Pentax K-01

Pentax does mirrorless a bit differently. After introducing the smallest interchangeable-lens mirrorless model (with the smallest image sensor) in the Q, they followed up with the largest mirrorless model without a built-in eye-level EVF in the K-01.

Estimated Street Price: $750 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2012 Pentax does mirrorless a bit differently. After introducing the smallest interchangeable-lens mirrorless model (with the smallest image sensor) in the Q, they followed up with the largest mirrorless model without a built-in eye-level EVF in the K-01. But the K-01 takes the full line of Pentax... Read more

Samsung NX 20

Samsung’s mirrorless cameras all feature big APS-C image sensors and are available in "mini-DSLR" and "flat" form factors.

Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 Samsung’s mirrorless cameras all feature big APS-C image sensors and are available in “mini-DSLR” and “flat” form factors. The flagship NX20 is the mini-DSLR type, featuring a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder to complement the bright, tilting/rotating... Read more

Samsung NX 210

The middle model in Samsung’s Wi-Fi NX lineup, the NX210 offers the same 20.3-megapixel image sensor, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and shooting features as its siblings.

Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 The middle model in Samsung’s Wi-Fi NX lineup, the NX210 offers the same 20.3-megapixel image sensor, built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and shooting features as its siblings. Minimally larger than the NX1000, the NX210 features a more durable all-metal body with a similar “flat”... Read more

Samsung NX1000

The most compact member of Samsung’s current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5×2.5×1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces.

Estimated Street Price: $699 (with 20-50mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 The most compact member of Samsung’s current NX family, the NX1000 shares the 20.3-megapixel image sensor and built-in Wi-Fi capability of the NX20 and NX210, but measures just 4.5×2.5×1.5 inches and weighs just 7.8 ounces. The camera also carries the lowest price... Read more

Sony NEX-F3

Taking over from the NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in Sony’s mirrorless line, the NEX-F3 incorporates a big, 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor that delivers excellent image quality and video. Besides simple operation, features include Auto HDR, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, focus peaking (for easy manual focusing) and 15 in-camera effects.

Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 5/2012 Taking over from the NEX-C3 as the entry-level model in Sony’s mirrorless line, the NEX-F3 incorporates a big, 16.1-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor that delivers excellent image quality and video. Besides simple operation, features include Auto HDR, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama,... Read more

Sony NEX-6

While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward.

Estimated Street Price: $850 INTRODUCED 9/2012 While those moving up to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera from a point-and-shoot are happy to use the LCD monitor as their composing device, some longtime DSLR (and film SLR) users find it awkward. The NEX-6 (like the flagship NEX-7) has a built-in, eye-level, 2.36-million-dot OLED Tru-Finder... Read more

Sony NEX-5R

We’re into the third generation of NEX now, with Sony’s successor to the NEX-5N, the NEX-5R, bringing a number of improvements on the earlier model.

List Price: $749 (with 18-55mm zoom) INTRODUCED 8/2012 We’re into the third generation of NEX now, with Sony’s successor to the NEX-5N, the NEX-5R, bringing a number of improvements on the earlier model. First, there’s the new Fast Hybrid AF system (also used in the new NEX-6): 99 phase-detection AF points at the focal plane complement... Read more

Nikon J2

Nikon entered the mirrorless interchangeable-lens marketplace last year with the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 models, very compact cameras built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new CX format.

Estimated Street Price: $549 (with 10-30mm VR zoom) INTRODUCED 8/2012 Nikon entered the mirrorless interchangeable-lens marketplace last year with the Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon 1 V1 models, very compact cameras built around the same 10-megapixel CMOS sensor in a new CX format (with sensor dimensions of 13.2×8.8mm and a focal-length magnification... Read more

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus’ first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company’s popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s.

Estimated Street Price: $999 (body only) INTRODUCED 2/2012 Olympus’ first mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras were inspired by the company’s popular PEN 35mm compact cameras of the 1960s. The new OM-D E-M5 was inspired by the popular OM-series 35mm SLRs of the 1970s, featuring a classic and functional design and an excellent 16.1-megapixel... Read more

Canon EOS M

Canon’s long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012.

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 22mm EF-M lens) INTRODUCED 7/2012 Canon’s long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012. The new EOS M is built around an 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor and DIGIC 5 processor (similar in performance to the new EOS Rebel T4i DSLR). The EOS M has a new EF-M lens... Read more

All About Mirrorless

There’s no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs.

There’s no question that mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras are increasingly popular—more mirrorless models were introduced last year than traditional DSLRs. Their main advantages are size and weight. By eliminating the mirror and pentaprism or pentamirror viewfinder, the camera itself and the system’s lenses can be made considerably... Read more

Mirrorless Vs. DSLRs

For many years, the two most popular types of digital cameras have been compact models and digital SLRs. Each offers advantages over the other.

One of the primary advantages of traditional DSLRs over mirrorless models is that DLSRs offer faster phase-detection autofocus, while mirrorless models employ typically slower contrast-detection AF that relies on the imaging sensor. However, camera makers are working to improve contrast-detection AF speeds. Sony recently introduced a unique solution... Read more
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