Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sony Alpha DSLRA850 24.6MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) Review

Packed with innovative features to get the best shot, the rugged Sony alpha 850 DSLR camera features a 35mm full frame 24.6 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that provides a larger capture area, improved wide angle performance, and tighter depth of field control. The A850 also incorporates SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer which actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality.

Product Features

  • 35mm, full-frame 24.6-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor; SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Dual BIONZ processors for up to fast 3fps performance; 9-point AF system w/ additional 10-point assist
  • Rugged magnesium alloy shell; dust/moisture-resistant design
  • Dual card slots; accepts both CompactFlash and Memory Stick Duo Media (not included)
Great camera 
I've had the chance now to use this camera for over a month and I love it. I have the 85 f/1.4 zeiss lens attached to it for portraits / weddings, and it gets the job done--the resolution is amazing. I will hopefully be adding the 16-35 or 24-70 later this year. Some make a big deal about this camera having high iso 'issues', but they are mistaken. I prefer natural light and have gone up to ISO 3200 without complications--using nik dfine's noise reduction software only makes it better! I also have used flash in order to lower my iso and deliver great imagery.

The camera feels solid and has some weight to it with good glass. The shutter noise is very distinct, but that is to be expected with such a large mirror. In-body stabilization is as advertised and is incredible--I'm able to get crisp, hand held shots at 1/15 s with an 85 mm lens.

I've always been told that with anything involving optics, you will never go wrong with the system with the best glass, and I believe Sony is the leader by offering zeiss lenses. Yes--they don't have all of the different lenses that Canikon offers, but 99% of my work is done in the 16-200 mm range, and they offer amazing lenses for that focal length range (I guess I could go even longer-twss-with the 400 mm G series lenses they offer).

Get this camera if you're looking for a well-built machine that can deliver professional images. Full frame for less than $2000 = awesome.

Solid value
Heartily recommend to anyone considering a full frame upgrade. Unlike its usual marked-up approach, Sony have thankfully priced below market for a change with this model. In a month's use, it hasn't shown any weaknesses, is ruggedly built and solid in hand, has an excellent tonal range with creamy highlights - particularly apparent coming from the narrow range of the APS-C world.

Pair with a solid 50 lens and it's like shooting film all over again, with the true "visual presence" of the 35mm system as you look through the viewfinder, and with all the welcome advantages of digital.

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