Here they are – the 9 best mirrorless cameras for taking amazing photos. The first cameras without a mirror made their appearance about 10 years ago and introduced the flexibility of exchanging lenses in a compact way.
First generations never get to be quite as good as DSLR cameras, especially in autofocus, but mirrorless cameras are coming up, both online and in regular stores.
These cameras have changed a lot and are not only as strong as the DSLR but if you look at the sales you can see that they have been very successful in the market lately.
For users, this means that there are more options than ever and if you are looking for something strong enough for your work as a professional, and compact enough to travel, many will be able to fit your needs.
Guess what? I love to take pictures with a professional camera..
9 Best Mirrorless Cameras
1. Sony Alpha a6300
This is one of my favorites- the thing is, I love Sony.
This is a compact, versatile and well-performing camera. It is one of the most popular in the market and with good reason. It is very compact, has 24.2 megapixels and all the features are luxurious.
The single body of the camera runs $1,000 dollars and because of its versatility, it pleases photographers of all levels, from casual users to professionals.
It’s pretty fast and the autofocus is fast so we had no problem capturing scenes of action and movement. It comes with Wi-Fi so you can share on Facebook and Instagram your best photos and 4K video. When using S-Gamut be prepared for color grading in post-production.
It is ideal for YouTubers or as camera B or C in professional video. I would have liked if Sony had included a touchscreen and stabilization but either way it is a great, sophisticated camera. It costs between $1,000 and $2,600.
2. Sony A7R II
My favorite full frame
Sony leads the camera market without a mirror and unless you have $6,000 to spend on the Leica M, this is your best option. It is ideal for both new enthusiasts and professionals. This camera boasts 42.2 megapixels BSI and full frame sensor.
The BSI gives the sensor more sensitivity to light, which makes this camera good in dimly lit spaces. You can record videos in 4K, full frame and Super35mm mode, which looks like movies made for the big screen. There are many features in this camera ideal for filmmakers.
With an adapter, you can use Canon lenses. It is not perfect; for instance the battery could last longer and it could include a touch screen. It costs $3,200.
3. Fujifilm XT2
The best of the best
This camera is ideal for photographers who want to take beautiful pictures. The body of the camera costs $1,600 and produces 24 megapixels. The APS-C sensors are able to take crisp pictures and the results in JPEG have been the best we’ve seen.
The X-Processor Pro and ISO X-T2 image processing make this camera a great product. Fujifilm wanted this camera to be differentiated by taking videos in 4K with a high level of detail.
The features of 8-bit, 4: 2: 2, 4K and F-log profiles make this camera attractive to those who produce videos. It’s a bit big, but it’s therefore easy to grip and is pretty tough. Once the lens is purchased the camera costs more than $2,000, a bit more than the A6300.
4. Lumix Mirrorless G85
The best four-quarter micro camera without a mirror
This camera is ideal for those who want much lighter equipment than traditional reflex systems and at the same time want a versatile camera. The Lumix costs $900 without glass and $1,000 if you buy the 12-60mm lens. If the Sony A6300 did not exist, the G85 would take its place, as it is a good competitor.
The only thing that is not so good is the micro four-thirds system but it is still a fabulous product. It is ideal for new photographers looking for a strong and durable camera. The focus is fast and it provides 5-axis stabilization. It produces 4K video and you have the ability to select images from the video with 8MP resolution. Another interesting feature is the ability to change the focus point later.
5. Sony Alpha A5100
One of the least expensive you can find
This is an ideal camera for first-time buyers looking for a good camera without a mirror at a reasonable price. It costs $450 dollars without glass and $600 with a 16-50mm lens. The A5100 is Sony’s affordable option and has many advantages.
It has the same APS-C sensor of 24.3 megapixels as the A6000, the auto mode is fast, and LCD touch-sensitive.
It is not 4K but you can record videos in Full HD 1080 in 60p. Based on our experience, the video is of very good quality. It has Wi-Fi so you can control the camera remotely and transfer the images to a cell phone to publish them on social networks.
6. Nikon 1J4
If you are looking for a somewhat simpler camera, but with very good image quality, this can be a great option. In addition to being one of the most compacts on the market, with Wi-Fi, hybrid system, touch screen, and a kit-included lens, its price today makes it very appealing. We found it for $500 from third-party sellers.
These are some of its main characteristics: Resolution 18.4 MP CX, CMOS, 13.2 x 8.8 mm Image Sensor, Built-in flash, Weight 232 gr., Touch screen display, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 171-point hybrid focus system, Objective 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f / 3.5-5.6 lens.
7. Samsung NX1 smart camera
This is a high-end camera for advanced users because its performance is worth taking advantage of. Its optical quality is thanks to its large sensor, capable of producing high-resolution images (effective 28.2 MP), both in photography and video. It includes an electronic viewfinder also of high quality, fast focus by the hybrid system, and touch screen display. We found this camera kit used for $1200.
Some other specs: BSI APS-C CMOS, Resolution 28.2MP, Hybrid System, Focus with 205 points, ISO sensitivity 100 to 25,600, ISO Shutter speed 1/8000, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
8. Olympus OM-D E-M10
The excellence in photography
First off it is a beauty, but in addition, this micro four-thirds has built-in stabilization, high-speed auto-focus, integrated flash, Wi-Fi, an integrated electronic viewfinder, and touch screen. At $500, it is much more affordable than its “older sisters” since you can find it at half the price without losing half the benefits.
Here are some of its main features: 4/3 Live MOS Sensor, 16 MP resolution, Magnesium Alloy Body, Contrast AF system, Shutter speed 1/4000, Touch-screen LCD, ISO Sensitivity 200-1600, Weight 396 gr, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Integrated electronic display
9. Fujifilm XT1
Fabulous camera for landscapes
Fujifilm is one of the brands that has best adapted to the entry of cameras without a mirror. It is also a brand that is best understood by people who love photography. Its classic designs and a whole generation of first quality fixed optics delight its fans.
To this is added the use of X-Trans sensors that manage to give a very classic look to photographs. Fujifilm XT1 is probably the most round model of the brand.
With its image quality, huge viewfinder, many manual controls on the camera itself, enviable construction, sealed to dust and water, fast and reliable focus, intuitive and logical menus, what’s wrong with it?
In the photographic section practically nothing. It may not be the best camera for action photography, but that does not mean it cannot be used for it. In fact, the only major flaw that we can attribute to the Fujifilm XT1 is the video mode, an outstanding subject for Fujifilm in all its cameras.
If you do a lot of video, this camera will not offer you everything you want. If you do not use video, it is probably the best APS-C camera without a mirror at the moment. I suppose you are already interested in buying one of these beauties or am I wrong?
Advantages and Disadvantages of Mirrorless Cameras
Non-mirror cameras with interchangeable lenses emerged as an alternative for those photographers who wanted control and image quality superior to that of compact cameras, but smaller in size than SLR cameras. This is a segment of recent development, so its name has not yet been standardized.
Other names they go by are Micro Four-Thirds System Camera, EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens), MSC (Mirrorless System Camera) or CSC (Compact System Camera).
The concept of cameras without mirrors involves obvious advantages such as not having to carry so much weight but what are its disadvantages? While they have evolved quite a bit since inception, mirrorless cameras still have to deal with certain difficulties that make us hesitant to buy compared to conventional DSLRs.
In my opinion, the question that really crosses the mind, for now, is not whether I buy a mirrorless to replace my DSLR, but in order to find a lighter camera to go for a ride, whether to go to a compact high-end or a mirrorless so you do not have to go out without all your needs met.
I see more advantage to the mirrorless although in the long run there is a risk.
I think that photography is a wonderful art, therefore you must use photographic equipment of high quality. So that the moment the images are captured by the camera, they are seen in a neat and professional way.
This world is really very wide and magical because with this wonderful technological equipment you can treasure the most special moments you have in your life.
Concluding, I can tell you that I have done a detailed description of the best mirrorless cameras on the market. In this way, you readers can evaluate each one with their respective characteristics, in order to acquire the one you like best.
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