First things first, what is a mirrorless camera body and how does it differ from a standard DSLR camera?
As Mike Prospero at Tom’s Camera explains, many professionals rely upon these camera types because they are known for their versatility and quality. The key feature marking them out from other cameras of a same size and weight is the ability to change lenses, just like dSLRs, but without the extra size and weight.
When the shutter button is pressed on a DSLR it opens allowing light to hit a mirror inside. This act captures the photograph. Mirrorless cameras differ in that light permeates the lens touching the image sensor and capturing the image preview. This is then displayed on the camera’s LCD screen. As a consequence of requiring the internal mirror, DSLR cameras tend to be bulkier than their mirrorless counterparts. This makes mirrorless cameras more portable. Mirrorless cameras have an edge when it comes to video because they often feature 5-axis image stabilisation for smoother recording. They can also shoot at a greater quantity of images per second and at a higher shutter speed than DSLRs. Read on to discover the mirrorless cameras set to be the most popular in 2020, shown in ascending price order.
Phil Hall of Tech Radar concludes his review of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III by saying that it has all the features you’d expect from a mirrorless camera. He writes that the camera is easy to use and produces high quality images, that the camera allows plenty of user control and – at only 410g – is compact to carry. It captures 16 megapixel images, 4k video and features a 3 inch tilting touchscreen LCD 1,037,000 dots display. The camera also has a 2,360,000 dot electronic OLED viewfinder. Its in-body five-axis stabilization system ensures shake-free video and photography. Olympus’s image processing engine, TruePic VII improves performance in low light.
Part of the lightweight and compact X series mirrorless cameras, the Fujifilm X-A7 delivers 24.2 megapixel quality images aided by the brand’s colour reproduction technology. It weighs 320g and features a 3.5 inch LCD screen which can operate with up to 1,000 candelas luminous intensity. If you’re interested in top quality selfies, you’ll be impressed to learn that the X-47 features a mode called portrait enhancer. DP Review’s Carey Rose writes that the camera is the perfect upgrade from smartphone photography.
With a design based around Nikon’s Z mount (the widest lens mount available across similar camera systems), the Z50 is the brand’s first DX-format mirrorless camera. It weighs 450g, taking 21 megapixel images and is partially weather sealed. The Z50 features a tilting 3.2 inch LCD screen which displays in 1,040k resolution. The wider mount ensures greater light, so improved sharpness, focusing speed, contrast and low light image quality. The camera is positioned to fill a bridge gap between beginner photographers and enthusiasts.
The 660g Canon EOS RP camera body is the first Canon camera with a silent shooting mode, ideal for capturing subjects off-guard. It has a fully articulated 2.1. dots LCD screen measuring 3.15 inches. It produces 30.1 megapixel images and is weather sealed. It boasts a 0.05 second autofocus and a phase detection system allowing for ultra fast autofocus and smooth focus tracking in video mode.
Writing for Digital Camera World, Jamie Carter concludes that the Sony A6600 will be particularly popular with vloggers because it includes a headphone jack, the only APS-C device to do so. Its fully weather-sealed body includes a 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with a capability of 120 frames per second for smooth viewing. The 503g camera shoots 4k video and 24.2 megapixel images all viewable on its 3 inch tilting LCD screen. Sony claims that its battery life outlasts all other mirrorless APS-C cameras on the market. It has 5-axis image stabilisation and a 0.02 second autofocus.
Cinema 5’s Johnnie Behrini has given the Panasonic Lumix S1H the title of the best video shooting mirrorless camera currently on the market. It is a video-oriented variant of the S1, shooting 24.2-megapixel images and 6k resolution video. Having specifically designed the camera with film production in mind, Panasonic boasts that it is the first camera in the world to offer both professional-quality video and a highly mobile mirrorless camera experience. It is weather sealed weighing 1,052g and including a 3.2 inch 2.33m dot tilting touch LCD screen.
So which looks like it could be your next camera? Are you already using mirrorless or just thinking of making the switch? Share your thoughts below, it’s always good to hear what you guys are up to on your photographic journey 🙂