Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Released May, 2009
  • 14 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
It's moderately sized and lightweight and therefore, in combination with the very lightweight kit lens, an ideal 'take-anywhere' DSLR.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Alpha DSLR-A380
8.3
D3200
9.5
D3100
8.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Alpha DSLR-A380
8.1
D3200
7.2
D3100
7.2
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Alpha DSLR-A380
8.9
D3200
8.9
D3100
8.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Alpha DSLR-A380
8.7
D3200
9.0
D3100
9.2
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, dpreview.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Alpha DSLR-A380
8.5
D3200
9.0
D3100
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Alpha DSLR-A380
614 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A380
198 ms
D3100
279 ms
D3200
276 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha DSLR-A380
107 ms
D3100
117 ms
D3200
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha DSLR-A380
600 ms
D3200
400 ms
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha DSLR-A380
2.5 fps
D3200
4 fps
D3100
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha DSLR-A380
500 photos
D3100
550 photos
D3200
540 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380


5.9
The Sony DSLR-A380 has clearly been designed with those users in mind who want to upgrade from a digital compact camera and would like to use their DSLR in almost the same fashion as they used their compact.

7.0
The only difference is the A330's lower resolution, 10.2-megapixel sensor.

Overall

7.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

When Sony launched the A380's predecessor, the DSLR-A350, it was arguably the best specified camera in the entry-level segment sporting the highest resolution sensor and an impressive set of features.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
When Sony launched the A380's predecessor, the DSLR-A350, in January 2008 it was arguably one of the best specified cameras in the entry-level segment sporting the highest resolution sensor and an impressive set of features.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
Shooting in RAW can definitely gain you some extra detail, especially in low contrast areas of the frame where some careful sharpening in RAW conversion will get you a good amount of additional detail.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Lens

You can get the A380 in two kits: one with an 18-55mm lens and a dual-lens kit with that lens plus a 55-200mm model.
by c|net (Aug, 2009)
Along with the new cameras Sony has launched a number of new lenses.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
The DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens and the DT 55-200mm F/4-5.6 tele zoom come in the one- and two-lens kits that each camera can be ordered in, but are also available separately.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Screen

The Sony's live-view AF is fast and holding the camera away from your eye in live-view mode is more comfortable, especially when you tilt the screen up and hold the camera in a lower position, almost like a waist-level viewfinder on a medium-format camera.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
The graphic display shows a graphical representation of shutter speed and aperture, while the standard display is limited to numbers and the usual symbols, and offers some additional information such as white balance, creative style, focus mode and D-Range optimizer settings.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
You can switch between the new Graphic display and the Standard display by pressing the DISP button on the four-way controller.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Image quality

There is also a slight difference in color rendition and saturation but again most current entry-level DSLRs are very similar in that respect.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
There's plenty to like in the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380, especially if you're not overly concerned with color accuracy.
by c|net (Aug, 2009)
The color rendition is remarkably similar as well.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Live view

This works in both live view and OVF mode (in live view the menus are overlaid on top of the live view image).
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
It can only be operated in live view mode and when shooting JPEG.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)
There is no live view magnification and the live preview only covers 90 percent of the frame which disqualifies the A380 from most photographic applications that require very precise framing and/or focusing.
by DPReview (Aug, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 14 MP
Resolution 4592 x 3056
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 26.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 2.5 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 2.5 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 198 ms
Shutter lag 107 ms
Startup delay 600 ms

video

Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.74x
Viewfinder size 0.49x

form factor

Size 128 x 97 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 519 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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