Sony Alpha A380 review

Sony's new DSLR takes on recent efforts from Canon and Nikon

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The Alpha 380 has a lot of tricks up its sleeve in addition to its unique Live View system.

Amongst other key settings there's a high-resolution 14 million-pixel sensor with a wide ISO range of 100-3200, built-in Steady Shot INSIDE image stabilisation, and eye-start AF. The latter two functions are ported over from older Konica Minolta technology, but both have been adapted and improved by Sony.

Exposure is handled by the standard 'PASM' exposure modes (programme, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual, for those of you that don't speak geek) plus the usual range of automatic scene presets to cover pretty much any shooting situation.

Images from the A380's sensor are recorded either in the standard JPEG mode or in Sony's own ARW. Raw format, with a raw+JPEG simultaneous recording option is also available.

Sony alpha a380

PORTS: a panel slides across to reveal card slots as well as USB and HDMI connectors

This is great in terms of ultimate flexibility, but it will burn through memory cards very quickly.

On the subject of memory cards, Sony has done away with CompactFlash media support in the A380, opting instead for dual slots for its own Memory Stick Duo cards and – finally - long-overdue support for the ubiquitous SecureDigital format.

We don't normally get excited about memory card covers, but the A380 features a cool sliding door to protect the memory card bays and HDMI connections, which cries out to be played with until it breaks…

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Product Familyalpha A
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 3.6x (Lens 2)
Brand NameSony
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)489 g
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height97 mm
Width128 mm
Depth71.4 mm
Product SeriesA
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 55 mm to 200 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSLR-A380
Product Namealpha DSLR-A380 Digital SLR Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSLRA380Y
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Blending breathtaking photography with easy-to-use operation, the lightweight and stylish Sony α DSLR-A380Y DSLR camera is ideal for step-up digital photographers. The α A380 brings you the freedom of Live View, which lets you compose and shoot photos using a tiltable 2.7" LCD screen.

Package Contents
  • alpha DSLR-A380 Digital SLR Camera
  • Lens 18 to 55
  • Lens 55 to 200