George Bernard Shaw once said “a photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.” So, true! Photography enthusiast whether he /she is a professional or beginner get that perfect pic which is close to their heart after clicking thousands of them. But when it comes to camera preferences – Mirrorless over DSLRs we often get confused, and that’s seems to be a never ending debate. Let’s not talk about that, as our special articles on World Photography Day will let you decide what you would like to choose from top DSLRs, point and shoot to Mirrorless cameras. We have also included best smartphone cameras so that mobile phone users don’t feel left out on this occasion.
Before starting this article let me tell you one basic difference between DSLR and Mirrorless – DSLRS still have mirror which requires its own space and makes them bulky when compared to Mirrorless camera which are comparatively light and easy to carry but both cost almost the same, so choose wisely as per your requirement.
Samsung NX Mini
Starting with the lightest and pocketable Samsung NX Mini –the camera with 9mm lens is available at Rs 22,990, while the camera with 9-27mm lens is priced at Rs 27,490. The NX Mini supports various connectivity options like NFC, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct multi-device sharing and more.
The camera comes with a 3-inch flip-up LCD Touchscreen, an additional flash, a 16GB microSD card, a 2,330 mAh battery, an adaptor and a detachable lens (9mm/ 9-27mm) to let users fit any of the available lenses to it and go on to their photography spree.
It features a 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor which is said to deliver some great quality pictures. Other than that, the device is packed with host of smart features like Social Media Upload, E-mail, Photo beam, DirectLink, MobileLink, PC Auto-backup, Remote Viewfinder PRO, AllShare and Baby Monitoring. This is the one I would definitely like to add in my camera collection.
Panasonic LUMIX GH4
Panasonic LUMIX GH4 launched last month is a hybrid Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera. The model with 1235mm F2.8 HD lens is priced at Rs 1, 72,990, while body only carries a price tag of Rs 1, 11,990. One of the best things about this camera is its 4K video recording capability and heat-dispersing design.
It comes with a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor, DFD Technology, quad-core image processor and connectivity options like Wi-Fi and NFC.
This Compact & Lightweight camera comes packed in magnesium alloy body; it is splash and dustproof and offers shutter life of max. 200,000.
Nikon 1 V3
Nikon 1 V3-Earlier this year in March Nikon launched the 1 V3, it’s one of the best mirroless camera available in the market priced $1199.95 (Approx. Rs 73,288). The camera received lot of positive response; however it is due for launch in the Indian market.
The Nikon 1 V3 comes with an 18.4-megapixel CX-size CMOS sensor with no low-pass filters which is a decent upgrade from the V2, which sported a 14.2-megapixel sensor. The 1 V3 sports Expeed 4A image-processing engine, offering ability to shoot up to 20 fps when in auto-focus mode and 60 fps in fixed focus.
Nikon has bundled the 1 V3 camera with 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip.
Sony Alpha A6000
Next in our list is Sony Alpha A6000 which was launched last year and is available via Amazon India at Rs 60,190. The company claims that, the camera has the world’s fastest auto-focusing system among interchangeable lens cameras; it replaces the Sony NEX-6, and Sony NEX-7.
Sony Alpha A6000 comes with a 24.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, 11fps continuous shooting mode with AF, 3-inch tilting screen and new BOINZ X image processing engine. The midrange interchangeable lens camera targeted at photography enthusiast is an E-mount camera and accepts all FE and E lenses.
NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity options in the device allow you to connect it to handheld devices with ease.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Olympus OM-D E-M10 on the other hand is a consumer-level digital ‘OM’ camera launched last year the camera has a 3-tier level to its digital OM line it gets its big brother E-M5′s 16 MP LMOS sensor and TruPic VII image processor. Priced at Rs 53,990 the camera sports interchangeable lens and offer more compact metal body and design similar to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.
The E-M10 features 3-axis image stabilization, a tilting 3inch screen, an electronic viewfinder, built in Wi-Fi and a built in pop-up flash. It also features 2 HDR modes, interval shooting with time-lapse movie capture, focus peaking, live composite mode for previewing long exposures in the EVF and ISO extension down to ISO100.
On the top of the camera there are two control dials to let you set aperture, shutter, exposure and ISO.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) is an upgrade over the original OM-D E-M5 is priced at Rs 74,990.
Olympus’s new camera comes with 5-axis sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) system and upgraded video recording quality, which let users shoot 1080p video at 77Mbps bitrate.
OM-D E-M5 Mark II features a 16.0-megapixel Live MOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor and 81-point autofocus system. It also comes with a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD and an electronic viewfinder. Additionally, a 40.0-megapixel high-resolution shot mode in the camera stitches eight images together which is captured by shifting the lens by half a pixel step eight times. You can also buy a range of high-quality M.Zuiko lens for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II which was launched alongside the camera.
Canon EOS M3
Canon introduced the EOS M3 Compact System Camera with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor earlier this year in February. However, the device is yet to see the India launch, it is rated as one of the top mirrorless cameras available in the market. It is smaller than DSLR but not small enough, it is caught in middle.
The camera is powered by a DIGIC 6 image processor and comes with Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System.
The EOS M3 Canon has a contoured grip on the front making it easier to hold and features a 7.5cm LCD touchscreen display on the back which can tilt up to 180 degrees upwards and 75 degrees down. The ISO range of 100- 12800 and focusing speeds which is 6.1X faster makes it a better options than the original EOS M. The Creative Assist mode in the camera allows you to adjust brightness, background blur, color saturation, contrast, warmth and filter effects, it also allows you to save these effect combinations and use them again.
The camera comes with connectivity options like Wi-Fi and NFC lets you to control the EOS M3 remotely with a smart device using Canon’s Camera Connect app.
Sony Alpha 7R II
Sony Alpha 7R II priced at Rs. 2, 39,990 interchangeable lens camera features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame 42.4 megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor and offers ISO range of up to 102400.
The new camera from house of Sony is powered by BIONZ X image processing engine and comes with 5-axis image stabilization system; it also offers high-speed AF response up to 40 per cent than the original α7R with 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points. Sony Alpha 7R II can record movies in 4K quality (QFHD 3840×2160) in either Super 35mm crop mode or full-frame mode. It also comes with LCD display and XGA OLED Tru-Finder.
The camera support Wi-Fi and NFC, and is fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android and iOS platforms.