The Sony A380 is a 14.2 megapixel DSLR, which replaced the Sony A350. Unlike the A350 though, the Sony A380 kit lens is an 18-55mm lens rather than the 18-70mm range provided by the A350′s kit lens. While the A380 carries an initial retail price of $850 with the kit lens, lower prices will likely be found shortly after the camera’s release in July 2009.
Sony A380 Key Features
- 14.2 megapixel CCD sensor (1.5x crop)
- 2.7″ articulating LCD
- SteadyShot sensor-based image stabilization
- 9-point AF (center cross-type)
- Fast Live View AF
- ISO 100-3200 sensitivity
- 2.5 fps shooting speed
- HDMI output
- Dual slot SD Card and Memory Stick compatibility
Sony A380 Availability
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Sony A380 Reviews
A well-priced, fine camera, capable of excellent work. But no video shooting capability!
The Sony Alpha DSLR-A380′s pictures and specs are decent, but, apart from its better kit lens, it doesn’t improve significantly on the DSLR-A350.
An entry-level DSLR with features that can help novice photographers to discover the benefits of SLR photography.
From a technical viewpoint and for image quality, there is a slight overall improvement compared to its predecessor.
In terms of image quality the Sony Alpha 380 is a mixed bag. First impressions are encouraging, and straight out of the camera, images taken in decent light look great, – really punchy, with plenty of contrast.
Cnet Asia (hands-on preview)
In the entry-level dSLR category, the A380′s specifications are not impressive. The deal-breaker for most consumers would be the lack of a video-recording mode which Canon and Nikon offer.