New full-frame semi-pro DSLR from Sony - the Alpha a850

The Sony a850 is a new full-frame DSLR from Sony, with a mightily similar set of specs to the current Sony a900 model. In fact, it’s identical bar three main points: the a850 offers 98% viewfinder coverage compared to the a900’s 100%, 3 frames per second continuous shooting instead of the a900’s 5fps and also lacks the remote commander from the body (though this can be purchased as an additional accessory).

Otherwise it’s a900 business as usual, in the form of the a850. That means the same 24.6 megapixel full-frame sensor, large 3in 921,000 dot screen, 9-point auto focus system and sensitivity to ISO 6400. Sony’s Steady Shot INSIDE features, ensuring that all lenses new or old will benefit from up to 4 stops of image stabilisation. 

With such a close spec to the a900 it’s any wonder what can come next from camp Sony and, with the notable lack of any movie functionality as yet, it begs the question…

Due to hit the shops in October, there’s currently no news on price, but we’ll bring you information as and when we know. For the time being, check out our full-sized image gallery of the Alpha a850, which was released alongside the a500 and a550. 


Sony A850 video preview from What Digital Camera