What are the top ten best mirrorless cameras of 2019? Here’s a definitive list of the best cameras of the year
- Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Black)
- Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Camera
- Sony ILCE6300L/S a6300 4K Mirrorless Camera
- Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body
- Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera Body
- Nikon COOLPIX P900 16MP Zoom Digital Camera
- Panasonic LUMIX S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
- Fujifilm GFX 100 102MP Medium Format Digital Camera
- Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Digital Camera
- Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera
Let’s go down to the details on each camera, shall we?
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a mirrorless camera designed with the needs of every photo enthusiast in mind. The camera works both for the novice and seasoned photographers, thanks to its compact profile and its intuitively placed controls. For more image sharpness and clarity, you will find the camera’s advance 5-axis image-stabilization pretty resourceful.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II also sports a silent mode that makes it possible to snap those shots seamlessly, especially in an environment where silence is key to getting high-quality images. The camera’s 2.3 million-dot, OLED electronic viewfinder is built with a magnification of up to 0.62X, ensuring not only a wider field of view but also greater image sharpness. As if that’s not enough, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II sports a fast-touch auto-focus feature that enables it to take images instantly a subject enters its field of view.
The camera also comes with an amazing frame rate of 8.5 frames/second burst shooting and a sequential shooting speed of 8 fpsr. This makes it possible to take as many sequential shots as possible without necessarily having to readjust your shutter. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II measures 4.7 x 3.6 x 3.3 inches. It weighs 1.1 pounds. making it relatively easier to carry along on your outdoor photography excursions. The package includes 1 durable Lithium-ion battery. The camera comes in black color, adding to its overall elegance while also hiding any scratches or stains that it might incur while in use. Last but not least, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II uses the high-speed imager-AF as its default AF System Type.
– Great image quality.
– Easy to install and use.
-Compact and lightweight, hence easier to carry or store.
– Difficult to use in low light.
– The proximity sensor found in the viewfinder may be difficult to use for newbies, as it causes the screen to go blank when anything is close to it.
The very first thing you will notice about the Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Camera is its sharper autofocus that enables the camera to shoot up to 11 frames per second. Along with that remarkable frame rate, you also get a 425 phase detection auto-focus points and a 0.05 sec AF speed. This is especially instrumental for those shooting a moving target.
The manufacturer added a little more touch to the overall image quality by incorporating an advanced 24.2-MP Exmore CMOS sensor. This makes the camera sensitive to objects. It also helps minimize any ambient noise, making it a resourceful feature in both photography and videography. You will also find the electronic viewfinder quite remarkable, with it high-resolution XGA-OLED Tru-Finder for a sharper image focus and more enhanced viewing. If you are a seasoned videographer, this is the camera for you. Its 4K and HD recording offer great movie functions to capture some stunning videos.
When you buy the camera, you get 1 A batteries, which you can replace in the future when you need to. The package also includes the Sony E-Mount 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6-OSS retractable zoom-lens for amazing shots. The camera’s dimensions are 6.2 by5.2 by 5.8 inches. It weighs a paltry 1.8 pounds. Given its weight and sleek design, this camera is the definite king of outdoor shooting. Sony Alpha a6300 Mirrorless Camera originally comes in silver color. If you are into the aesthetic appeal in a camera, look no further.
-The silent shutter mode is ideal for stealth shooting.
-Has amazing autofocus.
-You can customize the Fn menu to feature more playback functions.
-The Wi-Fi capabilities are well-implemented
-Buttons are cramped and controls might be confusing.
-Poorly organized menu system.
The Sony ILCE6300L/S a6300 4K Mirrorless Camera is a great buy for video producers. It comes complete with an internal 4K recording5 that’s built-in Super-35mm format. Besides offering full pixel readout, this format does not require pixel binning. Instead, it comes with a sports 2.4x over-sampling features that make for a great movie recording experience. You will also get a 2.4-million dot XGA-OLED Tru-Finder with fast-tracking 120Hz for remarkable corner-to-corner visibility.
If you love experimenting with a viewfinder that enables high quality live displays, you probably should buy this camera. The camera’s ergonomics is also something to write home about. Its body is built in an alloy of solid magnesium, making it both moisture and dust resistance, which ultimately means it is easier to clean and maintain.
Still, you will find it a lot easier to use the larger and heavier lenses, thanks to the camera’s refined grips and the profound lens mounts. You can customize the buttons to your liking. Besides, the 65 different functions make it possible to tune the camera for varied shooting styles. Last but not least, you will like the Wi-Fi/NFC/QR code that makes it possible to transfer your files and operate the device remotely. All you need is a Wi-Fi enabled tablet or smartphone nearby, and then you can connect through the NFC or the QR code and use your camera.
-Many customizable functions.
-Relatively versatile tilting.
-Well-implemented Wi-Fi capabilities.
-Unavailability of certain direct controls.
-Wrong placement of video-recording functions.
-The writing speed is rather slow.
The Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera Body features a full-frame 4K, ultra-HD that enables you to capture amazing cinematic videos. Its width and image resolution is inspired by the Z 7’s backside-illuminated sensor, enabling it to offer a clear output at higher ISOs.
The 493-Point On-Sensor PDAF covers up to 90 percent of the camera’s frame, both vertically and horizontally. This makes it possible for the camera to snap or record subjects, almost in real time. As soon as the subjects enter the field of view, they can be tracked throughout the length of the frame, up to the far edges. This way, you will capture all the subject’s features without sacrificing image sharpness or contrast.
The camera also comes with an in-body 2-axisVR for F-Mount Nikkor Lenses. In case your Nikkor lenses already have their own VR, you will still enjoy added benefits of the camera’s roll axis. All you need to do is complement it with the optional Mount-Adapter FTZ and be able to reap maximum benefits that come with 3-axis.
Perhaps the best feature about this camera as far as recording is concerned is the new subject tracking specs that make it possible to follow your subject even within a crowd. The new subject tracking functionality is made possible by the Auto Area AF that works for both the Live View and the EVF. One good thing about the Auto Area AF function is that it stresses on your subject’s upper body, making it possible for you to maintain your focus position whenever the subject slips out of view. It measures 5.3 x 2.7 x 4 inches and weighs 1.29 pounds.
-Highly customizable buttons.
-The package includes 1 Lithium ion batteries
-The new Z mount is wider and more intuitive.
-There is an impressive image processing speed of Expeed 6.
– The white balance is below par.
-The electronic video-stabilization function is worthless.
The Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera is one of the smallest full-frame cameras of the lightweight categories. The first thing you will appreciate about the camera is the Rf mount that is fully compatible with the camera’s RF and EF/EF-S lenses. This means that as a far as your mounting needs are concerned, you have over one option regardless of the lenses you opt for.
The 26. 2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS-Sensor coupled with DIGIC 8 Image-processor ensures that the images and videos captured are high quality the lighting conditions and the motion dynamics of your subjects. As a matter of fact, the camera has been lauded by many users for its remarkably excellent performance in the poorest of lighting conditions such as foggy and snowy conditions.
Adding to your high-end images is the dual-pixel CMOS-AF. This functionality is resourceful when you need to capture many images and more accurately on the autofocus mode. For video recording, the 4K video feature along with the camera’s highly potent DIGIC 8-processor makes for excellent videos. There are lots of helpful guides, an electronic viewfinder, a Vary-Angle touchscreen-LCD and special-scene modes just to add more thrill to your photography and videography experience. There is no need to keep adjusting the shutter size of the Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera Body when you have these automated features. The product measures 2.8 x 5.2 x 3.3 inches and weighs 2.4 ounces
-When you buy the product, you also get 1 Lithium-ion battery.
-Perfect location of important functions.
-Image quality and autofocus functions are excellent, even in poorly lit conditions.
-Not possible to process raw images.
-Awfully slow autofocus and shutter.
-Awful battery life.
One thing that conspicuously stands out in the Nikon COOLPIX P900 16MP Zoom Digital Camera package is the 90-day supplier-backed warranty. It is not likely you will need it, but it is reassuring to learn that the manufacturer has made such amazing provisions in case the product turns out to be defective or not to your liking.
Besides the warranty, the manufacturer has also ensured all the accessories are original. This is especially important when purchasing a sensitive gadget like this one; you don’t want to mar the functionality and appearance of your camera with counterfeit and substandard accessories.
Now, onto more serious specs, the camera’s super-telephoto NIKKOR lens features 83x optical-zoom/166x Dynamic Fine-Zoom that enables your subjects to come into sharp focus before you can snap or video-record them.
With the in-built Wi-Fi capabilities, you will not have to worry about sourcing for cables whenever you need to share your photos. All you have to do is find a compatible tablet and smartphone and then seamlessly begin the transfer. The Wi-Fi function is complemented by near-field communication technology, all for your wireless connectivity needs. Nikon has also incorporated dual-viewing systems. You can either choose the swiveling vary-angle LCD-display or opt for the high-resolution electronic-viewfinder. The best thing about this viewfinder is that it automatically turns on as soon as you lift it to your eyes.
A built-in GPS system is an effective security function that enables you to track the device in case you lose it. Adding to this amazing list of benefits is a full manual control, DSLR styling for better grip, and creative effects. The camera measures 10 x 8.5 x 6.7 inches and weighs 2.6 pounds.
– The package has one lithium ion battery included.
– You can access the zoom in two ways, making it easier to handle.
– Great for outdoor photography.
-Incorporating Wi-Fi capabilities make it more versatile.
– The user manual is only downloadable and not readily provided.
– Not ideal for night photography.
-The viewfinder is relatively smaller, and the sensors relatively diminished.
Just as the name suggests, the Panasonic LUMIX S1R provides a 47. 3-Megapixel full-frame MOS-sensor which offers up to 25600 Max sensitivity for enhanced high-sensitivity performance. It is yet another great option for both budding and seasoned videographers, thanks to the 4K video technology. This technology offers provides 50/650 P of seamless recording. In additions, it comes with 6K video clarity. Literally, this camera is a whole new dimension of mirrorless shooting.
Panasonic LUMIX’s 187MP high-resolution mode is a sensor-shift technology ideal for landscape photography. It is also recommended for those interested in fine arts photography. All you will need to make that possible is a tripod that comes with toggle-able motion-correction functions. The camera is designed with new L-mount standard that aside from boasting a larger inner diameter than previous models, is also more compact and better balanced.
The clarity of images captured on this camera is enhanced by its color reproduction and rich gradation specs. You will enjoy the convenience of the camera’s high-speed and high-precision sensors and a lens if you are capturing moving subjects. Measuring 8 x 8 x 6 inches and weighing 6.46 pounds, this camera is relatively light for its weight. Its splash and dust-resistant features add to its overall durability. Remarkably, its shutter unit is durable for about 400, 000 cycles. When you buy this camera, you will also marvel at its rugged design, along with the intuitive controls and ease of use. Last, it has also been lauded for its expandability.
– 1 lithium-ion battery is included.
– Perfect ergonomics and a solid build.
– Intuitive and interactive controls.
– Boasts of a larger inner diameter.
– Short battery life
– Comparably, it is more expensive than other cameras of its caliber.
8. Fujifilm GFX 100 102MP Medium Format Digital Camera
The Fujifilm GFX 100 102MP has a sturdy, robust and lightweight body made up of magnesium alloy. The magnesium comes coated with premium textures and colors, adding to its overall aesthetics. The dial designs, button layout, sounds, and other user functions are well-implemented.
Also, the manufacturer has sought to maximize the section between the front and rear panels for maximum durability against physical exertion.
Fujifilm GFX 100 102MP is known for its remarkably effective body resistance. The body, which also includes the electronic viewfinder, is built with weather-sealing capabilities at 95 points. It can withstand considerably high amounts of dust, low temperatures, and humidity, making it a perfect camera for outdoor photography.
Onto the design, the first thing you will appreciate in the camera is its vertical grip that creates an illusion of thinness. Despite its weight, the camera can still house a larger shutter mechanism, IBIS, sensor and 2 batteries.
In terms of ergonomics, the Fujifilm GFX 100 102MP camera features the In-Body-Image-Stabilization for extra stability when handling the camera. The GFX 100’s shutter is built with a shock-absorption mechanism that makes it perfect for studio shooting and commercial and landscape photography. Video recorders can leverage the camera’s 55 mm diagonal large-format, along with a full-sensor width if you wish to do your recording in 4K cinema format.
Last but not least, the camera is built with phase detection pixels. These pixels work hand in hand with the revolutionary AF algorithm and X-Processor 4-engine to accurately capture a fast-moving subject. The camera has dimensions of 10 x 8 x 8 inches and measures 3.09 pounds.
-Amazing face tracking features.
– Simultaneous data output between SD and HDMI cards.
-High focal plane shutter to enhance shutter durability.
-High-definition electronic viewfinder.
– Consumes a lot of power, as you will need 2 lithium-ion batteries to operate it.
– Relatively expensive and more complicated for novice photographers.
Fujifilm X-T30 sports an advanced image-sensor technology known as 26.1MP BSI-APS-C X-Trans CMOS-4 image-sensor. This technology works in combination with the device’s X-Processor 4 quad-core CPU to deliver outstanding autofocus and face detection for fast-moving subjects. Whether you want to capture high-resolution stills or simply record 4K videos, you will find the combination above quite effective.
Even better, you can now use eye detection AF in AF-C mode, adding to the much-needed accuracy when tracking subjects in motion. Initially, it would be difficult to use the phase detection AF due to its diminished light capabilities. However, the manufacturer, bearing that in mind, has incorporated more lighting specs [+0.5EV to -3EV] to make it possible to snap clear shots even in poorly lit conditions.
This camera comes with amazing video shots. Recording 4K videos at 30 frames/second or even capturing up to 120 frames/second at 1050p comes as an easy feat. In addition, great if you wish to create slow-motion effects. And if what you are looking for is greater color fidelity, do not fret, as the camera, through its HDMI port, allows you to record up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 color.
Needless to mention, Fujifilm X-T30 features intuitive designs and easy-to-use controls such as the 3.0-inch touch-LCD that comes with an enhanced touchscreen and 2-way tilting for shooting in different angles. And for your wireless digital communication needs, the manufacturer has added Wi-Fi and Bluetooth V.4.2 specs. The 3.3 pounds camera measures 9.7 x 8 x 5 inches.
– It is easier to carry.
– The controls are intuitive and easier to use.
– Has amazing predictive and auto-focusing is features.
– Great for continuous still-shooting.
– It lacks the IBIS technology.
– There is only a single card slot.
– Inadequate battery life and the lack of a battery-grip option.
True to tradition, Panasonic cameras have never disappointed in terms of resolution. The Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 sports a 20.3-megapixel MOS-sensor. This works well in combination with the Venus Engine. As a result, then improves as it reduces the effects. Another remarkable feature of the Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 is its amazing body grip that offers the much-needed stability when handling the camera. Besides having the frequently used functions such as the ISO, exposure compensation and the white balance within reach, the camera is so well-balanced that you can handle it on one hand.
Panasonic LUMIX G95 20.3 is dust and splash-resistant. Using magnesium on the camera’s front frame has always been a great idea. It enables a raft of features. First, the shutter is well-protected using an electromagnetic drive that reduces shock enhancing image sharpness. Also, the mechanical shutter sound is highly diminished and is ideal for taking shots in ambiances that require minimal noise.
For shooting your subjects, you have two options. You can either choose the high-speed OLED-Live Viewfinder that features a magnification ratio of 0.04x, or you can go with the 3-inch free-angle touch-LCD screen that comes with a 1.240k-dot resolution. Besides that, you also get to enjoy stunning image stabilization specs, thanks to the 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2. The 5-stop correction power ensures your images are free of any blurs.
It caters for the needs of videographers and Vloggers in full. This comes with a combination of the 4K 30p video performance and the pre-installed VLOG L. This means that you can record your videos at speeds of up to 120 fps. Besides, the general camera dimensions are 9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inches. It weighs less than 20 pounds.
– Face detection makes for seamless operation.
– Has 2 battery options; one in the camera. The other one is optional.
– Lightweight design makes for ease of carriage and storage.
– Chargeable using a USB connection.
– Only one memory card slot.
– The lens is only generic.
– Nothing to write home about the battery life.
How do you pick a good mirrorless camera?
Given the competition between brands in the mirrorless field, picking a great mirrorless camera can get rather tricky. However, paying attention to the following 5 things is crucial
- Your budget. In case you are just starting out, your budget might be restricted only to entry-level cameras. While entry-level mirrorless cameras are not too big on specs, they are great on design and functionality.
- Aperture size.
- Battery life. Yes, mirrorless cameras don’t come with much of a battery life. However, choosing one that provides an acceptable amount of shooting time is important.
- The type of live view the camera comes with. High-end mirrorless cameras come with a digital viewfinder. On the other hand, low-end mirrorless cameras don’t come with this. If you are a fan of digital viewfinding, you need to line your pockets well enough.
- Your shooting needs. In case you are apt to shooting in low light, get a camera that can easily sport a good number of accessories.