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6.3 out of 10

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Camera Type: SLR/Professional Resolution: 14.2 Megapixel * Read more

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Overall 8
8.3

Sony Alpha 380 Review

digitalslrphoto.com
18 May 2010
  • Conclusion: The Alpha 380 continues Sony’s trend of producing highly specified DSLRs to challenge those from Canon and Nikon. But while the Alpha 350 scored 90% and a Best Buy when tested in our May 2008 issue, the Alpha 380 doesn’t live up to its predecessor’s glowing review. There is litle wrong with the A380 and, bar my gripe about the handling, it's a decent DSLR. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer any radical improvements over the A350, yet there is a big difference in price.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
12 February 2010
  • Summary: The $699 Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is an intuitive, inexpensive DSLR that also happens to take good photos. However, other similarly priced cameras (such as the $599 Pentax K-x) can shoot HD video and are generally faster. Don't want to shoot video? The Nikon D3000 ($549) is an even better deal. When it comes to ease of use, however, the A380 leads the pack.
  • Pros: Good balance of shadow detail and highlights, Simple user interface, Articulating LCD, Dual memory card slots
  • Cons: No HD movie recording, Relatively slow burst shooting rate, Noisy operation
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Overall 9
8.5
Design 8
7.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Sony Alpha a380 review

What Digital Camera
12 December 2009
  • Excerpt: Boasting the same Quick AF live view system of its predecessor, what else does the latest Alpha model provide for the entry-level consumer?
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

CNET
4 December 2009
  • Summary: While the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is a solid inexpensive dSLR with a few nice features that will probably satisfy many shooters, it doesn't deliver quite enough on any front to outshine competitors.
  • Pros: Capable of shooting some very nice photos; fast Live View AF and single-shot performance; tiltable LCD; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization.
  • Cons: Smallish grip; middling viewfinder; color shifts with default settings.
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Overall 6
5.9

Expert Review

DP Review
2 December 2009
  • Summary: Aside from its unique high-speed live view mode the Alpha 380 simply can't compete with the best of its peers in this fiercely competitive sector. Handling isn't great, nor is low-light performance, and unless you find one very cheap indeed, it's best avoided.
  • Pros: Good JPEG output at base ISO (but sometimes poor low contrast detail, improves visibly when shooting in RAW), Good JPEG resolution, Reliable metering, Fastest AF in live view (but see disadvantages below), Coherent ergonomics for live view operation, Probably the easiest DSLR to use for a compact camera user, Tilting screen useful for over-head or waist-level shooting (not in portrait orientation though), Effective image stabilization system (SteadyShot inside), Wirel...
  • Cons: Visible blurring of fine detail in JPEGs from ISO 200 upwards, High ISO performance not on the same level as direct competitors, Smallest viewfinder of any APS-C DSLR, Protruding screen obstructs use of viewfinder, especially if you're wearing glasses, Limited external controls, No on-screen user interface for changing of shooting parameters, Sometimes convoluted operation (AF-point selection, index-view), No magnification and only 90% frame coverage in live view make...
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 10
10
Picture quality 9
9.0
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
6 November 2009
  • Conclusion: Sony A380 digital SLR camera To introduce the Sony DSLR-A380 as the successor of the Alpha 350 is definitely a logical step. Although the 'spec driven' fans were rather disappointed upon getting hold of the technical specifications, it's not fair to take it out on the Sony A380. Considering the current market, a 14 Megapixel digital SLR is completely in place, there is by no means a relapse of specifications and on top of that, it's an entirely new design.
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Camera Test: Sony Alpha 380

Pop Photo
1 October 2009
  • Excerpt: Facing tough competition from 12- to 15-megapixel DSLRs from Canon and Nikon, Sony's new 14.2MP Alpha 380 ($850, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM lens) comes up somewhat short. It has a couple of big strengths. Live-view shooting is the best we've used on any DSLR to date. It offers built-in wireless flash control-all too rare in consumer-level cameras. And its controls, from the placement of buttons to the made-for-beginners display interface, are very well designed.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sony Alpha A380

Macworld
17 September 2009
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Sony Alpha A380 Thinking about upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera to a digital single-lens reflex (SLR) for the first time, or simply want a relatively lightweight and compact SLR as a backup your main SLR? Though Canon and Nikon have long dominated the SLR world, Sony has become a viable alternative.
  • Pros: Fast and responsive, Reliable performance, Intuitive to use, Lightweight and compact for an APS-C sized sensor DSLR
  • Cons: Distinctly plastic construction, Tilting screen stiff and awkward, Image noise visible at higher ISO sensitivity settings
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 (with 18-55mm lens)

CNET
12 August 2009
  • Excerpt: When Sony released the Alpha DSLR-A350 , it stood out from the crowd primarily for its robust feature set at an aggressive price. A year later, everyone else has caught up, and its successor, the DSLR-A380 isn't quite so novel for the money anymore. The A380 is nearly identical to its cheaper sibling, the A330 . The only difference is the A330's lower resolution, 10.2-megapixel sensor.
  • Pros: Capable of shooting some very nice photos; fast Live View AF and single-shot performance; tiltable LCD; dual card slots; relatively simple, straightforward operation; built-in wireless flash and image stabilization.
  • Cons: Smallish grip; middling viewfinder; color shifts with default settings.
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Overall 8
8.1

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Camera Labs
1 August 2009
  • Summary: Sony’s Alpha A380 is the top model in the company’s consumer DSLR range, featuring 14.2 Megapixel resolution, built-in image stabilisation which works with any lens you attach, a quick Live View system and vertically-tilting screen. It’s a solid specification, although one which shares a great deal with its predecessor, the Alpha A350 – indeed as we mentioned at the start of this review, the internal specification is almost identical, with most of the changes being...
  • Pros: Built-in IS which works with any lens., Quick and fuss-free Live View., Vertically-tilting monitor., Beginner-friendly user interface.
  • Cons: More noise than rivals at high ISOs., Slow continuous shooting., No movie mode., Body shape may not be to all tastes.
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