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Sony SLT-A37 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
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32 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

The writers at three expert review sites all concluded that this camera was excellent and gave it their highest award. Ephotozine, CNET.co.uk and Macworld.co.uk all gave this Sony camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Furthermore, this SLR camera received an Expert Reviews "Budget Buy" award and it received a "Gold" award from Buy-n-shoot.com.

The writers at three more expert review sites all said that this digital camera was good. This Sony camera received an "Essential" award from PhotographyBlog.com, Pocket Lint gave it a "Hot Product" award and Player.de gave it a "Buying Tip" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Twenty-two experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews have rated this digital camera on average 84%.

Good Technical Features

Four Sony SLT-A37 owners who reviewed it agreed that it had good features. Four years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The array of clever features makes it easy to achieve some stunning results - so long as you have the composition to match”. Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their Sony SLT-A37 review on Pocket Lint “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 has an arm-length list of features - many of which better the nearest big brand DSLR cameras”. Expert website Buy-N-Shoot.com wrote in their review four years ago “It comes with a great feature set including panorama mode”.

Good Quality Pictures

A few customers who bought the Sony SLT-A37 thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Videomaker.com said “Shooting will be a joy with the 1,440,000 dot resolution in the electronic viewfinder” in their review. Four years ago Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Sony A37 is a new entry-level SLT/DSLR camera, boasting a 16 megapixel sensor, 7fps burst shooting, 1080i Full HD movies, high-resolution viewfinder, tilting LCD screen” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Expert website Macworld.com.au mentioned also four years ago “We are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual”.

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer considered that the Sony SLT-A37 was able to produce good images.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who bought it considered that it had a good autofocus. Expert review site Ephotozine.com scored the product very highly and said “A higher resolution viewfinder, high speed 7fps shooting (at reduced resolution) with continuous focusing thanks to the translucent mirror technology”.

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A37 had a good zoom. Techradar.com said on expert website Techradar “Nikon counterparts, with the translucent mirror technology, Clear Zoom and Auto Portrait Framing giving the beginner photographer a lot of bang for their buck” and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens. Expert review site Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote in their review “The kit lens is optically good”.

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Good Brand

Sony has good average ratings for its SLR cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Good Value for Money

Expert review site Expert Reviews highlighted in their review that this digital camera was good value for money.

Good Video Capture

Several Sony SLT-A37 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording.

Good Size

One person who purchased the Sony SLT-A37 thought it was compact. Four years ago Cnet.com mentioned “Compact interchangeable-lens cameras are cute.” in their Sony SLT-A37 review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.com “Sometimes you want the heft of a dSLR-style body, full mode dial, electronic viewfinder”.

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Robust

One person thought this digital camera was well made. Four years ago Cnet.com wrote on expert website CNET.com “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid”. One Sony SLT-A37 owner considered that it was strong and durable. T3.com wrote “Outwardly the Sony Alpha A37 camera mirrors a digital SLR in every way, complete with large handgrip and rugged feel build” in their review.

Good Product Quality

One Sony SLT-A37 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Cnet.com wrote “A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer who reviewed the product thought it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Very Large Screen Size

The screen size of the SLT-A37 of 6.7 inches is one of the largest amongst comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SLT-A37. The screen sizes of SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A37 range from 2" to 6.7", and the average screen size is 3".

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3D Compatible

The SLT-A37 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SLT-A37 are not 3D compatible.

There are a number of other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D3200 ($295.00).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A37, the Sony SLT-A37 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SLT-A37, the Sony SLT-A37 has a built-in flash.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Sony camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Df ($429.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including the Pentax 645Z ($6,996.95) which has better reviews.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of this type and age. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The SLT-A37 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution, whereas most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the still image resolution ranges from 480 x 480 to 6000 x 4000.

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Narrow

The narrowest digital camera of this type and age is 100mm wide, the widest is 160mm, and the average width is 130mm. At only 124.4 millimeters, the Sony SLT-A37 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the Sony SLT-A37 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SLT-A37 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A37. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Supports Twenty-Three ISO Speeds

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most commonly supported ISO speed supported by digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A37. The ISO speeds "125", "160", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "8000", "12800" and "16000" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the SLT-A37 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this digital camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the SLT-A37 is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this Sony camera.

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TFT Display

The SLT-A37 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is in fact the best display across all SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

An LCD display is the worst display across similar types of digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras of this age and type.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One person who bought it reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Four years ago Pocket-Lint.com said on expert website Pocket Lint “The LCD screen, viewfinder and poor battery life are its shortcomings.”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago support video recording, however the Sony SLT-A37 does not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support video recording including the Samsung NX100.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The SLT-A37 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A37 also do not have a GPS.

Other cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to consider include the D3200 ($295.00), or the D3300 both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A37, the SLT-A37 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the D3200 ($295.00), the D5200 ($379.95), or the D750 ($1,799.95) all from Nikon is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The SLT-A37 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago, the SLT-A37 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A37 is 140mm. The SLT-A37 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 82.5 millimeters) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of cameras of this age and spec is 3fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 37fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the SLT-A37 has one of the lower JPEG frame rates amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the SLT-A37 is more than most SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats AAC and AC3 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A37 is 640 pixels and the highest is 2,400,000 pixels. At only 230,400 pixels, the SLT-A37 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Image Effective Megapixels

The image effective megapixels of cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A37 range from 16MP to 25MP. At only 16.1 megapixels, the SLT-A37 has a quite small image effective megapixels compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A37.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

The SLT-A37 has a quite long flash recharging time (4 seconds) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago the flash recharging times range from 1s to 5.5s.

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Thick

With a depth of 84.7 millimeters, the SLT-A37 is quite thick compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37. The thinnest digital camera of this spec and age is 32mm deep, the thickest is 130mm, and the average depth is 79mm.

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Quite Small Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of only 0.46 inches, the Sony SLT-A37 has one of the smaller viewfinder screen sizes amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. The smallest viewfinder screen size of comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.2" and the largest is 0.5".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A37

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the SLT-A37 over three years ago.

Average Weight

With a weight of 506 grams, the Sony SLT-A37 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Sony SLT-A37 has a fairly average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the D4S ($1,900.00) (16.2MP), or the D5100 ($379.85) (16.2MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Filter Size
Filter
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Included Cable
Other Features
USB Specification
Recording Format
Colour Temperature
Image Effective Megapixels
Recording Medium

8 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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From the front the A37 looks almost indistinguishable from the previous two models. Sharing the same dimensions as its predecessors, the only noticeable difference (besides its badge) is that the... Read more…

14 November 2012

As this a budget model costing a very reasonable $699 with the 18-55mm standard zoom supplied on test, we don?t get the top plate function window found on semi pro models, but we are provided with...

13 November 2012

No matter what you intend to use it for, the Sony A37 will most likely fit the part. It comes with a great feature set including panorama mode and full HD video plus a range of specifications to...

Buy-n-shoot.com

8 November 2012

Anyone considering upgrading from a snapshot camera to a digital SLR may like to consider the user-friendly alternative of Sony's 16.1 megapixel SLT-A37. See all camera reviews . In many... Read more…

6 November 2012

Macworld.co.uk

Anyone considering upgrading from a snapshot camera to a digital SLR may like to consider the user-friendly alternative of Sony?s 16.1 megapixel SLT-A37. In many respects, including large APS-C... Read more…

1 November 2012

Outwardly the Sony Alpha A37 camera mirrors a digital SLR in every way, complete with large handgrip and rugged feel build. Indeed it shares the same ?A' lens mount and APS-C sensor with the... Read more…

25 September 2012

While everyone's trying to go EVIL (electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens camera), Sony has reinvented the DSLR. That's right, amidst all the hubbub of making smaller, mirrorless micro... Read more…

18 September 2012

Designed to a budget, but there's a lot to like about this unusual SLR-like camera...

Expert Reviews

As entry-level cameras go, the Alpha 37 offers a lot of benefits. The array of clever features makes it easy to achieve some stunning results - so long as you have the composition to match....

13 August 2012

There's not much to say regarding the A37's performance from a newbie's perspective. Everything works and every function is accessed easily which is the main point of purchasing a starter DSLR,...

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