Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013)
9 Which camera should I buy?
Which camera should I buy?
The mid-range mirrorless camera market has a rather large price spread, and thus includes cameras that touch both the entry-level and higher-end categories. The build quality and handling of all these cameras tend to make them worth the extra money over cheaper interchangeable lens cameras.
So, whether you're looking for a second camera to sit alongside a high-end DSLR that you can't carry with you all the time - or desire an alternative to buying a DSLR altogether - there's plenty to chose from. Because of the large price spread, we offer two suggestions: one for the 'money is no object' photographer who wants the best camera in this class, and another for those looking for capability on a budget.
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a well-designed, weather-resistant body, and 'guts' that produce very good image quality, and rocket-fast autofocus. We like the tilting OLED display and the sharp electronic viewfinder, as well as the amount of customizable functions. Downsides include poor subject tracking, small and cramped controls, and a potentially overwhelming array of custom options.
With its excellent kit lens, sterling image quality and improved focus, the Fujifilm X-E2 is also worth considering - especially if you're looking to shoot with legacy lenses. But, despite a couple of flaws - and its being over a year old - the OM-D E-M5 remains atop the mid-range mirrorless pack.
If you don't want to spend a bundle, then we recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6. The G6 costs substantially less than the E-M5 above, yet doesn't skimp on features. It offers solid image quality (though you'll get best results by using Raw at high sensitivities), a great auto mode, a fully articulated LCD and a competent electronic viewfinder, along with 1080/60p video recording. We're not a huge fan of its plasticky body and cluttered controls, but overall, the G6 is well worth considering.
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- Canon EOS M58.8%
- Panasonic G85/G803.3%
- Panasonic FZ2500/FZ20001.9%
- Panasonic LX10/LX151.2%
- Panasonic GH5 development3.6%
- Sony a99 II15.9%
- Nikon KeyMission 170 and 801.0%
- Fujifilm GFX 50S development28.3%
- Olympus E-M1 II development18.7%
- Olympus E-PL80.1%
- Olympus 25mm F1.2 Pro1.5%
- Olympus 12-100mm F4 IS Pro1.9%
- Olympus 30mm F3.5 Macro0.1%
- Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art3.6%
- Sigma 12-24mm F4 Art2.6%
- Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport2.4%
- YI M12.2%
- GoPro Hero50.8%
- GoPro Karma drone2.2%
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