Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Announced May 18, 2009 •
14 megapixels | 2.7 screen | APS-C sensor
dpreview conclusion

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 avoided.

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Recommended
59%
dpreview score
Good for

Compact camera upgraders looking for a simple DSLR

Not so good for

More serious photographers or for use in low light

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Sony Alpha a380 review
By: Matt Golowczynski, What Digital Camera (Jul 27, 2009)

That the Sony A380 is only a minor upgrade indicates one of two things. Either the entry-level user is already well-catered for, with everything they need to take the kind of images they would require, or a better-specified model which would sit a little higher up is in the pipeline. After all, a replacement for the Sony A700 is long overdue, and the video recording and high-resolution LCD...

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Sony’s Alpha A380 is the top model in the company’s consumer DSLR range, featuring 14.2 Megapixel resolution, built-in image stabilisation which works with any lens you attach, a quick Live View system and vertically-tilting screen. It’s a solid specification, although one which shares a great deal with its predecessor, the Alpha A350 – indeed as we mentioned at the start of this review,...

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