Our Top 5 Mirrorless Cameras for 2018

Mirrorless cameras, also known as compact system cameras, have improved significantly over the past decade.

Once inferior to DSLR cameras, newer mirrorless camera models now feel and shoot just like their mirrored DSLR cousins, but simply do away with the mirror mechanism. In other words, they can replicate the quality of DSLRs while being smaller, lighter and simpler.

What’s more, the best mirrorless cameras come with advanced contrast and phase detection, full-frame sensors, customisable settings like shutter speed, ISO & aperture, Wi-Fi connectivity, electronic viewfinders and an increasing number of lenses and accessories.

The benefits of mirrorless cameras are clear, but with so many to choose from, we thought we’d compile our top 5 mirrorless cameras of 2018:

1. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Perfect for: experienced photographers seeking performance and quality

Olympus has done it again with their stylish, high performance OM-D, E-M1 Mark II, which comes equipped with a Zuiko Lens Systems, known for excellent optical performance.

This is enhanced by a 20 megapixel MOS sensor, TruePic VIII image processor, improved image stabilisation technology 18 fps in AF/AE tracking and 60 fps in AE/AF lock, and a fast, 120 fps electronic viewfinder so you never miss a shot.

Along with its top image quality, a unique feature of the Olympus Mark II is its ‘Silent’ mode, which disables shutter sounds and electronic sounds, making it ideal for concerts or nature shooting.

Then there’s the 4K video functionality with a 24P frame rate and a 237 Mbps bit rate for authentic, digital-cinema-quality video production.

With so much grunt under the hood, this mirrorless camera is no toy and is best suited for camera buffs chasing compact power and precision.

2. Sony Alpha A7 III (preorder)

Perfect for: photographers keen on the latest camera models

Not content to rest on their laurels, Sony has delivered another knockout camera with its Alpha A7 III, sure to be one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market this year.

That’s because the Sony A7 III features 10 fps continuous shooting, 4K HDR video, a long-lasting Z series battery, dual card slots, and even a joystick for adjusting focus points.

Paired with a new 24.2MP back-illuminated sensor, this versatile camera allows its lucky users the ability to shoot at high ISO without any issues and is a great choice for intermediate or experienced photographers.

3. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G85

Perfect for: travelers or outdoor photographers seeking a sturdy, durable, entry-level camera

Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G85, the latest member of the LUMIX G Series mirrorless family, has been specifically designed for field photography.

With an innovative dustproof and weather-sealed design that protects all joints, dials and buttons against extreme conditions and a Dual Image Stabiliser for crisper, clearer images in difficult or fast-moving environments, it’s an outdoor photographers’ dream.

A massive change over earlier models is its shutter shock, which has been reduced by around 90% from its predecessor. We also love the 4k Photo feature, which allows you to select a still from a video sequence and save it as a high-res image.

It’s these little details that set it apart from its competitors. But it’s the high-quality, true-to-life images with crisp resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction that really make this one of our favourite mirrorless cameras.

4. Fujifilm X-H1

Perfect for: serious photographers looking for a compact camera with plenty of grunt

The Fujifilm X-H1 crams a lot of power into its compact, robust, water & dust resistant body, delivering a superior image quality and easy-to-use functionality.

This updated Fujifilm model has cutting-edge image stabilization and a flicker reduction mode that enhances the quality of action photography, making it perfect for indoor sports photography.

With a Fujifilm X-H1, you’ll be amazed by the fine details and rich textures, the three-dimensional structure and the overall atmosphere of your photos, all caught on a staggering 24 megapixels.

5. Canon EOS M50 (preorder)

Perfect for: photographers looking for a great-value, mid-range camera

The Canon EOS M50 is the first camera to feature Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor, which controls important functions like the 4k movie recording and 4k time-lapse.

In layman’s terms, this huge image processor upgrade means faster continuous shooting speed, sharper images (even in low light) and improvements to its autofocus, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Digital Lens Optimiser.

The outside of the EOS M50 is no less compelling, with a contemporary design, a large, centrally-located electronic viewfinder and a 7.5cm Vari-Angle touchscreen for creative shooting angles, increased selfie-control and Touch & Drag AF for instinctive autofocus points.

A Canon EOS M50 will transform memories into cinematic epics with the rich detail of 4K and capture smooth action, slow-motion and the realism of Canon colour at 120 fps or fast 10 fps continuous shooting.

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