Sony Alpha A380, another entry-level DSLR camera ?


23.10.2009

Alpha 380 is the newest DSLR camera that targets entry-level market and replaces the older model Alpha 350.

The camera features a 14.2 MP CCD sensor, and a unique “Quick AF Live View” mode.

The Alpha 380 has a sensor cleaning system that cleans the sensor by high frequency vibrations.

The 2.7 inch LCD with a resolution of 230×400 pixels has variable angle, which offers 100 % coverage and allows taking pictures from difficult positions.

Sony has also introduced four new lenses with a built-in ‘Smooth Autofocus Motor’ or SAM for short, including two kit models: the DT 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM and DT 55-200mm f4-5.6 SAM.

Alpha 380 has a 9-point autofocus system with 2,5fps continuous shooting rate.

Sony Alpha 380 - Flip Screen

The body of the camera has been reduced in size and now is much more compact and handy, weighting only 519g.

The new Alpha 380 brings for the first time a SD/SDHC slot besides the classic Memory stick slot.

The Live View function impresses by fast and precise autofocus, being one of the best DSLR camera available on  market at this point.

The viewfinder of the camera is a pentaprism that has a 0.74 x enlargement factor and a 95% frame coverage, while in Live View mode the coverage is about 90% of the frame.

When it comes to ISO sensitivity, the noise becomes visible at ISO 800 and pregnant at ISO 1600.

The photos taken with the Alpha 380 impress by clarity and exposure, here of great use being the D-Range optimizer.

In conclusion the Sony Alpha 380 is a camera recommended to amateurs with a little bit of experience.

There’s a growing number of choices in the entry-level DSLR market but the Alpha 380 from Sony is one of the best in this field.

Sony Alpha 380 - Front

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