The camera that can capture better photographs than a high-end DSLR has yet to be invented, but people are getting tired of carrying heavy devices whenever they go out for a shooting session.
This is where a mirrorless camera can help as they provide almost the same result as a DSLR but without the whole bulky factor.
1. What Is a Mirrorless Camera?
It's a camera that features only one interchangeable lens and has a digital display system instead of the traditional viewfinder which was optical.
2. What Does It Do?
These cameras are mostly used for their light body and because they are better and faster at capturing video. That being said, they can still be used for plain photography, but videography is where they excel most of the time.
3. How Does It Work?
The reason mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter is that you won't find a mechanical mirror inside their body. DSLR takes advantage of an optical viewfinder where the image is processed by the mechanical mirror to be displayed on the screen whereas a mirrorless camera only works with a single digital display system.
4. Where Can I Buy Them?
You can get one in any electronics store, but your options will most likely be fairly limited unless you purchase from an online marketplace such as Amazon.
5. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Which Is Better?
Each kind of camera has some unique advantages and drawbacks when compared to other ones. By reading this post, you will be able to decide whether a mirrorless camera would suit your needs better than a DSLR or any other kind. Thus the debate of which is better is completely subjective.
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What We Reviewed
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When talking about image quality, there is good, great, and sheer perfection. This model is the latter. The E-M1 Mark II features 20MP Live MOS Sensor with the 121-point Dual Fast autofocus system and 5-axis image stabilization. You also get a 50MP high-resolution shot mode alongside a mechanical sequential shooting of 15 frames per second and a digital one of 60fps. As for the video, the camera can be used for 4K recordings up to 30fps and for time lapse, where you can record at a 4K resolution at 5fps. It features the new TruePic VIII image processor and built-in Wi-Fi for amazing results and quick sharing.
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Probably one of the most underrated mirrorless cameras of 2018, the DC-G9 is equipped with a Full HD 20.3MP sensor but can capture RAW stills at an extreme 80MP using the High-Res mode which in combination with the 225-point AF system will result in some breathtaking photographs. Blurred pictures won't be a problem thanks to the built-in 5-axis image stabilizer which works both for photos and videography including 4K recordings.
On the top side of the DC-G9, you'll find a small LCD status screen which indicates the current options while on the left side there are dual SD-card slots for maximum storage. Talking about video, this Lumix can record at 4K 60p and Full HD at 180p.
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Mainly designed for videography rather than photography, the DC-GH5S can still capture some great pictures using the 10.28MP sensor. Regarding video, it can record at 4K (and C4K) resolution at 60/50p for an unlimited time (subject to SD card's capacity). But this isn't all as the processor features the technology required to apply color-grading while recording, not to mention that this is the first Lumix camera with the ability to record at multiple aspect ratios rather than just one.
You can even connect an HDMI cable so you can simultaneously provide a live output and record. Slow motion up to 10x at Full HD resolution is also supported.
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You really can't go wrong with an Olympus, and if you are on a tight budget, then the E-M10 Mark III is one of the best options you have. Featuring a 16MP Live MOS sensor and a 121-point selectable AF system, this mirrorless camera can take some amazing still, not to mention the 4K video recording capabilities at 30p.
Judging from the mentioned specs and the maximum 25,600 ISO, we can safely say that this camera is designed for photography. Some other important features include the 22 maximum sequential RAW frame shooting and the 5-axis image stabilization.
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This Panasonic's traveler's camera, the DC-GX800 rocks a 180-degree tiltable screen which can be used in combination with the beautifying functions to provide some great selfies. This mirrorless camera has a 16MP sensor and can record at 4K resolution at 30p. The DC-GX800's AF system can track 49 areas and has a maximum ISO of 25,600. Taking into consideration how much the camera retails for, we'd say it's a great compact device that can easily accompany you on your travels as it supports lots of modes, each one individually designed to provide great results depending on the photographed subject.
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With a 24.1MP sensor, 10fps continuous shooting, and 4K recording capabilities there is nothing that the M50 can't handle. It features a 25-point AF system which, depending on the lens you use, can be up to 143/99. The native ISO spectrum is 100-25,600 but can be expanded up to 51,200. The one thing that surprised us was the number of different modes you can shoot at as there are at least 25 of them. The RAW continuous shooting has a maximum of 33 images while the JPEG format supports up to 47 frames but can only capture 7.4 shots per second.
The only big drawback we found was that your recording's size couldn't be more than 4GB which greatly reduces the time you can record at 4K at the 25p supported maximum.
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Awarded multiple times, the "Alpha" of mirrorless cameras features a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a native ISO of 100-51,200 which can be expanded up to 204,800 (when shooting in RAW). Moving on to the focus system, the a7 has 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast AF points—way bigger than you'll find on any other mirrorless camera available on the market. It has a maximum continuous image shooting of 10fps for up to 177 JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW stills, or 40 uncompressed ones. The battery will last for around 710 photos, dual UHS-II slots, and 4K video recording at 30p are all supported.
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The X-T2 was a pleasant surprise as it won over photographers that used Nikon, Canon, and other big names of the DSLR industry. This mirrorless camera is equipped with a 24.3MP CMOS sensor with a native ISO of 200-12,800 which can be expanded up to 100-51,200. The electronic shutter can capture up to 14fps for a total of 42 JPEG frames, 28 compressed RAW, and 25 uncompressed RAW images. The focus system supports 91-area tracking. Last, the X-T2 can record at 4K resolution at a max of 29.97p.
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Featuring an almost identical design, the less expensive X-T20 features the same 24.3MP sensor found at the X-T2. The ISO spectrum is the same but the 14fps electronic shutter continuous shooting supports up to 42 JPEG pictures but only 23 compressed and 22 uncompressed RAW frames. You also get the same 91-point AF system and 4K recording at 29.97p capabilities. The battery life is slightly increased in this model and will last for around 350 frames instead of just 340. Some core differences where the X-T20 lacks is the lower viewfinder magnification, the mechanical shutter specifications, and the slightly larger file size of recordings due to different aspect ratios.
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We kept one of the best for last. The DC-GH5 takes the cake as it probably is the best mirrorless camera for most people. It is equipped with a 20.3MP digital live MOS sensor with a 225-area AF system supporting a native still image ISO of 200-25,600. The camera can record at 4K resolution at 60p (technically 59.94p) and 50p for a small file size while still achieving great results. The mechanical shutter can capture up to 12 continuous shots per second for a maximum of 60 RAW images and 600 non-RAW ones. Dual image stabilization, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are all supported, too.
The Verdict - Which Is the Best Mirrorless Camera?
Initially, we would go for the Sony a7 III, but the absence of the 60p recording at 4K was a deal-breaker. Instead, we chose the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 but not the DC-GH5s as the latter is much more expensive and designed more for videography rather than photography. If you're looking for a budget choice, then we're recommending the Fujifilm XT-20 and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III.