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Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A380


Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A380 digital SLR features 14.2MP resolution (on a 23.5 x 15.7mm APS-C CCD image sensor), a tiltable 2.7-in. LCD (230K dots), built-in Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, compatibility with all of Sony Lens and KonicaMinolta α / MAXXUM / DYNAX Lens, and Live View with Quick Auto Focus.

Sony's new "Quick AF Live View" technology is unique in a DSLR. It uses a second image sensor in the viewfinder and a tilt mirror up there to engage Live View without having to lift up the main mirror.

What this translates to in practice is that, unlike the Live View of other DSLR systems that either require the main mirror to flip back and forth to engage AF or use slow Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode, the A380 can use DSLR-fast Phase-detection AF in Live View mode! This super fast Live View wins our Photoxels OriGenial Award.

With its two sensor design, Quick AF Live View can even continuously focus-track the subject and provide live view during burst shooting, helping you capture that special moment.

Super Steady Shot claims to offer from 2.5-3.5 steps anti-shake performance with all alpha lenses. Since the anti-shake system shifts the CCD to compensate for camera movement, all alpha lenses benefit from anti-shake performance. Compatible lenses encompass all of Sony Lens and KonicaMinolta α / MAXXUM / DYNAX Lens.

Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera -- so to keep the CCD imager clean for better pictures, the Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A380 camera utilizes both static-free anti-dust coating on the CCD filter and anti-dust vibration that automatically shakes the CCD to dislodge dust each time the camera is powered off.

The large 2.7-in. LCD monitor has 230,000 dots resolution with the Clear Photo LCD™ design for easy playback viewing. It is tiltable and convenient for overhead and low to the ground shots.

Note that the A380 accepts SD/SDHC memory cards in addition to Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, and Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX cards.

The Sony α (alpha) DSLR-A380 targets the point-and-shoot crowd desiring to move up to an easy-to-use DSLR with a user experience similar to that of using a compact digicam. First-time DSLR buyers will appreciate Auto and Scene Modes, as well as one of the best Live View implementations on a DSLR.


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Sony A380
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony a (Alpha) DSLR-A380US | CAN | UK Photoxels OriGenial Award  
  Image Sensor 14.2 (effective) APS CCD Sensor; 23.5 x 15.7 mm; RGB primary color filter with Anti-Dust Technology  
  Image Stabilization Super SteadyShot Sensor-Shift mechanism
Approx. 2.5 EV - 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed
(varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
  Lens Mount

Sony α mount compatible with Minolta A-type bayonet mount

  Lens Compatibility

All of Sony Lens and KonicaMinolta α / MAXXUM / DYNAX Lens

  Auto Focus TTL Phase Detection
Multi-point: 9 Area, 8 Line, 1 Cross Sensor
Adjustable Spot AF: Selectable Sensor
Eye start AF system
Predictive Focus Control
AF Illuminator
  Shutter Speed 1/4000 second - 30 seconds, bulb  
  Exposure Control Program Auto, Aperture/Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene modes  
  EV Compensation ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Continuous Shooting

Approx.2.5 frames per second at maximum (OVF) /Approx.2 frames per second at maximum (Live view)

Shooting Capacity:
JPEG (Standard, Fine): No limit (Until the memory card is full).
RAW: 4 frames.
RAW + JPEG: 3 frames.

  Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait/view  
  Self Timer 10 seconds, 2 seconds
Continuous Self-timer: 5 shots, 3 shots
  Light Metering Multi-Pattern 40 Segment, Center Weighted, Spot  
  ISO Auto, ISO100 - 3200  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Custom  

Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Field of View: 95%
Magnification: 0.74 x, with 50mm lens at infinity

Eye Relief: Approx. 19.7 mm from the eyepiece,
Approx. 14.1 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 diopter

Diopter Adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0m-1

Eyepiece Shutter: No (OVF) / Yes (Live view)

Focusing Screen: Spherical Acute Matte

  Live View Function

Exclusive image sensor for Live view
Metering: 1200-segment Live view analyzed metering
Coverage: 90%
Real-time image-adjustment display: Exposure compensation, WB, sunset & B/W of Creative Style
Histogram display: Yes
Grid display: No
Magnified display for precise manual focus: No

  LCD Tiltable 2.7-in. (6.7cm) TFT
230 400 (960 X 240) dots
Field of View: 100%
Angle Adjustment: Yes (upward by up to 135 degrees,
downward by up to 55 degrees)
  Depth-of-Field Preview No  
  Microphone/Speaker No / No  
  Noise Reduction Long exposure: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
High ISO: available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
  Base Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W  
  D-RangeOptimizer: Mode Off, Standard / Advanced  
  Adjustable Items Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps)  
  Recording Media

Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo HX, SD, SDHC


Auto popup, built-in
G. No.: 10 (in meters at ISO 100)
Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 18 mm (in the focal length)
Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec
External Flash - Wireless Control: Yes
Flash Sync Speed: 1/160 second

  Output HDMI (Type C Mini)  
  USB Port USB 2.0 Hi-speed  
  Remote Control Wireless RMTDSLR1 (optional)  
  Battery Type InfoLithium NP-FH50, 6.8V  
  Battery Life approx.500 shots (OVF) / approx.230 shots (Live view) (CIPA measurement)  
  Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labor  
  Included Accessories - NP-FH50, Power Pack, Li-ion, 50g/pcs,1pcs
- BC-VH1 battery charger
- Battery for clock: MS621FE, Button type, Manganese-Silicon, 0.23g, 1pcs
- Video and USB cables
- Shoulder strap with eyepiece cap and Remote Commander clip
- Body cap
- Software/USB Driver CD-ROM
- NOTE: No Memory Stick media nor adaptors are included
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 128.0 X 97.0 X 71.4mm (excl. protrusions)  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 490g (not including battery, lens and media)  
  MSRP (body only) US $  
  with 18-55mm lens: US $849.99 / CAD $849.99  
  with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses: US $1049.99  

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