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.
Excerpt: 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: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 is a compact camera that offers a range of features in a pocket-friendly package. Aimed firmly at the point and shoot end of the market, the W380 is amongst the smallest compact cameras out there measuring 91.7 x 51.9mm, but not the slimmest at 19.7mm thick. Weighing 133g (with battery and memory card), it is certainly light too.
Pros: Simple to use, compact, Sweep Panorama works well
Cons: Build quality, image noise, poor quality HD video, no HDMI
Summary: Technology will only take a camera so far. It also has to look, feel and handle right, and it's in those areas that the Cyber-shot DSC-W380 really shows its quality. Other cameras might give you more to talk about, but not many offer this kind of straightforward operation and physical satisfaction when it comes to actually using them
Pros: Crisp, clean and colourful images, Excellent design, finish and build quality, Fast autofocus and face-detection feature
Cons: Navigating the menus is a fairly slow experience, 'sweep panorama' takes photos at a reduced resolution