It seems a little unnecessary but (there’s a sucker born every second) the 24.6-megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor equipped α850 is being geared towards “a broader group of consumers,” says Kristen Elder, the Director of Digital Imaging at Sony . Before you raise an eyebrow and ask why Sony has another full-frame DSLR when the α900 is top dog, ask me how much the α850 is going to be. It’s coming in under $2000, which is $700 cheaper than the α900.
Compared to the flagship α900, the α850 comes up short in three main areas: FPS, viewfinder coverage and an optional IR commander control. The α850 only has a 98 percent field of coverage compared to the α900’s 100 percent. The flagship shooter handles 5FPS while the α850 musters up 3FPS.
The α850 will be available next month for “about” $2000, body only.