Sony also announced today the new full-frame Î±850 DSLR, a more affordable version of Sonyâ€™s flagship Î±900 DSLR. At $2000, the new Î±850 has the same 24.6MP Exmor CMOS image sensor and almost all the other features of the more expensive Î±900 which was introduced last year with a body-only price of $3000.
The Î±850 DSLR downgraded only in the continuous shooting speed department (now 3fps compared to the Î±900â€™s 5fps) and viewfinder coverage (98% vs 100%).
â€œSony is bringing the benefits of a full-frame digital SLR camera to a broader group of consumers,â€ said Kristen Elder, director of the Digital Imaging business at Sony Electronics. â€œThe Î±850 strengthens Sonyâ€™s alpha DSLR line, which now offers models in each step from high-end professional down to the amateur enthusiast.â€
The Sony Î±850 DSLR will be available next month.