Sony Alpha SLT-A37 16MP fixed-mirror DSLR

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Easier to Carry Around
Than Traditional DSLR's

Sony Alpha SLT-A37 16MP fixed-mirror DSLR - May 17, 2012


Sony Alpha SLT-A37 16MP fixed-mirror DSLR An Alpha series camera body that combines a 16.1MP CMOS sensor, Sony's translucent mirror technology, and 2.7" tilt and swivel LCD display -  It's cropped APS size sensor means the focal length of lenses attached to it are magnified by 1.5x, so an 18-55mm lens effectively becomes a 27-82.5mm lens on this camera body.

Thanks to its lightweight design, the A37 can be easier to carry around than traditional DSLR's, but unlike your standard point-and-shoot you still have custom control of your images and camera settings. The A37 uses a 16.1MP Exmor HD APS CMOS sensor, in-camera image stabilization, and Sony's proprietary Translucent Mirror Technology, to provide constant autofocus and image capture, simultaneously, unlike other DSLRs that use a reflex mirror that must flip up in order to capture images.

Using the A37 to capture RAW files will enable you to shoot and edit your images with even more latitude than a mere compressed JPEG. Use this ability to capture detailed photographs that can easily be enlarged, and viewed on your HDTV, computer monitor, digital picture frame, or prints both large and small.

With the Sony A-mount you can put any number of lenses onto the A37 and add the right lens for the situation. Having interchangeable lenses not only benefits your photographic creativity, but also your ability to record Full HD video with different effects and techniques. The high speed AF Full HD Movie mode allows you to record a maximum video resolution of 1920x1080, at either 60i or 24p. With features like Live View, the tilt and swivel 2.7" LCD screen, and manual controls, you can record both photos and videos in a variety of situations. Additionally, the electronic finder does not go dark while recording HD movies, so you can continue to use it when framing or focusing, as well as the added stability of holding the camera to your eye.

No matter which mode you're shooting in: video or still, all your files can be stored on a variety of optional memory cards. The camera's media card slot allows for insertion of Sony's own Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory PRO-HG Duo, and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Other useful features of the camera include a built-in auto pop-up flash, which is great for grabbing low-light images, or Handheld Twilight and Multi-frame NR shooting modes for quality low-light images without the

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Specifications
Body type Compact SLR  
Sensor
Max resolution 4912 x 3264  
Other resolutions 4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376  
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16.1 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.7 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600  
White balance presets 6  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal  
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
Digital zoom Yes (2x Clear Image Zoom)  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 15  
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha mount  
Focal length multiplier 1.5  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 2.6"  
Screen dots 230,400  
Touch screen No  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100 %  
Viewfinder magnification 1.09  
Viewfinder resolution 1,440,000  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 12 m  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless  
Continuous drive Yes (7 or 5.5 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
 
Exposure compensation 3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)  
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
  • H.264
 
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)  
Videography notes 1080i60 or 24 on NTSC models  
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control Yes (Optional)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Rechargeable NP-FW50 battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 500  
Weight (inc. batteries) 506 g (1.12 lb / 17.85 oz)  
Dimensions 124 x 92 x 85 mm (4.88 x 3.62 x 3.35")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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