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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and screen. The value for money and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the focus. Some have doubts about the finish and video.

usability, performance, value for money, screen, portability

viewfinder, build quality, low-light, video, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Review - A Review of the


Good balance of shadow detail and highlights, Simple user interface, Articulating LCD, Dual memory card slots

No HD movie recording, Relatively slow burst shooting rate, Noisy operation

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...

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Sony Alpha A380


Fast and responsive ; Reliable performance ; Intuitive to use ; Lightweight and compact for an APS-C sized sensor DSLR

Distinctly plastic construction ; Tilting screen stiff and awkward ; Image noise visible at higher ISO sensitivity settings


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380


In January last year Sony was one of the first manufacturers to 'diversify' its entry level DSLR offerings when it replaced the DSLR-A100 with not one but three new cameras - the DSLR-A200, A300 and A350. Now, one and a half years later, the product...

Compact camera upgraders looking for a simple DSLR

More serious photographers or for use in low light

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...


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 (with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses)


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.

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

Smallish grip; middling viewfinder; color shifts with default settings

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.

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Sony A380 DSLR


If you're in the market for an entry-level DSLR that's a cut above the average, the Sony Alpha 380 makes an excellent choice. The high resolution sensor, excellent optics of the included kit lens, and in-camera image stabilization add up to a good...

14.2 megapixel resolution18-55mm kit lensIn-camera image stabilization2.5 fps continuous shooting

Optical viewfinder a bit cramped

The Sony A380 is a new 14.2MP digital SLR with an 18-55mm zoom lens...

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Camera Test: Sony Alpha 380


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

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Review: Sony Alpha A380 review


SLR newcomers who are easily intimidated when trying to use a camera more complicated than a point-and-shoot may find the Alpha A380 a lot easier to use than other SLRs.

The A380 is a fairly compact SLR that is easy to use and feature packed. Chunky controls, well-labeled buttons, and a comfortably lightweight body ensure that the A380 will appear less threatening to anyone picking up a SLR for the first time. However,...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380


Sony's Alpha DSLR-A380 is the company's latest upper-entry-level DSLR. Announced in May 2009, it's the successor to the Alpha A350, and inherits many features from this earlier model including the same 14.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, built-in image...

Built-in IS which works with any lens ; Quick and fuss-free Live View ; Vertically-tilting monitor ; Beginner-friendly user interface

More noise than rivals at high ISOs ; Slow continuous shooting ; No movie mode ; Body shape may not be to all tastes

When Sony announced the Alpha A380 (and its lower-end counterparts the A330 and A230), it wasn’t hard to understand why many enthusiasts were disappointed. Most have become accustomed to new cameras featuring more powerful specifications such as higher...

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Sony Alpha A380 DSLR Review


Sony has had a bad year in its LCD TV and games business but seems to have a winner in its DSLR cameras. Supporting this success, the company has fed the market with a stream of models to satisfy a variety of budgets and requirements.

On test, I have to say I was agreeably surprised at the quality of colour and sharpness in the pictures I shot. In a series of shots made with varying ISO settings, I found the upper levels — even ISO 3200 — delivered excellent quality.

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"IS this camera better than the A700?"


My key question is, would it be a better purchase to simply get the A700? My friend has used the A700 for a few years and I would suggest the A700 for anyone looking for quality finished photos versus the point and shoot realm of the universe

The basic features are nice and user friendly. This camera is built for the the point and shoot fans.

The image quality is weak in its progression from the A100. I photographed identical outdoor shots with both my A100 and the A380. At 200iso, I am not convinced that the quality of the photos are that different.

Product Specifications

Blending breathtaking photography with easy-to-use operation, the lightweight and stylish Sony a DSLR-A380Y DSLR camera is ideal for step-up digital photographers. The a A380 brings you the freedom of live view, which lets you compose and shoot photos using a tiltable 2.7" LCD screen. Plus, 14.2-megapixel resolution provides superb image detail, and exceptionally quick AF response helps you capture the perfect moment. Moreover, SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization reduces blur with every Sony, Carl Zeiss lens, and legacy Minolta a-mount lens, while the on-screen help guide and graphic display help take the complexity out of DSLR photography. The a A380Y comes with an 18-55mm standard zoom lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO Duo / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset/Night portrait / Macro / Portrait mode / Landscape / Sports mode / Sunset


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Sony DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Sony DT 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses/Sony DT 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:14.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 3200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Landscape / Neutral / Night View / Portrait / Sunset / Vivid/Sunset / Vivid / Neutral / Black & White / Landscape / Portrait / Night View
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW / JPEG / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical