Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR
Please - Auto Focus micro adjustment
Please make AF Micro Adjustment (SLT-A77) available across the whole range of SLT cameras -- being able to correct for the normal manufacturing variation within lens and camera tolerances is the only way photographers will be able to get the best out of these excellent cameras.
Please make a firmware update for the SLT-35 to provide Focus Peaking! The SLT-35 was obsoleted after just 8 months and that's given me some buyers remorse.
September 7, 2012
Great Beginner DSLR
This is a great camera to have if you're a beginner into the DSLR world. This is my first DSLR and i'm in love with it absolutely. The picture quality is great and the movie quality for both the MP4 and the Full HD and AVCHD is very good as well. This camera is very creative which is why I love it, the sales representatives that helped recommend this camera to me were very good and know what they were talking about and for a beginner into the DSLR world, this camera can keep you busy and can help advance your photography skills and make you into a better photographer but can "up" your picture quality and also movie quality if you use this feature on it. Go and get it! It's definately worth it.
July 5, 2012
Sony A37 - Single Lens Translucent
This is really a huge advance over using a camera with a flip up mirror which was invented in 1949. For the first time Sony has also included all of the features of the higher end cameras in their entry level A37. The A37 is a NEX-F3 in an Alpha SLT format.
The size of the A37 is perfect for me. The grip on the A37 has been improved with a deeper groove for your fingers. I tried out the A57. It's much bigger and heavier than the A37. I have to grip really hard to hold it one handed (just like I did with the A100.) The A37 is much lighter and smaller which means that it fits perfectly in a small camera bag together with a couple of spare lenses. The camera and the 18-55 mm lens weighs just a pound and a half.
I mostly use the EVF (which includes diopter correction) but when I need the LCD I have no issues at all with it. Of course, I don't review photos on it. No camera LCD is good enough to reliably do that. The tilt mechanism makes it easy to compose shots that require you to hold the camera above or below you. If you don't use the EVF as your primary composing tool then I would suggest you look at the NEX F3 as it's an otherwise great camera that just lacks the things I want such a built in EVF and support for A mount lenses without an adapter.
For $600 my new A37 does everything I want it to do. Great images and videos are just as good as more expensive cameras. I only shoot mp4 videos so the lack of 1080p AVCHD won’t be missed. Standard h264 mp4 video is so much easier to edit than AVCHD.
The A37 has the 3rd generation of the Bionz processor which is also used in all of the current generation of SLT and NEX cameras including the flagship model the A77.
This new processor allows for better low light shot with an ISO range from 100 to 16,000.
In addition the new processor makes possible continuous 15 point phase detection auto focus, 5.5 fps shooting at full resolution and full HD video recording.
Together with a 16mp sensor and a good lens such as the 18-55 you have everything you need to take great photos. Features such as clear image zoom that can digitally extend the range of any lens and a viewfinder with 100% coverage are wonderful.
Anyone can operate this camera which now has two auto settings; intelligent auto and superior auto which makes it possible for even a beginner to take great photos.
I'm not a beginner. I've been a photographer for 4 decades and this is the best camera I've ever owned. The A37 is a major upgrade from my previous camera both in image quality and in handling.
The 3 things to consider are the processor, the image sensor and the lens. I own 3 Minolta lenses and 2 Sony lenses. They are all good to excellent and that includes the 18-55 'kit' lens. With a new 3rd generation Bionz processor, a 16mp sensor and the 18-55 lens you will have everything you need to take excellent photos.
The specs are awesome because this is one awesome camera. Sure Sony has to offer some 'step up' features in other models but they are really nothing essential.
You will also have spent $150 less which you can use to buy accessories such as an extra battery, a fast SDHC card and still have change in your pocket.
Rated 5 stars by Photographyblog.com
June 28, 2012