Sony’s latest entry-level SLT camera shows that a tight budget need not mean compromising on specification. We find out if it hits the mark. Read the Sony Alpha 37 review...

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Sony Alpha 37

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Sony Alpha 37 review


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Our verdict

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. However, the new sensor doesn’t seem to have gone far enough to overcome the effect of the transparent mirror, leaving images lacking in detail and relatively high in noise.

An improvement in the resolution of the screen and a quieter kit lens would go some way to helping this model. Although I would miss the EVF at times, I would probably choose the more compact NEX-F3 over the Alpha 37.


External mic:Yes
Video:1080 50/60p HD (AVCHD), 1080 25p (MP4)
White Balance:Auto, 9 presets, custom, manual
Dioptre Adjustment:-4 to +4 dioptre
Built-in Flash:Yes (GN 10m @ ISO 100)
Memory Card:MemoryStick Pro Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:1.44-million-dot equivalent EVF
Output Size:4912 x 3264 pixels
Field of View:100%
LCD:2.7in, 230,000-dot LCD
AF Points:15-point system (3 cross-type)
Weight:506g (with battery)
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, iAuto, iAuto+, 8 scene modes, sweep panorama, 3D, tele-zoom continuous, movie
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Sensor:16.1-million-effective pixel Exmor CMOS
White Balance Bracket:Yes (3 frames)
Power:Rechargeable InfoLithium NP-FW50
File Format:JPEG, ARW (raw)
Drive Mode:5.5fps (7fps in tele-conversion mode)
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec, plus bulb
Lens Mount:Sony A
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Focusing Modes:Single, continuous, auto, manual
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:124.4 x 92 x 84.7mm
Metering System:1,200-zone evaluative, multi, spot, centreweighted
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI (type C)
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±3EV
RRP:£419 (body only)
Tested as:Entry-level SLT
  1. 1. Sony Alpha 37 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. Dynamic range
  6. 6. White balance and colour
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Our verdict
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