- 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 2.7" Fixed Screen
- ISO 80 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
- 117g - 91 x 52 x 20mm
- Announced January 2010
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- Size Comparison
Sony W380 overview
Sony W380 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first released on January of 2010. The camera has got a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.
The W380 places at #81 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1054 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personal factors.
The following is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony W380 history
The Sony W380 comes with a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can take a look at all previous and brand new models along with important features.
W380 vs WX22025-250mm
W380 vs W83025-200mm
W380 vs W81027-162mm
W380 vs W55026-104mm
W380 vs W56026-104mm
W380 vs W57025-125mm
W380 vs WX925-125mm
W380 vs W53026-104mm
W380 vs W51026-104mm
W380 vs W33026-105mm
W380 vs W35026-105mm
W380 vs W31028-112mm
W380 vs W32026-105mm
Sony W380 Gallery
You can check the W380 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony W380 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony W380 based on factors that are usually viewed as necessary in a digital camera.
Sony W380 Sensor details
The Sony W380 is powered by the Bionz chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony W380 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less margin for error.
The picture below displays the W380's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The W380 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony W380 dimensions
Sony W380 weighs in at 0.26 lbs (117g / 4.13 ounces) and features external dimensions of 91mm x 52mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony W380 is on par as compared with other rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The following is a visual of the Sony W380 alongside a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the W380.
Sony W380 Lens specs
The W380 is equipped with a built in lens featuring a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be amazing however it will surely be invaluable in a few cases.
At the widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f2.4 which is kind of slow and not ideal in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to up the ISO setting giving you noisy images. Towards the tele end, 120mm comes with f5.9 making it pretty sluggish and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.
Sony W380 Connectivity
The W380 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and sometimes change settings without connecting directly to the camera.
Some applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.
Sony W380 Video specs
The maximum video quality on the Sony W380 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and / or headphone jack which means that you have got little control over your sound. It is probably best to get an alternative camera if you need decent sound in your videos.
Sony W380 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Sony W380 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony W380 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony W380 has got a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Sony W380 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be quite valuable.
Sony W380 Shutter specs
Sony W380 continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.
Sony W380 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony W380 boasts only inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony W380 Autofocusing specs
Sony W380 boasts just Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
The AF system has got 9 focus points to choose from. Sony W380 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful for low light scenarios or you need more accurate control on depth of field.
Sony W380 Battery life
The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has got the highest possible (320) battery life for this class of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Ultracompact cameras having the best battery life:
W380 vs L32320 nonono
W380 vs TG-870300 nonono
W380 vs FP5260 nonono
W380 vs TX20250 nonono
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Sony W380 for various styles of photography
The following chart provides a overview of the Sony W380 for various styles of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Sony W380 Portrait photography features
The Sony W380 gets a points total of 28 which is awful, and means the camera is not very good for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files in addition to the option to utilize external flash.
Sony W380 as a Street photography camera
Having a decent points tally of 57, the Sony W380 is fairly acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sony W380 Sports photography info
A awful sports photography points total of 35 suggests the Sony W380 is not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs great focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony W380
Portability is pretty crucial when buying a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony W380 gets a nice 65 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to buy for your vacations.
Landscape photography with Sony W380
When you are looking to choose a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Sony W380 at it's awful rating of 38 as a landscape camera is not very good amongst it's competition.
Sony W380 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Sony W380 is not very good for vlogging as it comes to a awful score of 29.
Sony W380 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the W380, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Ultracompact.
The chart down below shows you a bird's eye view of the W380 compared to it's highest scored competitors listed earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might look at as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.