Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

The replacement for Panasonic’s GF3 entry-level "pocket" Micro Four Thirds model, the new GF5 improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a higher-resolution LCD, higher ISO capability, more effects filters, an improved grip and additional video capabilities with a built-in stereo microphone.

Estimated Street Price: $519 (with 14-42mm power zoom) INTRODUCED 4/2012 The replacement for Panasonic’s GF3 entry-level “pocket” Micro Four Thirds model, the new GF5 improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a higher-resolution LCD, higher ISO capability, more effects filters, an improved grip and additional video... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

The first large-sensor interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera was Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1, introduced in 2008.

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 14-42mm zoom) INTRODUCED 7/2012 The first large-sensor interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera was Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G1, introduced in 2008. Now we have the fourth generation of that pioneering Micro Four Thirds System device (there was no G4 model). The Lumix DMC-G5 shares the “mini-DSLR” form... Read more

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic’s premium "flat"-style mirrorless model, the GX1 features a handsome, comfortable body and ergonomic controls.

Estimated Street Price: $549 (body only) INTRODUCED 8/2011 Panasonic’s premium “flat”-style mirrorless model, the GX1 features a handsome, comfortable body and ergonomic controls. It’s “a cut above” the GF-series flat models. Inside the fine body are a number of good features, including a 16-megapixel Live MOS... Read more
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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

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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