Excerpt: The new Sony W380 is heavily based upon the existing WX1 model, so a lot of comments that we made about that camera apply equally to the W380. The Sony DSC-W380 has a conventional 5x extending optical lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2.4 and 24mm wide-angle setting, instantly making it a serious proposition for more serious photographers.
Summary: The recently launched Sony Cybershot DSC-W380 is a compact digital camera which is packed to the brim with features and many intelligent functions. Going by the specs alone, we are impressed and let's quickly check out how it fares against the competition.
Excerpt: It’s getting hard to distinguish between the virtually identical ultra-compact cameras jostling for our attention. Sony’s latest has all the obligatory specs: absurdly high-resolution sensor, 5x zoom lens, optical stabilisation, 2.7in screen and Li-ion battery. It also comes with an SDHC slot – a first for a Sony compact – although it accepts Memory Stick Pro Duo cards too.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 is a simple to use camera that will return average results for those looking for a point and shoot compact. It doesn't try and complicate things or set itself above its station, except perhaps with the 14.1-megapixel sensor, a number that seems unnecessarily high for this type of camera, which is likely to be the cause of the image quality problems we detected.
Pros: Simple to use, compact, Sweep Panorama works well
Cons: Build quality, image noise, poor quality HD video, no HDMI