Sony is working aggressively on its camera range with three new camera models. One of these, the a850, is a full frame model that uses the same sensor as the a900, giving a 24.6MP image but at a price point of US$2,000 for the body only. This makes it about US$700 less than the Canon 5D Mark II and Sony’s own a900. It shows how serious Sony is in building market share. All a900 accessories will work with the a850.
There are definite advantages to full frame for many photographers, especially those who use wide angle lenses and those seeking the highest resolution.
There are three major differences between the a900 and a850:
- Shooting speed (a850 three fps)
- Remote commander is not included with the a850
- The viewfinder field coverage is 98 percent on the a850