Sony Alpha A380

Last updated (13 February’12):
– Review by LaptopMag

Sony Alpha A380 is a 14.2 megapixel DSLR camera features BIONZ™ image processor, 9-Point AF Sensor, Up to 2.5 fps continuous shooting, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Built-in Pop-Up Flash, Anti-Dust Technology, PhotoTV HD compatibility, Dual slot Compatiblity for Memory Stick® and SD media, Eye-Start Autofocus, ISO 100-3200, and a 2.7” Clear Photo LCD Plus™ featuring Live View with Quick Auto Focus. The camera measures Approx. 128 x 97 x 71.4mm and weighs Approx. 489g (without battery, memory card, accessories)

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony Alpha A380 Reviews

LaptopMag reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“The $699 Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is an intuitive, inexpensive DSLR that also happens to take good photos. However, other similarly priced cameras (such as the $599 Pentax K-x) can shoot HD video and are generally faster.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“A380 delivers evenly exposed images with natural colours when left on its default settings… Couple this with disappointment about the plastic build and lack of video and Sony gets a ‘good, but could do better’ this time around.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

MacWorld reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“SLR newcomers who are easily intimidated when trying to use a camera more complicated than a point-and-shoot may find the Alpha A380 a lot easier to use than other SLRs. But with the disappointing plastic build and lack of video capture, you might be tempted to look elsewhere.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

CameraLabs reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“So while the A380 is a disappointment for enthusiasts, it can be recommended as a first DSLR for absolute beginners so long as they get on with the ergonomics and don’t need video… “

Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“A380 has a fairly typical noise profile that unsurprisingly matches that of the A330/A230–sharpness starts to degrade at about ISO 400, color noise begins to seep in at ISO 800, and by ISO 1600 images become both soft and noisy. But the extra resolution doesn’t seem to provide enough extra sharpness to compensate for the A380’s softer, noisier results at every level starting at ISO 400.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“Good points High resolution for this kind of model; large and responsive buttons; on-screen help; uncluttered controls. Bad points Plastic look and feel; screen mechanism stiff; Live View depletes battery”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“image noise is noticeably lurking in the shadows at ISO 800, but by ISO 1600 noise reduction has kicked in, reducing the effects without smoothing out surrounding detail to a ruinous degree.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“The good: Lightweight, user friendly, intuitive, reliable performance, warm, colour rich images, adjustable LCD, less expensive than immediate rivals. The bad: No HD video, hinges for adjusting LCD are stiff, obvious plastic elements of build, kit lens could be sharper, noisier than rivals at higher ISOs. Verdict: A reliable performer delivering richly detailed and colourful images, though you might want to trade up from the kit lens fairly quickly”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.UK reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“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. It also costs more and feels cheaper. Maybe Sony thinks there’s plenty of mileage left in the old tech yet, but, as upgrades go, this is pretty thin”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“Low-light performance was very good, with accurate colours in long exposures (up to 20 seconds) and no apparent noise in exposures up to ISO 400 but increasing progressively thereafter. Colour noise was evident at ISO 3200 and some shadow detail was lost with this setting.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“The image quality stands strongly and is at least comparable to that of its predecessor. Certain items such as the dynamic range have slightly improved, while the performance of the white balance metering has even clearly improved. And although the Sony A380 does not show an improved signal/noise ratio, we are still satisfied with the overall final result.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechReader reviews the Sony Alpha A380 and writes;
“Even at low ISO settings and in good light, the A380’s sensor delivers JPEG files that require quite a lot of sharpening before they appear properly crisp. Coloured noise is visible in shadows and neutral midtones at ISO 200, getting much worse as the ISO sensitivity is increased.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Sony Alpha A380 User Reviews

Newborn photographer thanks to Sony’s A380 DSLR
“I have taken this product to photoquests where I’ve subjected it to different types of landscapes, light and climate situations — even some soft rain. So far it has behaved beautifully with good battery life, fast enough recording speeds and good image quality even on its lowest settings.” – By Justin Sane
Rating: ★★★★☆

New Shutterbug…newly addicted…thanks to great photos
“The sony came with an 18-55mm lens – but I knew I immediately needed a telescopic lense and found one at Best Buy for $200 – I was very happy with the quality of both lenses – but especially with the 75-300mm lens. I just spent my first morning shooting and WOW – I’ve never taken more beautiful pictures in my life.” – By Jeremy D. Morgan
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome camera, great value
“I love the picture quality, the ease of use, and for me the live view feature is amazing. I take a lot of pictures of my dogs, which requires me to lay on the floor a lot, with this camera I can switch it to live view and tilt out the screen, and not have to break my neck in order to get the shot.” – By PikiNiki
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sony Alpha A380 Sample Photos

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Sony Alpha A380 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony Alpha A380 Specifications


* Camera Type : Sony α Digital SLR camera with built-in flash and inter-changeable lenses
* Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
* Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 14.2 megapixels
* Imaging Sensor : APS-C size CCD sensor (23.5×15.7mm)
* Lens Mount Type : Sony α lens, Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lens
* Pixel Gross : Approx. 14.9 megapixels
* Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
* Recording Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media / , SD and SDHC memory card,
* Recording Mode : RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
* Still Actual 16:9 : L size: 3872×2576 (12M) M size: 2896×1920 (6.5M) S size: 1920×10280 (2.5M)
* Still Actual 3:2 : L size: 4592X3056 (14M) M size: 3408X2272 (7.7M) S size: 3408X2272 (3.5M)


* AF modes : Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, (AF/MF selectable)
* Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Bracketing, Remote Commander
* Exposure Compensation : �2EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
* Exposure settings : Auto, Auto Flash Off, Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
* Focus Area : Wide (Up to 3 active focus points glow), Spot, Local (9 local areas selectable)
* Focus Features : Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-start AF, AF illuminator (Built-in flash, Range: approx. 1-5m)
* Focus Points : 9 points
* Focus Sensitivity : EV0 – 18 (ISO100)
* Focus System : TTL phase detection system
* ISO : Auto, 100 to 3200 (in 1 EV steps,Recommended Exposure Index)
* Metering : TTL metering w/ 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
* Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
* Metering Sensitivity : EV2 – 20 at ISO100 with F1.4 lens, (EV4 – 20 in spot metering mode)
* White Balance : Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom

LCD Display

* Angle Adjustment : Yes(upward by up to 135 degrees, downward by up to 55 degrees)
* Brightness Control : Auto Brightness Control (Auto setting in 2 steps, manual setting in 5 steps)
* Coverage : 100% (Playback), 90% (Live View)
* Type : 2.7” TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)


* Flash Compensation : �2EV (in 0.3-stop increments)
* Flash Coverage : 18mm in focal-length of lens attached
* Flash Metering System : ADI flash (automatic change for Pre-flash TTL)
* Guide Number : 10 (in meters at ISO100)
* Modes : Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Slow sync, Hi-speed sync*., Wireless
* Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec.
* Type : Auto Pop-up


* Anti-dust function : Charge protection coating on low pass filter and image-sensor shift mechanism
* BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
* Color Mode(s) : Display color (Black, White, Brown, Pink)
* Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
* Scene Mode(s) : Scene selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, Night portrait/Night view)
* User Interface : “Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu”


* Battery Type : NP-FH50
* Number of Shots : Approx. 510 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode (CIPA standard)

Weights and Measurements

* Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 128 x 97 x 71.4mm (W/H/D, excluding protrusions)
* Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 489g (without battery, memory card, accessories)

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One Response to “Sony Alpha A380”

  1. Hailey B. says:

    how come my actions shots on the sony a 380 are still coming out blurry?? plz help!

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