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SonyAlpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens
 
3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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60%

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Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)
  • Good image quality (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Travel (3)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Great Inexpensive Camera

    By David

    from KC MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

        I use this camera regularly for video recording, and taking pictures. Because I don't have any other lenses besides the 18-55mm that it comes with, I can't speak to shooting with the crop factor.

        This camera has a fast burst rate for the price range: 7fps. This is due to the translucent mirror. Because it doesn't have to move, it can shoot much faster. Over double what some others in the same price point do.

        I love how quick the auto focus is. I have tried some other camera brands, and from what I have experienced, this camera focuses way faster than the N and C cameras I have tried. (Again, I haven't experimented with other lenses yet)

        The only bad thing about this camera is the lack of lenses available. One of the main lenses I would like to get is a Zeiss Compact Prime Cine lens, but they are currently not available with the A-mount, and I have had dificulty finding an adapter for the Canon EL, Nikon F, or Sony E-mount Lenses to an A-mount body.

        Overall, I love the camera. It is a little small to hold, but it really performs well. If you can spend the extra change, get the a58. (seeing as this camera is now discontinued)

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Flawed Gem

        By Simple Guy

        from Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

        The Sony SLT-A37 has very good hardware and generally produces very good pictures. You can find several good reviews that present this and the camera's other strengths, such as its fast autofocus. I will instead mention an important shortcoming that you should know before you buy.

        In Program mode, the camera uses a minimum shutter speed of 1/60s and a maximum aperture of f/4.0 even in low light, even at the 18mm end of its kit lens, preferring to instead increase the ISO sensitivity instead. It is only after it reaches an ISO setting of 3200 that it reduces the shutter speed and opens the aperture further. This means that in low light it takes pictures at much higher ISO settings than it needs to and the pictures come out looking much worse than they need to. This also means that its in-body image stabilization provides no benefit and is only a marketing spec. There is no way to change or customize this behavior.

        You can try to overcome this limitation by shooting in Manual mode and selecting the shutter speed and aperture that is needed. However, then you will run into its second major limitation: there is no option for Auto ISO in Manual mode. That means you will have to select all settings manually for every shot, which is impractical if you plan to take more than a few, well composed pictures. After I encountered this limitation, I did some googling and apparently Sony is the only major camera maker that refuses to provide this simple feature. Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, etc all have this option in their DSLR or mirrorless offerings.

        Together, these limitations mean that this camera's performance in low light is simply unacceptable. Since this was the reason why I had bought it, I had to send it back. If low light performance is at all important for you, I suggest you look elsewhere. If you plan to shoot only in bright daylight, this camera will do a good job.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Flawed Gem

        By Simple Guy

        from Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

        The Sony SLT-A37 packs in a lot of features for the price and has excellent image quality. I won't go into details about features or image quality, both of which are better covered at external sites. More so since this is my only DSLR so I don't have a point of reference to compare it against. However, I will point out one major shortcoming due to which I decided to return it.

        In Program (P) mode with Auto ISO, the camera will try to keep the shutter speed to at least 1/60s and aperture to no more than f/4.0, preferring instead to jack up the ISO all the way to 3200 as the light decreases. There is no way to configure these base values of shutter speed and aperture. This means that in low light situations where I would have otherwise have gotten a decent picture with 1/30s (or even 1/25s), f/3.5 and a moderate ISO, the camera instead chooses a much higher ISO and produces a much worse image than it is capable of.

        Sure, I could choose these values of shutter speed and aperture in Manual mode, but then I would need to adjust the ISO setting before every shot since there is no option for Auto ISO in Manual mode. This is not only quite impractical, but, moreover a quick Google search showed that Sony is the egregious exception in not providing an option for Auto ISO in manual mode: all other DSLR makers provide it, and even my Olympus E-PL1 (micro four thirds, not DSLR) has it. Moreover, Nikon also has the option to select the base value of shutter speed after which the camera will select higher ISOs. Finally, considering that this requires no extra hardware and no extra expense - it is a feature that is simply implemented in the software, Sony's decision to not include it is unacceptable, even on an entry level DSLR. Since I bought the camera specifically for such situations, it is not very useful for me and I am returning it in favor of a Nikon.

        It is worth mentioning another important consequence of this design decision. Since the camera is always using a high shutter speed, the image stabilization has no benefit (unless you are specifically using low shutter speeds by switching to Manual or Shutter priority modes). It is thus mostly a on-paper spec for the marketing department to brag about.

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        5.0

        Excellent product

        By Hsoliver

        from St Louis mo

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

          I love using this camera, fast and easy to use.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Perfect Camera for the non professional.

          By Happy camper

          from Hemet, Ca

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to hold
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Interchangeable lens
          • Light weight
          • Menu easy to access and u
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

            Love this camera! I am a novice photographer and I was able to use this camera right away. We were recently in New York and visited B and H. The salesmen really helped me out and I did not feel intimidated by my lack of knowledge. I needed a stable camera due to a tremor and a step up from a point and shoot. This camera was one of the ones recommended. The view finder was larger and clearer than others. Another reason I love this camera is it fits in my hand and the buttons are easy to reach. The menu is easy to use and understand. I am sure I could give more pros as I learn to use this camera a little more. I am very pleased and excited about taking pictures now. Kudos to your staff for heping me and recommending this camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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