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Sony SLT-A37M Digital Camera

SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Good technical features
Good quality pictures
Good brand
1 Review

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Features

Good Technical Features

Several customers considered that it had good features. Five years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “The array of clever features makes it easy to achieve some stunning results - so long as you have the composition to match”. Also five years ago expert review site Pocket-Lint.com wrote “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 wrote in the same month “It comes with a great feature set including panorama mode” in their review of the Sony SLT-A37.


Reviews

Good Brand

We checked 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Quality Pictures

Several people who purchased the Sony SLT-A37 wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Videomaker.com wrote in their review “Shooting will be a joy with the 1,440,000 dot resolution in the electronic viewfinder”. Photographyblog.com said on 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”. Macworld.com.au wrote “We are provided with a shooting mode dial crammed with 12 manual”.

One person who reviewed the product thought it was able to produce good images.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine five years ago “A higher resolution viewfinder, high speed 7fps shooting (at reduced resolution) with continuous focusing thanks to the translucent mirror technology” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert review site 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 customer considered that this digital camera had a good lens. Expert website Brisbanetimes.com.au mentioned “The kit lens is optically good”.

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Good Video Capture

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it was good for video recording.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Cnet.com rated it 70 out of 100 and wrote “A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD”.


Design

Robust

One Sony SLT-A37 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was well made. Expert website Cnet.com rated this digital camera 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid” in their review of the Sony SLT-A37.

One Sony SLT-A37 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A37 was strong and durable. Expert website T3.com scored the product 4 stars and mentioned in their 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 Sony SLT-A37 reviewer thought it was good quality.

Easy to Use

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One Sony SLT-A37 reviewer concluded that it was good value for money. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on Pocket Lint five years ago “Decent image quality, unrivalled continuous autofocus for the price and an impressive 7fps burst mode are the A37’s top features” and scored the product 5 stars.


Power

Poor Battery Life

One customer who reviewed it thought it did not have a good battery life. Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Pocket Lint five years ago “The LCD screen, viewfinder and poor battery life are its shortcomings.” but even so they still gave the product a rating of 5 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One person said in their reviews that the product was compact. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “Compact interchangeable-lens cameras are cute.” in their review.

One Sony SLT-A37 owner who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was a good body shape. Cnet.com mentioned “Sometimes you want the heft of a dSLR-style body, full mode dial, electronic viewfinder” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Heavy

With a weight of 506 grams, the SLT-A37M is fairly heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The weights of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Sony SLT-A37M's display diagonal is one of the smallest amongst digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the FinePix x100 Classic Kit (2.8"), or the X-E1 (£436.84) (2.9") both from Fujifilm which also has a higher rating.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A37M supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Olympus OM-D E-M10 is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the SLT-A37M is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this Sony camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SLT-A37M has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SLT-A37M has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SLT-A37M has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SLT-A37M has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Sony SLT-A37M supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also support live view.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony SLT-A37M features brightness adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Histogram

The SLT-A37M features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The SLT-A37M has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Picture Quality

4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The SLT-A37M has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A37M has a 4912 X 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The worst image resolution of all cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 4288 x 3216 pixels and the best is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The SLT-A37M has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony slta37yce, sony slta37k, sony 161mp, slta37kce, slta37ce, slta37m
Barcodes 00027242847576, 00027242847583, 02724269483111, 04905524868777, 04905524868791, 04905524868814, 04905524868838, 04905524868869

Sony SLT-A37M Review Sources

To prepare this Sony SLT-A37M review we compared this digital camera to 1,214 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,600 product attributes, 169,860 digital camera reviews and 2,794,400 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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