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Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7

Portability
54
Imaging
68
Features
60
Overall
64
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-7 front
Portability
84
Imaging
64
Features
71
Overall
66

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Key Specs

Sony A850
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Revealed April 2010
Sony NEX-7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Revealed December 2011
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Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Overview

In this write-up, we will be looking at the Sony A850 and Sony NEX-7, former being a Advanced DSLR while the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both produced by Sony. The resolution of the A850 (25MP) and the NEX-7 (24MP) is relatively similar but the A850 (Full frame) and NEX-7 (APS-C) come with different sensor sizes.

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The A850 was manufactured 20 months earlier than the NEX-7 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony A850 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony NEX-7 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the A850 matches up vs the NEX-7 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A850 over the Sony NEX-7

 A850 NEX-7 
Screen resolution922k921kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-7 over the Sony A850

 NEX-7 A850 
RevealedDecember 2011April 2010More recent by 20 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Sony A850 and Sony NEX-7

 A850 NEX-7 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Sony A850 has outside measurements of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") and a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-7 has measurements of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 400 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the A850 versus the NEX-7.

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the A850 and NEX-7 is 54 and 84 respectively.

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 top view buttons comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to picture the contrast between sensor measurements simply by going over technical specs. The visual underneath may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the A850 and NEX-7.

As you have seen, both the cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The A850 due to its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Sony A850 will deliver extra detail due to its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The older A850 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 sensor size comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A850 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Portrait photography camera
72
manual focus
sensor resolution is great (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
78
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A850
Street photography with Sony NEX-7
66
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
76
tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony A850 Sports photography features
Sony NEX-7 Sports photography features
71
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is great (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
weather sealing
supports phase detect AF
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
62
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great battery life (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A850 Travel photography features
Sony NEX-7 Travel photography features
55
weather sealing
sensor resolution is great (25MP)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
70
great battery life (430 shots)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A850 Landscape photography details
Sony NEX-7 Landscape photography details
73
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is great (25MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
has dual storage slots
no liveview
doesn't have Timelapse mode
72
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A850 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-7 Vlogging info
9
no video
35
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic port
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
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Sony A850 vs Sony NEX-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A850 and Sony NEX-7
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A850Sony Alpha NEX-7
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Sony Alpha NEX-7
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced Mirrorless
Revealed 2010-04-15 2011-12-13
Body design Mid-size SLR Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 861.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6048 x 4032 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 16000
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony E
Available lenses 143 121
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 922k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT Xtra Fine color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 6.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 895 gr (1.97 lb) 400 gr (0.88 lb)
Dimensions 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 79 81
DXO Color Depth score 23.8 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 13.4
DXO Low light score 1415 1016
Other
Battery life 880 photos 430 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Dual One
Launch cost $0 $699