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Sony A37 vs Sony A57

Portability
67
Imaging
57
Features
65
Overall
60
Sony SLT-A37 front
 
Sony SLT-A57 front
Portability
64
Imaging
57
Features
85
Overall
68

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Key Specs

Sony A37
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.6" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 506g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Introduced May 2012
  • Replaced the Sony A35
Sony A57
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 618g - 132 x 98 x 81mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Earlier Model is Sony A55
  • Renewed by Sony A58
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Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Overview

Below is a extensive review of the Sony A37 and Sony A57, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both offered by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A37 (16MP) and the A57 (16MP) is very similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor size (APS-C).

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The A37 was revealed 4 months before the A57 and they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before going in to a full comparison, below is a concise summation of how the A37 scores vs the A57 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A37 over the Sony A57

 A37 A57 

Reasons to pick Sony A57 over the Sony A37

 A57 A37 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display sizing3"2.6"Larger display (+0.4")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony A37 and Sony A57

 A37 A57 
AnnouncedMay 2012September 2012Similar generation
Focus manually Very precise focus
Touch display Absent Touch display

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera often, you'll have to take into account its weight and size. The Sony A37 enjoys outside 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) and the Sony A57 has specifications of 132mm x 98mm x 81mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.2") having a weight of 618 grams (1.36 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising at that moment. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the A37 vs the A57.

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A37 and A57 is 67 and 64 respectively.

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 top view buttons comparison

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to visualize the difference between sensor measurements just by reviewing technical specs. The photograph here may provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A37 and A57.

As you have seen, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical MP and you should expect similar quality of files although you might want to consider the production date of the products into consideration.

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 sensor size comparison

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A37 Portrait photography info
Sony A57 Portrait photography info
74
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection focus
exports RAW files
74
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A37
Street photography with Sony A57
77
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
very good high ISO (25,600)
75
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony A37 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A57 as a Sports photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (6.0 fps)
bad battery power (500 per charge)
78
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A37 Travel photography information
Sony A57 Travel photography information
54
good megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery power (500 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
67
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
no Time Lapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A37 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A57 as a Landscape photography camera
64
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
screen is small (2.6 inches)
bad battery power (500 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
72
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A37 Vlogging advice
Sony A57 Vlogging advice
35
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external mic port
doesn't have selfie friendly display
77
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic socket
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Sony A37 vs Sony A57 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A37 and Sony A57
 Sony SLT-A37Sony SLT-A57
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony SLT-A37 Sony SLT-A57
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2012-05-16 2012-09-13
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 25600 16000
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 15 15
Cross focus points 3 3
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 143 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fully Articulated
Screen size 2.6" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - Xtra Fine TFT drive with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440k dots 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.73x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 6.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 506 grams (1.12 lbs) 618 grams (1.36 lbs)
Dimensions 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") 132 x 98 x 81mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 75 75
DXO Color Depth score 23.3 23.4
DXO Dynamic range score 12.9 13.0
DXO Low light score 799 785
Other
Battery life 500 shots 550 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FW50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Cost at release $522 $1,000