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Top 10 Mirrorless Cameras 2017

Mirrorless cameras are designed to have the advantage of smaller size, lighter weight, and lower cost than SLRs, and frame the use of what the sensor sees in place of the use of optical views. If you're a budding or expert photographer, one of the models on our listing may be just what you're seeking out. When users buy our independently selected editorial selections, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B)Olympus PEN E-PL8 White Body with 14-42mm IIR Silver LensFujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS LensSony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, BlackOlympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II 4K Mirrorless Camera Body, 20.4 Megapixels, 5-Axis IS, 60fps, 3-Inch Touch LCD, BlackSony Alpha a6500 Digital Camera with 2.95-Inch LCD (Body Only)Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Silver)Panasonic DMC-GX8KBODY LUMIX GX8 Interchangeable Lens DSLM Camera Body Only + Transcend 64 GB 2 Pack + Polaroid 72 Inch Tripod + LED Light and Flash Kit + 2 Spare Batteries + Charger + Accessory KitFujifilm X-Pro2 Body Professional Mirrorless Camera (Black)PANASONIC LUMIX G7 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 14-42mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-G7KS (USA SILVER)

Through With The Looking Glass

On a traditional single-lens reflex camera, or SLR, 'reflex' refers to the action of a small mirror in the camera body that sits behind the back element of the lens. That mirror reflects the light coming through the lens up into another series of mirrors, or, in more expensive cameras, into a complicated prism of glass called a pentaprism. Either way, the light travels, it ends up in the eyepiece at the back of the camera through which you frame your image.

With that mirror in the way, however, it'd be impossible for the light coming through the lens to reach the film or the digital sensor (D-SLR indicates a digital version of the SLR design). Thus, all SLRs have a mechanism the reflexively pulls the mirror up and out of the way in a fraction of a second, just in time for the shutter to open and expose the sensor to light.

The problem with a reflexive mirror is that its movement creates vibrations in the camera, vibrations that decrease sharpness in your images. The reflex mechanism also necessitates that the camera is a certain depth to accommodate it, making your system bulkier and heavier.

The great challenge in designing a pro-level mirrorless camera was in the viewfinder. That mirror or pentaprism pathway was excellent at maintaining brightness and conveying real-time framing of the scene before you without any lag. Early mirrorless viewfinders were always a step behind the action, making the cameras useless in sports, events, and other fast-paced shooting environments.

In the past few years, however, viewfinder technology has skyrocketed, mainly due to advances in smaller OLED displays. Now, not only do you get the full benefit of a sharp, bright OLED viewfinder that conveys info in real time, but you also can use that viewfinder to give you actual exposure feedback, so the brightness and contrast of the image you see are just what you'll get in your picture.

Altogether, these cameras result in a fast, informative shooting experience with no unnecessary vibration. What's more, some companies have utilized the room saved by the removal of the mirror to install on-sensor image stabilization that can correct for up to five axes of vibration, essentially doubling down on the original benefit of getting rid of the mirror.

Since mirrorless cameras are, in many ways, children of a marriage between early digital point-and-shoots and professional D-SLRs, some of their manufacturers have decided to make their camera bodies without any viewfinders, putting their focus on the quality of the viewing screen at the back of the camera body, while offering optional viewfinders for purchase.

A Good Time To Rethink Brands


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There was a time in the dying art of film photography, and even in digital photography, when Nikon and Canon were the only significant players. In today's market, however, brand means less than ever.

Years ago, photographers found themselves locked into systems by the lenses they'd bought. They might own a $3,000 camera body, but they'd also own about $15,000 in lenses, so jumping ship was almost never an option. There are mirrorless systems on the market that work with all the old lenses, but most of them require adapters, and the use of giant lenses kind of flies in the face of one of the major advantages of mirrorless systems, which is that they're smaller.

If you've been shooting for a while, either in film or digital, and you're looking to make the jump to mirrorless, the chances are you're doing it to save on that size, to travel lighter than you otherwise could. You probably have a bevy of nice lenses that you don't want to just lose, or take a beating on in their resale.

The good news is that there are a couple of companies specializing in cross-platform adapters, meaning you can buy a camera of our list based on its technical specs without worrying about which lenses will or will not work with it.

You may be new to photography, however, and you want to start small without throwing a lot of money into moribund platforms. That's smart. You're lucky in that you have such a wide field of options, but that abundance can easily become confusing. Before investing in any camera system, you should know what you plan to shoot.

If you want to do street photography, taking clandestine pictures of unsuspecting people, you should aim for the smallest camera on our list that has a silent shutter. That way, you can take shot after shot without ever alerting your subject to your presence.

Event and sports photographers will want to put an emphasis on burst rate (maximum number of shots a camera can take in a second) and auto-focus speed. Nature and portrait photographers will want to know that there's an excellent selection of lenses for the system. Ten years ago, that would have sent photographers either to Nikon or Canon, but in the mirrorless market, it's Fuji and Olympus who currently boast the best glass.

A Range Of Possibilities


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While most people think of Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus when they think of the early pioneers of mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera systems, it was a company known much more for printing pictures than for taking them that was first to the party.

In 2004, Epson created a digital rangefinder camera that utilized Leica's M-mount lenses. The 6.1-megapixel marvel, called the RD-1, was modeled after the Voigtlander Bessa 35, which was a film camera released in the late 1990s, and it came out costing consumers a hefty $3,000.

Now, I know a rangefinder is a mirrorless system, to begin with, so making a digital rangefinder with interchangeable lenses is kind of a shortcut toward mirrorlessness, since there was no mirror to replace. But the idea of a digital camera with interchangeable lenses and no mirror was a total novelty, and the big brands we now associate with the mirrorless revolution all took notice, leading toward the relatively young, extraordinarily exciting products that continue to evolve.


#10.PANASONIC LUMIX G7 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 14-42mm MEGA O.I.S. Lens, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-G7KS (USA SILVER)


This is my first micro 4/3 camera. I purchased this camera solely for its 4k video capabilities and it does not disappoint. The big surprise was the quality of the photos I was getting with this camera. In many cases, the photographs rival those taken with my Nikon. I am totally in love with this little camera and find myself reaching for it more and more.


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#9.Fujifilm X-Pro2 Body Professional Mirrorless Camera (Black)


This camera is everything I expected and more. Image quality is superb. Build quality is superb and feels great in your hand. I bought the optional grip and find that feels better in my hand. The controls are all on the right and so easy to access and intuitive. I don't care for the new ISO dial but otherwise the controls are quick and easy.


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#8.Panasonic DMC-GX8KBODY LUMIX GX8 Interchangeable Lens DSLM Camera Body Only + Transcend 64 GB 2 Pack + Polaroid 72 Inch Tripod + LED Light and Flash Kit + 2 Spare Batteries + Charger + Accessory Kit


Never again miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot with the Panasonic DMC-GX8. Featuring superb 4K imaging capability in both video and 4K PHOTO, the GX8 lets you shoot 30 frames per second in crystal-clear 4K Ultra HD Video and extract them as individual photos. Choose the one that best captures the moment.


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#7.Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Silver)


The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a surprisingly sophisticated camera that's a joy to use. Whether you're a novice just snapping shots of your everyday life or a photo enthusiast looking to maximize your creativity, the E-M10 Mark II delivers with a compact profile, intuitively placed controls, and an advanced 5-axis image stabilization system that ensures perfection with every shot!


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#6.Sony Alpha a6500 Digital Camera with 2.95-Inch LCD (Body Only)


24.2 MP Exmor CMOS sensor with world’s fastest AF speed (0.05 sec.) and the highest number of phase detection AF points (425). In-camera 5-axis optical image stabilization for every lens and enhanced AF features including intuitive and immediate touchscreen AF operation. 4K movie recording and pro video features including 2.4x oversampling with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, S-Log3/S-Log2, S-Gamut and gamma assist and more.


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#5.Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II 4K Mirrorless Camera Body, 20.4 Megapixels, 5-Axis IS, 60fps, 3-Inch Touch LCD, Black


The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is an advanced system of innovative technology and features designed to forever change your photography: up to 18 frames per second sequential shooting with precision C-AF Tracking, 121 Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF points, up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation with powerful in-body image stabilization, plus a 50MP High-Res Shot Mode. It’s all enclosed in a lightweight magnesium alloy weatherproof body. Paired with the superior resolution of Olympus M.Zuiko PRO lenses, the E-M1 Mark II will deliver brilliant imagery that’s coveted by professionals everywhere.


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#4.Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with Full-Frame Sensor, Black


The α7S II has evolved in both Stills and Movies adding internal 4K video recording, 5-axis image stabilization and High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy - while maintaining its legendary low-light/ low noise capability for an extraordinarily high sensitivity of up to ISO 409,6002. Additional updates include; S-Gamut. Cine/S-Log Picture Profiles and 120P Full HD 1920x1080 high-frame-rate video for 5x slow motion. An evolution of a low-light legend is here!


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#3.Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens


The FUJIFILM X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera. The X-T2 is a splash-resistant premium interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). The X-T2 houses the latest generation 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III with an APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter, boasting the highest performance in the history of X Series. The new X-T2 produces crisp image resolution comparable to that of cameras equipped with larger sensors and higher pixel counts, all in a more compact and classically-designed body. And for the first time, the new FUJIFILM X-T2 now supports 4K video recording that can use each available Film Simulation mode, including ACROS, to easily produce premium-quality footage that is as unique as the photographer behind the viewfinder.


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#2.Olympus PEN E-PL8 White Body with 14-42mm IIR Silver Lens


Good camera and iPhone 6s camera is a bad camera, not Olympus pl8, it is a good camera for consumers that like beautiful pictures and change lens to maximize the utility of this camera, pen e- pl8 has many features that youngers like to play with pictures. That has a facility to a wifi connection and iPhone connection to share photo easy and rapidly on Facebook and Instagram.


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#1.Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B)


This camera has been the best camera I have ever used. I bought it from 6ave and they gave me a perfect condition one, I saved enough money to buy the lens I wanted.

Pros-
amazing low-light performance
The in-body stabilization is amazing on this camera, I can shoot at low shutter speeds handheld which is a great plus.
The eye focus helps so much when doing portrait work and now I can always make sure I’m in focus when shooting wide open.

Cons-
The lens selection has gotten better but it’s still lacking some lenses. Well, that’s unless you want to buy all g master lol.
File size is a small con, this was expected for me this since it has so many megapixels.
The buffer is a little slow, I’m not a sports photographer but I do weddings and it just makes sure I don’t spray and pray.
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