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Best Mirrorless Cameras 2017

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2017. Looking for a mirrorless camera? Here is the guide for you to get best mirrorless cameras in 2017. Mirrorless cameras have been making waves in the photography world in recent years and they have become more and more popular. Mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter than DSLRs, but with excellent photo and video quality, and you can get the interchangeable lenses you need. Many people use them to take photos when they are travelling to memory their bright and exciting time.

Sony may be the leader on the mirrorless market -  Sony already released several amazing full frame mirrorless cameras (including the Sony a9, a7RII, a7SII, a7II) and many excellent FE lenses. Fuji is also very active and released the world’s first medium format mirrorless camera “Fujifilm GFX 50S” – Well done, Fuji! Panasonic and Olympus are also actively working hard on the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless market. And Canon is working seriously on the mirrorless cameras (Canon EOS M5).  Here we looked at all mirrorless cameras on the market and selected the best choices based on price, usefulness and high image quality. Hope this buying guide is useful for you to find the best mirrorless cameras.

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2017

for Professionals | for Enthusiasts | for Beginners

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Professionals

Sony a7RII ($2,898): Highly recommended! Best value! The Sony a7RII delivers terrific photo and video quality in a compact, well-designed body and it gets an impressive 90% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview – Sony a7RII is a great camera for folks who need a high-resolution full-frame model in a more compact design than a DSLR. The Sony a7R II increases image quality with 42.4MP resolution (the largest backside-illuminated sensor to date), up to ISO 102,400 sensitivity and speedy response with 5fps and a Fast Hybrid AF system (399 AF points). This full-frame 42.4-megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated structure CMOS sensor design both improves low-light operation and speeds up data throughout, enabling fast high-resolution stills and UHD 4K video recording.

Sony a9 ($4,498): Excellent mirrorless camera for sports, wildlife, wedding and event photography! Making use of a 24.2MP full-frame Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the a9 is capable of shooting at up to 20 fps, recording UHD 4K video internally, and shooting with an expanded sensitivity range to ISO 204,800. Balancing the quickness of the processor is a well-matched 693-point phase-detection autofocus system that covers 93% of the image area for accurate and quick subject tracking in a variety of lighting conditions. Highly recommended!

Sony a7SII ($2,698): The King of low light photography! Revolving around a full-frame 12.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor, the a7S II is capable of internal UHD 4K recording at 30 fps with full pixel readout as well as 1080p recording at up to 120 fps, all in the XAVC S format. For both stills and video recording, the BIONZ X image processor also pairs with the sensor to enable expanded sensitivity to ISO 409600, continuous shooting to 5 fps, and fast intelligent autofocus with low-light sensitivity to -4 EV. Further enabling working in difficult lighting conditions, 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization compensates for vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw, and roll camera movements for sharper, smoother handheld recording.

Fujifilm GFX 50S ($6,499): The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a unique medium format mirrorless camera that is highly versatile and distinctly portable, and it gets 85% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview. The FUJIFILM GFX 50S delivers the world’s best image quality and it has lot of excellent features: 51.4MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor, X-Processor Pro Image Processor, 117-Point Contrast-Detection AF System, Extended ISO 50-102400, 3 fps Shooting, full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps and more – The Fujifilm GFX 50S is ideal for studio, portrait and landscape photographers seeking a high-resolution camera with outstanding ergonomics, plus excellent image quality, dynamic range and out of camera JPEGs.

Camera Price Buy Now
Sony a7RII $2,898 Amazon
Sony a9 $4,498 Amazon
Sony a7SII $2,698 Amazon
Fujifilm GFX 50S $6,499 Amazon

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Enthusiasts

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 ($1,999): Best mirrorless camera for videographers! The Panasonic GH5 is poised to be the camera that best fits every-day videographers – It has the the ability to record 4K video at up to 60 fps, 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording with select settings, Full HD video at up to 180 fps, 12 fps continuous shooting, and sensitivities up to ISO 25600. Also, the camera features built-in 5-axis sensor stabilization. Other improvements include a speedier and more accurate Advanced DFD autofocus system that can lock on in just 0.05 seconds, as well as 6K PHOTO at 30 fps and 4K PHOTO at up to 60 fps. It gets an impressive 85% overall score and Gold Award at DPReview and it is ideal for videographers who need high-spec video features, photographers who need to capture both stills and video.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II ($1,999): Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera achieved an excellent overall DxOMark sensor score of 80 points (the best performing Four Thirds sensor) and it gets an impressive 85% overall score and Gold Award at DPReview – It is ideal for “fast action photographers, landscape shooters (with High Res mode) and those seeking complete control of their camera, and videographers who want stable video without a rig“. Featuring 20.4MP Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, the E-M1 Mark II sports a truly fast 60 fps in S-AF and 18 fps in C-AF Tracking using the silent electronic shutter, and 15 fps in S-AF and 10 fps in C-AF Tracking with the mechanical shutter, 121 Cross-Type On-Chip Phase Detection AF points, up to 5.5 shutter speed steps of compensation with powerful in-body image stabilization, plus a 50MP High-Res Shot Mode.

Sony a7II ($1,598): The Sony a7II is an excellent (and the only) full frame mirrorless camera for enthusiasts. It offers the world’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization systems (useful during still and video capture) and its performance is excellent. Sony a7II gets 82% overall score and Silver Award at DPReview and it is ideal for: “Those seeking a well-priced, feature-packed full frame camera that can be used for both stills and video. Also third-party and adapted lens users who crave image stabilization”.

Sony a6500 ($1,398): The Sony a6500 is an outstanding all-around camera and it is Sony’s premium APS-C mirrorless camera sitting above the mid-level Sony a6300. The Sony a6500 offers class-leading image quality and superb 4K video quality, impressive autofocus performance and frame coverage (4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points), up to 11 fps shooting and ISO 51200. Compared to Sony a6300, the a6500 is a more versatile and usable camera, both for video and stills, thanks to an additional in-body image stabilization, a touchscreen, front-end LSI and a stabilized sensor. Sony a6500 gets 85% overall score and Silver Award at DPReview and it is ideal for anyone wanting a tool that will let them take excellent images or 4K footage in a wide variety of circumstances.

Fujifilm X-T2 ($1,599): Fujifilm X-T2 is Fujifilm’s most all-round capable ILC ever and it gets 86% overall score and Gold Award at DPReview: “It offers the excellent Raw image quality and delicious JPEGs as the X-Pro2 but gains much improved autofocus and some of the most detailed 4K footage we’ve seen”. The X-T2 is light, fast, and is the perfect mirrorless camera for photo geeks. It is ideal for photographers looking for a jack-of-all-trades camera with hands-on ergonomics and excellent image quality.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 ($1,699): Fujifilm X-Pro2 is an excellent high-end X-mount mirrorless camera whose appeal is inextricably linked to its innovative optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder. Unique among camera designs, the X-Pro2 is heavily characterized by its Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder that blends both optical and electronic viewing methods into a single, switchable finder, giving you the best of both worlds in regard to clear viewing and the ability to preview exposure settings prior to shooting. Both X-Pro2 and X-T2 offer excellent image quality, but the X-T2 wins out in features with much improved autofocus, 4K video, an articulating rear LCD. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 gets 83% overall score and Silver Award at DPReview and it is ideal for “Photographers looking for an involved, traditional shooting experience. Anyone who wants a camera with a little style and character”.

Camera Price Buy Now
Panasonic Lumix GH5 $1,999 Amazon
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II $1,999 Amazon
Sony a7II $1,598 Amazon
Sony a6500 $1,398 Amazon
Sony a6500 $1,398 Amazon
Fujifilm X-T2 $1,599 Amazon
Fujifilm X-Pro2 $1,699 Amazon

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners

Sony a6300 ($998): Highly recommended! Delivering class-leading image quality and superb 4K video quality, plus good performance and features for shooting action, the Sony a6300 is a tremendously capable camera! The Sony a6300 also gets Gold Award at DPReview: 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points, Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200, Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording and more. If you want to get the most capable APS-C mirrorless camera, the Sony a6300 should be at or very near the top of your list. Ideal for anyone wanting a tool that will let them take excellent images or 4K footage in a wide variety of circumstances.

Sony a6000 ($548): Excellent performance with budget price! Although it is replaced by the a6300, the Sony a6000 is still a great option for beginners. The Sony a6000 is a great overall camera featuring excellent image quality, fast continuous shooting with class-leading autofocus, small body and high quality, responsive viewfinder. Ideal for photographers who want something smaller than a dSLR, especially if they need the fast continuous shooting speed.

Fujifilm X-T20 ($899): The Fujifilm X-T20 is a beautifully & attractively designed compact and lightweight mirrorless camera with an updated sensor and processor, a reworked AF algorithm, a tilting touchscreen LCD monitor and 4K video feature. It offers excellent image quality, Good high ISO noise performance, numerous direct controls, Responsive AF system with up to 325 selectable points, a high resolution EVF, 8 fps burst shooting w/continuous AF. Fujifilm X-T20 achieved Siver Award at DPReview and it is ideal for photographers seeking a stylish camera with direct controls, excellent image quality and a great selection of lenses.

Olympus PEN-F ($999): The beautifully-crafted PEN-F is ideal for street shooters, as a second camera for studio pros, and for anyone who loves vintage design and photography. Revolving around a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor, the PEN-F offers nuanced image quality with reduce noise, along with the ability to shoot at up to 10 fps with a mechanical shutter, record Full HD 1080p video, and a sensitivity range up to ISO 25600. In-camera sensor-shift-type 5-axis image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting and the sensor and processor combination also avails a fast 81-area contrast-detection AF system for refined accuracy when working with a variety of subjects. The 3.0” monitor doubles as an AF Targeting Pad – touch it with your thumb to set focus points while composing your shot. A great choice!

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II ($899): The Olympus E-M5 II is a great all-rounder that offers very good image quality, class-leading 5-axis image stabilization in both stills and movie modes, 10fps continuous shooting, 5fps with AF, 1080/60p shooting and 1080/30p at up to 77Mbps (All-I), 1/8000th sec maximum shutter speed (1/16000th with electronic shutter), Built-in Wi-Fi. In addition, the camera’s fully articulated 3″ touchscreen LCD monitor makes taking self portraits easy, and the built-in WiFi lets you quickly share your images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 ($698): Offering excellent still and 4K video quality, 5-axis sensor-based image stabilization, solid autofocus, 4K video capture, a tilting touchscreen and easy-to-use Wi-Fi connectivity, the Panasonic GX85 is a great choice for street, travel and general-use photography.

Camera Price Buy Now
Sony a6300 $998 Amazon
Sony a6000 $548 Amazon
Fujifilm X-T20 $899 Amazon
Olympus PEN-F $999 Amazon
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II $899 Amazon
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II $549 Amazon
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 $698 Amazon
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 $898 Amazon
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 $998 Amazon

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  • Ambrose Liu

    I don’t understand how this is rated. The A6000 should be at the top of the under $800 (and probably even the under $1000 category).
    Sony A6000:
    DXOmark: 82
    DPReview: 80% Gold

  • whensly

    why does it say “best 2015″ when most of those cameras are from 2012/13. Silly

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