Sony’s a850 features a 24.6-megapixel, 35-mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor and dual BIONZ engine for fast image processing. It is able to do high-speed continuous shooting of 24.6 megapixel images at up to three frames per second. The Full Frame DSLR offers the body-integrated SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization system that works with all Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta compatible lenses.
Also included is the Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) with five levels of user-selectable correction as well as DRO bracketing for enhanced scene analysis and graduation optimization. The a850 has a “ultra-bright” viewfinder with 98% field of view coverage and a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display with 921,000 pixel. The camera has also HDMI output. It supports Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, HX series and CompactFlash media.
Sony Alpha a850 (model DSLR-A850) will be available in September and priced at about $2000 for only the body. The choice of full-frame lenses to complement the a850 model is enhanced with the new SAL2875 28-75mm F2.8 SAM lens. It will be released in November for $800.