Sony Alpha SLT-A37 First Impressions Review
Design & Appearance
The Sony Alpha A37 is a standard DSLR body, though slightly smaller than similar models from competing manufacturers. It features a mostly plastic shell, with a rubberized grip and an angled thumb rest on the back of the body. The material has been changed slightly from the A35, giving it a more plush feel. On the top of the camera sits several control buttons, along with the shutter button and the mode dial. On the back of the camera is a four-way control pad, with several common camera functions mapped to each direction. The left side of the camera also houses the input/output ports, with room made for HDMI, mini-USB, and mic ports. There's also a programmable function button, as well as an articulating LCD with a side-facing hinge.
Like other Sony SLT interchangeable lens cameras (they're not technically DSLRs in the strictest sense of the word), the A37 features an electronic viewfinder, which is housed on the top of the camera along with the built-in flash. On the whole, the A37 handles well, though the buttons and controls all feel a little on the chintzy side compared to higher end models.