|Sony Alpha 380 SLR camera review : One year after the introduction of the DSLR-A350, the time has come for a successor; the Sony Alpha 380. It brings us to the next generation of Alpha Digital SLR cameras aiming at the entry-level market, which is also the market where the large numbers rule. This does not necessarily mean, however, that the emphasis automatically lies on impressive innovations and the latest high-tech functions; instead, features such as user-friendliness and user's ease play an important role.
Sony Alpha A380 digital SLR body
Furthermore, the design is an item with which a manufacturer can seize the limelight. The first generation of Alpha DSLR cameras was clearly developed under the influence of the range of ideas by Konica Minolta. With the launch of the Sony DSLR-A380, and in addition the A-230 and A330, this history is cast off, and Sony has come up with its very own Sony-coat for the Alpha. This ensures the design is up-to-date, and even fashionable, with fresh and playful contours. Other features are the decreased weight of the Alpha 380's body and the more compact size.
User friendly user interface of the Sony A380
Sony has finally acknowledged the importance of user-friendliness for the novice or enthusiast amateur photographer, and has thoroughly redesigned the user interface. In particular the enhanced HELP function stands out, which provides a graphically clear and well-structured understanding of, for example, the link between aperture and shutter speed. It is also made clear what the effect of a certain scene is on the mentioned variables. Sony also makes a statement about memory support. The Memory Stick is still being supported, but CompactFlash has had to abandon the field. The Sony DSLR-A380 features a dual card slot for Memory Stick and SD.
Sony A380 review including a DIWA Labs test
The Sony DSLR-A380 is the start of a new series of Alpha DSLR cameras. The design gives the Sony A380 its very own appearance. This, as well as the integration of a new graphical user interface in combination with the smaller compacter size, is one of the features that is thrown into the battle with the aim of seizing the so desperately desired market share. We had the Sony Alpha 380 in the office for a short while, and we were able to thoroughly test the DSLR in practice. Our findings can be read in the following Sony Alpha 380 review.
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"The Sony DSLR-A380 is a 14.2 Megapixel digital SLR featuring an advanced Live View function. In Sony's case, Live View means no annoying delays, which also goes for the Sony DSLR-A380, thanks to the Quick AF Live View functionality. The following Sony DSLR-A380 test pictures were taken in the centre of Amsterdam"
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