As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 is also often compared to travel zooms, mirrorless, pro DSLRs, super zooms and compacts. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A380's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix S3600) and Sony (such as the Alpha ILC-3000 and the Alpha DSLR-A390)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
2 years newer
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A57 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
1 year newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A290 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A290 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A290 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A380 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a much longer battery life (500 shots vs 230 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (128×97×71 mm) vs compact (107×62×22 mm)) and has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
4 years newer
$186

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 2.8"
  • Much lighter: 125 g vs 519 g

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the S3600 and DSLR-A380

  • Inexpensive: $186.00 vs $261.63

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×62×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and DSLR-A380

  • None found

Samsung WB250F

Samsung WB250F
3 years newer
$214

Significant advantages of the WB250F (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×62×22 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the WB250F (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the WB250F and DSLR-A380

  • Inexpensive: $213.54 vs $261.63

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A380 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), much more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a slightly longer battery life (500 shots vs 330 shots) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DSLR-A380

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year newer
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DSLR-A380

  • Inexpensive: $592.51 vs $261.63

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
2 years newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A380

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A380 compared to super zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 9 MP), has a much longer battery life (500 shots vs 185 shots), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and is older (may 2009 vs february 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
5 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much shorter battery life: 185 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SX410 IS and DSLR-A380

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 519 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.8"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-H50 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H50 (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 500 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower true resolution: 9 MP vs 14 MP

common strengths of the DSC-H50 and DSLR-A380

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (116×81×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 2.8"
  • Light weight: 547 g vs 519 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A380 compared to compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 9.8 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (128×97×71 mm) vs compact (97×58×28 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), is older (may 2009 vs january 2010), is thicker (2.8" vs 1.1") and is much heavier (519 g vs 165 g).

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS

Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
7 months newer
$240

Significant advantages of the A3000 IS (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Much smaller: Compact (97×58×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm)
  • Much lighter: 165 g vs 519 g
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the A3000 IS (vs the DSLR-A380)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A3000 IS and DSLR-A380

  • Inexpensive: $239.99 vs $261.63