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Sony Alpha 37 review

New entry-level DSLT offers 7fps shooting

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Colours from the Sony Alpha a37 are represented well, being bright and punchy with lots of impact, without being overly vibrant.

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Lots of detail can be captured with the a37's 16 million pixel Exmor CMOS sensor.

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Skies are represented well, with great colours - something that previous Sony and Konica Minolta cameras had suffered with.

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Images shot at high sensitivities, such as ISO 1600, display a good level of noise control, while still maintaining plenty of detail.

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Black and white is one of the in-camera Creative Styles that can be deployed when shooting in raw format, unlike Picture Effects, which only work in JPEG mode.

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Toy Camera mode is one of Picture Effects available. It works by altering the colours and adding a vignetting effect.

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Partial colour black and white is another Picture Effects mode, you can choose between red, green, blue or yellow.

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The Sony a37 can shoot up to 7fps, which can be used for shooting fast moving action.

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The supplied 18-55mm kit lens performs well, producing clear and sharp images with a good amount of detail and colour.

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However, the number of Sony A-mount lenses available on the market is increasing, enabling you to produce more creative effects. This image was shot using a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens.

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Sweep Panorama mode is available via the mode dial. It fires off a number of shots in quick succession as you sweep the camera across the scene, merging them in camera almost immediately.

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The Clear Zoom function uses By Pixel Resolution Technology to maintain the resolution and image quality. Here we can compare an image shot at 36mm optical focal length, with an image shot at 18mm with 2x Clear Zoom deployed (making it effectively 36mm).

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Although here we can see the image quality is worse when zooming in to a full 100%, when viewing at smaller sizes the image quality is generally very good, and we can see it being a very useful function.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha A
HD Movie ModeYes
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
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
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height92 mm
Width124.4 mm
Depth84.7 mm
Product SeriesA
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelSLT-A37
Product NameA37 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
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.

Package Contents
  • A37 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
  • Lithium Ion Battery NP-FW50
Limited Warranty1 Year