Sony Alpha DSLR-A380
Released July, 2009
The Pros:Very fast autofocus in live view mode, compared to similar cameras. Integrated image stabilization rather than lens-based. Comfortable ergonomics even for long periods of use, and especially for using live view.
The Cons:Small viewfinder compared to Sony's other entry-level models. Flash is low-powered for a DSLR and somewhat weak. JPEG quality has some blurring around edges.
The A380 is an entry-level DSLR camera from Sony. It is identical to the A330, but with a resolution of 14.2 rather than 10.2 megapixels. Although a step up from the A230, the A380 similarly targets users upgrading from prosumer compacts with features designed to ease the transition to a DSLR, including intuitive, graphical explanations of settings like shutter speed and aperture, as well as a comprehensive on-screen help guide.
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Unlike the A230, however, the A380 includes a live view mode for composing shots on the variable-angle LCD screen, although this mode, which includes autofocus response, reduces the frame rate for continuous shooting from 2.5 to 2 fps. Also in Live View, a 'Smart Teleconverter' feature aims to provide an alternative to zooming with 1.4x and 2x magnification.
- 14.2MP effective resolution
- Image stabilization
- Intuitive GUI
- Quick AF Live View mode
- Dual slot (SD/Memory Stick)
- SAL1855 18-55mm standard zoom lens
- Variable-angle 2.7-inch TFT LCD
- 2.5 fps
- 23.5x15.7mm APS-C sensor
- Shutter speed: 30 - 1/4000 s
- Smart Teleconverter image magnification
- D-Range Optimizer
- Center-cross 9-point AF system
- Creative Style settings
- Eye-Start AF activation
- BRAVIA Sync
User Reviews (1)
Very fast autofocus in live view mode, compared to similar cameras
Integrated image stabilization rather than lens-based
Comfortable ergonomics even for long periods of use, and especially for using live view
Screen tilts and extends out from camera, convenient for awkward shooting situations
Small viewfinder compared to Sony's other entry-level models
Flash is low-powered for a DSLR and somewhat weak
JPEG quality has some blurring around edges
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