Sony A850 will be full frame

Sony A850 keeps leaking. After the appearance on Sony's product registration page, the Sony A850 DSLR manual popped up on Hong Kong support site. Here are the scans - click on image for larger view (full PDF file available here):

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Via Engadget

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  • NikoDoby

    So this is gonna be a step down from the 900? Or a step up? If it’s at or below a Nikon D700 price range then I’m seriously gonna be paying attention to this one.

    • the rumor is that this will be a sub $2000 camera

  • NikoDoby

    Oops, my bad, i meant Nikon D300S

  • NikoDoby

    Obviously Sony “leaked” this to steal the “thunder” from Nikon’s D300S announcement. Nikon knew this so they announce the D300S first, then let Sony show off the A350. It’s all a chess game.

    But this is great news because maybe a D400/D500 will have the same 24mp full-frame sensor!!! Or the D700X will come out real soon with 24mp AND video !!!

  • rawr

    unless this is a really cheap camera, there really is nothing redeeming to this camera. if this is the true successor to the alpha 700, then im done with sony. its seems as if they ignored all the desires of its photographers and came up something recycled.

    • NikoDoby

      I don’t get it rawr? A $1999US FULL FRAME camera is a bad thing?

      • This is HUGE!

        If they can offer this at a price point comfortably below $2000, it would be a groundbreaking announcement. Looking at the predicted specs (basically A900 with slower FPS and smaller viewfinder) it becomes a D300S + Cannon 60D killer.)

        While “perks” like live view and video are nice, they are not needed – especially at that price point with THAT sensor.

        • Sproutey

          Why is it huge?
          FF remains a tiny niche product with a total single-figure percentage market share. To say this will kill the D300s and 60D when both those cameras will absolutely destroy this one on specification and still offer killer IQ is patently ridiculous.
          A complete non-event when Sony have no true prosumer spec APS-C camera to fight the big two.
          FF is simply not a huge deal outside of the minority of vocal internet fans at this end of the market.

          • FF is only a niche product because of the price, just like HDTV was a niche product 5 years ago.

            The reason this is huge is that it will allow the advanced amateur to purchase a FF camera for APS-C dollars.

            If indeed Sony is planning on launching this at the much discussed price point, that minority market share that you speak of will rapidly advance (which is of course why it is rumored that Canon is also preparing to launch an affordable FF camera.)

            As for IQ, head over to Dxomark and take a look at the A900.

        • Anonymous

          In my opinion it comes down to it’s noise habits. While 24mp are sure something nice to have, there is only a very small circle of people that really NEED 24mp. Though if the noise levels aren’t any better, which I’ll doubt, I think most of the people will still choose a APS-C camera with killer fps, superb handling and an autofocus system that is the best in town. This is why I don’t think that it will make a D300/s/400 loose much of it’s share.
          But the good thing about it, is that it will certainly have an impact on prices, Nikon and Canon will be forced to drop their prices as well, as they are, especially at Nikon, ridiculously high for FX/FF.

          • Kind of like, no one will ever need more than 640K of ram? 😉

          • Anonymous

            I think this this not the right comparison you’re making
            In my opinion 98%of all commercially used images don’t use more than 3mp. Though the NEED for 24 is really little.
            Here we just have limits, and those limits are our eyes. You can print a 12mp pictures at a size where it is more than most poeüle actually want it. Though, we a a physical limit to what we need, because ours eyes “can’t see more”.

          • I think you are missing the fact that being full frame means even though the MP count is going up vs. APS-C, the pixel density is going down – which is of course why there are 60 MP Medium format cameras (i.e. you need to increase the MP count to fill the frame and maintain the density.)

    • Sky

      it’ll be cheaper A900, not successor of A700 – successor of A700 will be (already rumored) A750.

  • tk

    i would consider this if the price point is below 2k( lets say 1.8k ).

  • T3

    I would hope $1800 only body…

    How much will be the D700x??

  • gurbally

    I will now definitely conside Sony because it now has superb Carl Zeiss lenses like 16-35mm 2.8, 85mm 1.4 and 135mm 1.8. Sony are a much much bigger company than Canon and Nikon and they are very serious about capturing the DSLR market.

  • gurbally

    Sony’s 135mm 1.8 is unsurpassed.

  • Rebel

    I don’t understand Sony …this A850 is identical to the Alpha 900!! As 230/330/380 are identical to the old models !!

    • Sky

      yep, you don’t understand sony.
      A230/230/380 are cams for people upgrading from point and shoot.
      A850 is cheaper A900 – different speed, differend viewfinder, and so on…

  • T3

    Rebel you can buy a a900 for $2500 and I am almost sure that you will can a a850 for $1800 with a little bit difference….

  • Rebel

    I can buy an Alpha 900 for about 2000€, I hope the new FF A850 will cost 1500€… like a Nikon D300s!
    But if this will be true I think there cannot be that many photographers who will opt for an A900: so the A900 will ”die”…

  • bibbles

    we’re not going to see a $1999 24MP camera. sorry.

  • ogata

    no one doubts that the pdf is just a fake made from the a900 manual?

    • It was on the Sony website. They are not known for spoofing manuals on their support site…

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