Sony has this afternoon unveiled the Sony Alpha 850, aimed at ‘photo enthusiasts’, featuring a 24.6-million-pixel ‘full-frame’ Exmor imaging sensor.


Full UK specification, as supplied by Sony UK:

Effective Megapixels Approx. 24.6

Lens compatibility Sony Alpha lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens

Image sensor Exmor? CMOS (full-frame)

Processor BIONZ? image processor

Maximum ISO Sensitivity 3200 (6400 in expanded ISO range)

Image Quality Modes JPEG, RAW(ARW2.1 Format), RAW+JPEG

HDMI connector Yes (HDMI cable optional)

Image Size: 3:2 (pixels) L 6048 x 4032 / M 4400 x 2936 / S 3024 x 2016

Viewfinder Type Fixed eye-level system with optical glass type pentaprism

LCD 3-inch type Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 dots)

Quick AF Live View –

SteadyShot Inside YES

Anti-dust System Coating on low pass filter and image-sensor-shift mechanism

Focus Modes Single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus

Autofocus TTL phase detection system; CCD line sensors

Focus Points 9points + 10 assist focus points

Exposure Modes 5

Exposure Metering Modes Multi-segment, Spot, Centre-weighted

Exposure Metering Sensor 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC

Scene Selection –

Creative Style Settings 13

Shutter Speed 1/8000-30sec

Exposure Bracketing 3/5 frames selectable, Single or Continuous selectable, 0.3/0.5/0.7/2.0*EV steps selectable (2.0 EV only 3 frames)

White Balance Settings Auto / 6 presets / Colour Temperature with colour filter / Custom WB

Continuous Advance Shooting Up to 3 fps at maximum

Approx. no. of shots * Approx. 880 shots

Built-in Flash –

Flash Modes Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync, Wireless*, Slow sync, High-speed Sync,

*Wireless trigger requires HVL-F58AM, HVL-F20AM.

*Wireless remote requires HVL-F58AM, HVL-F56AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F36AM.

Media Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

CompactFlash (Type I/Type II, UDMA Mode 5 compliant), Microdrive

Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 156.3 x 116.9 x 81.9mm

Weight Approx. 850g

Sony Alpha 850 DSLR