Mirrorless Camera Roundup

Mirrorless cameras are a hot trend right now and are quickly gaining more market share. The advantage of these interchangeable lens cameras are their small size, big sensors, and ability to change lenses. The downside is that they typically have no optical viewfinder and many do not have flash or even a hot shoe. Because there is such a wide range of features it is almost impossible to pick out one of these cameras. To help out this situation, we have put together a list of the most popular models to help you make the most informed choice you can.

The problem with putting together a list like this is that it is virtually impossible to list every feature of every camera to really show the differences between different models. Some cameras will have articulated screens, better ISO performance, faster continuous burst modes, digital levels, and many other options.

What I decided to do was to pick out the top core features for comparison purposes along with the links to the products on Amazon.com. This will give you a baseline to go against to dig deeper into the models you want to do more research on. All of these cameras also have very complete reviews over at DPReview.com so you can really do some hard core comparisons.

Which camera will be best for you will be dependent on what you plan to do with it. If you are looking for a good still camera, than some of the models with image stabilization may be better choices. If you are looking to do video, than the video specs may be more important. I personally think that a built-in flash, or at least a hot shoe, is extremely important so that is a major consideration for me.

Camera Model MP Stabilized Kit Lens Video Flash
Pentax K-01  16.3 Yes  40mm  1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps)
640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Built-in
Sony NEX C3 16.2 No 18-55mm 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Accessory Port
Sony NEX F3 16.1 No  18-55mm 1080 @ 60 fps Interlaced
24 fps Progressive
Built-in
Sony NEX 5n  16.1 Yes  18-55mm  1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
1440 x 1080 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Flash Included /
Accessory Port
Sony NEX 7 24.3 Yes  18-55mm  1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps)
1440 x 1080 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
 Built-in / Hot Shoe
Nikon 1 J1  10.1 Yes 10-30mm 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps)
1280 x 720 (60 fps)
1072 x 720 (60 fps)
640 x 240 (400)
320 x 120 (1200)
Built-in
Nikon 1 V1  10.1  Yes 10-30mm 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps)
1280 x 720 (60 fps)
1072 x 720 (60 fps)
640 x 240 (400)
320 x 120 (1200)
Accessory Port
Ricoh GXR  12.3 No 24-72mm  1280 x 720 (24 fps)
640 x 480 (24 fps)
320 x 240 (24 fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Olympus PEN E-PL2 12.3 Yes 14-42mm 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Olympus PEN E-P2 12.3 Yes 14-42mm 1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Hot Shoe
Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 Yes 14-42mm 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 12.1 No 14-45 mm 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps)
848 x 480 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
320 x 240 (30 fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Panasonic Lumix DMC G3 15.8 Yes 14-42 mm 1920 x 1080 (60fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)
640 x 480 (30fps)
320 x 240 (30fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1 16 Yes 14-42 mm 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)
640 x 480 (30fps)
320 x 240 (30fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Panasonic Lumix DMC GH2 16.1 Yes 14-42 mm 1920 x 1080 (24, 30, 60fps)
1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps)
848 x 480 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30fps)
320 x 240 (30fps)
Built-in / Hot Shoe
Samsung NX200 20.3 No 18-55 mm 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
1280 x 720 (60 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
320 x 240 (30 fps)
Hot Shoe
Samsung NX1000 20.3 No 20-50 mm 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)
1920 x 810 (24 fps)
1280 x 720 (30 fps)
640 x 480 (30 fps)
320 x 240 (30 fps)
Hot Shoe

If you have experience with any of these cameras, please leave a comment below as that will help other people who are trying to decide which camera may be best for them.

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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6 Responses

  1. Randy Wong says:

    I purchased the Olympus E-PL1 for my 7 year old son last year, it was a smoking deal for $299 including the kit zoom lens from Samy's. The body alone can now be found for about $149, which is quite the value, with image quality that appears equal to the E-PL2. It's not fast, but is capable of very nice images and I find myself borrowing it when I don't feel like carrying my D700 around. I've rarely owned a compact camera, because I usually can't stand the (lack of) image quality. But there are some very nice micro 4/3 lenses available, and that was a key driver for making a selection. Plus, my son easily learned to explore and use the filters and other features effectively. I later bought the Oly pancake lens and it is used as the primary lens now.

  2. spence says:

    missing the fuji x pro 1

  3. Mark says:

    The Nex- F3 does in fact have a stabilized kit lenses. It's the same kit lens as the 5 and 7. I don't have the c3 but I believe it does as well.

  4. Reviewleave says:

    I would use it to take videos of my students reading to each other. They will be able to see for themselves their good and bad habits while reading. I will use this camera to take footage of myself and my friends while crossing of items on our bucketlist! We wanna make the memories eternal and share them with everyone who wants to watch.

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