Sony A230, A330 and A380: new body same features

by Enche Tjin on May 22, 2009

Sony new DSLR cameras may be a disappointment for many budget Sony users who are waiting for an upgrade. From the specification, the features are very similar to older models Sony A200, A300 and A350. The features are Super Steady Shot (built-in camera body image stabilization), tiltable lcd screen and live view (for A300/330 and A350/380), anti-dust system and quick responsive auto focusing in live view mode.

Sony-A230--A330-A380

The major differences are the body. These cameras are more compact and lightweight. For example, A380 is more than 120g lighter than A350. The design is also more trendier with silver or gold color. The grip is totally new. The buttons and control are more simpler. In short the design is very similar to that of compact cameras.

The overhaul of the camera body design and interface is a solid evidence that Sony is trying to get compact camera users to upgrade to budget entry-level DSLR cameras. But unfortunately, for Sony or other DSLR users, they are little or no incentive to get these products.

These cameras will face competitors such as Canon 500D, Nikon D5000 and Olympus E-620. Some cameras have better lcd screens (hi-res or articulated). 500D and D5000 also able to record movies. All of the competitors cameras have a faster continuous shooting speed.

In conclusion
These new cameras are suited for compact camera users who are looking for better quality images and DSLR’s capability. For experienced Sony budget DSLR camera users who are looking for upgrade, I suggest to look for Sony A700 or wait for Sony’s advance DSLR camera. If you are not commited on the brand, you can also look at other competitors’ brand such as Canon 40D, 50D, Nikon D90 and so on.

Sony A230, A330 and A380: new body with identical features with their predecessors

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