Sony Alpha A37
16.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; 1080 60i HD video with stereo sound; 2.6-inch swivel LCD screen with 230,400 dots; Electronic viewfinder; 7fps continuous burst at 8.4 megapixel resolution; Manual modes; RAW capture; Lithium-ion battery
The A37 replaces the A35 and clearly defines Sony's Alpha product lineup. As the lowest in the line, the A37 camera loses out on the burst speed, video quality, and screen resolutions of the more expensive models but does retain a smaller form factor. The back LCD now swivels like the A57, A65, and A77, but is only 2.6" and 230,400 dots. The camera will shoot 7fps but at a reduced 8.4 megapixel resolution, and video is limited to 1080 60i rather than progressive. Still, the camera is a very competitive $600, a full $100 below the A35, and it compares very favorably against the Canon T3 and Nikon D3100. Reviews show that Sony's 16 megapixel sensor continues to outshine the competition, boasting better noise performance than any other crop sensor on the market. Dynamic range isn't quite as good as the new D3200, but the A37 catches up and surpasses the 24 megapixel Nikon at higher ISOs. If you really need 1080p video or full-resolution continuous burst, the A57 is the better choice. For a compact and high-performance DSLR, however, the A37 represents a great value.