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Sony Alpha 380 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
It did not come as a shock, it was more like a confirmation of something we have considered as standard for years now; support of the SD format along with the Memory Stick by the Sony Alpha 380 is a change of strategy. The Sony A350 was somehow forced to support CompactFlash as a second storage medium, however; with the introduction of the new Alpha range DSLR cameras, Secure Digital and SDHC have been fully adopted as storage medium. And thus, Sony joins the large row of brands adopting the SD format.
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Sony A380 - SDHC & Memory Stick Duo
Support of two different types of memory cards provides a huge storage capacity. SDHC alone provides a capacity of maximum 32GB, while the Memory Stick Duo provides another 16GB and will possibly grow to a maximum of 32GB. This means that a photographer shooting in JPEG is in a very comfortable position, since a JPEG picture does not even reach 5MB. The two cards provide room for almost 10,000 pictures in the highest JPEG quality and resolution. For RAW this is about a fifth, yet still offering room to 2200 pictures.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
14 Megapixels - RAW + JPEG - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 73 pictures
14 Megapixels - RAW - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 90 pictures
14 Megapixels - JPEG - L - Standard - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 396 pictures
14 Megapixels - JPEG - L - Fine - 4592 x 3056 pixels - 552 pictures

(The resolution in 16:9 format and the remaining resolution settings, 3408x2272 and 2288x1520 pixels, in 3:2 as well as in 16:9 format are not included in the camera's manual. Therefore we are unable to mention these.)


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USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
The advantage of a faster memory card is rapid data transfer, providing the computer and the device reading the card are equipped with a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. If these are not available you might want to purchase a card reader. This handy device needs to be connected to the USB port and is capable of reading a card and writing to it rapidly. The computer will recognize the device as an external hard drive. In addition, you will also save energy.

NP-FH50 6,8V 900mAh Li-Ion battery
The battery type which supplies the energy to the Sony DSLR-A380 has been changed compared to its predecessor. The NP-FH50 6.8V 900mAh Li-Ion battery uses a new ActiFORCE battery technology. This technology should provide a larger capacity, a shorter charge time and a more precise indication of the remaining capacity. Unfortunately, it does not let you take more pictures than the battery of the A350. Whereas its predecessor can take a maximum of 730 pictures, the Sony A380 has to settle for approximately 500 pictures. If you plan to use Live View frequently, you will want to purchase an additional battery, or you have to be able to recharge the battery in the meantime. In Live View mode, the NP-FH50 battery guarantees some 230 pictures.

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