• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A380 advantages over Sony A33

  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony A33 advantages over Sony DSLR-A380

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    15 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 1.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-7

Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K-7
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A33
Pentax K-7
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-x

Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K-x
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A33
Pentax K-x
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon D3100

Sony DSLR-A380
Nikon D3100
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Sony A33
Nikon D3100
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A55

Sony DSLR-A380
Sony A55
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A33
Sony A55
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Sony A35

Sony DSLR-A380
Sony A35
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony A33
Sony A35
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $567
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
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