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full frame SLR for $2000

A couple months ago, I blogged about my wish for a full frame SLR digital camera with articulating LCD for $2000.

Well, that wish is coming closer to reality. Today Sony announced the full frame (36mm x 24mm images sensor) 24.6 megapixel A850 digital camera.

It has no rotating LCD, but that’s not a deal breaker for me. The fact that it’s a Sony and doesn’t take Nikon lenses is the deal breaker for me. But it’s great to see full frame hitting the 2 grand point. It’s about time. I still believe that all of today’s SLR cameras should feature full frame sensors. It’s 2009.

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Man that’s a beautiful camera!

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Two quick thoughts… is there a built in flash? I understand that a built in flash is probably a non-issue for serious phtographers (who I’m sure are the target market for this camera) but it’s nice to have. Maybe it’s just hard to tell from the photo but I don’t see one. Also, I would have to check out the user interface on this camera before buying it. I hated our old Sony point and shoot camera. Trying to navigate through the menus when you wanted to change a setting was extremely difficult and confusing. I would hold out for… Read more »

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In reviewing the specs on the Sony A850, I came across the following…

Bright optical glass pentaprism viewfinder with 98% coverage

Does this mean that the viewfinder only captures 98% of what the lens captures? Is this normal? If this isn’t normal, why would Sony do this? Seems like a hindrance…

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