The good thing about mirrorless digital cameras is that the absence of mirror inside them render them more lightweight and more portable than the DSLR cameras. Another great thing about mirrorless cameras is that they tend to be quieter because there is no mirror that slaps up and down. Many serious photographers were first doubtful whether or not they can replace the DSLR, but in recent years a lot of them have been trading their cameras for the mirrorless.
Choosing a mirrorless camera is a bit difficult, especially when you don’t exactly know what to look for. One thing you need to consider is the sensor size. Different mirrorless cameras come with different sensor sizes. If you haven’t had any background on the technicalities of photography, you may have not care at all about this feature. To understand what sensor size is, think of DSLR cameras as having a full-frame sensor, and that is the largest one. Most mirrorless cameras fall somewhere in the middle, packing an APS-C sensor, which is common in consumer DSLR cameras; this is the size you would want if low-light shooting is important to you. If low-light performance isn’t really a concern to you, a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which falls between an APS-C sensor and a point-and-shoot, is a great choice already. While they are the minority, there are now a few mirrorless cameras that do have a full-frame sensor.
There are still many things to consider, but there’s one thing the following cameras do not fail from: quality in both photos and videos. Check them out below:
Best Professional Mirrorless Camera
The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is arguably considered the best mirrorless digital camera that can perform well in shooting both videos and photos. In fact, photo enthusiasts call it the dream camera of pros. And it’s not hard to see why. Here are a few of its key features:
- Fabulous Ergonomics. The White Balance, ISO and EV buttons are strategically placed on the top of the camera. These are the three most used buttons by pros and no other camera company has ever put them so front and center that htye can be easily reached.
- Better battery grip. The additional battery grip is a superb addition on the GH4. It gives you a bit to hold on to even when the camera itself is a little compact.
- Touchscreen Technology. This camera is completely touchscreen capable. One of the favorites of many enthusiasts is their being able to activate the AF point via the back LCD screen with the thumb while holding the camera to the eye. This allows you to move the AF spot at will, any place in the viewfinder, by simply touching the blacked out, rear, LCD and moving the AF box.
- EVF. The inclusion of an EVF is more helpful than you could ever imagine. Having an electronic viewfinder gives Panasonic the option to include a lot of information you just can’t get in a traditional DSLR. Without listing all the items you can see in the EVF, any setting ou make in the camera can be seen on the back LCD or in the EVF.
- High ISO capabilities
- Video capabilities. This is another impressve feat this camera can do. Video is a huge part of this camera. In fact, it has such superb, professional video capabilities that you don’t need to break the bank for another camera for your video needs.
- 16 Megapixel Micro 4/3 Sensor
- Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using electronic shutter or recording motion image.
These are just the most impressive features you’ll find in this camera. Although it is not perfect, it is one of the best out there that can do two things — shooting two birds with one stone, if you may.
Best Mirrorless Camera for the Money
Another Micro Four/Thirds mirrorless camera that we recommend is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. It takes the best features of its more expensive siblings and brings down the price for the average consumer to be able to afford. Here are some of its key features:
- Analogue-inspired. If you haven’t noticed it yet, this camera takes its design inspiration from analog cameras, giving it that retro look that its rival Fujifilm is well known for. It is available in silver/black or all black.
- Compact body. The E-M10 Mark II measures 4.70 X 3.27 X 1.83 inches and weighing 13.75 ounces (with battery and memory card). Moreover, its design and physical control layout was efficient and easy to use on its default settings.
- Top-notch image and video quality. Built around the same 16-megapixel sensor as its predecessor, its image and video quality is excellent. It has a very extensive set of features that if there’s one thing you don’t like about it, there’s probably an adjustment that will make it right, from manual exposure to keeping warm light “warm” when shooting auto white balance (AWB).
- Superb low-light performance. The E-M10 Mark II has a very respectable ISO range of 200-25,600, which enables it to provde plenty of flexibility in low light. But thanks to the camera’s 5-axis image stabilization, you’ll be able to shoot with a lower ISO, and still get sharp photos.
- Video quality is impressive despite the lack of 4K capability. Manual exposure capabilities will appeal to more serious videographers with access to various special effects. It also has filters which are a bonus or those who like to add a creative touch.
The Olympus O-MD E-M10 Mark II is a solid choice for experienced photographers — pros and amateur enthusiasts alike — who want a small camera that doesn’t skimp on features, performance and both image and video quality.
Best Rated Mirrorless Camera on the Market
The Sony Alpha a6300 is a solid offering from one of the best players on the camera market, the Sony brand. It’s even considered a modern classic. It boasts an all-new 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor that comes with improved wiring technologies resulting in better signal-to-noise ratios, larger photodiodes, and an updated BIONZ X image processor.
Here are its other key features:
- High-Density AF Tracking system that sports 425 phase detection points and 169 contrast detection points, which does make a huge difference in real world. Moreover, this tracking system surrounds your subject with about 7.5-times as many active AF focus points as its predecessor, the a6000, resulting in higher levels of AF speed and accuracy. The a6300 focuses fast.
- Ability to capture 11 frames per second in continuous capture mode or a choice of up to 8 fps when shooting in Live View. At 11 fps, image capture becomes near-cinematic.
- It is built with a 2.4-million dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder. Alternately, you can use the camera’s 3-inch 921,600-dot LCD, which can be tilted 90 degrees up and about 45 degrees down.
- 4K video capability. It can capture 4K video in the Super 35mm format with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, which allows for about 2.4-times as much data as required for 4K capture (QFHD: 3840 x 2160). You also have the ability to capture Full HD 1080p recording in frame rates up to 120 fps, with AF tracking at a bit rate of 100 Mbps, or 4x/5x slow-motion video internally with a frame rate of 30 or 24 fps.
With its Wi-Fi connectivity and everything that is built into this little camera, it may even be worth more than the price you have to pay for it.