Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 Review
Top of camera controls (right)
The shutter button, power lever, digital zoom button, live view switch and exposure compensation button are located on the right-hand corner of the camera (there's also a control dial just underneath the shutter button on the front of the camera). All can be fairly easily reached either with the thumb or forefinger, at least while shooting in live view. It's questionable though if the digital zoom button really needs such a prominent position on the top plate. It can only be operated in live view mode and when shooting JPEG. Many photographers would probably prefer a more useful control in its place.
Shooting mode controls
|Digital tele converter
Engages 'Digital Tele converter' mode, in which the camera crops the image size to simulate 1.4x or 2x zoom. This only works when shooting JPEG images and in live view. Otherwise pressing the button will trigger an error message.
|LIVE VIEW /
This switch toggles between live view and viewfinder mode. When live view is engaged the viewfinder is blacked out by an internal shutter.
Used to change settings and navigate menus, by default also used to select shutter speed (or aperture if you'd prefer) in M mode.
Play mode controls
In play mode the front dial is used for scrolling through images or for adjusting the zoom factor after the zoom button has been pressed.
Top of camera controls (left)
On the top left of the camera we have the mode dial and the menu button. Pressing the latter will take you (no surprises here) to the menus - jumping to the recording menu when pressing the button in recording mode, and the playback menu when pressing it in playback mode.
Enters or leaves the current mode menu, all menus are accessible once in the menu system but pressing this button in Play mode will take you directly to the Play section and pressing it in Recording mode will take you to the Recording mode respectively.
|Auto Program Exposure
This is essentially the camera's "point and shoot" mode. When you select this mode various settings return to their defaults (with most defaulting to 'auto'). You cannot apply exposure compensation in this mode.
Full Manual Exposure
|Flash off mode
Suppressed flash mode is a variant of 'Auto' mode but, as the name suggests, one that will not resort to using flash. Instead it will just keep trying to use longer exposures in low light. Useful for situations in which flashes are forbidden.
Scene exposure modes
Most of the settings in any of the scene exposure modes are the same as 'Auto' mode, that is Auto ISO, Multi-Segment metering etc. However there are obviously other parameters which vary with each mode, including the Creative Style mode, metering and white balance. You cannot access the Fn-menu in any of the scene exposure modes.
Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to reduce the depth of field and make the portrait subject stand out from the background.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and ensure more of the image appears to be sharp and 'in focus'.
Selects faster shutter speeds to capture moving action, also engages continuous drive mode. Uses Continuous AF and Continuous (burst) drive mode.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and sets the white balance to preserve the warm colors.
| Night view / portrait
Uses slow shutter speed and exposure / color settings suited to night photography. The difference (between night view and night portrait) is that one is without and the other with the flash.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Specifications
- 3 Body & Design
- 4 Body & Design
- 5 Body & Design
- 6 Operation & Controls
- 7 Operation & Controls
- 8 Operation (Live View)
- 9 Displays
- 10 Menus
- 11 Menus
- 12 Performance & IS
- 13 Photographic tests (RAW)
- 14 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 15 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 16 Photographic tests (DR)
- 17 Photographic tests (Kit Lens)
- 18 Photographic tests
- 19 Compared to
- 20 Compared to (JPEG)
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 29 Compared to (Resolution)
- 30 Compared to (Resolution)
- 31 Conclusion
- 32 Samples
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