Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 digital camera

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 boasts a 14.1Mp CCD image sensor, Sony's own G-lens with 24mm wide angle and 5x optical zoom

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Captures decent images, 720p video recording

Cons

  • Delay when zooming, shaking hands can easily lead to blurred photos

Bottom Line

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W380 camera is packed with features and is good in terms of performance but falls short of being exceptional. It also records 720p HD video.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    $ 379.00 (AUD)

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 is a compact digital camera which is packed to the brim with features and many intelligent functions. Going by the specs alone, we are impressed and let's quickly check out how it fares against the competition.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380: Design & Features

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 has a simple compact design and a solid metal body. The matte-dark finish of the body ensures that the camera can withstand scratches and smudges. The camera might not be as slim as its stylish Cyber-shot T brothers, but the DSC-W380 is still quite compact. The back has a large 2.7-inch LCD viewfinder that is clear and bright even though viewing angles are not great. There is also a zoom rocker with a mode dial below, a 5-way directional pad, and tiny circular buttons for playback, menu and delete. The overall design is quite user-friendly and even the tiny buttons do not take much time getting used to.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 boasts a 14.1Mp CCD image sensor, Sony's own G-lens with 24mm wide angle and 5x optical zoom and is powered by the BIONZ processor. It captures 720p HD video at 30fps and has Sony's Optical Steady Shot for image stabilisation. One commendable feature is the Sweep panorama which lets users take panoramic pictures by just sweeping the camera from left to right (or up and down) while holding down the shutter button. It has 45MB of internal memory and it is compatible with SD/SDHC memory apart from Sony's proprietary Memory Stick Duo PRO.

To make shooting simpler, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 includes the Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode which optimizes the camera setting for different scenes. The iAuto mode combines intelligent Auto Focus, Motion Detection and Intelligent Scene Recognition to determine the optimized setting for each shot. The rest of the shooting modes include the usual Easy mode, scene selection mode, SteadyShot, Program Auto and Movie mode. Fortunately, optical zoom can be used while recording a movie.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380: Performance

Starting up the camera took around 1.7 seconds which is decent. Our main gripe was with the overall response of the camera which seemed a bit slower than other cameras we've seen in this price range. Zooming also did not happen instantaneously as there was a few milliseconds' delay in both zooming in and zooming out. The delay between image capture and when they were displayed on the LCD was also noticeable. This could be annoying at times when you want to quickly check what you just captured and continue to another shot. Focusing was quick though even in poorly lit environments. Despite its Optical Steady Shot feature, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 could not handle shaky hands as pictures were getting blurred easily.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380: Image Quality

Despite all these shortcomings, still images captured under good light came out with vivid and bright colours. There were slight purple fringes in some high contrast areas but they were barely noticeable. White balance was accurate and images had average details. The much appreciated 24mmm wide angle lens showed more barrel distortion than the 24mm lens on the DSC-WX1 from the Cyber-shot W-series. The lens showed decent sharpness at the center but softness on the edges were also noticeable.

Overall, images looked good but not outstanding. When we compared it with cameras like the Nikon CoolPix S570 which falls in the same price category, we could easily notice more sharpness in the images captured by the latter. In terms of details and sharpness, we just wished the DSC-W380 performed better. Up till ISO 200, images looked clean and noise was barely noticeable. However, once we notched up the ISO to 400, noise started to kick in which made images average. Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 captured good and useable images but they weren't outstanding. Taking panoramic picture is one of the most impressive

The 1280x720p videos captured were also average. Details were just sufficient but videos we captured with the DSC-WX1 had more details. Low light clips also showed certain amount of noise and they could have been sharper. Overall, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W380 shot average 720p HD video.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: sony, photography, digital cameras
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?