Mirrorless cameras are the newcomers to the digital camera world. Most people are familiar with DSLR-style cameras. They have lenses you can change in and out, to create all sorts of photography effects. Mirrorless cameras have the same ability to swap lenses. However, a DSLR has a complex system of internal mirrors. These mirrors direct light to an autofocus system, image sensor, or viewfinder.
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The mirrorless camera world continues to become more and more competitive with the DSLR market. Mirrorless cameras are different in that they lack the complex internal mirror systems used by DSLRs. As a result, the cameras use more battery power to fuel their complex sensor functions. But mirrorless cameras are generally lighter and more compact thanks to the space reduction. Slowly, they’re breaking the DSLR monopoly and becoming more well known. Nikon and Canon, the major DSLR manufacturers, have a rather lackluster selection of mirrorless cameras. But the Olympus mirrorless line has a variety of excellent features. Many have built-in image stabilization and a fairly large selection of lenses. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is an excellent entry-to-intermediate level mirrorless camera. Let’s explore what this camera has to offer.
The Sony a6300 is the successor to the immensely popular a6000, which received rave reviews following its release. The a6300 is a mirrorless camera. It uses its sensor as autofocus system, image creator, and viewfinder all-in-one. DSLR cameras, on the other hand, have separate systems for each of these functions. As a result, mirrorless cameras are far more compact than DSLR cameras, though they also tend to use battery life faster. The Sony a6300 is one of the best beginner to intermediate mirrorless cameras on the market today. We will explore the full suite of features offered, below.
The EOS M6 is one of Canon’s newest mirrorless cameras to hit the market. Mirrorless cameras are the next generation of digital camera design. They use a sensor that operates as viewfinder, image sensor, and autofocus system all-in-one. On the other hand, DSLR cameras use optical viewfinders and autofocus systems separate from the image sensor. As a result, the cameras are much larger and heavier. The EOS M6 goes one step further by eliminating the viewfinder entirely. The result is a light, pocket-sized camera still capable of creating the high-quality images Canon is known for.
The Nikon D3400 is consistently rated as one of the very best DSLRs for new photographers. DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras use a system of mirrors to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder. With the viewfinder, you can see the subject without the camera using any power. And when it’s time to snap a photo, the first mirror behind the lens flips back, exposing the image sensor. Successor to the immensely popular D3300, the D3400 builds on all of its strengths as an entry level DSLR. The price is well in line with what a new user is willing to spend. And the base specifications (megapixels, sensor size, battery life, etc) are average to excellent across the board. The D3400 also provides plenty of features to help a beginner grow into an intermediate photographer. Let’s take a closer look at what this camera has to offer.
The full-frame camera selection has been almost exclusively a professional-level market for many years. Even now, very few full-frame cameras are available for less than $2,000 brand new. This places them well beyond what a beginner or even intermediate photographer would be comfortable spending. The Sony a7 rocked the digital camera world by being both the lightest and least expensive full-frame camera available. In addition, it’s a mirrorless camera, which means it does not have a system of internal mirrors like a DSLR. Instead, the sensor functions as viewfinder, image creator, and autofocus system. The mirrorless design helps cut down on weight. But being lightweight and having a budget MSRP only scratch the surface of this camera. Quality-wise, what does the Sony a7 bring to the table?
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is an entry-level DSLR camera that balances features, affordability, and ease of use extremely well. It is the latest in the Rebel series, one of the most successful lines of DSLR cameras around. The Rebel SL2 is the successor to the lightweight and budget-friendly Rebel SL1. While the SL2 has gained a few ounces over the SL1, it’s also gained some excellent upgrades. The beginner DSLR market is very competitive with lots of great camera options. How does the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 match up? Let’s find out.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a mid-priced mirrorless camera with a nice suite of features to explore. Like all mirrorless cameras, it has done away with the space-consuming internal mirrors of DSLR cameras. Instead, the sensor acts as viewfinder, autofocus system, and image creator all-in-one. The lack of mirrors gives mirrorless cameras a compact form that’s more comfortable for longer photoshoots. With the choice of a silver or black-framed body, and a vintage film camera look, the Mark II has a very classy feel. But how do the features of this stylish camera really measure up?
The Canon EOS M100 is the successor to the Canon EOS M10, released a few years earlier. Canon has a small selection of mirrorless cameras; the M5, M6, M10, and M100 make up the current lineup. The M100 is the new entry-level model. The price tag is in line with other entry-level mirrorless cameras. For those who don’t know, mirrorless cameras differ from DSLRs in that they don’t have a system of internal mirrors. In a DSLR, the mirrors are used for the viewfinder and phase detection system. A mirrorless camera uses a well designed sensor to handle these functions in addition to image creation. The result is a much more compact camera, though the extra power requirements do lead to poor battery life. The EOS M100 is the next step for Canon’s mirrorless line and we’ll examine it thoroughly here.
Highly coveted by many photographers since its release, The LX100 is a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens. With a weight of just over 14 ounces, a relatively compact form factor, and classic rangefinder-style controls, you have one of the best bridges between a phone camera and an interchangeable lens mirrorless or DSLR. The fast, very sharp Leica lens is paired well with the 12.8 Megapixel sensor. It makes for a fun and precise shooting experience for most travel, street, and general photography. If you’re going out for the evening with friends, this is the camera to bring.