. The IQ is fantastic and it's refreshing to pick up a camera that is built for one purpose, still images. No gimmicky video. The intelligent preview works like a champ, the rear lcd is clear and bright, the body is superb in every regard. The a850 is currently the only full frame that offers in body stabilization. While in body may not work as some lens stabilization features, it's nice to know that every lens you attach will have help to get that perfect shot.
This is a fantastic camera for landscape and portrait shooters. On the downside, it is not my first choice for sports, there certainly are better options out there regarding AF and high ISO performance.
Every camera will have some sort of sacrifice, I have to own or shoot with a camera that covers every aspect of photography perfectly. If you adapt your still and build your skills the a850 will not let you down.
The sensor on this camera demands decent glass. If you are just starting out pick up a single prime lens and learn to use it to it's potential. Avoid the cheap zooms, they are cheap for a reason. They typically lack quality optics and will leave your work flat and dull. A sharp prime and good skills will carry you into a wonderful world of photography.