Review – Sony Alpha A380

The first thing I noticed when I picked up the new Sony Alpha 380 was that it didn’t fit in my hand. Now my hands aren’t that big, but it still feels very small. I asked my wife what she thought, her hands are significantly smaller than mine, and without any prompting she said the same thing, that the grip was too small and therefore not easy to hold. That being said, the general layout of the Alpha 380 is good with almost all buttons in easy reach. The only exception is the menu button which is all on its own on the left of the body. Sony wanted to produce a Digital SLR that anyone could pick up and take good photos. This they have achieved. The new alpha range is very easy to use. Informative help screens tell you what each function on the camera does, making the sometimes daunting task of switching from the ‘Green’ mode to one of the pre-set scene modes, or taking the next step to the semi auto modes, much simpler. This camera will inspire confidence, even in a novice photographer.

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You may know me better as 'Admin', as I work more behind the scenes to keep PhotoComment running smoothly, so here is a short history of how I got here. I started working in a camera store right out of high school having never picked up a camera before. I spent a few years working there and then moved to wholesale and then made a big change and went into the cycling industry for a few years, however I could not stay away and made the move back into the photography industry and have been working with PhotoComment since March 2008. It has become a passion and a labor of love to bring the best photographic content to you.