Sony A380 Review

4.0
July 29, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Lens Mount

Sony α mount YES
Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta YES

Lens Compatibility

All types of Sony α lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES

Image Sensory

Image sensor type CCD Sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.5 x 15.7 (APS-C size)

Camera

Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.9
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.2
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature NO
White balance bracketing NO
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO100 - 3200 equivalent

SteadyShot INSIDE

System: Sensor-shift mechanism YES
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) YES
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) YES
SteadyShot INSIDE capability Approximately 2.5 EV - 3.5 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility All Sony Alpha lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta
*SteadyShot INSIDE was previously known as Super SteadyShot  

Anti-Dust

Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism) YES

Auto Focus System

TTL phase-detection system YES
Sensor 9 points with centre cross sensor
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV 0 - 18
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 9 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES (center cross sensor)
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES (9 local areas)
AF Modes Continuous, Single Shot, Automatic, Manual Focus
Predictive Focus Control YES (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C)
Focus Lock YES
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in flash)
AF Illuminator range (meters) 5

Auto Exposure System

Light metering type TTL
Light metering cell 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
AE Lock NO
Exposure compensation YES (+/-2.0 EV, 0.3 EV step)
AE Bracketing With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames; (in "Drive mode setting")

Shutter

Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot Off); second 1/160
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot On); second 1/160

Flash

Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 10
Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
Flash Compensation +/-2.0 EV (0.3EV steps selectable)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync. High Speed sync. with optional compatible accessory flash
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Slow Synchronization YES
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup YES
Automatic Flash YES (with AUTO and Scene selection mode)

Viewfinder

Type Fixed eye-level system with roof mirror type
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte
Field of View (%) 95
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.74x
Eye Relief Approx. 19.7mm from the eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -3.0 to +1.0 diopter

Live View

Type YES - Quick AF Live view
Other Smart Tele Converter

LCD screen

Screen Size (inches) 2.7
Monitor Type Clear Photo LCD Plus
LCD Total Dot Number 230.400
LCD on/off YES
Brightness adjustable YES (Auto Brightness Control available)
Tilting screen YES - 2 way tilt

Recording

Drive Mode Single-frame advance, Continuous advance, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Self-timer Continuous, Continuous-advance AE bracketing, Remote commander
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Max. 2.5 fps with viewfinder, max. 2 fps in live view mode (approx.)
Number of Continuous Advance JPEG (L size, Fine): Until memory card is full, RAW: 6 images, RAW+JPEG: 3 images
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™/ Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX/ SD memory card/ SDHC memory card
Recording Format JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG, 16:9 selectable
RAW (pixels) 4592 x 3056
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 4592 x 3056 (14M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3408 x 2272 (7.7M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2288 x 1520 (3.5M)
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, Standard (JPEG), Fine (JPEG)
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) On/Off, available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
Delete Function Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night view, Sunset, B/W, AdobeRGB
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Standard / Advanced
Date/Time Print With PictBridge

Playback/Edit

Information Display YES
White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES (25, 9, 4 or 5 last frames filmstrip)
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L size: 14x, M size: 11x, S size: 7.2x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES

General

Battery Remaining Indicator YES
InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif 2.21
Exif Print YES
PictBridge YES
Menu Language English / French / German / Spanish / Italian / Portuguese / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian / Finish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal NO
IR Remote Control YES (with RMT-DSLR1)
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40

Jacks

Video Out NO
HD/HDMI™ Out YES, HDMI™ mini connector
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass Storage (PC connection) / PTP(PictBridge)

Power/Others

Battery System NP-FH50
Supplied Battery NP-FH50
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 500 images with viewfinder, approx. 230 images in live view mode
Weight (g) Approx. 490

Dimensions

Width (mm) 128
Height (mm) 97
Depth (mm) 71.4

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