For a (more) level playing field for comparison we also shot our studio scene in RAW mode with each camera and converted it using Adobe Camera RAW. Because Adobe Camera RAW applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras (this confirmed) we had to use the following workflow for these conversions:
Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
Open file to Photoshop
Apply a Unsharp mask: 80%, Radius 1.0, Threshold 0
Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download
This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.
Sony DSLR-A380 (RAW) vs. Sony DSLR-A350 (RAW)
4.2 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
4.1 MB JPEG (4592 x 3056)
The RAW conversion in Adobe Camera RAW 5.4 squeezes a tiny amount of extra detail out of both cameras' images but after going through software processing the results are virtually indistinguishable. From an image quality point of view there is really no need to swap your A350 for an A380.