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Sony Alpha 37 review

New entry-level DSLT offers 7fps shooting

Our Verdict

For

  • Clear Zoom function
  • EVF useful for reviewing images
  • Tilting screen

Against

  • Limited raw format options
  • Very limited in-camera editing
  • Low-light focusing tricky

Sony's Alpha a37 is the latest camera to arrive in the company's entry-level DSLT lineup.

Sony's DSLT (or Single Lens Translucent) cameras incorporate Translucent Mirror Technology, and a semi-transparent mirror enables light to be split between the CMOS sensor and the separate AF sensor.

The benefits of this are speedy, full-time phase-detection autofocus and fast continuous shooting rates, because there's no mirror movement to slow things down.

Having been around for a little while, Sony's concept is quite well bedded-in now, and it's beginning to have an impact on consumers looking to purchase their first interchangeable lens camera.

Sony Alpha a37 review

A number of improvements have been made to the Sony a37, when compared with its Sony Alpha 35 predecessor.

First up is the newly designed 16.1 million pixel sensor, which now combines with the latest Bionz processor to deliver ISO 100-16,000 sensitivity capability and Full HD video recording.

Sony Alpha a37 review

A 15-point AF system includes three cross type sensors, plus enhanced object tracking and Quick AF modes.

A tiltable screen is available on the Sony Alpha 37, alongside the 100 per cent field of view electronic viewfinder.

Sony Alpha a37 review

Auto portrait framing, a feature first debuted in the Sony a57, is now included in the entry-level range. This works by cropping an image in post-production to give what the camera considers to be a better composition. The original image is also saved, should you wish to make your own crop.

Clear Zoom technology is also included. This is a form of digital zoom, but Sony promises that By Pixel Resolution technology keeps image quality at a premium and maintains image size.

Sony Alpha a37 review

In terms of aesthetic changes, there is little to talk about - although minor ergonomic changes see a slightly redesigned handgrip and repositioning of some key buttons.

In live view mode, Sony's DSLT cameras use phase-detection autofocus, as opposed to contrast detection, which Sony says gives Alpha cameras more accurate and precise continuous autofocusing.

Coupled with this, the Sony a37 - priced at £530 in the UK and $599 in the US - is also able to offer up to 7fps shooting in high speed shooting mode.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha A
Image StabilizationOptical
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesExternal Flash Shoe, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4 AVC, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)506 g
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Total Camera Resolution16.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FW50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height92 mm
Width124.4 mm
Depth84.7 mm
Autofocus Points15
Product SeriesA
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAC3, AAC-LC
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A37
Product NameA37 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberSLTA37.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Creative shooting made simple

Explore the world of high-quality imaging, supple shooting responses and interchangeable lenses. Capture smooth, detail-packed videos in Full HD. Create exciting artistic effects and grab pro-style portraits. All in a light, compact camera that's easy to use and carry.

Battery Life500 Shot
Package Contents
  • A37 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
  • Lithium Ion Battery NP-FW50
Display Resolution230400 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker