Great for amateurs, professionals, and everyone in between.
5 August 2014
Summary: I've owned this camera for around 6 years now, and it's done everything I've needed it to, when I need it to, and it's never once failed me. I'm no "professional", but I've had many 20x30's framed in model homes and in many other homes, and they look wonderful. Clear and crisp like you'd expect. Judge for yourself. My website is "LJRossPhoto.com". All photography was taken with a Sony a380.
Summary: Wish it had video nice camera easy to deal with. It's a Sony camera so quality is there, pictures are clean lightning is great. Still can't believe it doesn't have video. Still got a good buy.
Summary: have not received yet but ive been a professional photographer for 10 yrs and a camera tester i just payed price good over all rateing of this camera was 4.5 out of 5 2 yrs a go it has something that keeps dust away wich is good for nature photography and i used one in a wedding to and did not fail..
Summary: A great package with the inclusion of the telephoto lens. It would have been better if it was a 75mm - 300mm telephoto lens. For a DSLR the camera is fairly easy to use for a newcomer to the DSLR field, but the instruction booklet is not always easy to follow and some simple instructions with diagrams would be helpful. Even a short video explaining the various features of the camera that was included with the camera as a DVD.
Excellent camera for the beginner or more advanced photographer
Stephen M. Charme, Amazon
23 October 2010
Summary: Years ago I used to use a Nikon F SLR with an assortment of wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. I would buy my film in bulk, load it into casettes, shoot, then develop and print in my home darkroom. Those days are long gone. Once digital arrived I used a variety of compact cameras whose main virtue was portability and convenience, which sometimes did not provide the sharpest pictures.
Summary: Camera is easy to use. Still learning allthe nick nacks on camera. Faster lens would have been nice. For the money, probably one of the better cameras. Adjustable view finder is a great option.
Summary: I initially was drawn to the Sony line of DSLR's because I've used a Sony SLR like camera for a few years now and just love it. Infact most people already thought I had a full DSLR from the picture quality. So when it was definitely time for me to upgrade, I knew I had to keep Sony on the list to compare. I talked to other photographer friends, and most leaned toward the Canon XSI as a good entry level DSLR. So I compared it to my Sony alpha 380.
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife as a replacement for her 35mm. She took it to shoot a wedding 2 days after getting the camera. She won't be going back to 35mm any time soon. The only thing she will be needing is an external flash. the built in flash doesn't cut it.
Summary: Very high quality indeed. And this model even isn't the top one... Very affordable price for such high quality. Sony will dominate the world of electronics. Combination of quality and price is unbeatable.