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Have Your Say: Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera of 2013

By dpreview staff on Dec 18, 2013 at 21:55 GMT
Have Your Say: Best Mirrorless ILC of 2013
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Have Your Say: Best Mirrorless ILC of 2013

2013 saw a lot of new mirrorless cameras, from minor updates to older models to all-new products like the waterproof Nikon 1 AW1 and the world's first full-frame enthusiast mirrorless cameras with Sony's Alpha A7 and A7R. We've used almost all of this year's crop of mirrorless cameras, published numerous samples galleries, wrote first impressions articles and reviews, but now it's your chance to have your say. What was the best mirrorless interchangeable lens camera of 2013? Click through this slideshow to see our selection, and cast your vote. 

Because so many mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras were released this year, we've been a little selective here. Did we miss your favorite camera? Let us know in the comments. 


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Comments

Total comments: 148
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kreislauf
By kreislauf (3 months ago)

funniest thing here is that you can see the obsession with more expensive PRO/more megapixel models: a7 vs a7R
i hear myself saying: go on hipsters, get your maximum pixel FF

0 upvotes
OneGuy
By OneGuy (3 months ago)

Well, I guess, Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a good cam. I just stopped here at pdr because the "Internet" pitched this cam to me with a black guy as an enthusiastic photographer. Kinda turned me off thinking that Olympus or their agent knows the handle on potential buyers. Yeah, I was not born in sin or any some such nonsense and so I would not feel comfortable spending good money and buying E-M1 in some rather stupid racial context.

0 upvotes
Peterbrenin
By Peterbrenin (3 months ago)

I agree with comments regarding the Panasonic Lumix GH3 (which I own). I suppose it was excluded from this list, because it was officially launched late 2012.

Failing inclusion of the GH3, my vote goes to the Panasonic Lumix GM1, which is an absolute gem, finally fulfilling the miniaturisation promised by the m4/3 format. It is ideal for photographers who want to carry a camera with them at all times, without sacrifice of quality, but with a size even smaller than conventional m4/3 cameras. Despite its diminutive size, it produces results superior to the GH3 in low light, with ISO 3200 or, at a stretch, 6400, being fully usable. With the tiny kit lens, it can be slipped into a pocket and forgotten until that unplanned photo opportunity presents itself.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
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kty
By kty (3 months ago)

The OM-D EM-1 is a very good camera BUT it is not the only pro-level mirrorless.
If you let EM-1 alone as the only pro-level mirrorles, people will of course choose it over GM-1.
GM-1 is not aimed at the same market as the cameras above.
It embodies Panasonic's attempt to serve compact-fan enthusiast a high-quality but small interchangeable lens system camera.
I didn't like your list.
Putting GM1 and A7(r) on the same list makes only sense if you have ALL mirrorless cameras.
If you are to pick only 2 from panasonic than GH3 MUST be one of them because it is currently the most established pro-level mirrorless compareble to EM-1 and/or A7(r).

P.S. GH3 was released late December 2012 but it was in many countries not available before 2013. If it is still considered as a 2012 camera by the editors i stand corrected for my opinions about GH3. Only GH3 though :)

1 upvote
kty
By kty (3 months ago)

For me the best camera of the year is:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
Disappointing that it is not in the list.
It has definitely better price/performance ratio than the cameras above.
None of the cameras above is superior to G6 AND it is cheaper than all of them. It even has a microphone socket.
The video-quality is nearly on par with A7(r) and/or GH3 which also should be on this list.

0 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (3 months ago)

Congratulations Olympus with the best MILC of 2013 according to the readers of DPR. It is well deserved. To bad it was split up in more categories otherwise the Olympus E-M1 would be best camera of the year 2013 just like the E-M5 in 2012.

5 upvotes
bofo777
By bofo777 (4 months ago)

I was forced into the a mirror less camera because of Olympus new philosophy. I had no experience prior except with regular DSLR's…….I have now shoot over 7000 pics ..done many events including Weddings…..and I must say the EM-1 is all that was billed and more……especially with my SHG Olympus lenses……and the EVF is a god send…was shooting allow side a Nikon 600 D with changing light conditions and he was using his camera like a I pad shooting thru LCD …no problem with the EVF every change was easily adapted in the view finder…Thanks Olympus for your New Philosophy…….

6 upvotes
mister_roboto
By mister_roboto (4 months ago)

Great, here comes the annual "let's hate on everyone" comments where everyone loses their minds because people don't like the results of an informal poll.

Camera trolls are the worst.

2 upvotes
Jorgen K H Knudsen
By Jorgen K H Knudsen (4 months ago)

I certainly miss Panasonic GH3 as option

1 upvote
Ray Sachs
By Ray Sachs (4 months ago)

Wasn't the GH3 available in 2012?

1 upvote
Najinsky
By Najinsky (4 months ago)

All I can say is you guys got it well wrong. A7 is a spectacular camera.

2 upvotes
Peng Bian
By Peng Bian (4 months ago)

It is, and it got lots of votes. But A7/A7R are at a disadvantage because they are two products. One can make the argument that they should really be one selection in the poll instead of two. Combined they are pretty close to Olympus, but look at how popular E-M1 is on this forum, how many owners of this camera vs. any other camera on this list.

0 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (4 months ago)

Of course Peng Bian is incorrect. The A7 and A7R are completely different cameras for different uses. What they do share in common is a lack of native lenses and very slow operation (thing like only 1-2 fps shooting, etc). The A7 has a 24MP sensor, the R has a 36. The A7 can use PDAF, the A7R cannot, The A7 has an AA filter, the A7R does not, etc.
I never saw anyone say the D600 and D800E were the same camera.

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

The fact that twice as many people voted for the A7r than for the A7 kinda shows the cameras are not so similar.

Comment edited 14 seconds after posting
1 upvote
Robert Evagelista
By Robert Evagelista (3 months ago)

it is too expensive for most people, sony is always like this.
and the lens choice is not matured yet. (it is also expensive).
I admire Sony on their products but it is always hard to reason out with their pricing.

0 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (4 months ago)

It is interesting that in the past week the E-M1 lead has increased. Usually the fans vote first and then things even out as time goes on (same with ratings in IMDB, Amazon, etc). I know of several people who at first made fun of the E-M1, but when they got their hands on one changed their minds and bought it. As time go by this camera really appears to be winning over more and more larger system owners.
I would love to see one more big player join micro four thirds this year and make camera bodies. One over looked benefit is the ability to switch to another manufacturer and keep you lenses. Sigma, are you listening? :)

1 upvote
toxinoz
By toxinoz (4 months ago)

I have the EM-1 & really like it (so voted for it), but I almost voted for the Pany GM-1 which my wife has - it is a wonderful little travel camera and a shame it got so few votes. Though I don't have it (yet) I think the Pany GX-7 is a a very interesting camera worthy of a strong vote. So, while the EM-1 appears the winner at present, both of these Panys deserve consideration for winner.

1 upvote
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (4 months ago)

looks like the Olympus fanboy camp activated enough believers to save their brands ass :D

3 upvotes
caver3d
By caver3d (3 months ago)

Just another cheapskate and hater, looking for attention and validation. Pathetic.

Comment edited 40 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
EvokeEmotion
By EvokeEmotion (3 months ago)

Using the word cheapskate here is entirely inappropriate and actually makes you the hater and a pathetic one at that.

0 upvotes
offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (4 months ago)

I did vote for the A7R, as it is moving the mirrorless further along. Having played with one in the shop, I do like the EVF and handling.

Ironically my fave mirrorless for the year is the one I actually bought this year. It was brand new and a bargain price. Yep is was the BRICK- aka the Pentax K-01!
Yes it is a 2012 camera, yes it has looks that could be called "challenging" It has slow CDAF, but.......It is K-mount with no adapter and the IQ is superb! Oh and people who actually see it, think it is great!

But of course it is a 2012 model, hence why I voted for the A7R.

0 upvotes
DavinaG
By DavinaG (4 months ago)

Yes I voted for the OMD-E-M1 but need to say that the Samsung NX300 that I have been attached to for the past year is a remarkable camera and will not be far from the Olympus. In fact the Samsung has more WiFi capabilities and better video. As far as the photos are concerned, the Nx300 produced magnificent tack sharp results with pleasing color. With more lenses it would be my only mirrorless system. That said the control and upcoming pro lenses for the E-M1kept me from abandoning Olympus.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

it looks that Pana won't provide Oly quality video output.

0 upvotes
m43happy
By m43happy (4 months ago)

Why would Panasonic provide Olympus quality video output??

0 upvotes
guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (4 months ago)

Everyone posting here will have his/her favourite, and so the choice of "Best of 2013" is a bit of a misnomer.

But when I think about it, none of this year's great cameras has been particularly innovative apart from one make. We've been side-tracked with nostalgia with designs appealing to the "good old days" of 35mm film, but inside we see the same technology based around APS-C or micro 4/3rds sensors, albeit with improved performance.

But for me, only Sony stands out with, first, a FF fixed lens model and, now, with the release of two FF models and both in the ILC mirrorless category, the Alpha 7 and 7R. With these two innovative models Sony really has caught the big boys napping. True, they won't compete fully with the really top end end Canon or Nikon FF dslr's, but I wouldn't mind betting that they will give them a real run for the money.

4 upvotes
BennoFG
By BennoFG (4 months ago)

Voting "Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera" for Category of the Year.

3 upvotes
guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (4 months ago)

BennoFG,

And I wouldn't mind betting that the bulk of the votes goes to cameras in this catergory.

0 upvotes
TA Brown
By TA Brown (4 months ago)

What about the Nex-6? Or the 7 for that matter? I'd think their EVF would get them on a list that included the 5T.

0 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

Neither of them released this year though.

The A3000 was a 2013 product, but was omitted in this poll. Probably because it's a joke of a camera.

1 upvote
Kay Fisher
By Kay Fisher (4 months ago)

Panasonic G6 would get my vote. The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that you can't enable the self timer with exposure bracketing. But then again only Nikon and Canon have done that right. Panasonic, Olympus, Sony - wake up.

0 upvotes
caver3d
By caver3d (3 months ago)

Canon and Nikon have done so much right they can't even compete with the mirrorless cameras of Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Sony. Oh yeah, Canikon is a real innovator.

1 upvote
Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (4 months ago)

So counting A7 and A7R togehter they are on par with the EM-1. Well done, Sony and Olympus!

0 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (4 months ago)

A7+A7r=31.3%
E-M1=33.9%

Both are doing well and so is the X-E2. But all of this doesn't say a thing about the efforts a company makes. Panasonic has also done well with the GX7 and GM1. Pentax made a nice move withe the slightly bigger sensor in the Q7. Nikon made a nice AW1. Most company's did their best (in their own way) and brought us nice new products this year. With the exception of Canon. They just suck in the mirrorless department.

Comment edited 50 seconds after posting
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s1rf4n
By s1rf4n (4 months ago)

Using my 4/3 pro lens line up on a MFT camera was huge for me...I had to vote that way....Fantastic camera for me (YMMV)...I think there were some amazing Mirror-less cameras that made their way to the market this year...very good for the consumer.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (4 months ago)

main say that poor image quality is caused by small sensor which is partly true but actually it's the m4/3" lenses that should be blamed.

Comment edited 29 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

If that were so then legacy glass on 43 and m43 cameras would have long showed the "bad quality of native (m)43 lenses" but that's not the case, aside from crappy kit lenses.

In the early years of 43 DSLRs, it was always the sensors that were lagging behind while the lenses, especially the High Grade and Super High Grade lines, were selling the system.

1 upvote
vinersan
By vinersan (4 months ago)

there should be only one sony a7 !!!

this is BS !!!!

2 upvotes
sohrab bonyanalam
By sohrab bonyanalam (4 months ago)

There is not the panasonic lumix G6 in the list..... :-)

0 upvotes
fakuryu
By fakuryu (4 months ago)

As predicted, it will be a landslide for the Oly EM1 like what happened with the EM5.

I don't even like EVF but paper spec and real world usage, Oly like Pentax's K3 hit a home run.

PS. I'm a Pentax shooter and I do own an Oly EPL1 which I hardly use.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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gooseta
By gooseta (4 months ago)

Why are both A7 cameras there?!

0 upvotes
hip2
By hip2 (4 months ago)

because they are different ? :p
and having them in just one option might make the votes too close to DPR's favorite camera ? :D they are not taking any chances !

1 upvote
new boyz
By new boyz (4 months ago)

That must be true because combined votes is 31.4%!

Hahahahahaha...

1 upvote
alatchin
By alatchin (4 months ago)

And if they joined them why not join other cameras?

3 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

Even combined the A7's are still second in this poll.

6 upvotes
crus
By crus (4 months ago)

nex 5r should be there not 5t!
5t just went on the scene

0 upvotes
amd
By amd (4 months ago)

Interesting! Why is the EOS-M missing? Are only products listed that can be bought from Amazon?
The question actually should be which camera you want or bought, not which is the "best"...

1 upvote
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

Why not reading existing comments, before posting new ones? ;-)

5 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

it was announced in 2012.

0 upvotes
bobbarber
By bobbarber (4 months ago)

I voted for the E-M1, but I bought the G6. Where is the G6 on this poll? Sure, it has no chance of winning, but it is seriously a lot of camera for the $$$, including 1080 60p and full manual control over video.

4 upvotes
jtan163
By jtan163 (4 months ago)

This is a hard one.

Between the EM1 and the 2 A7s for me.

Normally my Oly bias would kick in, but I think the A7s look soooo promising.

Just as the EM5 heralded (IMO) a new era for mirrorless generally and M43 in particular last year, I hope the A7s signal another new era for mirrorless, 35mm sensors and Sony (including an era where Sony develops decent lens in a reasonable time frame!!!!).

I love the idea of a mirrorless 35mm sensor.
I love well spec'd/designed/implemented mirrorless and I'd like a 35mm sensor.

I wonder if Oly would go there? If the idea of a new line of lenses is too much work for them right now?
I'd love a PDAF on sensor, IBIS 35mm with nice Oly glass and all the innovative features Oly have been putting in their top end range.
Be a dream.
Especially in a reasonably small package.

I can't afford one, but I really do enjoy just seeing what the designers and engineers can come up with.

It's a great time to be a camera nerd - uh, I mean photographer!

0 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

I doubt I am alone in predicting that in the coming years there will probably be formalized the division in MILC/CSC's - two distinct groups: compact and less than fully compact (of course, the later will no doubt earn a better description and acronym than mine; LTFCSC is not going to make cut) Of course we really already have this, just not formalized.

It wasn't that long ago that compact DSLR looking mirroless, Panasonic G/GH series, seemed on the ropes in the face of mid-compact rangefinder styles like the Fujifilm XE-1 - this despite seeing professional use in video; a GH was the primary camera in the beautiful film Upstream Color. Despite such accomplishments both series were losing luster in the photographic community. Note: I still have much love for my early model G2, and I produced images for major exhibitions with it. But, my point is largely that the EM-1 has reinvigorated this type of camera. These size mirrorless will need a category different than those like the GM1.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (4 months ago)

There is a big difference between voting with a button click and voting with the wallet.

What DPR should do is to review the results of this survey to ACTUAL SALES of the same period.

Now THAT would be a very interesting article to digest.

Good DPR assignment too.

Regardless, this survey is fun exercise for DPR viewers.

.

5 upvotes
Nectar D Or
By Nectar D Or (4 months ago)

Of course these are two different things.

But that is just the point. Last year I voted for the Nikon d800 although I cannot afford it, I don't need it, and I won't buy it because I have a bunch of canon lenses. Still, I liked it and I thought it was the camera of the year.

It's a game. Enjoy it.

2 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (4 months ago)

"Now THAT would be a very interesting article to digest."

Look closer. Below the article, look for "Gear in this story" table with "I own it" vs. "I want it" vs. "I had it".

The "I own it" numbers:

503 Olympus OM-D E-M1
182 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
152 Fujifilm X-E2
125 Sony Alpha 7
118 Sony Alpha 7R
77 Olympus PEN E-P5
76 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
61 Fujifilm X-M1
58 Samsung NX300
36 Nikon 1 AW1
25 Sony Alpha NEX-5T
3 Samsung Galaxy NX

The "I want it" numbers:

381 Sony Alpha 7R
332 Olympus OM-D E-M1
321 Sony Alpha 7
222 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
139 Fujifilm X-E2
104 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
67 Nikon 1 AW1
45 Olympus PEN E-P5
33 Fujifilm X-M1
20 Samsung NX300
12 Sony Alpha NEX-5T
10 Samsung Galaxy NX

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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guyfawkes
By guyfawkes (4 months ago)

And interesting comparison table. I've just bought the A7, so the score goes to 126. lol. Already the A7 is in 4th place, and it has only recently gone on sale. So perhaps another comparison table could be to track sales volume in the period following a camera's release.

0 upvotes
LarryLatchkey
By LarryLatchkey (4 months ago)

Why is the X-A1 not included? It's a such good value, a very good APS-C with a decent kit lense for less than €500.

0 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (4 months ago)

Well over 1000 people have voted for the E-M1. Everyday another full frame owner posts about making the switch it seems.

3 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

And prior to the EM-1, GX7, and GM1 so many were piling on saying m4/3 was dead amid all the APS-C's. Hmm. I guess being wrong is often more rule than exception for DPR readers.

2 upvotes
photogeek
By photogeek (4 months ago)

I still don't get the point of it. It's almost twice the volume and price of NEX6 and has smaller sensor to boot.

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

Much faster in all areas, more rugged, more controls, more customization, touch screen, bigger EVF And though the sensor is smaller, it actually features practically identical DR, IQ and high ISO performance.

NEX6 is a competent camera but it's just not in the same league. The Sony camera is getting old too, it's due for a new model.

6 upvotes
wansai
By wansai (3 months ago)

@photogeek

i was a nex user. the difference between any nex camera and the em1 is like night and day. the em1 right now is just a near perfect photographic tool. at the very least it is the best, most well rounded camera. it is extremely fast, accurate, customisable, reliable, rugged, well built, well handling.

you're really looking at a camera that can compete with the very best cameras on the market, losing in some areas while gaining in others.

while it doesnt have the very best IQ, it is close enough to be negligible against the much more expensive FF pro cameras. as a photographic tool, it currently is without peer.

i personally didnt like it.... until i picked one up and used it. i can produce marginally better IQ from my apsc nex cameras but the gain is marginal. in pretty much every other area, the em1 is quite far ahead.

1 upvote
CWDaly
By CWDaly (4 months ago)

Sony NEX system was great this year. Hope next year they release more lenses.

CWDaly

0 upvotes
Lab D
By Lab D (4 months ago)

Yeah, how 'bout that A3000! :D

1 upvote
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

I was an early critic of the A3000 when others were racing to celebrate it on cost alone. But despite the unavoidable turning of opinion, often from those never shooting with it, there are some happy owners out there, so who are we to claim them naive. If they like it, they like it. Cameras are personal, as we all should remind ourselves apparently.

BTW, my suspicion is that Sony never intended for the A3000 to be profitable; Sony has the capital to throw a model to the wolves as a market strategy.

0 upvotes
Thorgrem
By Thorgrem (4 months ago)

Sony has the capital? In what world? The are making huge losses year after year. The days that Sony (or any other company) could buy marketshare with huge losses are over.

0 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Yeah, after reading adjusted earning projections for the quarter, I have to yield to your point. I was making reference to a past of long term, fairly opaque, strategies - the last Playstation took 4 years to begin to turn a profit. Certainly the days of a strong foothold in the electronics sector is over. Quite honestly, it makes me wonder about the multiple camera roll outs this year.

0 upvotes
photogeek
By photogeek (4 months ago)

Sony NEX-7 still, even though it wasn't released this year. Made me unload all my Nikon gear.

0 upvotes
Leandros S
By Leandros S (4 months ago)

For me, the winner has to be a camera that really broke new ground. As such, I think it has to be the Samsung Galaxy NX (first exchangeable lens camera with an OS that effortlessly ties in apps). Second place goes to Sony's A7(r) as the first full frame adapt-any-lens system by design. Highly commended would be the GX7 and GM1 for the electronic shutter option (silent). Also, a fully and reliably waterproof system camera would get my vote. It seems the 1 AW1 does not deserve that description.

0 upvotes
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

Not all innovations are good innovations. Have you ever tested a galaxy nx? The android part is like detached from the camera app. You can't for example make a sw using the camera, unless you rewrite the camera app itself. It's just like having two separate devices in one package.

Other cameras have better tethering functions w/o having android on them (omd-em1 as an example).

Besides the galaxy nx has no physical controls, which is imo totally weird.

The galaxy nx is to cameras like the one wheel bike was to bikes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationaalarchief/4193508328/in/set-72157623018193396/

4 upvotes
Optimal Prime
By Optimal Prime (4 months ago)

"a camera that breaks new grounds" may be one of the criteria to consider but hardly the ONLY one to go by. Especially when the "new grounds" fail to deliver a better user experience,

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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artwine
By artwine (4 months ago)

If you've actually held the Olympus OMD-EM1 in your hands and used it, this is almost an unfair competition; it wins hands-down. I've had 43 cameras in my life- from Canon AE1, A1, 30D, 40D, Nikon D30, Sony NEX-6, Panny G6, and the Oly EM1, (and a ton of others of models and sizes in between)- and the EM1 is the best I've used to date. Ergonomics, IQ, style, size, weight, etc. I sold all my DSLR cameras and lenses and moved to yje NEX-6, but hated the interface and the handling. Then went on to the 4/3rds with the Panny G6, but that wasn't what I had hoped for, but the EM! is perfect. It truly feels like a pro camera.

9 upvotes
elf kerben
By elf kerben (4 months ago)

The Olympus M1 makes me want to change from nikon and my wait for the D400. So i voted for Oly M1.

3 upvotes
ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (4 months ago)

Despite my enduring lust for the GM1, I stoically voted for the GX7. I also voted for it with my wallet :)

This year was really amazing for the mirrorless, with more barriers broken for good: size (GM1/12-32 kit), working on-sensor-PDAF (E-M1), sensor size (A7). (Honorary mention for "the most ridiculous price" goes to Olympus E-P5.)

Were I still mirrorless-less this year, I would have probably voted for the Nikon AW1: to promote the idea of more and more affordable weather-sealed cameras/lenses.

0 upvotes
toxinoz
By toxinoz (3 months ago)

I have the EM-1 & very happy with it, but agree with you that the GX7 is a really interesting camera. If I could afford both, I would have one alongside my EM-1. I bought the GM1 for my wife as a travel camera and she absolutely loved it. It is superb as a small competent travel camera that can take good lenses if you wish. Well done Panasonic!

0 upvotes
DT200
By DT200 (4 months ago)

Someone voted for the NEX 5T. That made me laugh.
The biggest difference between it and the old 5R is a little white-out and a painted on "T". :) With regards to APS NEX, Sony has "moved on".
The camera I want the most on the list is the GM1 because it finally delivers on a MILC with small size, but I don't think it is camera of the year.

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

NEX5T is stilll better than the A3000

In any case, DPReview probably felt they needed Sony NEX/APS-C to be represented in this poll somehow. The 5T was the least worst choice

2 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

How do you conclude that Sony is "moving on" from the NEX? If only there were an investment market involving countering speculation as to the death of camera lines - I'd move up a tax bracket.

0 upvotes
o_23
By o_23 (4 months ago)

Canon EOS M was released in 2012, but it was really a hit in 2013 after firmware update and new pricing. It became a totally new camera with incredible IQ, incredible lenses and incredible pricing. I don't see camera in 2013 list that is close to M in terms of ratio IQ/value/pricing. I wish you could add it to the list. Also, I am curious, if new EOS M2 will be released on December 20 (tomorrow), will you include it in 2014 list then or it will count as 2013 model and get out of your list again? DPR needs to make some adjustments according to reality.

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1 upvote
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

samsung nx1000 has better iq, faster focus, lower price :) and is also a 2012 camera.

1 upvote
bluevellet
By bluevellet (4 months ago)

Pointless to add the M2 since Canon doesn't bother to release it in Western markets.

And the M1? lol

5 upvotes
nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (4 months ago)

EOS M was never a hit, its still a big joke

3 upvotes
Tom Wuergler
By Tom Wuergler (4 months ago)

I could tell you that I am particularly happy with the GX7 (superb new image sensor, splendid X sync, amazing form factor and Pany / Oly's great lens eco system). However, the bottom line is a different one: mirrorless ILCs have matured massively and virtually every camera listed above is a very good buy. As someone who follows the development almost every day I am excited that the teething troubles are a thing of the past and I have reasons to wonder what I shall do with my expensive full frame gear. Selling it off is a no go but I do find myself shooting mirrorless 98% of the time.

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3 upvotes
CaliforniaRailRoadGuy
By CaliforniaRailRoadGuy (4 months ago)

I just bought a Fujifilm X-A1 and I LOVE it! This is coming from a total DSLR guy, Fuji really got their cameras right.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (4 months ago)

Wow, about 25 people voted for NX300, and a few even for Galaxy NX. Samsung really staffs their marketing department. ;-)

7 upvotes
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

Well, I'd like to "know" who "dared" to vote for the Galaxy NX :)

On the contrary, the nx300 is a good camera, mainly unknown. It's not even been reviewed here on this site. It has flaws (tiny buffer, lack of whatever optional EVF, not stellar high iso performance) but is, IMO, much better than many other cameras on this list. Simply, ppl ignore it.

Samsung needs a new sensor, a new evf and a totally reingeneered (faster operated) camera to get some attention in 2014. Otherwise, NX line will die very soon, imho.

Anyway I voted for the A7R, since the question was about the "best camera" and, lenses apart, it's the mirrorless camera giving the best IQ, with a gorgeous EVF and good overall features.

The best system (taking lenses into consideration), imo, is the Fuji X.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (4 months ago)

"On the contrary, the nx300 is a good camera, "

Maybe it is a decent camera, kind of like NEX-5r, E-PL5, GX1 etc decent mid-level cameras of yesteryears, but by no honest person can it be considered the best mirrorless camera of 2013!

0 upvotes
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

I agree. It's probably the best one w/o evf considering also the price/performance ratio. Otherwise x-e2, a7/a7r are better in almost all the aspects and em1, gx7 are better for all except iq.

0 upvotes
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

First, I'm pleased to see the Samsung NX 300 listed; it is an excellent little camera. It is by no means revolutionary but has a decent APS-C sensor, hybrid phase and contrast detection AF, a very nice 3.3" AMOLED articulating touch screen display, great WiFi and NFC, and a very useful iFn button mounted on lenses. Coupled with the 18-55mm kit lens it is, to my mind, Samsung's first real mature mirrorless offering, and a very good value. I've really been impressed with it. {pitch over - just giving it some love}

As for best mirrorless, I'm going to abstain from voting. But following the events of this last year, there seem so many worthy models in the running. And, largely one to support the mirrorless philosophy, I'm just enjoying seeing the technology finally rise to meet some of its potential, evidenced in exciting cameras. Good times.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (4 months ago)

They added all cameras released this year. No idea why you're pleased to see this or other camera.

1 upvote
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

Plastik: the NX 300 was released very early in the year, and considering that fact and a year, despite its solid merits, getting marginalized by other flashy offerings (understandably), I'm pleased to see it get a blurb above (mobile DPR version) - the Canon EOS-M and X-A1 as examples did not.

What is difficult to understand?

1 upvote
b craw
By b craw (4 months ago)

And it might be interesting to note (as another poster has) the NX300 never received a full review. and not that I take too much stock in it, it faired well according DxO in general image quality. Just underrated, more so here than elsewhere - period.

2 upvotes
esmoxd
By esmoxd (4 months ago)

Ah! Another dpreview popularity poll! Expert opinion gives way to the fanboys!

3 upvotes
agentul
By agentul (4 months ago)

i only have Panasonic gear, but i voted for the Olympus E-M1. i think it is a better package than the GH3 in terms of evolution and features.

3 upvotes
esmoxd
By esmoxd (4 months ago)

That's the point, it should not be the best mirrorless or best DSLR etc. like you are forced to choose one or the other nor what you or I have as a set of lenses for but the best camera. Not just the best evolutionary implementation of features but the best camera that contributes to the improvement of photography in 2013. What camera best contributes to that based on evaluation of all features both evolutionary and revolutionary. I'm sure the vast majority of pollsters have not or will not be able to do that, that is why we need an "Expert Opinion"!

2 upvotes
coso dp
By coso dp (4 months ago)

No EOS M with its super attractive price and image quality? Come on

1 upvote
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (4 months ago)

The EOS M was announced last year, and is therefore ineligible for this poll.

2 upvotes
artwine
By artwine (4 months ago)

It's also a piece of junk. Super slow autofocus, for one. Unusable, from what I've read. I wanted it - at first.

3 upvotes
Stephen Scharf
By Stephen Scharf (4 months ago)

This was tough one for me, because both the Fuji X-E2 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 were both stellar improvements and enhancements. Even though I am a passionate Fuji X-camera owner and user, after handling and using the E-M1 recently last weekend, I would say the E-M1 is the more significant camera. Not only for the enhancements over the already excellent E-M5 (a great camera in it's own right), but for two principal reasons.

1) The phase contrast detection which allows use of the amazing Olympus Super High Grade 4/3 lenses.
2) The level of execution, functionality, ruggedness, toughness, and interface enhancements that Oly brought to the E-M1. As good as the Fuji X-E2 is, the E-M1 is the equivalent of a Canon 1D-series body for Micro 4/3s. My expectation is it will see significant adoption by pros using Nikon D4 or Canon 1D specification bodies.

8 upvotes
sderdiarian
By sderdiarian (4 months ago)

DPR, when will voting for the camera of the year be? It also would have been interesting to simply have best interchangeable lens camera of the year rather than best mirrorless and best DSLR/SLT. My guess, the E-M1 would clean up either way.

5 upvotes
inorogNL
By inorogNL (4 months ago)

no brainer for this calculation indeed :P

0 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (4 months ago)

K-3 wins 1961 votes vs 1625 votes for the oly

0 upvotes
BBking83
By BBking83 (4 months ago)

Wow! 2 people own a Galaxy NX!?

Congrats!! :P

4 upvotes
tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (4 months ago)

the same thing that I thought :) usually, the very few who own this camera, got it for free from Samsung (like Kirk Tuck and other bloggers).

0 upvotes
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