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Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

alaTest has collected and analyzed 241 reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A380. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the price and portability. The screen and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the zoom and video. Views about the memory and color are different.

usability, performance, screen, portability, price

viewfinder, flash, battery, video, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality. The lens is also appreciated. There are some critical comments about the price.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pcworld.com)

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

Sep, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

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...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 review

 

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.

Aug, 2009

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

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...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Sony Alpha 380 Review

 

Sony A380 digitale SLR camera De opvolging van de Alpha 350 door de Sony DSLR-A380 is niet meer dan logisch. Hoewel zogenaamde ‘spec driven’ enthousiastelingen teleurgesteld reageerden op de technische specificaties is het te kort door de bocht om de...

Jul, 2009

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Sony Alpha 380 review

 

One year after the introduction of the DSLR-A350, the time has come for a successor; the Sony Alpha 380. It brings us to the next generation of Alpha Digital SLR cameras aiming at the entry-level market, which is also the market where the large numbers...

To introduce the Sony DSLR-A380 as the successor of the Alpha 350 is definitely a logical step. Although the 'spec driven' fans were rather disappointed upon getting hold of the technical specifications, it's not fair to take it out on the Sony A380....

Recommended

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Sony A380 Review

 

The Sony A380 is a new 14 megapixel DSLR camera featuring a restyled design and user interface to make it easier to use. Replacing the A350 model, the A380 retains all of its predecessor's key features, with a 2.7 inch tilting LCD screen, Live View,...

OK, so while a resolution of 14.2 million effective pixels for a consumer level DSLR aiming for a mass-market family audience looks a bit like overkill, that level of spec in part justifies the Sony A380's £720 price tag. And set against the asking...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

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

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (macworld.com)

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,...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Buy-n-Shoot.com (buy-n-shoot.com)

Sony Alpha 380 Digital Camera Review

 

The 14.2-megapixel tilt-screen Alpha 380 is the new and improved version of Sony's a350 DSLR which, being originally released onto the market in January of 2008, was due for a minor upgrade given that in DSLR terms anything 18-months and beyond is...

Aug, 2009

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