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Best Mirrorless Cameras 2014

By , Sean Captain - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 6 comments

A mirrorless camera offers the best of both worlds: a smaller size closer to that of a point-and-shoot, with the large sensor and interchangeable lens flexibility of a DSLR. That's why mirrorless cameras are one of the main growth areas for innovation in the camera industry, with new models frequently upping the ante for what these cameras can do.

The downside of these small cameras is that you generally loose some of the features that their bigger DSLR cousins can offer. While DSLRs all have optical viewfinders (which are much easier to see in both low light and in bright sun), mirrorless cameras tend to offer only LCD screens for framing shots. Some mirrorless cameras offer electronic viewfinders, but of varying quality. And mirrorless cameras generally provide fewer controls on the camera body, leaving some controls buried in on-screen menus.

MORE: DSLRs vs Mirrorless Cameras

But recently, more sophisticated mirrorless cameras are emerging on the high end that are finding their way into the hands of advanced hobbyists. Even pro shooters are looking more closely at mirrorless cameras as a lightweight alternative to DSLR bulk.  

Here are the top mirrorless cameras for a variety of users, from beginners to pros.

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    warezme , October 2, 2013 6:34 AM
    In regard to EOS-M mirrorless, because of bad press related to slow AF, it will likely be soon replaced with newer model but that makes the current model ridiculously cheap. I found one for $300 with 18-55kit lens. It is very well built and uses large APSC size sensor. Also there was a firmware upgrade that greatly improved AF performance since the original. It is still not as fast as it should be but not terrible and complete bargain if your a Canon guy.
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    bujuki , October 2, 2013 9:08 AM
    As much as I like GX7 and want to buy it to replace my GX1, I would have chose Olympus EM1 for the best high-end mirrorless :
    - 5 axises in-body-image-stabilizer vs 2
    - IBIS also works for video recording
    - weatherproof body
    The only thing I choose GX7 over EM1 is because of its price (1000 vs 1400). IMO other lesser advantages (such as : smaller-and-lighter body, built-in flash, silent electronic shutter and tiltable EVF) aren't really enough to win the high-end category,
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    hero1 , October 2, 2013 11:17 AM
    I bought the Sony NEX-5R and it was an amazing camera but I didn't like the non-standard hot-shoe, so I took it back. I will probably end up getting the GX7 as it has all that I need and more unless Sony comes out with a better NEX-7 or something similar.
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    AndyTechno , October 2, 2013 9:47 PM
    Amazon has reduced prices of Lenses upto $100 http://amzn.to/1g5OtXY
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    BranFlake5 , April 21, 2014 1:27 PM
    Quote:
    In regard to EOS-M mirrorless, because of bad press related to slow AF, it will likely be soon replaced with newer model but that makes the current model ridiculously cheap. I found one for $300 with 18-55kit lens. It is very well built and uses large APSC size sensor. Also there was a firmware upgrade that greatly improved AF performance since the original. It is still not as fast as it should be but not terrible and complete bargain if your a Canon guy.


    Frankly most mirrorless cameras don't have extremely fast focus (Like pro dslr bodies) The EOS M has great quality and many more lens options than a M4/3 mount. Also, manual focus is completely acceptable, people should use it more often. And, the EOS M has superb video quality and it's cheap.

    In my opinion, you can't get better for the price. The two cons I know of however is battery life can be short and also an adapter is almost mandatory one you want to upgrade glass.

    just my $0.02
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    lunyone , April 21, 2014 8:02 PM
    Oh how I love the proof reading of this article:
    "The downside of these small cameras is that you generally loose some of the features that their bigger DSLR cousins can offer"

    Last time I checked Loose isn't the same as Lose???
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