Smaller, lighter and more advanced viewing, focusing and video features. With impressive specifications like these, it’s no surprise that mirrorless cameras have been making waves the past decade. Whether you’re still learning photography or ready to turn pro, these are a handful of the most popular mirrorless cameras available on the market right now in 2019.
What is a mirrorless camera?
A key component of DSLR cameras is a reflex mirror, as the name suggest, a mirrorless camera doesn’t require this feature. The mirror in a DSLR reflects the light up to the optical viewfinder, whereas in a mirrorless camera there is no optical viewfinder. Instead, the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times.
Amongst the professional photography community, the discussion over which is best, DSLR vs mirrorless, still rages on. However, more and more enthusiasts are agreeing that mirrorless cameras actually offer the perfect combination of size, features and performance.
What are the most popular mirrorless cameras available?
Mirrorless cameras have the advantage of usually being lighter, more compact and faster. Since Panasonic launched the world’s first mirrorless camera, the Lumix G1, in 2008, these super-sized compact cameras have come a long way!
Is money no object in your pursuit for ultimate image quality? These are the popular mirrorless cameras available:
NIKON Z 6
The Nikon Z 6 is the best mirrorless camera in the world right now. It’s an impressive all-round full-frame mirrorless camera that comes in at a lower price than its younger sibling, the Nikon Z 7. It has the same amazing build quality as the Z 7 and in-body stabilisation and controls, but it’s far more versatile.
It handles like a dream and also offers full-frame 4K video. Expect to pay in the region of £1,550.00 for the Nikon Z 6.
The Sony A9 leads the way when it comes to impressive technology. Packing a punch at around £3,199, the A9 boasts being able to shoot at a full resolution 20fps all whilst tracking focus, making it the perfect choice for sports, wildlife or action photographers. However, it’s also worth mentioning that the Sony A7 III range gives a lot of the same features as the A9 for a much lower price, and is the most popular option even for professionals!
Looking for something a little more affordable? These mirrorless cameras all come in at under £1,500.
The first most striking thing about the Fujifilm X-T30 is its glorious retro body. But its attractiveness doesn’t stop there! Fujifilm promotes its APS-C sensors as being the perfect compromise between high portability and high image quality.
At £850, it’s not going to set you back as much as its elder brother, the X-T3, and although there are certain trade-offs, for example, only one card slot, the X-T30 still offers the same autofocusing system and frame rate capability.
PANASONIC LUMIX GX9
Looking to travel light? This compact camera would be ideal! You’ll get a 20.3-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that performs well in a variety of situations, with an enhanced in-body image stabiliser to help keep your shots as sharp as possible.
The Panasonic Lumix GX9 will set you back approximately £500, a perfect price point for beginners and those looking to sample a mirrorless camera. Don’t forget these 5 essential bits of kit to get you started, too!
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