Sony W350 vs Sony A37

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 front
Sony SLT-A37 front

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Key Specs

Sony W350
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-105mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 117g - 91 x 52 x 17mm
  • Announced January 2010
Sony A37
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.6" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 506g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Announced May 2012
  • Old Model is Sony A35
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Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Sony W350 vs Sony A37, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Entry-Level DSLR and they are both created by Sony. The image resolution of the W350 (14MP) and the A37 (16MP) is very similar but the W350 (1/2.3") and A37 (APS-C) come with different sensor measurements.

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The W350 was introduced 3 years before the A37 which is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Sony W350 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A37 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief view of how the W350 grades versus the A37 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W350 over the Sony A37

 W350 A37 
Display sizing2.7"2.6"Larger display (+0.1")

Reasons to pick Sony A37 over the Sony W350

 A37 W350 
AnnouncedMay 2012January 2010More modern by 28 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Sony W350 and Sony A37

 W350 A37 
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera often, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony W350 has got physical dimensions of 91mm x 52mm x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") having a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony A37 has dimensions of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 506 grams (1.12 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the W350 vs the A37.

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the W350 and A37 is 97 and 67 respectively.

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 top view buttons comparison

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizes simply by reviewing specs. The image below might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the W350 and A37.

All in all, the 2 cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The W350 having a tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony A37 will deliver extra detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos far more aggressively. The more aged W350 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 sensor size comparison

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony W350
Portrait photography with Sony A37
good megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
focusing manually
MP count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony W350
Street photography with Sony A37
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony W350
Sports photography with Sony A37
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
low battery (500 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony W350 Travel photography details
Sony A37 Travel photography details
good megapixels (14MP)
flash built-in
decently wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery (500 per charge)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W350 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A37 as a Landscape photography camera
decently wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.6 inch)
low battery (500 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony W350
Vlogging with Sony A37
decently wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic support
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
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Sony W350 vs Sony A37 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W350 and Sony A37
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350Sony SLT-A37
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 Sony SLT-A37
Type Ultracompact Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2010-01-07 2012-05-16
Physical type Ultracompact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 3200 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 26-105mm (4.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.7-5.7 -
Macro focusing range 10cm -
Amount of lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 2.7" 2.6"
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Slowest shutter speed 2 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.80 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 117 gr (0.26 pounds) 506 gr (1.12 pounds)
Dimensions 91 x 52 x 17mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 75
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 799
Battery life - 500 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN1 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro HG-Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $200 $522