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Sony SLT-A37 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
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28 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

The editors of Ephotozine, CNET.co.uk and Macworld.co.uk all thought that this SLR digital camera was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

In addition, this Sony camera received an Expert Reviews "Budget Buy" award and the editor of Buy-n-shoot.com gave it a "Gold" award and concluded it was superb.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this camera an "Essential" award, it received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint and Player.de gave it a "Buying Tip" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on twenty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Ephotozine and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 84 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

Some Sony SLT-A37 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Amateurphotographer.co.uk said five years ago “The array of clever features makes it easy to achieve some stunning results - so long as you have the composition to match” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 80 out of 100. Pocket-Lint.com said on expert review site Pocket Lint “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 has an arm-length list of features - many of which better the nearest big brand DSLR cameras”. Pocket-Lint.com also mentioned “An impressive 7fps burst mode are the A37’s top features”.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony SLT-A37 reviewers agreed that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote five years ago “Shooting will be a joy with the 1,440,000 dot resolution in the electronic viewfinder”. Expert website Macworld.com.au said in the same month “We are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual” in their Sony SLT-A37 review and gave the Sony SLT-A37 a rating of 5 stars.

One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Ephotozine.com mentioned “A higher resolution viewfinder, high speed 7fps shooting (at reduced resolution) with continuous focusing thanks to the translucent mirror technology”.

One customer who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good zoom. Techradar.com wrote in their review on expert review site 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”.

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it had a good lens. Five years ago Brisbanetimes.com.au wrote “The kit lens is optically good”.

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Good Value for Money

Expert Reviews highlighted in their review that this camera provided a good bang for your buck.

Good Video Capture

A few Sony SLT-A37 owners concluded that it was good for video recording. Five years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their Sony SLT-A37 review “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 the product a rating of 5 stars. Buy-N-Shoot.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “It comes with a great feature set including panorama mode and full HD video plus a range of specifications to match” and rated the product 70 out of 100.

Good Size

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact. Five years ago expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “Compact interchangeable-lens cameras are cute.” in their Sony SLT-A37 review. One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review “Sometimes you want the heft of a dSLR-style body, full mode dial, electronic viewfinder”.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Sony has good average ratings for its SLR cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

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Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A37 was well made. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid” in their Sony SLT-A37 review and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100.

One person wrote that it was strong and durable. Expert website T3.com mentioned in their Sony SLT-A37 review “Outwardly the Sony Alpha A37 camera mirrors a digital SLR in every way, complete with large handgrip and rugged feel build”.

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Good Product Quality

One person reckoned that it was good quality. Five years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com said in their review “Decent image quality, unrivalled continuous autofocus for the price”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several Sony SLT-A37 reviewers mentioned that the product had a good viewfinder. Cnet.com said in their review of the Sony SLT-A37 on expert website CNET.com “A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD”.

Easy to Use

One Sony SLT-A37 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A37 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SLT-A37 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This camera supports an MS PRO Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Nikon D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[plb_1947140_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

This digital camera's viewfinder (electrical) is actually the best viewfinder across all similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst viewfinder across similar types of digital camera is Electronic.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. 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.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector Type

The Sony SLT-A37 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most SLR cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Sony camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A37. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Twenty-Three ISO Sensitivitys

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SLT-A37. The ISO sensitivitys "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 Focusing (AF) Modess

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Sony camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A37. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Features One Light Metering

The number of light metering modes featured on the SLT-A37 is more than most cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly featured light metering is Centre-weighted, but this light metering is not featured on this digital camera. The light meterings Spot are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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TFT Display

The SLT-A37 has a TFT display which is better than most digital cameras of this type and age. Most SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. 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 camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SLT-A37.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Sony camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Five years ago Pocket-Lint.com said on Pocket Lint “The LCD screen, viewfinder and poor battery life are its shortcomings.”.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The SLT-A37 does not support video capability, unlike most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A37 which support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price].

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SLT-A37 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37 also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 6D[plb_1609271_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The SLT-A37 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A37 also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the D3200 + TAMRON AF 18-200 XR Di II LD + SD 4GB[pl_1947140_price], or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony SLT-A37 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A37 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A37, the Sony SLT-A37 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the SLT-A37 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37 the display diagonals range from 2.5" to 3.2".

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon EOS 1100D - Rebel T3[plb_798413_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon EOS 60D[plb_1503709_price] (3") which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the SLT-A37 is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony SLT-A37 has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most cameras of this age and type have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution(s). This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. Across all comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230,400 pixels, the SLT-A37 has a fairly low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37. The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital 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.

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Fairly Long Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A37 range from 1s to 5.5s. With a flash recharging time of 4 seconds, the SLT-A37 has one of the longer flash recharging times amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Only Ten Flash Guide Numbers

The SLT-A37 is a ten flash guide number digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A37

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Weight

With a weight of 506 grams, the SLT-A37 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3100[plb_1350595_price] (455g).

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Average Megapixel

The SLT-A37 has a fairly average megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A37.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might also want to consider the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP), or the D4S[pl_2203498_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Design
Colour of Product
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Live View
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Colour Space Standard
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB Specification
Exifprint Supported
Panorama
Aperture Priority AE
Manual Exposure
Auto Exposure
Recording Format
Shutter Priority AE
Colour Temperature
Effective Megapixels (image)
Recording Media
Display Tilting

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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