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SonyAlpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast shutter speed (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Great resolution (8)
  • Large clear LCD (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (13)
  • Travel (13)
  • Low light (10)
  • Video (9)
  • Sports/action (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good camera Great lens

I got the nex-5n last year and was amazed with the image quality in all conditions at all settings. I really would have liked the 18-200 lens for it but the cost...Read complete review

I got the nex-5n last year and was amazed with the image quality in all conditions at all settings. I really would have liked the 18-200 lens for it but the cost is just too high for me and then I also would have needed a better flash. When the alphas went on sale this camera was priced so low it was like buying the kens and getting the camera for $ . I have read many reviews that people don't like the small size of the A37, but after using the 5N it seems HUGE. I have only used it around town and the house and am satisfied with the image quality if it's on a tripod. I'm 61 and 5'1" so it's harder to hold steady and is not for quick, one handed shooting like I have with the nex. I was a Pentax user from the 1970's to last year I got the 5N and it sold me on Sony cameras. Would have liked the A57 for the swivel lcd or the A67 for the gps but the A37 uses the same battery as the nex and I am trying to downsize my kit bag for ease in traveling and this camera will help do that. This lens does a great job and I am attaching photos taken at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. I took about 300 shots, testing every setting, from the scene settings and auto, to hdr to aperture, which is mainly what I use and am pleased with them all. All the shooting modes would be useful in different conditions. The viewfinder is very good and you can see the setting in it and what the effect is when you change anything. The lcd if fine for viewing composition and I do use it but prefer the viewfinder. Forgot to change to raw or jpg + raw that day so haven't tested raw shots.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It is nice!

It is able to take multiple pictures without losing its stability. It follows the panoramic picture and it enhances your lighting at the same time. Good buy specially for progressive animation or frame by...Read complete review

It is able to take multiple pictures without losing its stability. It follows the panoramic picture and it enhances your lighting at the same time. Good buy specially for progressive animation or frame by frame.

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5.0

Fits my needs, and then some.

By Candi K.

from Milton, WI

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

    As a real estate photographer, I wanted a camera that had wide angle in-camera straightening ability, good flash, corner lighting, and all-around use. This had all I needed. I also light the battery length. It's common for me to take 500+ photos at each listing. This battery stayed charged the whole time. The camera is a bit front-heavy with the lens, but I am getting used to it. I have other cameras, and this one is now my "go-to" camera for everything. I no longer use different cameras for inside, outside, and basement scenes.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Simply Amazing!

    By Country Nerd

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

      I've been shooting with DSLR's for years. Recently my Minolta Maxxum 7D body died, and I decided to finally replace it. After handling & testing this camera in the B&H Superstore, I was amazed at the performance and features of this camera and lens combination. It's a great combination at a great price! My entire family is simply amazed at the photos & HD video we captured in NY during our visit. Low light, daylight, fast & slow action, flash and not, landscape, macro, wide & telephoto - every shot was amazing.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
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      • No

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      5.0

      All you need in an entry level camera

      By Pablo

      from Costa Rica

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

        I am not a professional in photography but I do like to take good photos, and I think this camera provides all the tools one needs to accomplish that. The lense that came with the camera is all you need really.
        It is compact and light.
        I have tried most of the features and I must say they are all great. I particularly enjoy the video quality.
        One think I have had dificulty getting used to, is the panoramic shotting, as the camera has to go on a very precise paste for the photo to turn out.

        Ovearall, I love it!!

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        4.0

        I will buy this camera again

        By Jeff77

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

        The Sony SLT-A37 has very good hardware and generally produces very good pictures.

        But 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.
        If you plan to shoot only in bright daylight, this camera will do a good job.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        4.0

        Quality as Advertized

        By Joey

        from Tewksbury, NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

          The camera is easy to use and is perfect fro the
          casual but serious photographer.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Nice camera and lens is even better

          By Paudajatt

          from Roseville, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

            I got this camera after looking at canon T3i and T4i. This camera and lens combo are way better than both of these. I took pictures and already made 60p movie which was better than any camcorder movie I ever made.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            4.0

            Not an expert - Very nice camera

            By tcope

            from Sandy, UT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                  This is the first SLR (SLT) camera I've owned and I know little more then my point/shoot cameras allowed for. I read a _ton_ of comments on the camera and all of them stated just he 18-135mm lens on this camera was worth almost the selling price. Reviews and comments also stated that this was a very good entry level SLR. I needed a camera with good auto features but still wanted SLR capabilities. Reviews (and I agree) show that this camera has all of that. Sony packed a lot of higher end features into this camera and the trade off is a non-movable mirror and LED displays. On that note, the LED display in the eye piece is good... not great.. but good. In some cases what you see is a little different then how the photos looks but I suspect this is true (to a lesser degree) with mirror/light. That is the trade off. What you get are a _lot_ of higher end features on a less expensive camera.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  great beginer DSLR

                  By mattcw78

                  from San Diego

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Battery Life
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                    This is my first DSLR. I was a Commercial Photography Major in High School and was comfortable with a film SLR and my new a37 is so easy to use I love it

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic camera

                    By Akash

                    from Tampa, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                    Sony a37 is an awesome camera with loads of features. However, to use this camera to its full potential, you need a good glass. Kit lens only goes so far. I am new to SLR /SLT world and just learning photography. After months of research and comparison with canon t3i/4i and nikon 3200, I decided to go with Sony. You get a lot more features (MFNR, Buikt in HDR, 7 FPS, 60i AF video etc.) for a lot less price. With Sony, the lens selection is not as vast but lets face it, how many lenses do beginners really need? Even still, this camera shines with a good glass (50mm 1.8/16-60mm 2.8) that costs hundreds less than comparable lenses from Canon or Nikon.If you are new to the SLR world, I'd highly recommend Gary Friedman's book. It is a whimsical journey that is sure to make you appreciate a lot about this camera.I am in love with the A37 and I am sure you'll love it too.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best Portable SLT Camera

                    By JoeMin97

                    from Tampa, Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                      I own a SLT-A65 and A77 the A77 is a Large Body Camera with the Vertical Grip, The A65 is a Medium sized Body, Both do well in low light. But the 16MP Sensor on the A37 and A57 is just a bit better in low light, Picture IQ is great not as high as the A65 or A77 but really anything over 10mp is adequate for large prints. The Main Reason why I purchased this camera is due to its size. It has a Small Camera Body compared to the other SLT's on the Market right now. The Body is a updated A35/A55 Body with a updated hand grip. I like the Feel of the Camera in my hand it fits perfectly for its small size. It is the size of a Bridge Camera. The LCD may be lower resolution but it is fine and the EVF is the same one that is on the A57, no problems there. Plus for the $ I paid for the Kit with the 18-135mm Lens the Lens alone is worth $400 and it gives you a large useable zoom range. So basically you get the camera for [$] Great Price. Thanks B&H

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      It is nice!

                      By A teacher

                      from Laredo, TX

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                      • Complicated Controls
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                      It is able to take multiple pictures without losing its stability. It follows the panoramic picture and it enhances your lighting at the same time. Good buy specially for progressive animation or frame by frame.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Excllent Lens + get a DSLR body

                      By Blimpy

                      from Owasso

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good video quality
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                        I was looking for a DSLR to do studio and serious photography. I've always liked Sony for the in-body image stabilization and great video performance. When I saw the A37 and Alpha 18-135 lens on sale at B&H for around [$] I couldn't pass up buying a [$] lens and paying only $130 for a DSLR body. I shot side by side the Alpha 18-135 vs my Tamron 18-200 for NEX and the 18-135 won in sharpness so I sold the Tamron. The A37 DSLR is a nice camera as well. It performs well and is comperable to Nikon D5100 or Canon T3i in terms of speed, auto focus and features. Because of the translucent mirror in the A37 for phase detection autofocus, it's high iso performance is slightly (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 stop) below Nikon or Canon equivalent. However, the translucent mirror allows the camera to shoot photos and record video without having to flip a mirror like Nikon and Canon. This allows the A37 to be quicker a taking photos and recording video while still having phase detection AF (auto focus). No regrets on the purchase. The A37+Alpha 18-135 is a nice complement to my smaller NEX-6.

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                        5.0

                        Great First DSLR

                        By Pete

                        from Windsor, CT

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                          My first DSLR camera after doing me research. Talked to friends that have DSLRs and laned on features they liked. Took this information and Sony was the natural choice, had features and functions I wanted at a very affordable price and from a trusted brand name. The camera is perfect for anyone thinking about getting into DSLR camera.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good camera Great lens

                          By mulley

                          from Montpelier, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                            I got the nex-5n last year and was amazed with the image quality in all conditions at all settings. I really would have liked the 18-200 lens for it but the cost is just too high for me and then I also would have needed a better flash. When the alphas went on sale this camera was priced so low it was like buying the kens and getting the camera for $ . I have read many reviews that people don't like the small size of the A37, but after using the 5N it seems HUGE. I have only used it around town and the house and am satisfied with the image quality if it's on a tripod. I'm 61 and 5'1" so it's harder to hold steady and is not for quick, one handed shooting like I have with the nex. I was a Pentax user from the 1970's to last year I got the 5N and it sold me on Sony cameras. Would have liked the A57 for the swivel lcd or the A67 for the gps but the A37 uses the same battery as the nex and I am trying to downsize my kit bag for ease in traveling and this camera will help do that. This lens does a great job and I am attaching photos taken at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. I took about 300 shots, testing every setting, from the scene settings and auto, to hdr to aperture, which is mainly what I use and am pleased with them all. All the shooting modes would be useful in different conditions. The viewfinder is very good and you can see the setting in it and what the effect is when you change anything. The lcd if fine for viewing composition and I do use it but prefer the viewfinder. Forgot to change to raw or jpg + raw that day so haven't tested raw shots.

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                            • 9
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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            It is not comes with complete manual.

                            By Lenny

                            from Providence, R I

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Poor In Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                            has very nice image
                            I use it by personal pictures

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 6
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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect!

                            By Photofan

                            from Westport, CT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Quiet
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                              Camera is a great product for those just entering the SLR market. Christmas pictures were awesome, enhanced by the smile-catching feature. Extra zoom is definitely worth the upgrade from the basic lens kit. Can't wait to try it on some action photos!

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                              • 9
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again

                              By Sheila Hannah

                              from Canada

                              Verified Buyer

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                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                                    I use this camera for personal use,over all Im very happy with this camera.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 9
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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    nice photos and video and solid lens

                                    By matthew harris

                                    from cincinnati, ohio

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • High ISO Performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Zoom Lens:

                                      great combo camera with excellent photo and video capability...a lot of features for a supposed entry dslr/slt...the 18-135 lens is a huge step up from the standard 18-55 or 18-70 kit lens...have had canon dslr's in the past which are great but the a37 photo and video auto-focus is a plus...

                                      • Ease of Operation:
                                      • 8
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                                      • No

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