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
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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

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm made a real splash in 2011 with the X100, a little gem with a great design, a unique hybrid viewfinder, a big APS-C image sensor and a built-in wide-angle lens.

Estimated Street Price: $1,699 (body only) INTRODUCED 1/2012 Fujifilm made a real splash in 2011 with the X100, a little gem with a great design, a unique hybrid viewfinder, a big APS-C image sensor and a built-in wide-angle lens. A year later, Fujifilm introduced the X-Pro1, a similar camera, but one that takes interchangeable lenses. Inside is... Read more

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

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

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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