Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2017 Market Reviewed

Rating: 4.67 based on 6 Ratings
Anes Mulalic
September 14, 2017 By Anes Mulalic
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Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) are the rising industry in the market of digital cameras, and there is a reason for that. They come in all varieties, packing everything from Micro Four Thirds, APS-C to Full-Frame sensors. Some are designed for beginners, while other feature very impressive performance meant for enthusiasts and professionals. However, they all have one thing in common – compact design. They are the natural evolutionary step for photographer moving up from a traditional point-and-shoot compact system, a step which was missing until recently. This makes a closer option for an average consumer than a full-blown DSLR. In some cases, they will even outperform a DSLR in the same price range.

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Sony Alpha 7R II
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To list a few key differences between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR, we would start off with the most obvious one – size and weight. Mirrorless cameras are lighter and smaller, thus falling in the compact category. Another usual suspect is the viewfinder, mirrorless cameras mostly offer Electronic View Finders (EVFs) compared to DSLRs which mostly use the optical viewfinder. EVFs have come a long way and now offer a comparable experience to their optical counterparts.

When it comes to image quality, DSLRs might still be the top choice for professionals. But that doesn’t mean mirrorless cameras can’t-do a fine job as well. Mirrorless cameras are also generally cheaper, which makes them a very attractive alternative to hefty DSLRs.

In this review, we have prepared the Top five mirrorless cameras for you to choose from. Mainly they are mid to high-end performers of high quality, but not to worry, we have some interesting recommendations for those on a budget as well.

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Note that even though this review is written in 2016, not all these cameras actually come from 2016. Some are a year, or a few years older. But make no mistake, they are still the best choices around. See, unlike the smartphone market, where the next must-have big thing comes around and shades away from the previous model every year, digital camera market is a bit more conservative and realistic of user needs, which is a good thing.

Top 8 Mirrorless Cameras 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a successor to 2013’s OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless camera. The new version brings upgrades that aim to close the weak spots the original E-M1 had as well as improvements that Olympus hope would give the EM-1 Mark II an edge over the competition.
Pros
  • Excellent stabilization (5.5 stops)
  • Dual MicroSD card support
  • Reliable and fast AF
  • Fast burst speeds
  • 50MP JPEGs in High Res Pro mode
Cons
  • Relatively small sensor
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With its brand-new 20MP Four-Thirds CMOS sensor with 4K video, redesigned AF system, and not one but two image processors the flagship mirrorless is turning quite a few heads thanks to incredibly fast performance. Olympus doesn’t only hope to win over the existing mirrorless crowd from competition, but also to draw DSLR users to their Mirrorless flagship. That’s probably the reason E-M1 Mark II doesn’t really resemble much of the mirrorless camera in its class, rather it employs a true DSLR look and style with an important difference of being much, much smaller and lighter.
The Mark II looks almost identical to its predecessor, using the same weather-sealed magnesium alloy casing and a range of manual dials. At 575g (20.25oz) and 134x91x67mm (5.28x3.58x2.64”) the new EM-1 is a bit heftier, though still considerably more compact than any DSLR of similar class.

But once we look deeper, important differences start popping out. For example, the rear TFT LCD screen is fully-articulating, instead of just tilting like it was on the original E-M1. The 3-inch screen has 1m-dot resolution and is touch-capable.
The Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) has 100% coverage, 2,3m-dot resolution and 1.48x magnification.

Another new addition is dual MicroSD card slots, one for UHS-I and the other for UHS-II cards.

The built-in IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) is twice as effective as the previous version, now allowing for 5.5 stops of stabilization. This means that you will be able to shoot sharp, blur-free photos even at very low shutter speeds – as low as 1-second. Being able to hold the shutter open that long will enable the sensor to collect a lot of light, which means you often won’t have to use higher ISO settings, which in turn means less noise and higher quality photos.

Don’t mistake the high-end stabilization system for generosity from Olympus though. It is rather a necessity really, because of the Micro Four Thirds sensor which is smaller than APS-C sensors used by other in-class mirrorless cameras. The Micro 4/3 sensor does show struggle when dealing with very high ISOs as well as situations where there are a lot of bright highlights and dark shadows - dynamic range is somewhat limited.
This mirrorless camera is extremely fast, too. Using the electronic shutter, it can capture 60FPS in single-focus in Pro Capture High mode (weird name, I know). How fast is that? You can basically record 60FPS short movie just by snapping stills. If, however you want to use continuous AF tracking, you’ll have to “settle” for 18FPS or 15FPS if you use the mechanical shutter.
The EM-1 Mark II also takes advantage of Olympus’ famous High Res Pro mode which captures 50MP JPEGs and 80MPs RAW photos. Sounds amazing? Well, you’re not wrong. The camera is able to pull this of by using a series of tricks and special algorithms. You need to put the camera on a tripod and let it do the rest. It will capture 8 images at different positions within the sensor’s image stabilization system which are than merged together for the high megapixel final photo.

Another area where the new Olympus shows impressive results is video capture. With the inclusion of not only 4K (4096x2060) resolution but also Digital Cinema Standard, the video is captured at a bitrate of 237 Mbps at 24FPS. Videos are clear and sharp with considerably less distortion than those of rival cameras. You can even record video in flat profile mode with subdued colors if you want to do color toning yourself in post-process.

The Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II is truly an amazing camera that puts to shame many DSLRs simply by matching their performance at a much smaller form factor. It is a perfect setup for travelers who want the best out of their camera. Despite having a smaller sensor (Micro Four Thirds) compared to some competitor mirrorless cameras which use APS-C sensors or even full-blown DSLRs with full-frame sensors, the EM-1 Mark II holds its own thanks to some amazing technologies implemented by Olympus. We get an extremely effective built-in optical image stabilization, super-fast performance both in burst capture general camera use, superb 4K video, reliable and fast AF system and finally, the High Res Pro mode which captures huge image files. As you can see the EM-1 has something to show both for sports photography and landscape photography. In fact, we consider a great all-arounder.
Sony A9
Sony A9 is a flagship mirrorless camera recently released by Sony. We are talking about a camera that will put to shame many high end DSLRs. This is no longer a matter of a mirrorless camera being more portable and easier to handle, with that being its man advantage over a DSLR.
Pros
  • Extremely fast performance
  • Compact
  • Weather-Sealed
  • Full-Frame sensor
  • Durable
  • 5-stop stabilization
Cons
  • Overcrowded menus
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The A9 shows us at mirrorless cameras can be on par with the most powerful DSLRs. It has a 24.2MP Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and boatload of powerful processors that go along with it in order to enable jaw-dropping performance in continuous shooting which tops at 20FPS. It is not hard to guess; this mirrorless beast is designed for high-speed shooting.
A9’s form factor seems to be based on Sony A7R II with changes to button placement and design. Foremost addition is the new AF joystick on the rear, perfectly suited for thumb operation during fast paced shooting. On the top plate we have three dials, two to the right of the viewfinder and one on the left side. On the far right we have an exposure compensation dial, and sitting next to it the main mode dial. In front of these we also get two C (custom) buttons. The dial on the left side is actually two dials stacked on top of each other, with the top one being for choosing the shooting mode (Single Photo, Slow, Medium and Fast Burst shooting and Bracketing mode, and Delay Timer mode). The bottom dial of the two is used for choosing between different Autofocus modes. Compared to the Alpha 7R II, the A9 has a deeper grip with a bigger battery inside.
Sony A9 has an extremely responsive, sharp (3.68 million dots) Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with 0.77x magnification.
On the left side plate you’ll find weather-sealed compartments which host a range of connectivity options; microphone and headphone sockets, USB, HDMI, PC Flash sync and LAN cable socket.

With Sony’s Bionz X processing and another processor specifically designed for autofocus handling, the A9’s buffer is extremely deep – allowing for up to 241 RAW images and 362 JPEGs before having to take a pause.

The sensor’s AF system has whopping 693 phase-detect AF points spread across 93% of the sensor surface. No other camera can compare to these specifications. The Sony A9 also has two SD card slots which share the workload – for example, one saves JPEG and the other saves RAW files. At 20FPS, this proves to be a very powerful setup for any sports event.

Sony has also employed a 5-axis, 5-stop IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) that will ensure steady video and blur-free photos no matter which lenses you are using. If you’re using a lens that are already stabilization, don’t expect
a double increase in stabilization performance as the two stabilization systems don’t always work perfectly well together.
The Sony A9 is capable of Ultra HD video recording at 4K resolution (3840x2160). What’s more, the sensor actually captures 6K worth of pixel information which are than downsampled down to 4K for extra crisp video quality.

The A9 is Sony’s first serious take on fast-shooters such as the Canon 1D-X Mark II and Nikon D5. These two have so far been the leaders in their collective market. However, with the A9 Sony proves you can get similar (and in some respect better) performance with a significantly smaller form factor and a lighter body.
Sony a6500
The Sony (Alpha) a6500 is company’s flagship mirrorless camera, featuring a 24MP ASP-C CMOS sensor. The a6500, compared to its predecessor brings two key improvements: Built-in Image Stabilization and touch capability to its rear LCD screen. On top of this we also get a new image processing chip called Front End LSI and other small improvements.
Pros
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast AF
  • Travel-friendly light body
  • Optical Stabilization
  • High quality JPEGs
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Noise at ISO6400 and above
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The body design, along with button placement and dial arrangement, remains largely unchanged compared to Sony a6000 and a6300. We still have two physical dials, one is the main mode dial and the other for changing values of set parameters. The top plate now hosts two C (custom) buttons which allow you to assign whatever functionality you wish for them. The a6300 only had one C button and it was placed on the rear of the camera. The top plate also houses a built-in flash along with a hot-shoe, should you wish to attach an external flash.

The rear screen is a 3-inch 920k-dot rotate-able LCD with a touchscreen. The touchscreen can be used for precise AF point placement. On-screen menus have seen a complete overhaul with the a6500, which are now color-graded for easier navigation through what is an extensive menu/settings system.

The new sensor has an impressive amount of available AF points – a total of 425 phase-detect points. The hybrid AF system of the a6500 is the same one we’ve seen one a6300. Overall, the autofocus performance on the Sony a6500 is impressive, though it’s settings and modes are less so – they tend to be unnecessarily complex and overwhelming.
The a6500 can do 11FPS of continuous shooting (8FPS if you’re using Live View). The new chip however allows for a significantly deeper buffer which means you can now continuously shoot JPEGs for 29s or RAW + JPEGs for 9s. Battery life will last you for 350 shots per charge. Maximum shutter speed is at 1/4000 sec.

Sony’s new stabilization system (IBIS) will provide you with 2.5 stops of added hand-held stability which stays true regardless of which lens you use. While this performance is nothing to brag about, it does show consistent results and is surely a great improvement over having no IBIS as is the case in the a6300.

As far as image quality goes the a6500 produces excellent JPEGs with plenty of details and nice color reproduction. You will able to capture photos at up to ISO3200 without having to worry too much about noise. At ISO6400 noise does become significantly more noticeable but the results are still more than usable. We recommend avoiding ISO12800 above unless you are prepared for heavy noise reduction in post-processing and sacrificing details in the process. Native ISO range is ISO100 – ISO25600, which is further expandable to ISO51200.

The Sony A6500 is an excellent mirrorless camera that will do great for travelers who find high end DSLRs too bulky. Though it doesn’t have a full frame sensor it is nonetheless suitable for professional photography thanks to Sony’s line of impressive and fast lenses. At 11FPS you are more than ready to shoot sports and fast action.
Fujifilm XT-2
Fujifilm XT-2 is the latest in the short line of Fuji’s DSLR-style APS-C Mirrorless shooters. Fuji did not shy away from properly updating one of its top cameras either. Compared to its predecessor, the XT-2 comes with a hugely improved AF system and a whole new sensor, among other, smaller improvements.
Pros
  • Excellent APS-C Sensor
  • AF Joystick
  • 4K Video
  • Fully-articulated LCD
  • Rapid performance
  • Good price
Cons
  • No In-Body IS
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The new sensor is the same one we’ve seen in X-Pro 2, a 24.3 MP APS-C X-Trans III CMOS. This is not surprising since both the X-Pro 2 and the XT-2 share the seat of company's flagship cameras.

You know the saying what’s not broken don’t fix it – we’re talking about the same magnesium-alloy, dust and moisture resistant body that reminds you just why did you pay the amount you did for this camera. It feels incredibly sturdy, capable taking a lot beating. Overall design and button placement is very similar to XT-1, the predecessor. We still have that retro-style DSLR look and feel, and the metal plate still employs the manual dial controls for ISO, shutter speed and Exposure compensation. Actually, the most notable control difference is the addition of a small AF joystick to the rear of the camera. In total there are eight customizable buttons on this camera, though we were sad to see the dedicated video recording button removed. You can now access video recording via it's dedicated video mode on the main mode dial. The 3-inch 1k-dot LCD screen on the rear is articulative using two joints, effectively allowing you to flip and rotate it to any angle, short of a full 360-degree turn that would place the front of the screen against the camera body for protection.

As we already said, one of the key improvements to the XT-2 compared to its predecessor is the new and improved AF system. The Fuji XT-2's sensor comes with a whopping total of 325 AF points, out of which 169 points are phase-detect AF points, which are spread out throughout the whole autofocus area. Improved Autofocus system also comes in form of expanded customizability. You can now choose between different Autofocus modes, each of which employs a specific set of AF points to deliver best results depending on the shooting scenario. We’ve also noticed significant improvement when it comes to continuous AF tracking of moving subjects.

When it comes to image quality, the XT-2 is able to resolve an impressive amount of details, comparable even to the full frame sensor of the Canon 5D Mark IV. Images taken up to ISO1600 show no noticeable noise or detail smudging. At ISO3200 there is some noise but nothing too worrisome. Moving up to ISO6400 noise does being to take a noticeable toll on overall image quality, showing mild detail smudging due to noise reduction algorithms which are at play.

Fujifilm XT-2 again shows improvement over its predecessor, this time in the video compartment. The XT-2 is able to record 4K video at up to 30FPS for 10 straight minutes. It’s not just about the resolution either, as we’ve seen plenty of cameras which feature and brag about 4K-capability the feature is a little more than a gimmick. The XT-2 on the other hand can record true 4K at 100Mbps (the XT-1’s video topped at 34Mbps, for comparison). You’ll also be able to record 4K at 24FTS and 25FPS. And if you decide to purchase the additional battery grip, this will extend 4K recording time up to 30 minutes, along with tripling your overall battery life. It is worth noticing the optional battery grip also improves burst mode performance, allowing you to shoot stills at up to 11FPS instead of 8FPS.

Fujifilm X-T2 is an excellent camera, one deserving of the Fuji flagship tag. It has one of the best, if not the best APS-C sensors on the market. Autofocus system and performance is state-of-the-art. Fuji has also improved video capabilities with its newest mirrorless making it a better all-around shooter. Really, we find it hard to find a photography scenario where the XT-2 would be cut short in terms of features and performance. It doesn’t have it all though, so if you’re looking for the convince of a touchscreen for example, you won’t find it here, although the screen is vary-angle.
Sony Alpha 7R IIGo to Amazon
When Sonny announced the A7R we were excited, but ultimately not overly impressed. It was a good camera but had one to many flaws. Sony has decided to rectify all that with the introduction of Sony Alpha 7R II (A7R II).
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  • Great build quality
  • 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • Good noise handling
Cons
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The A7R II represents the second generation of Sony's A7 high-resolution mirrorless cameras. Most of us had a pretty good idea what we will see with A7R II based on the previous model in line. But, we have to admit Sony has introduced quite a few nice surprises by which we were impressed.

Alpha 7R II features a 42.4 Mpx Full-frame sensor. Right at the first listed specification you can see quite the difference – this time we have a Full-frame sensor which brings this mirrorless camera one step closer to the professional class. Full Frame sensors in digital cameras are the equivalents of 35mm film. These sensors generally produce better image quality and depth of field.

Another obvious upgrade is the megapixel count – 42 Mpx ensures insane levels of detail in photos, a lot of cropping potential without loss of quality and of course, images ready for large-scale prints.
Another interesting fact about this sensor is that it's back side illuminated (BSI) sensor. Thats right, this is the type of sensor Sony has previously stated is best for small sensors, and it also the first of the kind in full-frame type of sensors. In any case, it seems they have made a good choice since images that come out of this sensors look exceptional. You will even get more detail out of this camera than the very popular Nikon D810.

Another notable improvement is the introduction of 4K video, which is not at all surprising but still something we are grateful for. Video quality at 4K is nothing astounding, but it will do fine if you really need ultra high resolution videos.

Moving on to shutter performance, Sony has made significant improvements in there by reducing shutter noise and vibrations. There is even a silent shooting mode which completely gets rid of the shutter noise, enabling taking stealthy shots. It is even more impressive that they managed to this with a sensor of this size, which we believe required some seriously fine engineering expertise.
Auto-focus (AF) has also been improved, with a whopping 399 AF points. The AF now focuses even faster before and even with third-party lens.

Last but not least among the upgrades is the impressive 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS). We are very grateful to Sony for incorporating this feature in the sensor. While IBIS is never as good as optical image stabilization on lens, this time it works really well, especially for photos. When you look IBIS-stabilized video on the A7R II, it might not be as much as impressive, but still does the job fairly well.

With the increased price tag and impressive specification set, it is obvious Sony is now targeting higher-end photographers, be it enthusiasts or professionals. The Sony Alpha 7R II is a mirrorless camera which rivals even high-end dSLRs.

Sony Alpha a6000Go to Amazon
The Sony Alpha a6000 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which was released two years ago but is still in production today. This camera is the successor to award-winning Alpha NEX-6 which is a great all-around affordable camera. The Alpha a6000 improves upon its predecessor in almost every aspect.
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Pros
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  • Great build quality for the price
  • Exceptionally fast at 11fps
  • High image quality
  • WiFi + NFC connectivity
Cons
  • Noise handling could be better
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It features the standard design we've come to know from the Alpha NEX series with a few additions and small changes. The body is metal and feels like it could survive moderate impacts and drops without serious damage. It also packs a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, a built-in flash, WiFi and NFC.
The sensor inside the a6000 is a 24 megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS, powered by a Bionz X image processor which promises more details and less noise.

At low ISO, this camera will produce images of excellent quality, quite impressive for this price range. Everything up to ISO 800 should be noise-free, crisp photos. Colors are generally natural looking with high accuracy. The same accuracy applies to white balance as well.

Once you move above ISO 800 images gradually become more noisy and details become more smudged. This is one of the few examples where other cameras in the same class might produce better results. However, we have found that everything up to ISO 12800 is usable, even in print.

Raw photos hold an incredible level of usable pixel information the shadows and highlights which you can play with to produce photos with a wide dynamic range.

You will be able to record Full HD 1080p video at 60fps which is again excellent for this class of mirrorless camera. As with shooting photos, you are able to manually adjust all settings including exposure, ISO aperture during live video recording.

When it comes performance, the Sony Alpha a6000 is able to put even some mid-range dSLRs to shame. It is able to shoot continuously at 11 frames per second, while using autofocus the whole time, for each shot. This is a super fast performance for a camera in this class.

The autofocus (AF) system is incredibly fast, ensuring fast and reliable shooting. This is largely in thanks to 192 phase-detect and 25 contrast-detect AF points. Sony has even packed in a solid AF tracking mode which is called Lock-on AF. It is able to track moving subjects with high accuracy and speed.

Every now and than in the digital camera consumer industry you can find a product that really does offer what every manufacturer advertises all the time – do more for less money. Sony Alpha a6000 is exactly that kind of a product. Almost everything from its specifications, to its features and performance, clearly outshines the competition. Don't get us wrong, it cannot do everything better than other cameras in this range, and you may still find another camera for similar price that will be better suited for you, but in all honesty, it is unlikely that you will. Excellent image quality, very fast rate of capture packed with a WiFi and NFC smartphone connectivity, at a price this low is really hard to beat.

 
Samsung NX1Go to Amazon
It took some time for Samsung to catch up with the competition in the digital camera market. Sure, they have been producing attractive cameras, and a bunch of them at that, for many years now, but not so much for the a more serious, enthusiast to professional range. That is why when Samsung was making the NX1, what they had in mind has been a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to rule them all.
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Pros
  • Ergonomic, DSLR-like design
  • Weather-proof
  • AMOLED touch-screen
  • Straightforward UI
  • Best-in-class burst mode at 15 fps
  • 4K video
  • Excellent image quality
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The body of NX1 is designed to look much like a smaller version of a high-end DSLR, or in other words, it looks very impressive. At the same time, being a compact system camera, it offers a cleaner and a more smooth design than that of a typical professional DSLR. The buttons are intuitively positioned with simplicity in mind. While the back side is just smooth plastic, the front has a nice rubber-texturized finish. Overall it feels sturdy and substantial. It also weather-proof so do not worry about taking it for a spin while it is raining. The only downside we have found with this design is the weight, it packs more than half a kilo without the lens, and over a kilogram with Samsung's average-weight lens. This does not exactly feel light and compact.

One of the things that set the NX1 apart from the competition in this price range is the integrated AMOLED touch-screen. This where you can notice Samsung's expertise which came from other consumer electronic devices. We are talking about a very straightforward and clean interface. Using the touch-screen, you can control all the settings, including those available on hardware dials for manual control.

Add to that the secondary monochrome display which sits on top, for quick access to shooting parameters, and you can see how much Samsung has invested in this camera.

Samsung NX1 is the first camera to feature a BSI (Back Side Illuminated) technology for a sensor of this size. BSI sensors are what gives smartphone cameras a much needed edge in image quality. The combination of a 28 MP APS-C sensor with BSI took many by surprise, and is bound to give the same edge for Samsung and its NX1 in the ICL enthusiast market.

You will find the photos produced by this camera are of excellent quality, at least at lower ISO speeds If you bump it up beyond ISO 800 you will definitely see noise popping up, but nothing that the competing mid-range DSLRs don't suffer from either.

Performance is superb and unbeaten in this range, with up a whopping speed of up to 15 fps in continuous shooting mode, with auto-focus.

As for the video capabilities, the NX1 can record gorgeous 4K videos at about the same level quality as still photos.

While the NX1 left us very impressed, there is a downside with choosing Samsung for ICL cameras in general. Samsung's lens collection is limited, and while it is growing it still considerably lagging behind old-timers such as Canon and Nikon. On the other hand, Samsung does offer various adapters which can be used to mount third-party lens.

The NX1 is not cheap, even now in 2016, but is a very solid enthusiast-class mirrorless camera. If you are looking for a camera in this price range, we would recommend NX1 as one of the best, if not the best.

Olympus Pen-FGo to Amazon
Olympus Pen-F is a digital remake of the homonymous 1963 film format camera Pen-F. The 21st century Pen-F is similar in design and in purpose, but unsurprisingly much different in everything else.
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  • Excellent image quality
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There is a lot to say about its retro look, and we would like to start by saying it is beautiful, attractive and simply genius. Not that we haven't seen more ergonomic and more intuitive designs, far from it, but the very idea of making a high quality modern digital camera inside of a 50+ year old design is interesting to say the least.

The body is made out of aluminum and magnesium, with a little plastic parts here and there. Sufficient to say, it is not only attractive but also built with premium quality in mind. It comes in two color combinations; black, and black and silver. We found the latter to be prettier in our humble eyes.

You will find this camera has even more unique features, one of which being the metal dial on the front. This dial offers four different options, or presets if you will: Mono, Color, Art and Crt. These allow for quick switching between different shooting modes. For example, with Mono you will get to choose between several monochromatic modes, while Art offers a large number of Instagram-like filters.

On the rear of the camera you'll find an LCD screen, a Electronic View Finder (EVF) and a couple of standard navigational buttons, which are in our opinion a bit too small and close to each other.

Now lets talk about the actual camera. Packing a 20 megapixel (MP) Micro Four Thirds sensor which produces beautiful, sharp images. It is a good all-around camera with satisfying results whether you're shooting landscape, portrait, sport or low-light photography. Noise handling is quite good, even at higher ISO speeds.

Performance-wise, the most notable new feature is the 5-axis in-body image stabilization, also known as IBIS. This is always a big plus, as you will always have stabilized shots regardless of which lens you use. We've found that this particular stabilization system works very well. We've taken photos at 1/10th of second with no loss in sharpness at all, which would otherwise require much higher ISO.
Burst mode is able to shoot at 10 frames per second, which faster than what many mid-range, and even some high-end dSLRs can do.
Unfortunately, video recording is limited to 1080p Full HD. We would have loved if it had 4K, which is becoming a standard for high-end compact cameras. Still, at least for us, lack of 4K is not a deal breaker – we're not there yet.
Battery life is another minor downside, with mediocre results at around 300 shots per charge. Again, its not that bad that it could break the deal, but it could be better.
Olympus Pen-F is a stylish camera for street photographers and others who would like to introduce some fashion to their cameras, while still retaining a capable, fast mirrorless camera with high image quality.

Rating: 4.67 based on 6 Ratings
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Anes Mulalic
I'm a copywriter, web designer and a passionate photographer. I can write research papers, blog articles, product reviews, buying guides and tutorials. I make them SEO-friendly, but also engaging and interesting.

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Comments (2)

  1. Stephen Guest
     

    I can vouch for the Sony A6000. Amazing image quality.

  2. Ronald Di Fabio Guest
     

    I am very happy to see this article, I have been away from the photograpic world for a long time. It will be a pleasure to come back with this knowlege that you are giving people…
    Thankyou very much….

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