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On May 16 2012, Sony announced the SLT-A37 interchangeable lens camera
. The α37 is the latest camera from Sony that features the Translucent Mirror Technology which delivers a combination of phase detection autofocus and continuous live image preview during still and full HD video (60i/24p) shooting. Shots can be captured at up to 7 fps in Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting Mode, where the central portion of the sensor's image is magnified by 1.4x. The camera comes with a 16.1 Megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, ISO 100-16000 support, 3-cross 15-point AF system, a Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with 1440k dot resolution, and a tilt-angle 2.7-inch LCD screen.
There is a new Auto Portrait Framing mode that identifies the subject's position in a composed image and follows the rule of thirds to trim the scene. The cropped photo is then boosted to full resolution using Sony's By Pixel Super Resolution technology, which uses pattern matching to maintain superb image detail, tones and textures in the photo. Both the original and cropped image files are saved for review. By Pixel Super Resolution Technology is also used for the Clear Image Zoom feature, which digitally doubles the effective magnification of any lens attached to the camera. Shared with all α A-mount cameras, SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization cuts the effects of camera shake by up to 4.0 stops for clearer handheld images with any A-mount lens. The α37 is available with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens (model SEL1855) for $600. The SAL18135 telephoto zoom lens is available as a stand-alone product for $500, and is also offered as a kit lens with Sony A-mount cameras. Here's the summary of review by PhotographyBLOG, giving the camera a rating of 5 out of 5:
"The Sony A37 is a compelling entry-level DSLR camera with features, still and video image quality, and overall performance that beat its main rivals. Only the small, low-resolution, non-articulating LCD screen detracts from an otherwise outstanding camera that will more than satisfy the needs of its target audience. The A37 marries most of the core features of its bigger brother, the A57, with the more diminutive body of its predessor, the A33, resulting in the cheapest SLT camera to date. Thankfully, with the exception of the LCD screen, this hasn't been achieved by reducing the A37's capabilities, with a long list of desirable features that belie its relatively modest price-tag. The A37's electronic viewfinder may not be as detailed as the one used by the higher-end A65 and A77 models, but it still has enough resolution to rival and even beat a more conventional optical viewfinder. The A37's translucent mirror and EVF open up a world of possibilities for Sony, with quick burst shooting speeds, fast auto-focus for both stills and video, and 100% scene coverage.
Image quality is excellent, with results from the 16 APS-C sensor rivaling the main DSLR competition and in most cases surpassing the Compact System Camera alternatives, especially if you want to achieve shallow depth-of field effects. Noise doesn't rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs, although the A37 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean, resulting in some loss of finer detail. The myriad of creative effect on offer such as HDR, Dynamic Range Optimisation, creative styles, the innovative sweep panorama mode and the range of in-camera Picture Effects help to get the most out of the A37, especially if you like to experiment away from a computer. The Sony A37 may sit at the bottom of Sony's SLT line-up, but for many people this could be the only camera that they'll ever need. We wish that the LCD screen was slightly bigger, had double the resolution and could be tilted sideways as well as up and down, but we're struggling to think of anything else that's negative to say about what is after all "only" an entry-level camera. This is simply one of the most capable beginner DSLRs on the market, and therefore fully deserving of our coveted Essential! award."
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Sony SLT A37 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Amateur Photographer: "For a 16.1-million-pixel camera, the Alpha 37's resolution performance is a little disappointing and lower than that for the NEX-F3 (perhaps due to the translucent mirror), although it more or less matches the scores of the Alpha 35 (AP 2 July 2011). At its base ISO 100 it reaches 24 in JPEG and 26 in raw, which is maintained until ISO 1600 where the raw file decreases to 24. Noise levels start to increase above ISO..." - Sep 14 2012 More »|
|CNET UK: "In more conventional settings, the A37 is hard to fault. It did an excellent job of extracting the maximum colour information from any scene throughout my tests, with particularly expressive skies on an otherwise overcast day. This ability to balance tones was a constant, even in more demanding set-ups. The A37 retained significant colour data even in areas that initially appeared to be lost to the shadows. I set it..." - Aug 07 2012 More »|
|ePhotoZine: "At ISO100, ISO200, and ISO400 the camera shows really low noise, and it's at ISO800 that noise just starts to become noticeable. ISO1600 shows some coloured noise but it is very low so should be very easy to remove if you feel the need. ISO3200 grain is increased but results are very good. ISO6400 shows more noise again, with a decrease in image quality, but should provide usable images at full size. At ISO12800 you..." - Jul 19 2012 More »|
|CNET Asia: "The A37 produced images that are close to what we observed from the NEX-C3 and NEX-5N mirrorless ILCs, with colors being natural yet punchy. Also, we found the bundled 18-55mm kit lens to exhibit good sharpness at most focal lengths and more impressed with its ability to focus as near as 10cm for detailed closeups. Based on 100 percent crops, the best quality images were those shot at between ISO 100 to 800. However..." - Jul 18 2012 More »|
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