On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket, which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. Although there's no rubber foot there is plenty of 'real estate' available for a stable location on a tripod mount.
The A380 has a smallish pop-up flash that, with a guide number of 10m (at ISO 100), offers slightly less power than its predecessor (12m on the A350). Like on many cameras in this class the flash doubles as an autofocus illuminator which strobes to assist focusing in low light. This is effective but not exactly discreet and can be slightly unpleasant for the blinded subjects.
|On the top of the camera there's a Minolta-style hotshoe for adding a flashgun. Sony and several third-party manufacturers make use of this mount so it's no concern that it's not the more standard style used elsewhere.|
The Sony Alpha mount is functionally identical to the Konica Minolta mount that it emerged from. As usual there is a red indicator dot for aligning the lens, which is locked by rotating clockwise. Like other Sony/Minolta AF SLR's the camera goes through a priming process when a lens is attached by spinning the focus motor connector to ensure it has connected correctly to the lens. This mount supports either body-driven focus or lenses with built-in focus motors.
Unlike the A350, on the A380 it is not necessary to turn on the camera in order to switch between AF and MF modes, nor does the A380 reset the focus in manual mode when the camera is turned on. Any photographers who work with MF on a tripod will be glad to hear that.
Box Contents (A380L kit)
- Sony Alpha A380 digital SLR body
- DT18-55mm SAM Lens (A380Y kit includes additional DT55-200mm SAM Lens)
- BC-VH1 Battery Charger
- NP-FH50 Rechargeable Battery
- Shoulder strap
- Body cap
- USB cable
- Software CD-ROM
- Manual, Warranty