Sony Alpha 37 review

New entry-level DSLT offers 7fps shooting

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With the Alpha a37, Sony has developed another interesting and very usable camera to sit in its lineup.

Image quality - arguably the most important factor - is great, with excellent colour, details and dynamic range.

However, the handling could be improved, and there are a fair few disappointments when it comes to what can be shot in raw format, and what can't.

We liked

Image quality is fantastic, and the kit lens does a great job too. The high quality digital zoom function is also a great bonus.

We disliked

Several elements of the handling left us frustrated, as did the amount of functions that can't be used when shooting raw format.

Final verdict

Sony's offerings in the entry-level arena are perhaps more interesting than its Canon and Nikon counterparts, with the translucent mirror technology, Clear Zoom and Auto Portrait Framing giving the beginner photographer a lot of bang for their buck.

Beginners need to be aware, however, that there are downsides to using a translucent mirror technology. Firstly, the amount of light reaching the sensor is reduced, so focusing in lower light conditions can be a little tricky, and secondly it's fair to say that although good, an EVF won't be to everyone's tastes.

It's not quite as novice-friendly as the Nikon D3200 either, which includes on-screen guides to photography, along with a greater level of in-camera editing, not to mention a higher resolution sensor.

The Sony Alpha a37 is an interesting proposition that delivers great image quality in a neat little package. We can see Sony's share of the market increasing as it manages to cram more and more exciting technology into this area of the market - something that Canon and Nikon must keenly be aware of at the moment.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLT Camera with Lens
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