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Sony DSLR-A850 (Body only)

24.6-megapixel digital SLR camera

Item # 158A850

The 'A850's advanced full-frame CMOS sensor delivers stunningly detailed 24.6-megapixel photos.

The 'A850's advanced full-frame CMOS sensor delivers stunningly detailed 24.6-megapixel photos.

Discontinued item

Item # 158A850

About the Sony DSLR-A850 (Body only)

Experience the full-frame difference

The 'A850's advanced full-frame CMOS sensor delivers stunningly detailed 24.6-megapixel photos. "Full-frame" means it has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film on a traditional SLR, which is much larger in physical size than sensors found in most digital cameras. All that extra surface area has several benefits: superior light gathering, lower noise levels, and extraordinary resolution. You'll get cleaner images with breathtaking depth and clarity, even in challenging low-light shooting conditions. With so much available picture detail, you can heavily crop your photographs and still produce sharp, poster-size prints.

Experience the full-frame difference

If you're a serious shutterbug who's been waiting to step up to the performance and creative possibilities of full-frame digital photography, Sony made the DSLR-A850 just for you. This versatile SLR teams up pro-style features with a powerful, full-frame image sensor to give you breathtaking 24.6-megapixel images. It also comes wrapped up in a rugged magnesium alloy body that's sealed against moisture and dust for added durability. The 'A850 works with Sony's full line of precision lenses, and offers backward compatibility with Minolta's popular A-mount autofocus models.

Back LCD view

High-resolution, full-frame shooting

The 'A850's advanced full-frame CMOS sensor delivers stunningly detailed 24.6-megapixel photos. "Full-frame" means it has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film on a traditional SLR, which is much larger in physical size than sensors found in most digital cameras. All that extra surface area has several benefits: superior light gathering, lower noise levels, and extraordinary resolution. You'll get cleaner images with breathtaking depth and clarity, even in challenging low-light shooting conditions. With so much available picture detail, you can heavily crop your photographs and still produce sharp, poster-size prints.

Built-in image stabilization for sharper photos

A built-in image stabilization system minimizes unwanted blur caused by an unsteady hand. It physically shifts the position of the image sensor to compensate for camera shake, maintaining optimum picture sharpness. And because the system is built into the camera instead of the lens, you'll get blur-free photos with any lens you use. Plus, this same mechanism vibrates the image sensor to dislodge any dust particles that might have accumulated, ensuring spotless pictures.


back LCD view

High-definition image playback

The camera's bright, high-resolution 3" LCD screen offers an impressive 921,600 dots — far more than the number found on most cameras — for a crystal-clear view. This extra resolution makes it a breeze to review your images for critical details and focus. Plus, the 'A850 features an HDMI connection with selectable 720p/1080i video output, so you can share your pictures with high-definition clarity on your HDTV (mini HDMI cable required). There's even a 16:9 widescreen recording mode for showing off your images on a widescreen display.


top view

Versatile SLR design

The 'A850 gives you a wide range of shooting options, from an easy-to-use fully automatic mode to advanced hands-on manual operation. Convenient button placement makes it easy to adjust camera settings on the fly, so you can concentrate on shooting. Three user-programmable custom memory modes let you save your favorite settings for quick, easy access. A handy Intelligent Preview function on the LCD lets you see in advance how manual adjustments will affect your shot, so you can dial in the correct settings for the look you want. Dual media slots let you save images to your choice of optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ or CompactFlash® memory cards (no memory included).

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Product highlights:

  • 24.6-megapixel effective recording
  • full-frame Exmor™ CMOS image sensor (35.9 x 24 mm)
  • dual BIONZ™ image processors for accurate, low noise images and responsive shooting
  • built-in sensor-shift SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization (provides image stabilization with all attached lenses)
  • 3" high-resolution LCD screen (921,600 dots) for critical focus and image review
  • bright, high-quality glass pentaprism viewfinder with 98% frame coverage for easier framing
  • built-in eyepiece shutter blocks stray light from entering viewfinder and affecting exposure
  • built-in anti-dust technology to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • 9-point autofocus with center cross-type sensor delivers accurate, high-speed focusing
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer provides better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • Intelligent Preview function indicates the effects of exposure, white balance, and D-Range Optimizer adjustments prior to shooting
  • rugged magnesium alloy body with sealed viewfinder optics
  • rubber gasket surrounds on all buttons, dials, and switches for dust and moisture resistance
  • user-friendly function menu with easy-to-read graphic display and on-screen help guide
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony Alpha, Minolta, and Konica/Minolta A-type bayonet mount autofocus lenses
  • compatible with Sony DT series lenses (at reduced shooting resolution)
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 3 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-3200 (up to 6400 in expanded ISO range)
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • hot shoe compatible with Sony system flash no built-in flash included
  • flash sync at 1/250 second (1/200 second with SteadyShot on)
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: RAW (compressed or uncompressed), RAW+JPEG Fine, JPEG Extra Fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
  • 3:2 JPEG options (pixels): 6048 x 4032; 4400 x 2936; 3024 x 2016
  • 16:9 JPEG options (pixels): 6048 x 3408; 4400 x 2472; 3024 x 1704
  • accepts optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo™, and standard or UDMA CompactFlash® memory cards (Type I/II)
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output for sharing images on a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • remote terminal for use with optional Sony wired remote
  • 6-1/8"W x 4-5/8"H x 3-1/4"D
  • weight (without battery): 30 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable NP-FM500H lithium ion battery
  • AC battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • body cap
  • USB and video cable
  • software CD-ROM
  • MFR # DSLRA850

What's in the box:

  • Sony DSLR-A850 camera with attached body cap
  • NP-FM500H rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/11.8Wh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery charger
  • 62" AC cord
  • 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a micro-USB connector on the other end)
  • 59" Video cable with an RCA composite video connector on one end and a micro-USB connector on the other end
  • Adjustable camera strap
  • Remote Commander cable clip
  • CD-ROM (Application software)
  • Instruction Manual
  • On-line registration sheet
  • Limited warranty sheet
  • Lens brochure
  • Accessory brochure

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Features & specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media CompactFlash Type I/II+Microdrive
Image
Sensor Size 35.9 x 24mm CMOS
Megapixels 2.46e+007
Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
Highest Resolution 6048 x 4032
4K Video No
Video Resolution No
Dimensions
Width (inches) 6-3/16
Height (inches) 4-11/16
Depth (inches) 3-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 32.8
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Overview: The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A850 digital SLR camera features a 35mm (35.9mm x 24mm) full frame image sensor with 25.72-million total pixels and a 24.61-million effective pixel resolution. You will experience a larger capture area, improved wide-angle performance and tighter depth of field control with this new full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor. Equipped with Dual BIONZ imaging processors, the DSLR-A850 delivers continuous shooting up to 3 fps with superb image quality and ultra-low noise. The DSLR-A850 also offers a large, ultra-bright glass pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage, a 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD display and HDMI output with PhotoTV HD compatibility. In addition, the DSLR-A850 incorporates a body-integrated, full-size SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization technology.

Recording Features
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Rugged Magnesium Alloy Shell: The body of the DSLR-A850 is entirely covered in a die-cast magnesium alloy shell, providing a rugged feel and surprisingly light weight.

Moisture/Dust Resistant Design: Sealed viewfinder optics and rubber gasket surrounds on all buttons, dials, and switches help resist the entry of dust and moisture into the camera, and allow for safe use in a wide range of environments.

3.0" Xtra Fine LCD: The DSLR-A850 uses a 3" TFT Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,000 pixels. It has photo-quality resolution of 270 ppi (pixels per inch), you can identify any necessary focus or exposure corrections at the time of capture, rather than discovering them when you transfer your images to your PC.

Note: The LCD monitor cannot be used as a viewfinder to shoot.

Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder: A large, ultra bright glass pentaprism viewfinder provides you with amazing clarity and high optical performance for tighter focus control. In addition, it offers viewfinder magnification of 0.74x, allowing you to see an image nearer to its actual size, as well as 98% field coverage for detailed framing work. The DSLR-A850 includes a built-in eyepiece shutter which can be shut to help shield against entering light and prevent exposure errors.

Durable Shutter Design: The A850's shutter mechanism is designed to achieve shutter speeds up to 1/8000 seconds, and proven for up to 100,000 cycle operation.

Dual Media Options: The DSLR-A850 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images:

  • CompactFlash: Compact Flash Type I or II, Microdrive
  • Memory Stick: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo

Versatile Recording Formats: Images can be captured in the following modes:

  • RAW
  • cRAW*
  • RAW+JPEG (Fine)
  • cRAW+JPEG (Fine)*
  • JPEG (Extra Fine, Fine and Standard)

* "c" of "cRAW" means compressed. The data is compressed up to about 60 to 70% compared to a non-compressed image.

Image Storage: Images recorded on this camera can be stored on Memory Stick PRO Duo media (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) with a capacity of up to 16 GB or Compact Flash card (no maximum capacity given). The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies between the two types of media:

Capacity based on images taken at L 24M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2:

Memory Stick PRO Duo
Size \ Capacity 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Standard 145 294 582 1169 2369
Fine 97 196 388 779 1579
Extra Fine 42 85 168 339 687
cRAW & JPEG 27 55 110 221 449
RAW & JPEG 20 41 81 164 333
cRAW 38 77 154 309 627
RAW 26 52 103 208 423
Compact Flash Card
Size \ Capacity 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB
Standard 148 296 593 1185 2370
Fine 98 197 395 790 1580
Extra Fine 43 86 172 343 687
cRAW & JPEG 28 56 112 224 449
RAW & JPEG 20 41 83 166 333
cRAW 39 78 157 313 627
RAW 26 52 105 211 423

Image Sensor: The DSLR-A850 features a 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor that is approximately 2.35x larger than the APS-C sized sensors found in many DSLR cameras. The result is a larger capture area, improved wide angle performance, and tighter depth of field control. In addition, its 24.6MP resolution maximizes the resolving power of your existing lenses and delivers sharper, higher contrast photos. Analog-to-digital signal conversion is performed by the full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor. In addition to digitizing analog signals, the full frame Exmor CMOS image sensor also performs both analog and digital noise reduction. This on-chip dual noise reduction process aids in the high speed transfer of noiseless digital signals.

Image Sizes: You can record full-frame still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. In addition, the DSLR-A850 can also crop images to the APS-C size format, allowing the use of lenses designed specifically for APS-C sized image sensors. The image sizes include:

Aspect Ratio Image Size Resolution
3:2 L: 24M 6048 x 4032
M: 13M 4400 x 2936
S: 6.1M 3024 x 2016
16:9 L: 21M 6048 x 3408
M: 11M 4400 x 2472
S: 5.2M 3024 x 1704
APS-C Size L: 11M 3984 x 2656
M: 5.6M 2896 x 1928
S: 2.6M 1984 x 1320

Dual Bionz Image Processors: The camera uses dual advanced Sony Bionz Image Processors for fast continuous shooting of up to 3 frames per second, delivering true-to-live images with ultra-low noise.

SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: Building on years of expertise, Sony has developed a body-integrated image stabilization solution for the DSLR-A850. The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer actually shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to as many as four shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.

9-Point AF System With 10-Point Assist: The A850's high-performance autofocus system uses 9 focus points (center dual-cross type) and 10 assist points to deliver fast and precise focusing. The system features a highly accurate F2.8 sensor for improved focus precision when using lenses faster than F2.8. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:

  • AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 3 modes:
    • Single-Shot AF: This mode is used when shooting a motionless subject
    • Continuous AF: This mode is used when the subject is in motion.
    • Automatic AF: This mode automatically switches between single-shot AF and continuous AF depending on the subject's motion
  • AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
    • Wide AF Area: The camera determines which of the nine local focus frames is used in focusing with the wide focus frame. The camera also focuses on a subject using 10 supplementary ranging points, in addition to the normal nine ranging points, to focus with a higher degree of accuracy.
    • Spot AF Area: The camera uses the spot focus frame exclusively.
    • Local Area Selection: You can choose a local focus area from the 9 areas.
  • Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by rotating the focusing ring of the lens to achieve a sharp focus.

Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.

AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of approximately 3.3 to 23 feet.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:

  • Single Shot Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking.
  • Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum of three images per second. The maximum number of continuous shots varies with the recording format:
    • RAW: 16 images
    • cRAW: 18 images
    • RAW & JPEG: 12 images
    • cRAW & JPEG: 12 images
    • Extra Fine: 34 images
    • Fine: 384 images
    • Standard: 593 images
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
    • 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
    • 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
  • Exposure Bracket/Continuous: The camera can shoot three or five continuous images with the exposures shifted automatically. It uses two settings.
    • Bracket 0.3Ev Continuous: This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 step.
    • Bracket 0.7Ev Continuous: This setting shoots images continuously with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step.
  • Exposure Bracket/Single: The camera can shoot three to five images shot by shot with exposure value shifted automatically. It uses 2 settings.
    • Bracket 0.3Ev Single: This setting shoots images shot by shot with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 step.
    • Bracket 0.7Ev Single: This setting shoots images shot by shot with the exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.7 step.
  • White Balance Bracket Shooting: Based on the selected white balance, and color temperature, three pictures are taken while automatically shifting the color temperature. One shot records three frames of an image in following order - image with "normal white balance", image with "paler colors", and image with "reddish colors". The camera uses two setting for this feature.
    • Bracket WB (L): This setting shifts the white balance by 10 mired (a unit to indicate the color conversion quality in color temperature filters) when taking a picture.
    • Bracket WB (H): Shifts the white balance by 20 mired when taking a picture.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: To recover details in dark or bright areas of the picture, the DSLR-A850 provides multiple levels of Dynamic Range Optimization: Standard mode, to improve shadow detail using standard gamma curves; Advanced Auto mode, allowing you to select any of 5 DRO correction levels, or DRO Advanced Bracketing, that automatically creates three versions of the image captured at different DRO levels with a single shutter press.
  • Mirror Lock Function: Moving the mirror upward before shooting prevents camera shake when the shutter is released. This feature is convenient when you perform macro shooting or shoot with a telephoto lens.
  • Wireless Remote Commander: You can shoot using the "SHUTTER" or "2SEC" buttons on the optional RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander. Using the Remote Commander reduces camera shake and continues the exposure without pressing and holding the shutter button.

Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure recording modes:

  • Auto: This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically depending entirely on the camera.
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
    • Program Shift: You can temporarily change the aperture value and shutter speed combination that was adjusted by the camera using two methods:
      • P/s shift: You can choose the desired shutter speed and the aperture value is adjusted automatically.
      • P/a shift: You can choose the desired aperture value and the shutter speed is adjusted automatically.
  • Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually. You can adjust the amount of light that passes through the lens.
  • Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
    • High Shutter Speed: The moving subject appears as if frozen on the image.
    • Slow Shutter Speed: The moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually (Both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
    • Manual Shift: You can change the shutter speed and aperture value combination without changing the exposure in manual mode.
    • Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3 EV in 1/2 or 1/3-step increments.

AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.

Metering Mode: A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:

  • MultiSegment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 40 segments to measure light.
  • Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
  • Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.

White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:

  • Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
  • Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
  • Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
  • Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
  • Tungsten: This mode adjusts for place where lighting conditions change quickly.
  • Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting.
  • Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
  • Color Temperature/Color Filter: Sets the white balance by the color temperature. The higher the number, the more reddish the image and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. The color temperature can be selected between 2500K and 9900K.
  • Custom 1-3: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness. Up to three settings are registered.

Creative Styles: This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. You can take a picture with an appropriate color balance and tone. You can choose from the following:

  • Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful color.
  • Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid colors.
  • Neutral: The saturation and sharpness are lowered for capturing images in a quiet tone.
  • Clear: This setting is for capture images in a clear tone with limpid colors in the highlighted area, suitable for capturing radiant light.
  • Deep: This setting is for capturing images with deep and dense color expressions, suited for capturing the solid presence of the subject.
  • Light: This setting is for capturing images with bright and uncomplicated color expressions, sited to capturing refreshingly light ambience.
  • Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
  • Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
  • Sunset: This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
  • Night View: This setting reproduces the light area vividly and the dark area crisply.
  • Autumn Leaves: This setting is used for capturing autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the red and yellow of coloring leaves.
  • B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.
  • Sepia: This setting captures images in a sepia monotone.

Image Custom Parameters: You can adjust the contrast, saturation, sharpness, and brightness of an image manually and individually.

Zone Matching: This setting allows you to keep an image from being overexposed or underexposed when shooting a high-keyed or low-keyed subject.

ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically. You can set the the camera's Manual ISO to 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, and 6400. You can set the camera's Auto ISO range from 400-1600, 400-800, 200-1600, 200-800, or 200-400.

Optical/Intelligent Preview: You can check the approximate sharpness of the subject in the viewfinder before the actual shooting (optical preview). You can also use the Intelligent Preview function to see the effects of manual adjustments to exposure value, shutter speed, aperture, Dynamic Range Optimizer and White Balance before you take the shot. This will allow you to determine the optimum settings before you take the shot, instead of losing time to trial-and-error.

Optional Flash: In a dark location, using an optional flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The DSLR-A850 features an active-shoe on top of the camera to attach a compatible Sony flash. The DSLR-A850 offers the following flash modes:

  • Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
  • Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
  • Rear Sync: In rear sync mode the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired.
  • Wireless: The camera can use the flash light to transmit signal to an external off-camera flash to produce a more three-dimensional image. (Requires optional wireless flash unit such as HVL-F58AM, HVL-F42AM, HVL-F56AM, or HVL-F36AM).

Slow Sync: In a case where the background is dark or low lit and is out of flash range you can use the Slow Sync mode to shoot the image with an optional flash and a slow shutter speed to capture a clear image of both the subject and background.

High Speed Sync: Since the flash sync speed restriction is removed when you use one of the wireless flash models, the flash allows you to take pictures using the flash with the entire shutter speed range of the camera. It also enables you to take pictures with the flash in bright conditions with the aperture open.

Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.

Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the CMOS imager cleaner for better pictures, the A850 utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the sensor to dislodge dust each time the camera is shut off.

Play And Print Functions

Histogram Display: A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.

Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds.

Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.

Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index Mode you can view 4, 9 or 25 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.

Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image from 1.1 to19x. You can then pan through the image horizontally or vertically.

Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.

Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.

PhotoTV HD Viewing With HDMI: The DSLR-A850 provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. With new Bravia HDTV model TVs, photos are automatically optimized in sharpness, gradation and color reproduction for HD display. An HDMI cable is not supplied. The camera also features a proprietary port and comes supplied with a composite video cable for supplying video to your television.

Optional Remote Commander: For shooting as well as viewing convenience, Sony offers the multi-function RM-S1AM Remote Commander for the DSLR-A850, allowing you to control TV photo viewing and control the shutter by remote to put yourself in the picture. A plastic clip is supplied for attaching the Remote Commander's cord to the camera strap.

Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.

  • DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
  • PictBridge Compliant: You can print images by connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
  • Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or CF card compliant printer.
  • Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The DSLR-A850 can take up to 880 shots on a fully charged NP-FM500H InfoLithium battery (supplied) with indication in percentage of about how much battery power remains.

Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 235 minutes for a full charge and 175 minutes for a normal charge. The battery must be fully charged before initial use.

Power Save: You can set the time (1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 min.) to turn the camera to the power saving mode to increase battery life.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: Picture Motion Browser Ver.4.2.13, Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.1, Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.1, and Remote Camera Control Ver.2.0 software are included with the camera and are contained and installed from one CD-ROM.

Picture Motion Browser Ver.4.2.13: Windows Only

  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on the camera.
  • Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
  • Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
  • Still images can be printed or saved with the date.
  • You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.

Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.1: Windows and Macintosh

  • Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera
  • Rate the images on a scale of five
  • Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to it

Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.1: Windows and Macintosh

  • You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
  • You can save the images in a general-purpose file format

Remote Camera Control Ver.2.0: Windows and Macintosh

  • Set up the camera or record an image from the computer
  • Record an image directly to the computer
  • Perform an Interval Timer Shooting (Windows only)

Windows Requirements:

  • Sony Image Data Suite (Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR, and Remote Camera Control):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP1 (Starter edition is not supported)
    • CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1GB or more is recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 200 MB or more (for installation)
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more
  • Sony Picture Utility (Picture Motion Browser):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP1 (Starter edition is not supported)
    • CPU/Memory:
    • Minimum: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster, 256 MB of RAM or more
    • Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster, 512 MB of RAM or more is recommended
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB or more (for installation)
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more

Macintosh Requirements (Sony Image Data Suite only):

  • OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X (v 10.4/v10.5)
  • CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended) Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
  • Memory: 1GB or more is recommended
  • Display: 1024 x768 dots or more

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