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Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II

Portability
54
Imaging
68
Features
60
Overall
64
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

Sony A850
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Expand to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Announced April 2010
Sony A77 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 647g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Launched May 2014
  • Superseded the Sony A77
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Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Overview

Following is a in depth review of the Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are manufactured by Sony. The resolution of the A850 (25MP) and the A77 II (24MP) is fairly similar but the A850 (Full frame) and A77 II (APS-C) posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The A850 was introduced 5 years earlier than the A77 II which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the A850 scores versus the A77 II when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony A850 over the Sony A77 II

 A850 A77 II 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Sony A850

 A77 II A850 
LaunchedMay 2014April 2010More modern by 49 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1229k922kCrisper display (+307k dot)
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Common features in the Sony A850 and Sony A77 II

 A850 A77 II 
Manual focus More precise focus
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Sony A850 comes with physical dimensions of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") and a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs) and the Sony A77 II has sizing of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the A850 vs the A77 II.

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the A850 and A77 II is 54 and 62 respectively.

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is tough to envision the contrast between sensor sizes just by reviewing specs. The image below might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the A850 and A77 II.

All in all, each of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The A850 using its larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF easier and the Sony A850 will offer you greater detail using its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged A850 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A850 Portrait photography features
Sony A77 II Portrait photography features
72
manual focus
high megapixels (25MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
79
manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A850 Street photography advice
Sony A77 II Street photography advice
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
no articulating screen
76
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A850
Sports photography with Sony A77 II
71
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
high megapixels (25 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
environment sealing
has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
max fps very slow (3.0 fps)
76
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
terrible battery (480 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A850 Travel photography features
Sony A77 II Travel photography features
55
environment sealing
high megapixels (25MP)
missing Time Lapse function
display is not selfie friendly
64
weather proofing
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (480 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A850 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A77 II as a Landscape photography camera
73
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
high megapixels (25MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
no liveview feature
missing Time Lapse function
73
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
terrible battery (480 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A850
Vlogging with Sony A77 II
9
no video recording
78
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic support
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Sony A850 vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A850 and Sony A77 II
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A850Sony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Sony SLT-A77 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2010-04-15 2014-05-21
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.9 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 861.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 25 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6048 x 4032 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 200 50
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 79
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 143 143
Crop factor 1 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 922 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT Xtra Fine color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 98% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x 0.73x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 895g (1.97 lb) 647g (1.43 lb)
Physical dimensions 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 79 82
DXO Color Depth rating 23.8 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 13.4
DXO Low light rating 1415 1013
Other
Battery life 880 images 480 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FM500H NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Dual One
Pricing at launch $0 $1,198