Guide to the Best Mirrorless Cameras on the Market

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So, now that we have taken a closer look at what characteristics make a great camera and determined which ones are really not worth paying attention to (or money for), it’s time to put our knowledge to the test and see which mirrorless cameras out there meet or surpass those crucial criteria.

No matter who you are: beginning photographer, advanced amateur, an insatiable traveler who wants to share amazing sights seen, a family guy who wants printable pictures from this year’s family calendar or someone who simply looks for a gift to a loved one – you’ll find the camera that suits your needs on these pages.

A little foreword before we begin.

In this article we examine only mirrorless systems. This doesn’t mean, however, that if you’re a professional or an advanced amateur you should skip this article. In fact, there are more reason to go mirrorless nowadays than otherwise, among them: significant advantage in size and weight, easier handling, nice guiding features such as focus picking, etc. On the other hand, DSLRs systems still offer a wider lens selection and more on-body controls for better control, particularly of external gear.

As far as image quality goes, mirrorless systems today are on par with (and in certain cases even better than) not only mid-level but also pro DSLR. But without further delay let’s begin!

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Best all around camera: Sony A7 II

Sony A7 II
Sony A7 II
Sony A7 II

Forget DSLRs, there’s a new sheriff in town. And his name is Sony A7 II. This camera truly is on the cutting edge of technology. It offers a full frame sensor with 24.3 MP (which means prints as big as 20 inches (50.8 cm) wide) and believe me you’ll want to print those images as with sharp lenses the output quality is just mind-blowing. This model also features a first ever 5-axis sensor stabilization function on a full frame camera, which means you can still take sharp images even with longer shutter speeds or with twice as much alcohol in your blood [non-scientific data; no tests were conducted].

Better still, it comes in a full magnesium body that is almost half the size and weight of a traditional DSLR and is weather proof (meaning you can shoot near a waterfall, but not under it). It also offers enough controls on it's body to satisfy everyone but the most picky pros, a screen that tilts for times when you need to shoot in awkward positions and has a built-in Wi-Fi capability which means you can pair it up with your smartphone for remote control features or instant picture sharing.

Oh, and did I mention that the quality of the pictures are the same as that of a Nikon D810 (which is a 3000 dollar camera)?

Now, just as you'd expect, all these features don't necessarily come at a bargain price: this camera will cost you around $1700 for body only and $2000 for a kit with a 28-70mm lens. But if you can afford it, rest assured that it’s totally worth the money and is a good value purchase. There’s the reason a lot of pro photographers are switching to this camera from their Nikons and Canons.

Sony A7 II specs
Dimensions127 x 96 x 60 mm (5 x 3.78 x 2.36″)
Weight599 g (1.32 lb / 21.13 oz)
Sensor size Full-frame
Resolution 6000 x 4000 (24MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p
Continues shooting5 fps
Color depth* 24.9 bits
Dynamic range* 13.6 Evs
Low-light performance**2449 ISO
DxOMark score 90
DPReview Score82%
Lens Interchangeable
Price $1700 Buy-With-Amazon
*DxOmark measurements

**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

But if it’s still slightly too expensive for you, a great option for you to consider will be the ancestor of a current model – Sony A7. It has almost all the same features, except it lacks the optical image stabilization, it has a metal top instead of a full metal body, has slightly slower auto-focus and reduced video capabilities. On the other hand, it’s 11.5mm thinner and 21% lighter. But most significantly, it’s almost $1000 cheaper, starting at $999 for body only and $1298 for a bundle with the same 28-70mm lens.

Also, there are special versions of both generations of these mirrorless cameras: R and S. The first offers a significant boost in Resolution and the second a boost in Sensitivity allowing you to get to higher ISOs with less noise. But those are even more expensive, so unless you have very clear reasons why you need these "extras", I don't recommend you dig any deeper into your pocket: it’s not worth it in 90% of cases.

Best travel camera: Sony A7

(with Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Fuji X-T1 as runner ups)

Sony A7
Sony A7
Sony A7

For those of you who like to travel and share great pictures of destinations, there are some really good options in this category. Until recently, when Sony lowered prices on its A7 model, the Fuji X-T1 would’ve gotten a nomination here. But since Sony has lowered the price, A7 steals a nomination right from under Fuji’s and Olympus’ nose.

Sony A7
Olympus OM-D EM-1
Fuji X-T1
Dimensions127 x 94 x 48 mm (5 x 3.7 x 1.89″)130 x 94 x 63 mm (5.13 x 3.68 x 2.48″)129 x 90 x 47 mm (5.08 x 3.54 x 1.85″)
Weight474 g (1.04 lb / 16.72 oz)497 g (1.10 lb / 17.53 oz)440 g (0.97 lb / 15.52 oz)
Sensor size Full-frame3/4" (17.3 x 13 mm) APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
Resolution6000 x 4000 (24MP)3228 x 3456 (16MP)4896 x 3264 (16MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p 1920x1080 30p 1920x1080 30p
Continues shooting5fps 10fps8fps
Color depth*24.8 bits23 bits n/a
Dynamic range*14.2 Evs 12.7 Evs n/a
Low-light performance**2248 ISO 757 ISOn/a
DxOMark score9073n/a
DPReview Score80% 84%84%
LensInterchangeableInterchangeable Interchangeable
Price$999 Buy-With-Amazon$899 Buy-With-Amazon$999 Buy-With-Amazon
*DxOmark measurements

**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

This is because now they cost roughly the same as Sony’s A7 ($999 and $899 respectively) and although they are great mirrorless cameras all around, their smaller sensors cannot keep up with the gorgeous Full Frame one in an A7. Their bodies are not much smaller or lighter either. However, for those of you who don't like Sony (although I can't imagine why), those offer a great alternative!

Fuji X-T1
Olympus OM-D EM-1
Fuji X-T1
Olympus OM-D EM-1

Just like Sony’s A7 they feature a rigid body design with a metal top and bottom, lots of buttons and dials for a great control, weather proofed bodies and lenses, and that very cool looking vintage style. Their viewfinders are great, screens have the ability to tilt and the interfaces on the menu will make you fall in love. They also have a built-in Wi-Fi with companion smartphone apps that offer even more functionality than the one from Sony. Plus they are a little smaller and lighter (~10%) but the difference is negligible even with a traveler mindset. But, as I already said, the real deal-breaker with these mirrorless cameras are their sensors and pricing. Although they will mostly keep up with an A7 up to ISO 800, after that the difference becomes just too big to justify the same pricing.

Having said that, keep in mind that Olympus’ OM-D EM-1 is $100 cheaper and offers in camera optical stabilization, so it might still be a good deal for those who dislike something about the Sony and can’t get over it.

Additionally, by getting an Olympus you also will end up owning the same camera as George Clooney...if that’s ever important to you.

George Clooney with Olympus OM-D EM-1

There are other lighter, smaller, cheaper mirrorless cameras that could've been nominated here but none of them have weather protection which becomes a deal breaker: I mean, who wants to put a camera away when that sand storm starts or when finally after a long hike you get so very close to that gorgeous waterfall!?

Best everyday camera: Sony A6000 & Samsung NX500

Sony A6000
Samsung NX500
Sony A6000
Samsung NX500

Be you an advanced amateur on a budget or just a guy who’s tired of poor quality pictures after the sunset – these cameras are for you. They both offer a great high megapixel count (28 for Samsung and 24 for Sony) APS-C sensors with great color depth and dynamic range. They both feature a Wi-Fi and tilting screens, too. Where the difference between those two lays is in their philosophy: Samsung is more of a lifestyle camera that can automatically handle many aspects of image taking processes for you and does so beautifully. It has sophisticated software paired with a powerful processor to make the shooting and sharing experience very simple and pleasurable for you. Unlike the Sony A6000 it also is capable of recording 4k (although with 2.3x sensor crop) and 120 fps video with the resolution of 1280x720. On the other hand, it lacks some nice features that an advance shooter would crave such as a viewfinder, extra on body controls, wider lens selection, and RAW support in third-party software.

Sensors perform similarly, although Samsung’s one is slightly better in all domains. The story is different with lenses. When taking pictures, Sony lenses offer an advantage with greater sharpness and less noise in RAW files. However, with out-of-the-camera JPEGs, Samsung will come off as a winner due to better in-camera processing.

Where Sony is at its strongest is in it's continuous shooting. Not only is it able to take 11 images per second compared to 9 with Samsung, its autofocus also works better in this mode producing a considerably higher accuracy rate. NX500 takes a point back, though, on subject tracking in a single photo mode, something that Sony can also do but with much lower rate of success.

As for sizes and prices, both mirrorless cameras are very similar in this domain as well. They both are priced at around $500 but due to the fact that Sony’s been on the market for 2 years now, you can find good discounts on this camera, so it probably will end up as a better value for the money than the Samsung. Also, an update for the A6000 is coming soon and that camera is expected to be better than both current devices. More expensive too, expected price is at $700.

All in all, no matter which of these two cameras you choose, you cannot go wrong and the question of a camera upgrade will be off your mind for at least next two years. That I can promise you.

Sony A6000Samsung NX500
Dimensions120 x 67 x 45 mm (4.72 x 2.64 x 1.77″) 120 x 64 x 43 mm (4.72 x 2.52 x 1.69″)
Weight344 g (0.76 lb / 12.13 oz) 287 g (0.63 lb / 10.12 oz)
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Resolution 6000 x 4000 (24MP) 6480 x 4320 (28MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p4096x2160 24p, 1920x1080 60p, 1280x720 120p
Continues shooting 11fps9fps
Color depth* 24.1 bits  24.8 bits
Dynamic range* 13.1 Evs 13.9 Evs
Low-light performance**1347 ISO 1379 ISO
DxOMark score 87 82
DPReview Score80% 81%
Lens Interchangeable Interchangeable
Price$398
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*DxOmark measurements

**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

 

 

Best protected camera: Olympus TG-4

Olympus TG-4

 

If you want your camera to survive everything that you can dish out and still take decent images you should check out the Olympus TG-4. That little baby can take almost anything you throw at it. Dropped it on a rock from 2.1 meters while climbing? No problem. Just pick it back up and keep shooting. Wanna dive with it? Feel free to do so as deep as 15 meters. What about that trip to Siberia you dreamed of your whole life? It asks to go, being able to withstand -10℃ of operational temperature. Someone accidentally jumped on it? Chances are it’ll still be fine (can take up to 100 kg of pressure).

TG-4 might not have the best image quality of all waterproof cameras but it’s close enough. And the most convenient design, paired with the greatest battery life, easily compensate for lost points in image quality.

Even though the TG-4 is the best, unfortunately it’s not immune to this category general issue. With this type of mirrorless cameras you pay mostly for toughness and image quality will only be slightly better than that of a cheap camera. But hey, is it really an issue? You get Wi-Fi, built-in GPS (something most cameras don’t have) and the ability to shoot in virtually any condition that is safe for you. Even more so, you can lend this camera to your kids and still get a good sleep. Plus with the TG-4 you can shoot RAWs which gives you an extra flexibility if you want to pull off the most from your image.

As for the specs, here they are:

Olympus TG-4 specs
Dimensions112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22″)
Weight247 g (0.54 lb / 8.71 oz)
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Resolution 3228 x 3465 (16MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 30p
Continues shooting5fps
True resolution* 9.7MP
DPReview Score79%
Lens25–100 mm (35-mm equivalent), F2.0 - F4.9
Price $349

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*calculated based on the physical limitations of the size of the sensor

 

 

 Best pocket camera: Sony RX100-series

Sony RX100
Sony RX100
Sony RX100

Do you think times when your pocket camera will be able to match an entry-level DSLR’s quality are still to come? These little Sonys will make you think again. Indeed, their image quality is just mind-blowing, they don’t put any limitations on manual controls (you can control all aspects of exposure, just as with DSLR, although it’s not very convenient with such a small body) and it can fit in your pocket. There are several generations of this model currently available on the market and RX100 II is the best value. Costing around $550 it offers you a 1” sensor with 20.2 MP, tilting screen, decently sharp zoom-lens equivalent to 28-100mm, hot-shoe for any additional accessory you might need and a great body design.

With the next generation – RX100 III – Sony took it even further, putting in a compact camera something the world hasn’t seen before: extendable digital viewfinder! That’s a truly great and convenient thing but it hardly can justify the additional $250 to the price tag, even though it will also buy you a slightly better sensor and lens as well as much better video capabilities. If it’s worth it depends on your usage cases, so decide for yourself.

Finally, there’s the Sony RX100 IV, which ends up costing you about the same amount as a mid-level DSLR ($950), so you’d better be really sure what you need it for, since the improvements over RX100 III are typical: better sensor, better lens and the ability to record 4k and slow-motion videos. Now, I said that the improvements are typical but they are not really, at least not in terms of the video. This is the only improvement worth paying for as it truly is capable of some unprecedented features for this price-range. As such, it can record 1080p video with up to 1000fps (that's 33 times faster than a traditional recording) with good quality. Although the higher the frame rate, the more crop will be applied: 250fps is the nearest to HD delivering of 1824×1026 but this drops noticeably to 1676×566 for 500fps and even more dramatically to 1136×284 at 1000fps. You can see how it looks in the real-world in this video. But still, for this price such video capabilities are unprecedented.

RX-100 IIRX-100 IIIRX-100 IV
Dimensions102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″) 102 x 58 x 41 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61″)
Weight281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz) 290 g (0.64 lb / 10.23 oz) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Resolution5472 x 3648 (20MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p1920x1080 60p
1280x720 120p
3840x2160 30p
1920x1080 120p
HFR: 1920x1080 480p/960p
Continues shooting 10fps10fps16fps
Color depth* 22.5 bits 22.4 bits 22.9 bits
Dynamic range* 12.4 Evs 12.3 Evs 12.6 Evs
Low-light performance**483 ISO495 ISO 562 ISO
DxOMark score 67 6770
DPReview Score79% 82%85 %
Lens24–70 mm (35-mm equivalent), F1.8 - F2.8
Price $548 Buy-With-Amazon $798 Buy-With-Amazon$948 Buy-With-Amazon
*DxOmark measurements

**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

 

 

Best image quality in a rangefinder format (and premium price): Sony RX-1R II

Sony RX-1R
Sony RX-1
Sony RX-1

Basically, with this camera you give you everything what you would want out of a pro-DSLR with good lens attached to it, at a fraction of the size. Sony RX-1 II is an engineering miracle. I’m still not sure how they fit full-frame sensor in such a small body but somehow they did. And the results are nothing short of amazing. I had a pleasure of using an early version of this camera myself and let me tell you that I’m staggered to this day. It feels so good in your hands that you don’t want to put it down for a second, a feeling I rarely get. It handles well, produces mind-blowing pictures in any kind of light and sharpness is simply amazing. It costs a significant amount of money – true – but if your budget can afford it and you want something smaller than the Sony A7II – this is the way to go. I know many professional photographers who go on a vacation and leave their Canon 5Ds and Nikon D800s at home choosing to take the RX-1 instead. So, chances are, you will be blown away with this camera.

There are also cheaper and older versions of this camera. Both are great and it's up to you whether you want to splurge the extra grand on the latest and greatest or hold on to that money.

Sony RX-1R II
Sony RX-1
Dimensions113 x 65 x 72 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.83″) 113 x 65 x 70 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76″)
Weight507 g (1.12 lb / 17.88 oz) 482 g (1.06 lb / 17.00 oz)
Sensor size Full-frame (35.9 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm)
Resolution7952 x 5304 (42MP) 6000 x 4000 (24MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p
1280x720 120p
1920x1080 60p
Continues shooting5fps5fps
Color depth26 bits* 25.1 bits
Dynamic range13.9 Evs* 14.3 Evs
Low-light performance3434 ISO* 2534 ISO
DxOMark scoren/a 93
DPReview Scoren/a 79%
Lens 35 mm F2.0 35 F2.0
Price $3298

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 $2299

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*DxOmark measurements for RX-1R II not yet available. Measurements of Sony A7R II provided as these cameras share the same sensor
**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

 

 

Best fixed-lens camera: Fujifilm X100T & Ricoh GR II:

Fuji X100T
Fuji X100T
Fuji X100T

If you like everything about the above-mentioned RX-1 but don’t have 3000 dollars laying around, do not despair. There’s a camera that is just right for you. It’s Fuji X100T.

It costs around $1000 and offers pretty much everything that you can find in the Fuji X-T1 but in a more stylish body with a unique hybrid viewfinder. Paired with a sharp F2 35mm-equivalent lens, this camera is a gem for street photography.

This camera is not the best value for the money (Sony A6000 would beat it in both image quality and versatility due to interchangeable lens), but if you want your camera to illustrate your impeccable taste – this is the one to go with!

Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR II

A much better value for money would be rugged Ricoh GR II, offering the same size and resolution APS-C sensor as the X100T but paired with a wide angle 28mm-equivalent lens only for $550. Such a wide angle fixed lens might be puzzling for some people but others will surely love it. Given its size, light weight, wide field of view and rugged body design Ricoh would also make for a good travel camera.

As for the image quality, in most cases it keeps up or even outperforms Fuji’s X100T up to ISO 1600. But unfortunately this camera lacks a viewfinder which you have to buy separately for $200, which somewhat ruins the initial price advantage.

All in all, if you don’t really need a viewfinder, understand what effects wide field of view will mean for your photography and don’t mind a simpler design, you should go with the Ricoh GR II.

Fujifilm X100TRicoh GR II
Dimensions127 x 74 x 52 mm (5 x 2.91 x 2.05″)117 x 83 x 35 mm (4.61 x 3.27 x 1.38″)
Weight440 g (0.97 lb / 15.52 oz) 251 g (0.55 lb / 8.85 oz)
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.8 mm) APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Resolution4896 x 3264 (16MP) 4928 x 3264 (16MP)
Video resolution1920x1080 60p1920x1080 30p
1280x720 60p
Continues shooting 6fps4fps
DPReview Score81%n/a
Lens35mm (equivalent), F2.0 28mm (equivalent), F2.8
Price $1099

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 $568

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Best zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
Panasonic DMC-FZ1000

This is both the most well-rounded camera and the most affordable in the category. It features a decently sized 1” sensor and a great 24-400mm F 2.8-4 Leica lens which provides good sharpness. The camera is also able to record both 4k and 120fps Full-HD slow-motion videos and offers plenty of high end features. It’s not cheap at $750 but you definitely get what you pay for.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 specs
Dimensions137 x 99 x 131 mm (5.39 x 3.9 x 5.16″)
Weight831 g (1.83 lb / 29.31 oz)
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Resolution5472 x 3648 (20MP)
Video resolution3840x2160 30p
1920x1080 120p
HFR: 1280x720 240p 640x480 360p
Continues shooting12fps
Color depth* 22.1 bits
Dynamic range*11.7 Evs
Low-light performance**517 ISO
DxOMark score64
DPReview Score82%
Lens25–400 mm, F2.8-F4.0
Price

 $750

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*DxOmark measurements

**Low-light performance is a DxOmark measurement which indicates maximum usable ISO. Above the value provided significant increase in image noise occurs

 

 

Best cheap camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800

Sony DSC-W800
Sony W800
Sony W800

It’s just point and shoot, nothing more. But for $99 it’s a good deal, since it has plenty of resolution (which you don’t need), 5x optical zoom (26-130 mm) and will easily slip in your jeans pocket. It will give you better quality pictures than your smartphone too, although only slightly. In general, I would recommend spending a little bit more money and getting a better camera as a value for money in that case will be higher but if you’re after something cheap (say, for your kid’s first camera) DSC-W800 will be the right choice.

Sony DSC-W800 specs
Dimensions50 x 22 x 54 mm (1.97 x 0.87 x 2.13″)
Weight125 g (0.28 lb / 4.41 oz)
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Resolution5152 x 3864 (20MP)
True resolution*9.7MP
Video resolution1280x720 30p
Continues shooting1fps
Lens26–130 mm, F3.2-F6.4
Price $99

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*calculated  based on the physical limitations of the size of the sensor

 

 

(bonus) Best image quality for under $1000: Sigma DP Quattro

Sigma DP Quattro
Sigma DP Quattro
Sigma DP Quattro

This could be our top pick for the best fixed-lens camera if only this model did not have some significant flaws. But let’s not rush into them.

First of all, you’ll notice that this camera has a very unique body design. It has what’s called “backside grip” which some love and others hate. There’s no middle ground about this. What is undisputed though, is that you’ll need some time getting used to it, and more so if you’ve had a DSLR or mirrorless camera before. But it’s worth it. The most alluring part of this camera is its image quality and sharpness. It has APS-C sized sensor but unlike all other mirrorless cameras mentioned in this review, it’s not a typical CMOS sensor. Instead, it features unique patented Sigma technology called Foveon. I won’t go into too many technical details here but will say that Foveon sensors work more like conventional film and the human eye where each color (red, blue and green) is captured by a sensor layer, unlike traditional CMOS sensors where they all are split and captured at one level. What this means in practice is that, paired with fixed Sigma lens, you get no chromatic aberration, no moiré and mind-blowing sharpness with contrast. As the matter of fact, in terms of sharpness and color reproduction, this camera beats legends such as the Nikon 810 (the sharpest camera in the world, as believed by many). But here’s the catch: this only is true at ISOs lower than 400. At 400 hi-end DSLRs start to gain advantage and after 800, Sigma’s image just falls apart.

So, even though this camera cannot be recommended in general due to its very limited application, I would say that you should consider it if you shoot in full controlled light environment (e.g. studio) or as a second camera for a daylight only photographs. After all, it costs only $1000 – just as a high-quality lens – and no lens-camera combo under $5000 available today will give you such an amazing level of detailization (at ISO 100 & 200).

There are several versions of this camera: DP0, DP1, DP2 and DP3. Their bodies are the same, the difference is in lenses, more precisely in their focal length. At the time of this article, only Sigma DP2 Quattro with 45-mm (in 35-mm equivalent) lens had gone through many reviews, so everything written above concerning lens quality applies to this model only.

Sigma DP2 Quattro specs
Dimensions161 x 67 x 82 mm (6.34 x 2.64 x 3.23″)
Weight395 g (0.87 lb / 13.93 oz)
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)
Resolution5424 x 3616 (20MP)
Continues shooting4fps
DxOMark score n/a
DPReview Scoren/a
Lens 45 mm (equivalent), F2.8
Price $999

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(bonus) Play with DoF: Lytro Illum

Lytro Illum
Lytro Illum
Lytro Illum

Usually when taking a photo you have to make a spot on decision what is the subject of interest and focus on it making the rest of the scene blurred. The sharp area is called the depth of field and the bigger your sensor and faster your f-stop are the shallower it will be, producing that “professional” blurred background. This has to do with the physics of light which I don’t want to go deep into here. However, what if you could choose your focus subject after you’ve made a shot, during the post-processing step. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, you actually can! And it IS amazing. But naturally, you’ll need a special camera for this.

Lytro Illum is such a camera, one of a kind. You take the picture with its 1/1.2” CMOS sensor and figure out where you want your focus be and what f-stop blur have after the fact. The optics are good, offering zoom lens of 30-250mm. You can also take 3d pictures with it. Image quality won’t be amazing, somewhere at level of Sony RX100 II, but the ability to have fun with refocusing and shifting perspective might make you a unique photographer.

Unfortunately, this camera is not cheap at around $1000 but you can get a great deal at Amazon now for only $450!

Lytro Illum specs
Dimensions86 x 145 x 166 mm (3.39 x 5.71 x 6.54″)
Weight940 g (2.07 lb / 33.16 oz)
Sensor size 1/2" (6.4 x 4.8 mm)
Resolution2450 x 1634 (4MP)
Continues shooting 3fps
Lens 30-250 mm (35-mm equivalent)
Price $1000

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If you want any additional information about the above-mentioned cameras or want to compare two in order to make sure you're making the right choice, good resources to check out are dxomark.com and dpreview.com, especially their camera comparison tool.

   

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