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Sony SLT-A37 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
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34 Reasons For

Eight Industry Awards

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

Two other expert review sites endorsed this camera. This SLR digital camera received an Expert Reviews "Budget Buy" award and it received a "Gold" award from Buy-n-shoot.com who thought it was brilliant.

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

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Good Expert Reviews

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

Good Technical Features

Four Sony SLT-A37 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk rated the Sony SLT-A37 4 stars and wrote in their Sony SLT-A37 review four years ago “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 mentioned on expert website Pocket Lint “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 has an arm-length list of features - many of which better the nearest big brand DSLR cameras”. Buy-N-Shoot.com gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100 and said “It comes with a great feature set including panorama mode”.

Good Quality Pictures

Three customers who purchased the product agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote in their Sony SLT-A37 review “Shooting will be a joy with the 1,440,000 dot resolution in the electronic viewfinder” . Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert review site PhotographyBlog.com “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” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Macworld.com.au mentioned four years ago “We are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual”.

One customer who reviewed the Sony SLT-A37 thought it was able to produce good images.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Sony SLT-A37 owners reckoned that the product had a good autofocus. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said “A higher resolution viewfinder, high speed 7fps shooting (at reduced resolution) with continuous focusing thanks to the translucent mirror technology” in their Sony SLT-A37 review and scored it 5 stars.

One customer who bought it wrote that it had a good zoom. Expert website Techradar.com said “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 Sony SLT-A37 owner who reviewed it considered that it had a good lens. Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au said “The kit lens is optically good” in their review of the Sony SLT-A37.

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Good Value for Money

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

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

SLR digital cameras built by Sony have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Good Video Capture

Some Sony SLT-A37 owners agreed that it was good for video recording.

Good Size

One person who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was compact. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their review “Compact interchangeable-lens cameras are cute.”. One person who reviewed the product wrote that it was a good body shape. Cnet.com wrote in their Sony SLT-A37 review on CNET.com “Sometimes you want the heft of a dSLR-style body, full mode dial, electronic viewfinder”.

Robust

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was well made. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid” in their review of the Sony SLT-A37.

One person who bought the product thought it was strong and durable. T3.com said “Outwardly the Sony Alpha A37 camera mirrors a digital SLR in every way, complete with large handgrip and rugged feel build” in their review of the Sony SLT-A37.

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Good Product Quality

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer who bought the Sony SLT-A37 concluded that it was good quality.

Reasonably Priced

One person reckoned that the product was good value for money. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned “Decent image quality, unrivalled continuous autofocus for the price and an impressive 7fps burst mode are the A37’s top features” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people who bought the Sony SLT-A37 mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Sony SLT-A37 on 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 who bought it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold.

3D Compatible

The SLT-A37 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A37 are not 3D compatible.

We compared this camera to all the other 3D compatible cameras and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A37 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price].

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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 digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SLT-A37.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports Two Image Formats

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

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Electrical Viewfinder

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 camera's viewfinder (electrical) is actually the best viewfinder amongst all cameras of this age and type.

An Electronic viewfinder is the worst viewfinder amongst similar types of camera.

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Narrow

The narrowest comparable spec camera that has been available for around the same time as the SLT-A37 is 100mm wide, the widest is 300mm, and the average width is 140mm. At only 124.4 millimeters, the SLT-A37 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the SLT-A37.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of image editing modes than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Sony camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time 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 typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR 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 Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the SLT-A37 is more than most SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A37. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the SLT-A37 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony camera has a Mini HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Twenty-Three ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the SLT-A37 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Sony digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to 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 digital camera.

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Features Two Auto Focus

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

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Sony SLT-A37 has a greater number of light metering modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Sony camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of camera file systems than most SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this type and age. 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 Sony SLT-A37 has a better display than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most SLR digital cameras that have been available for a similar 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 amongst all SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SLT-A37.

The worst display across similar types of camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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16 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

One Sony SLT-A37 owner wrote that the Sony SLT-A37 did not have a good battery life. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “The LCD screen, viewfinder and poor battery life are its shortcomings.” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Sony SLT-A37 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A37.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Sony SLT-A37 does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the D3200[pl_1947140_price], or the D5200[pl_1829432_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sony SLT-A37 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A37 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the D3200[pl_1947140_price], the D5200[pl_1829432_price], or the D750[pl_2497138_price] all from Nikon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

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

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

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

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Quite Small Screen Size

Across all the cameras that have been available for more than two years the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the SLT-A37 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 1100D[plb_1385668_price] is also worth considering.

If this Sony camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

The SLT-A37 has one of the lower JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The JPEG frame rates of SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 3fps to 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 35fps.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The SLT-A37 has a greater number of audio formats than most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats AAC and AC3 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A37 has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution which is higher than the 2736 x 1824 still image resolution found on most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 to 6016 x 4016.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the display resolutions range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels. The SLT-A37 has a quite low display resolution (only 230,400 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the SLT-A37.

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Very Small Image Effective Megapixels

The image effective megapixels of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A37 range from 16MP to 25MP. At only 16.1 megapixels, the SLT-A37 has a fairly small image effective megapixels compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Only Ten Flash Guides

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the SLT-A37 have between 5 and 23 flash guides, including the SLT-A37 which has ten flash guides.

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Thick

The Sony SLT-A37 is quite thick (84.7 millimeters) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A37. The average depth of SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 75mm, and the depths range from 29mm to 130mm.

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Quite Small Viewfinder Screen Size

The average viewfinder screen size of cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A37 is 0.45". At only 0.46 inches, the SLT-A37 has a quite small viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A37

Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Weight

With a weight of 506 grams, the SLT-A37 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SLT-A37.

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Average Megapixel Count

The SLT-A37 has a relatively average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the D4S[pl_2203498_price] (16.2MP), or the Df[pl_1740408_price] (16.2MP) both from Nikon 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 comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A58[plb_1611460_price], or the Nikon D750[plb_2497138_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
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 Exposure Compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
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
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Brightness Adjustment
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
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Colour Space Standard
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
USB Specification
Exifprint
Panorama Mode
Aperture Priority Mode
Manual Exposure
Auto Exposure
Recording Format
Shutter Priority AE
Colour Temperature
Image Effective Megapixels
Recording Medium
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers slta37, slta37y, sony 161, slta37ce, slta37yce, sony 161m, slta37y.ce, sony 161mp, sony slta37, sony slta37y, sony slta37yc, sony slta37yce
Barcodes 00027242847576, 00027242847583, 04905524868777, 04905524868791, 04905524868814, 04905524868838, 04905524868869

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