Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A37 vs E-M5

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A37
8.8
OM-D E-M5
8.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A37
10.0
OM-D E-M5
7.8
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A37
9.4
OM-D E-M5
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A37
9.4
OM-D E-M5
9.4
Reviews from dpreview.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and reviews.cnet.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A37 vs OM-D E-M5

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

SLT A37
799 ISO
OM-D E-M5
826 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A37
109 ms
OM-D E-M5
277 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A37
57 ms
OM-D E-M5
56 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A37
900 ms
OM-D E-M5
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A37
7 fps
OM-D E-M5
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

SLT A37
500 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos

Features Key features of the SLT A37  vs OM-D E-M5 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A37
16 MP
OM-D E-M5
15.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A37
25,600 ISO
OM-D E-M5
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

SLT A37
2.6"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

SLT A37
0.71x
OM-D E-M5
0.44x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

SLT A37
22.8 microns
OM-D E-M5
14.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

SLT A37  vs OM-D E-M5 

10.0
10.0
As with Live View, continuous phase-detection AF is possible whilst shooting movies on the A37, a distinct advantage over most DSLR cameras and fast enough to rival Compact System Cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH series.
SLT A37

7.3
8.4
Color Creator, the hue/saturation color correction tool, doesn't do anything new but I think it's one of the most natural interfaces I've seen for making these adjustments.
OM-D E-M5

Overall

8.8 Out of 10
8.8 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A37  vs
OM-D E-M5 
Type CMOS LiveMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 15.9 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 4608 x 3456
Size APS-C Four Thirds
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 17.3 x 13 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.1x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 14.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 200 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 15 35

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 1.09x 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.44x
Display type LCD LCD

performance

Max continuous shooting 7 fps 9 fps
Battery life 500 500
Continuous shooting
9 fps, JPEG
7 fps
5.5 fps
Focus lag 109 ms 277 ms
Shutter lag 57 ms 56 ms
Startup delay 900 ms 1,100 ms

video

SLT A37  vs
OM-D E-M5 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm Proprietary
Autofocus while shooting video Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Phase detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD OLED
Size 2.6" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 610 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 60 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 124 x 92 x 85 mm 122 x 89 x 43 mm
Thickness 85 mm 43 mm
Weight 506 g 425 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images Yes Yes
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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