Summary: I've had my Sony A380 for about 3 years now. For a while I thought I'd made a mistake since I could never seem to get the clarity I wanted. The ONLY mistake was not getting something other than the 'kit' lens that came with it. Recently I started playing with the option of other lenses and bought a Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.7 lens for my Sony. INSTANTLY I regained the confidence I'd all but lost in this camera! Sharpness that can CUT!
The Great Modern day DSLR Discontinued Cameras Sold At A Ripe Off Price
Howard B. Kahn, Amazon
12 February 2012
Summary: i Started with Konica SLR's, than onto Minolta, now Sony Dslr's i paid $500.00 when the Sony a380 CAME OUT, body only, i paid $550.00 for the Sony a33 when it first came out, body only. Both of these cameras i found better than their virgin reviews, i still have them and use them. If i would sell them today i would be lucky to get $100.00 for each of them, but yet when i look at what some individuals are asking, along with the establishment photo suppliers you would...
Summary: Sony just discontinued the A380 and replaced it with the A390, creating a great value for those willing to purchase one model back. The camera handles well and uses the complete line of Minolta/Sony lenses. The learning curve from other sony cameras is almost nonexistant and I used the camera with excellent results the first time without reading the manual.
Summary: This is a very light-weight camera! I like that I can use two different types of memory. (SD cards are cheaper than CF.) The hand grip is a little awkward at first, but relatively easy to get used to. The kit lens is not the greatest, but I used to shoot with Minolta in the film days and when I first switched over to dSLR, so I have plenty of Minolta / Sony lenses and accessories.
Summary: I am a photographer-wannabe graphic and web designer. I have taken this product to photoquests where I've subjected it to different types of landscapes, light and climate situations -- even some soft rain. So far it has behaved beautifully with good battery life, fast enough recording speeds and good image quality even on its lowest settings.
Excerpt: My feelings about Sony α380 are still ambivalent. Do I like it enough to recommend it to potential DSLR buyers or not? To sort it out, I am laying down what I like and don’t like about it. The Positive Side. I have always trusted Sony when it comes to colors. They are experts at visual appeal. Witness their televisions which up to now is still visually the best in the market – contrasts are exceptional and tones capture reality if not magnify it.
Excerpt: I have Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 for 15 days now and it is my entrance to dslr world, before I had only compaq cameras with the last to be SONY T100. My new Sony is is a positive change for me, I took it with the Sony 18- 55mm lens and the Tamron 55-200mm and I can say that I am very satisfied! Problems: Nothing special to be mentioned!
Excerpt: I have had a chance to wring out the Sony A380 DSLR the past week. I have read a number of reviews which claim the image quality leaves something to be desired. I have also had opportunity to take sufficient photos with the Canon Xsi, T1i and Nikon D5000 to say the Sony A380 image quality is the equal or better than the other cameras. I have also had the chance to try the older Sony A350 and can say the image quality of the A380 has improved.
Sony Alpha A380L Digital SLR Camera with 18-55 mm Lens.
Alan Crosskill, Amazon
9 April 2010
Summary: On retirement in 2000 I disposed of my Canon EOS and Bronica equipment and reverted to a Ricoh GR which in time was replaced by a number of small digital cameras, I had few regrets. Two months ago a friend showed me his newly purchased Sony Alpha A380L DSLR Camera, I was smitten and immediately purchased one. I had no experience of other makers products nor made any comparisons.