Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR

Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR

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Enter the world of DSLR photography with legendary Sony quality. Sporting simple operation that's perfect for beginners, this camera brings ultra-fast shooting and crisp, effortless auto focusing for that professional look you crave. Once you experience the joy of Sony DSLR photography, you can't settle for anything less. Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR


Discover the joy of real photography

Discover the joy of real photography

Compact dimensions and sophisticated technology combine to empower your photography like never before. Carry the 37 with you everywhere, explore creative photographic techniques, transform special moments into stunning images - and share the joy.

Unleash your shooting potential with Translucent Mirror Technology

The secret to the small bodies and huge performance advantages of Sony A-mount cameras is Translucent Mirror Technology, which simultaneously directs light to the image sensor and AF sensor at all times to realize accelerated, high-precision full-time continuous phase-detection autofocusing.
Unleash your shooting potential with Translucent Mirror Technology
Capture the perfect moment with 7 fps tele-zoom high-speed shooting

Capture the perfect moment with 7 fps tele-zoom high-speed shooting

You can always capture the ideal moment and facial expression by shooting at 7 frames per second in the Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode, which utilizes Full-time Continuous AF to ensure accurate tracking and clear focusing in every frame. This mode also magnifies the center of the action 1.4x to bring your subjects closer at a clear 8-megapixel resolution.

Capture subjects from any angle on the tiltable Clear Photo LCD

The Clear Photo LCD monitor with tiltable design sets you free to clearly and flexibly view almost any kind of scene. You can easily shoot from high perspectives by simply holding the camera up and tilting the screen down. Or set the camera on the ground and tilt the screen up for a clear view when framing subjects.
Capture subjects from any angle on the tiltable Clear Photo LCD
Set your imagination free to explore

Set your imagination free to explore

Now it's easy to create portraits with a truly professional look. Auto Portrait Framing uses face detection technology and the "rule of thirds" principle to produce optimally trimmed portraits. These sharp, beautifully balanced images feature the same number of pixels as your originals (which are also saved), thanks to By Pixel Super Resolution Technology.

Achieve outstanding image quality when using sophisticated auto features

Enjoy the point-and-shoot convenience of various automatic features including Superior Auto mode, which detects and analyzes shooting conditions, adjusts camera settings accordingly, and activates advanced functions when necessary to achieve optimal results. 8 Scene Selection modes also optimize image quality for the type of scene you shoot.
Achieve outstanding image quality when using sophisticated auto features


Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lens
Lens Mount Sony A-mount
Camera Type Sony A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.4 X 15.6mm)
Processor BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
Pixel Gross Approx. 16.5 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card,
SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)
3D Sweep Panorama:
Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M)
Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M)
16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format AVCHD Ver. 2.0/MP4 compliant / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Video Mode AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (60i/24Mbps/ FX, 60i/17Mbps/ FH, 24p/24Mbps/ FX, 24p/17Mbps/ FH)
MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 12Mbps (Average bit-rate)
MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 3Mbps (Average bit-rate)
Video Resolution 1920x1080/60i (59.94i, 29.97p sensor output)
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Lens Mount Type Sony A-mount
Lens Groups-Elements 8 elements, 7 groups
Type 0.46" SVGA Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +4.0m-1
Field of View 100%
Magnification 1.09x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
LCD Display
LCD Type 2.7” TFT Clear Photo LCD (230,400 pixels)
Angle Adjustment Tilt angle: Up approx. 135 degrees, down 55 degrees
Brightness Control Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)/Sunny Weather
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display Reflects: exposure compensation, white balance, creative style
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Peaking Yes (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Grid Display Yes (On/off)
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Focus Control
Focus System TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points 15 points (3 points cross type)
AF Modes Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Auto selectable(AF-A)
Focus Area Wide (auto, 15 points), Zone, Spot, Local (15 local areas selectable)
Focus Sensitivity -2 EV to +17 EV (at ISO100 equivalent with F1.4 lens attached)
Focus Features Tracking Focus, Predictive control (AF-A,AF-C), Focus lock, Eye-start AF
AF Illuminator Built-in flash, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)
Exposure System
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings iAUTO, Flash Off, Superior Auto, Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama,
Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE, Movie, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A),
Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M)
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight
Picture Effect(s) 11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y),
High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Monochrome, Miniature
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range (Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6EV, 1.0EV step))
Auto Exposure Lock Available with AE lock button. AE is also locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering
Color Temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
(Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps)
ISO Auto: 100 - 3200; Selectable: 100 - 16000; Multi Frame NR (up to ISO 25600)
Noise Reduction Long exp. NR: (On/Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.)
High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
Multi Frame NR: (Auto/ISO100-25600)
White Balance Mode Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day
white/Daylight), Flash, C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C Filter G7 to M7, 15-step, Custom, AWB micro
Drive System
Burst Buffer [Tele-zoom Cont. Adv. Priority AE] Fine: 17 images/Std: 18 images
[Cont.] Fine: 15 images/Std: 16 images/RAW & JPG: 6 images/RAW: 7 images
Continuous Shooting Speed Tele-zoom Cont. Adv. Priority AE: Up to 7 fps; Cont. shooting Hi 5.5 fps/ Lo 2.5 fps (Speed may vary depending on shooting conditions and memory card in use)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 seconds
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Compensation +/-2EV in 0.3EV steps
Flash Coverage 18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.
Flash Bracketing 3 exposures in 0.3/0.7 EV steps
Flash Metering System ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Advanced Features
Advanced User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Off/On, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step)
Sweep Panorama Yes (2D/3D)
Face Detection Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority (up to 8 faces detectable)
Smile Shutter technology Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Tracking Focus Yes
Image Stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-body image stabilization
Microphone Input Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) Approx. 4-7/8 x 3-5/8 x 3-1/3” (124.4 x 92 x 84.7mm) (W/H/D) excl grip & lens mount
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 1.12 lb 17.8 oz (506g) (w/battery & media)
Approx. 1 lb/ 15.8 oz (448g) (excl battery, lens & media)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 450 images with viewfinder, 500 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Supplied Software PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter SR 3.2 Image Data Lightbox SR 2.2
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported,Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.)
Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported)
Windows 7;
Mac OS X(v10.4-v10.6) (Image Data Converter & Image Data Lightbox only, PMB is not Mac compatible)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & Labor

What's in the Box

  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM


CNET Editors' Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars.

The good

The Sony Alpha SLT-A37 offers some class-leading performance, along with a solid set of features and respectable photo quality.

The bad

The EVF looks dim, and the LCD is on the small side.

The bottom line

A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD, the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid but not outstanding sub-$800 dSLR-style camera.

The overall rating is 7.3 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 7.0 out of 10.