Sony A380 overview
Sony A380 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera first released on August of 2009. It comes with a 14 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4592 x 3056.
Sony introduced this model in order to improve the earlier Sony A350 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the more recent Sony A390 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this camera.
The A380 is ranked #47 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all around #373 out of 1453 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personal requirements.
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Sony A380 history
The Sony A380 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all previous and more recent models as well as important specs.
Sony A380 Gallery
You can look at the A380 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony A380 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pluses and minuses of the Sony A380 based on things that are oftentimes viewed as essential in a digital camera.
Sony A380 Sensor information
The Sony A380 is run by the Bionz processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Sony A380 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4592 x 3056 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW format is saved so the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below shows the A380's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The A380 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony A380 dimensions
Sony A380 has a weight of 1.14 lbs (519g / 18.31 ounces) and features outer measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Sony A380 is on par in comparison with other rivals.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
Listed below is a pic of the Sony A380 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the A380.
Sony A380 Lens information
The A380 uses the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses to choose from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the A380.
Sony A380 Connectivity
The A380 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and sometimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.
Certain apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.
Sony A380 Video information
Sony A380 does not record video. In case you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be a concern.
Sony A380 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing on the Sony A380 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Sony A380 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony A380 comes with a 2.7 inch tilting screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specs regarding Sony A380 are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 95%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.49x
Viewfinders can be really helpful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Sony A380 Shutter information
Sony A380 is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony A380 Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony A380 includes both inbuilt flash and external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/160s.
Sony A380 Autofocus information
Sony A380 includes both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detection making it handy for portraits.
The AF system comes with 9 focus points to select from. Sony A380 comes with manual focusing in case it is needed during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Sony A380 Battery life
The battery (NP-FH50) on the Sony A380 is built to last for 500 photos based on the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser in comparison with its competition. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the highest possible (1900) battery life within this range of cameras.
Following is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:
Sony A380 for different kinds of photography
The following graph shows a summation of the Sony A380 for different kinds of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.
Sony A380 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony A380 receives a points total of 72 which is very good, and means the camera is a respectable option to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos along with the ability to utilize off-camera flash.
Street photography with Sony A380
Having a exceptional score of 77, the Sony A380 is a awesome option for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony A380
A modest sports photography points tally of 60 means the Sony A380 is fairly suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony A380 Travel photography information
Size is very critical in selecting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A380 gets a average 54 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat suited to buy for your holidays.
Sony A380 Landscape photography details
If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A380 with it's above average grade of 61 for a landscape camera is a respectable option in the current market.
Sony A380 Vlogging details
A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony A380 is not very good for vlogging as it gets a awful score of 9.
Sony A380 Alternatives
If you need alternatives to the A380, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level DSLR.
The graph listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the A380 vs it's top ranking rivals mentioned previously.
These are some more cameras you may check out as alternate options. To review a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.