Mirrorless camera, sometimes referred to as a compact system camera, do not have a mirror or optical viewfinder, as opposed to a DSLR that uses a mirror to project light into the viewfinder. So mirrorless cameras usually smaller than DSLRs.
Mirrorless cameras do not require you to look at the lens with the optical viewfinder to create your photo composition; instead, it uses an electronic viewfinder or LCD to allow you to preview your footage. While their design is different, mirrorless cameras allow the use of creative lenses, such as in DSLRs.
Best Mirrorless Cameras for 2019
Boasting a 50-megapixel imaging sensor and rangefinder styling. The Fujifilm GFX 50R is the most compact and easy-to-use digital medium format mirrorless camera from Fujifilm. The lens system is incredibly comprehensive with more options coming in 2019.
Now putting two cameras together is kind of cheating but Nikon’s long-awaited entries into the digital full-frame market are poised to reimagine their place in the photo and video industry. With its 46-megapixel imaging sensor, the Nikon Z7 is an outstanding mirrorless camera choice for portrait and landscape photographers.
While the more conservative 24-megapixel chip in the Nikon Z6 offers the perfect balance of resolution, speed and light sensitivity in both photo and video production.
The Leica M10-D. Analog spirit in a digital world. A digital mirrorless camera without a screen? The pure minimalist design of the Leica M10-D is something that only Leica could produce. And it’s lack of a screen provides a pure imaging platform. It has the latest tech including a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Leica processor and built-in Wi-Fi for use with the photos app. Also new is a thumb rest shaped like a film advance lever. This gives it a truly analog look and feel.
Stabilized with the Fujifilm XH-1. Fujifilm is among the most prolific manufacturers this year. And you could almost be forgiven for getting that they released a new APS-C flagship with the Fujifilm XH-1. Yes, the camera has a 25% thicker magnesium alloy body. Whisper quiet shutter and a host of boosted video and stills chops. The main advancement in this mirrorless camera is the first in-body stabilization system on the X-Series. Firmware updates will see the Fujifilm XH-1 compensating for over 5-stops of handshake.
With a focus on video the Panasonic GH5S. Long regarded in the industry for creating mirrorless cameras with pro video chops. Panasonic took things a step further with the release of the GH5S. A new sensor and upgraded features with the familiar micro 4/3 form factor made this model a serious competitor for the best 4K mirrorless on the market. DCI 4K at 60fps, in-camera 10-bit recording options, ultra low-light performance with a 10-megapixel sensor, BNC timecode. This thing is tailor made for pro video productions and it shows.
The new basic model? Sony a7 III. Yeah, the Sony a7 III is a stellar mirrorless camera for both photographers and filmmakers. The 24-megapixel model becomes the new basic per Sony’s marketing even though on the spec sheet, it’s anything but. A 24-megapixel backside illuminated sensor, 693-point hybrid AF system, UHD 4K with HLG and S-Log 3. 10 frames per second shooting, ISO of 204,800. In body stabilization–the list goes on and on and on. With all of these features and a lens catalog that’s constantly evolving, this mirrorless camera is anything but basic.
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Upgrades for everything with the Fujifilm X-T3. It may look quite similar to its predecessor, but everything under the hood is new with the Fujifilm X-T3. Starts with the brand new, 26-megapixel APS-C XTRANS backside illuminated CMOS sensor. The camera has an insane, 2.16-million-point phase detection autofocus system. An extended ISO of 80-51200. 30fps shooting in sport mode. And you can’t forget about video either. This is Fujifilm’s best mirrorless camera yet with internal 4K60 recording and internal F-log 10-bit, 4:2:0 sampling.
Vloggers delight! The Canon EOS M50 is an excellent mirrorless camera for amateur photographers or vloggers looking to pick up a serious camera. Now the Canon EOS M50 becomes Canon’s first mirrorless camera to feature 4K recording. Add an industry-leading dual pixel CMOS AF and a flip-out screen. And you have a lightweight mirrorless camera perfect for documentary work and YouTubing. The M50 is also a great stills shooter. With a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and plenty of supporting features.
A whole new system with the Canon EOS R. Someone really stepped on the gas in Canon’s mirrorless camera development team. As the company launched their first, full-frame mirrorless camera body. The RF mount and its first wave of lenses including a brand-new, 50mm f1.2, an impressive 28-70mm f/2. Provide incredible performance and industry-leading specs. Customizable control rings, touch and swipe controls, other intuitive control features are setting up a new system. That’s poised to push beyond what we previously expected from a mirrorless camera.
Fujifilm XT-100. Small, lightweight and capable mirrorless camera. The Fujifilm XT-100 is one of the most fun to use mirrorless cameras we’ve tested this year. There’s nothing quite like Fuji’s film simulations. They are terrific for both photo and video. The standout feature here Is the new flip-out LCD screen. From low-angle photography to vlogging, this opens up so many possibilities.
Panasonic’s S1 and S1R
Looking forward to 2019. We’re excited to test out Panasonic’s S1 and S1R. The first full-frame 35mm photo/video hybrids from the company. Partnered with Leica and Sigma, the system is sure to launch with some powerful optics. Zeiss is also entering the premium full-frame market with the fixed lens ZX-1. Minimalist to the core, the ZX-1 looks to be like a no-nonsense tool for the discerning photographer on-the-go.
In the medium format space, Fuji will release a 100-megapixel GFX camera. Now, no official name is been given yet, but I can’t wait to give the new GFX a run-in studio and out.
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