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Buy a a37 SLT-A37 Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55 mm Lens (16.1 MP, 3.1x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO duo)
Buy a Alpha SLT-A37 Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55 mm Lens (16.1 MP, Memory Stick PRO Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot)
I agree, a great small camera but some pics are
5:10 pm - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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12:48 am - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Movie recording mode - AVCHD 1920 x 1080 (50p recording, 28 Mbps, 50i 24 Mbps, 50i 17 Mbps, 25p 24 Mbps, 25p 17 Mbps, 25p 12 Mbps)
Please verify: 50p 28 mbps? is this true?
5:07 am - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Very affordable price and best camera for new starter photographers because contain very user friendly features.
7:35 am - Thursday, June 28, 2012
9:58 am - Thursday, June 28, 2012
I would recommend this camera to everyone that want to take the step up to dslr typ cameras.
The value is great compared to the Canon and Nikon entry range.
In house VR and EVF
5:27 pm - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Then i should say “i am impressed”
5:39 pm - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Great review. I was about to purchasing the Lumix GF5 but think this review has convinced me the A37 is the one to go for.
1:21 pm - Monday, July 2, 2012
Nice review. Your article has convinced me to buy this camera instead of the A57. Sony has come a long way and has made tremendous progress in SLT cameras.
5:50 pm - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Really great entry-level camera! ;)
3:14 pm - Saturday, August 25, 2012
Can anyone tell me if this takes Lexar sdxc cards or not?
9:58 pm - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mitchell F Martin
i have a minolta 7000 maxxum, and i really like it. but i’ve been thinking about buying a digital camera, to make it less of a hassle to upload pictures to the internet. this seems like the perfect camera for my budget!
9:28 pm - Thursday, October 4, 2012
I bought this camera and love every bit of it. Although I miss the ability to take pictures while video shooting. Overall I’m very satisfied with the buy, very user friendly and excellent handling.
6:40 pm - Thursday, October 11, 2012
A very nice camera and very easy to use with buttons placed in sensible places and an Fn comprehensive menu better than the Nikon D5100.
Although an entry level camera, the number of user friendly features belong on a mid range DSLR.
Jpegs are highly detailed and landscapes are fabulous in Scene mode. Just add a +2 to charpening. The only down side is a rather low resolution LCD which in all honesty is not that bad and is still easy to read. Think of all the lovely Konica/Minolta lenses you can also use.
10:14 am - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Consider myself as intermediate hobbyist not a prof photographer I have been using Pentax Mz-60 35ml film (still perfectly working and I love it) since 2002 then I had Fuji S20 Pro (CCD gone recently). I bought A37 and not regret. Best camera (for starters and serious hobbyists) and I love it. Even much better then D3100 and EOS 1100d ( I had a chance to play with EOS for a day).Colour gamma is the best + very low level of noise, perfect to shoot on the fly (stabiliser works like sharm) + fast shooting (I live not far from Silverstone cannot wait for F1 ?), sharp images (take raw and process – and it it very sharp, on jpeg from camera you will get it a bit soft but many people will not notice that). I always wanted to experiment with night photography (and I love how the camera shoots on 30 sec -perfect). Despite it is consider as entry level camera it has a very big potential !!! Sony created this camera (despite of the fact its SLT) taking into account all futures of D3100 or Eos 1100d + added extra! Honestly, my personal opinion it is much better! Oh, I am person who prefer photos rather then catching movies but I am very impressed especially with manual setting how this camera record HD movie as manual focus is very good (but you need to get used to it)! So, for shure you do not need a camcorder with this camera at all! On 32gb you will get nice 3 hour of Full HD - which you can consider then for serious editing but it is not for me ?). I will recommend this camera to anyone who wants to start in digital photography! Well done Sony!
2:37 am - Thursday, November 29, 2012
The camera is great. It takes much better pictures than Canon models costing twice as much. The color and focusing in the pictures are much more accurate coming out of the camera. The files coming out of the Canon always need photoshop. This camera will amaze both new and experienced photographers.
10:51 pm - Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Most cameras will show ‘soft’ out put at default.
Nearly all the tests conducted by P Blog show this. Just dial in some in camera sharpening. The beauty of the A37 and A57 is you can carry out all adjustments while up at the eye. The various functions brought up by the Fn button and AEL button when selected are some of the best I have used and are much more useful than some other well known cameras I could name.
The 18-55 kit lens really shines and in my opinion is probably the best [optically] kit lens currently available on any DSLR.
This camera would suit the beginner and pro a like and a very nice kit can be built up fron Sony and Konica/Minolta AF lenses.
I find nothing wrong with its Jpegs and they are very colourful,detailed and sharp with surprisingly little noise at least up to ISO 1600.
No wonder EphotoZine gave it Entry level DSLR camera of the year. To me it goes beyond entry level and it really is a camera that will be what you want it to be!
10:08 am - Wednesday, December 5, 2012
would you recommend this over an olympus e pm 1(14*42 mm + 40-150 mm) combo? they are similarly priced over here.
i would like to hone my photography skills and would love some advice on the matter.
i also have the option of going for the sony nex 5(not the 5N which isn’t available here).
7:20 am - Friday, December 14, 2012
I much prefer the Sony A37 over the Olympus. It has so much more to offer and is much easier[in my opinion] to use than the EMP-3. You have the choice of an EVF or LCD to choose from and the number of excellent lenses from Sony, Minolta, Sigma and Tamron is a bonus.
Its small light and takes excellent pictures.
There are quite a few features in the camera that the Olympus doesn’t have, thus it has the potential to be and excellent system camera.
Hope this helps.
1:44 pm - Friday, December 14, 2012
i was torn between the two. but as the sony a37 came with 18-55 lens only, i doubted its versatility. also, what about the nex 5? i have heard some pretty good things about it.
i am not planning on becoming a professional photographer. but i do enjoy taking pictures.
thanks again for the advice!!!
7:31 pm - Friday, December 14, 2012
I cannot advise you on what camera to buy, the NEX-5N is a compact system camera and the A37 is a DSLR type camera. They both take great pictures,
but its how they feel and operate in your hand which should be the deciding factor.
There are some very good zooms from Tamron and Sigma that go from 18-250 + that can be used on the A37, so the standard 18-55 kit lens does not have to be the deal breaker.
I suggest you do a bit more market research and hold the cameras before you decide.If you like a very thin camera that you have to hold at arms length the compose the picture then the NEX-5N is for you. If you like a camera that you put up to your eye then the A37 is for you. Its your choice.
9:57 pm - Friday, December 14, 2012
@ PETER B
10:51 am - Saturday, December 15, 2012
In some review i found that sony SLT users have complains about the translucent mirror. They say that the mirror is dust catchy and when you try to clean it, it get damaged.
Does any one noticed this problem yet??
Another thing turns me off is its LCD and body. Body is made up of cheap plastic material. i dont know why sony is trying to save cost on LCD and body.
3:37 pm - Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I suggest you reserve judgement on how ‘cheap and plastic’the body is until you have handled and taken a few pics with the camera. Sony bodies have been much improved and strengthened since earlier models and I would say now its no better or worse than its rivals.
As for dust on the mirror, this will possibly happen eventually as it does on the sensor of any camera and it can be cleaned with a blower/canned air jet or special camera vacuum system. Much of this depends as other cameras do on how often you change lenses and in what kind of enviroment.
It is recommended just like sensors not to touch the surface as you run the risk of scratching or marking it. These jobs should be left to a pro camera technician.
They increased the EVF definition over the A35 which is pretty good now but the LCD is not as high as the old A35. Its no big deal as far as i’m concerned, they had to save money some where if you consider what a bargain price the camera is.
I suggest if you have all these doubts, then look at other cameras which may fit your criterior and cause you less concern.
Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect camera.
9:25 am - Thursday, December 27, 2012
@ Peter B
Actually i want to buy a DSLR, i am confused with a 37 and Nikon D3200. i know a37 having lots of positive points which is attracting me, but i am still confused. i really like a37 and i am more toward to buy a37.
peter- can you share some unedited shots taken by you (i guess you have a37). because the sample i have seen on web sites they are less sharp at 55mm, sharpness at 18 mm is good.
12:11 pm - Friday, December 28, 2012
Unfortunitley, I have not mastered posting pictures on a forum site.
The Sony SAM 18-55 Kit lens is one of the sharpest of any kit lens, even Canon and Nikon kit lenses are behind in performance. However,you will get the best performance and sharpness from any of the excellent Sony prime lenses which will make the best use of the sensors superb definition.
I recommend you look at these review sites.
They all give the A37 5 Stars.
Photography Blog [obviously]
Digital Photography School
Most cameras will produce soft images at default settings as these sites will tell you. A little in camera sharpening or PP will fix it.
Look at the pictures on the Digital Photography School review, they are superb.
I really don’t think I can help you any more, its now down to you.
1:44 pm - Friday, December 28, 2012
Bought this camera for its sweep panorama abilities and low light hand held abilities.. Having a Sony dsc-hx9v and a dsc-hx7v….many of the same advanced features that are on these point & shoots…especially in camera HDR…I wanted to see what gives with Sony DSLR’s.
I went to Sedona for two weeks in December…sun and then some snow…lots and lots of beautiful long lasting sunsets. I felt like this little A37 DSLR gave me a great new amount of versatility due to many of its point & shoot special features except it would be put down on a large sensor this time…
Though I have a few Nikon DX2S’s, Canon 40D with the f1.2 50mm lens, I ended up using this Sony nearly all the time.
Cleaning the sensor on this camera is the simplest of any DSLR I have ever had.
I used a Polaroid filter quite a bit but you have to be careful when doing a panorama sweep with one attached since it will give you an uneven blue sky.
Fuji and Canon have quite a few bridge cameras out right now but I would argue this camera is light and priced in the bridge camera range.
I would buy this Sony A37 instead of Fuji or Canon bridge cameras and with the 18-55mm kit lens.
I was thinking about buying cine lens made by Rokinon/Samyang lens and getting an external mic for doing video. Anybody do this yet?
The fact is that bridge cameras still use a small sensor compared to a true DSLR like this Sony so that is another reason to consider this camera before you buy a bridge camera.
The only gripe I would have is that the flip out LCD does not articulate to the side at all and you wonder WHY a company would go through the trouble of putting a partially articulating LCD on a camera after all these years!! Just do it right the first time!!!!
The other issue I have with this camera (not a gripe} is dealing with a circle or spot when the camera is pointed towards the sun…you can expect some flare but more like a spear of light rather than a circle. I was able to mitigate this by angling the camera but it was unusual to get a perfect circle in the camera center rather than an angled spike of light….don’t know if this has something to do with my technique, the kit lens, or the new translucent light transmission used in this camera and/or a combination of all three? I might be the only one to have had this center circle spot flare? I had never seen this type of sun glare resulting in a centered circle in any camera I have ever used. Has anybody else experienced this type of circle or spot caused by sun glare on this camera?
The battery life on this camera is excellent.
In short, this camera feels like a Fuji or Canon bridge camera but it is a true DSLR. Plus this Sony has all kinds of cool features you would find in the Sony point & shoot line.
Though some people on here say this is a good beginner DSLR model, that is nonsense. This a fun camera to augment my much heavier and more complex Nikons.
The whole thing is the image you have in your mind to catch…...and if you have a camera that is fun to use and can do things your much more expensive cameras might not be able to do, then why not sling one of these along as well?
You are not out a lot of cash…you might not EVER buy another Sony DSLR (in my case I just have mostly Nikon lenses and only have the Canon DSLR due to the fact Nikon does not make an F1.2 50mm auto focus lens). I can still use T-mount lenses on this Sony A37.
The U.S. Air Force used to have small jet trainer named the T37 that was even used as an attack aircraft not just a trainer and it was called the A37!! This little Sony A37 is a big surprise and no wonder this site gave its highest rating.
Again…you might be a Nikon or Canon only person and don’t want to start down some new mount (actually old mount) path. I considered that as well as I pondered this camera and then thought..what the heck…why not? It had all the fun features on those two Sony point & shoots that I love.
This A37 camera will go with me everywhere from now on since it gives me a whole new array of tools that I would not have without some effort on my tried and true giant Nikons. This A37 is not for fast moving sports shots…but that is why I also have my D2hs’s, D1h’s, and D1’s.
The images I took in Sedona and around Flagstaff and Winslow and Tuba City came out great with the A37 ....I used it in conjunction with my Nikons so this is not an either/or proposition. Just another tool in the holster you can pull out when you don’t want to go to the tripod…..in camera HDR…in camera automatically stitched panoramas…hand held low light ease of use.
Give it chance if you think your photography needs these tricks available to you at times…This Sony A37 will bail you out..It is fun to use as well. Sorry this is not a scientific report.
1:19 pm - Saturday, January 12, 2013
I totally agree with your comments about the Sony A37. I have a Nikon D5100 with an 18-105 DX and 16-85 DX, [they weigh a ton],a Panasonic G3 with a few lenses, and my old Olympus E-510 & 450 which I won’t sell for nostalgic reasons.
Every time I go out to shoot landscapes I reach for the Sony. Its simply the best,easiest and lightest DSLR I have ever used. Every thing you need to know and adjust is on the EVF and all the buttons are ergonomically placed which is more than I can say about the D5100.
Picture quality is as good as any Canikon costing twice as much.
I got my A37 so I could use some of the Konica/Minolta AF glass, and I now use my KM 17-35 F/2.8 and a KM 24-85 AF for most of my landscape work. I don’t bother with the Sony lenses as good as they are because of the price.
I could quite easily build an enthusiasts system round the A37 at a budget. I remember the USAF A37. There is some spectacular scenery in the places you mentioned although I have not been there myself.
2:18 pm - Monday, January 14, 2013
We have just bought a Sony A37 and have found that we can’t get a cheap and straight forward wireless trigger for it. You have provided a link to one, thanks, but the smallprint on that page said it needs an “optionally available” adaptor. Can you recommend one, please?
Thanks for your help. Great review, by the way!
12:00 pm - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Not sure what to suggest as I don’t use that facility on the camera, so have no experience. Your best bet is to ask your local dealer or ask a camera shop on line or by phone such as Park Cameras, there are many camera shops i’m sure can help,so give them a ring.
9:22 am - Thursday, January 31, 2013
Hi Peter! I’m not an entry level photog, but I’m by no means professional. I take photos for an action sports website and I am looking to for a DSLR that takes clear continuous photos for action sports like surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding etc. I was looking at the Sony a57 and a37 ... is this camera good for someone who is a bit more experienced and for sports photography?
11:56 pm - Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Sony SLT cameras are probably the best of the DSLR’s for movies. Mainly due to the high continuous frame rate speed and no mirror to flop out of the way. The A57 [shortly to be replaced by the A58] is in my view the one to go for as it has a slghtly bigger body and thus easier to hold taking moving pictures. Having said that and from what you say is your subject matter, ‘action sports’ surely a ‘high end’ cam corder would be more suitable? Also don’t forget, that for long periods of picture taking with a DSLR, the sensor can over heat and it will require resting for a while to cool down. Hope this helps.
9:26 am - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
How does A37 compare with Lumix DMC-FZ200 in:
_Noise above ISO 800
_Quality of 1080p recording
_Clarity of macro shots.
(Above paramters are the ones I care most)
I plan to replace my old Powershot S2-IS with the one recommended by most of you.
9:19 pm - Sunday, February 24, 2013
I have never used a DMC-FZ200, so cannot comment
However, if you read DPReviews on this camera it will answer all your questions. You will also notice in the noise tests in the review that noise from ISO 800 is pretty crappy. In my view there is no comaparison between the Sony A37 and the Panasonic DMC FZ200.
9:27 am - Monday, February 25, 2013
yes Peter is right. DMC-FZ200 and a37 are different cameras. DMC-FZ200 falls in category of highend point end shoot digital cameras but the a37 is a SLR or SLT category camera. The sensor size of a37 is much bigger than DMC-FZ200, so it will result you really good pictures.
9:34 am - Monday, February 25, 2013
Thanks Peter and Matthew. Since your response, I’ve done a little research over that large sensor of Sony SLT A37. Images from this camera are far superior to those from FZ200, which has a small sensor. Looking at the video samples, though, A37 video appears to be grainy whereas FZ200 video is crisp. Anyone with a different view on this? Can anyone opine on HDR in both the cameras?
5:31 am - Thursday, February 28, 2013
My husband just purchased this camera for my birthday - lucky me! I haven’t used an SLR camera since, well, before they were DSLRs and I’m a bit lost. Any suggestions on a book or website that might help me get up to speed on all the bells and whistles? I can’t wait to get started ... the battery is in the charger.
7:20 pm - Thursday, April 4, 2013
Congratulations on your new camera, This thread is not really the best place to start offering advice, Learn what all the different camera functions do. Press the Fn button to bring up all the functions and look at each one in turn.
It might be better if you E Mailed me. I give admin permission to supply my E Mail address to you, if that’s how you would like to procede.
Other than that simply playing with the camera is probably the best learning curve and you will probably flatten the battery a couple times doing it, I did.
To get you started, use P [Programme Mode] and you can then adjust your shutter speed and aperture by turning the control wheel while looking through the view finder.
8:21 am - Friday, April 5, 2013
Forgot to say, you might find joining the Web site forum, photoclubalpha.com useful.
Its a chat and advice room for all things Sony cameras. I found it very helpful.
1:03 pm - Friday, April 5, 2013
Thanks Peter for the forum link. I will check it out. Since I am old school I was hoping there was some sort of DSLRs for Dummies book that you might recommend to help reacquaint me with terminology, etc.
4:11 pm - Friday, April 5, 2013
Hi Linda and Pete, I got a really good book via Ebay specifically on the Sony A37 by David Busch. this is a link to it http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/David-Buschs-Sony-SLT-A37-Guide-to-Digital-Photography-David-Bus-9781285185583-/390549779658?pt=Non_Fiction&hash=item5aee94b4ca
Regards to you and Pete, who helped me earlier this year.
4:17 pm - Friday, April 5, 2013
Thanks Andy, Busch is quite well known for his camera books etc. Should prove very helpful for Linda.
Linda, the terminology is much the same as you once used on the old film SLR cameras, with a few additions and a few new words, the basics still remain.
I’m quite disappointed that Sony are dropping the A37 and A57 for just one new entry/middle camera, the A58, which has a 20mp sensor. Never saw the need for anything more than 16mp.
4:53 pm - Saturday, April 6, 2013
how do i use my flash whilst recording on sony a37
8:59 am - Saturday, April 20, 2013
as i permanent light for recording
9:13 am - Saturday, April 20, 2013
the camera is great ....but i wish to use zooming lens but i don’t no which lens is most suitable in a 37 ...i have to wish wild life photography bird photography kindly help to choosen????
12:53 pm - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
the camera is great ....but i wish to use zooming lens but i don’t know which lens is most suitable in a 37 ...i have to wish wild life photography bird photography kindly help to choose about that????
12:55 pm - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
the camera is great ....but i wish to use zooming lens but i don’t know? which lens is most suitable in a 37 ...i have to wish wild life photography bird photography kindly help to choose about that????
12:56 pm - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Without knowing what distances you aim to shoot at, I would look at any of the Alpha mount lenses from Sigma,Tamron,Sony and the older Konica Minolta. An 18-270 might be a good place to start, but you will need to go to your local store to see what zoom fits your needs and at what distances you will be shooting at??
If you are doing all your trading on line, then it might help if you have a photographer friend to advise you.
1:28 pm - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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