Best Mirrorless Cameras

In recent years, hybrids are surely the cameras that have made the most progress:  they now have many advantages such as their size more compact than that of an SLR, image quality in clear progress as well as a fleet optic that develops. In this guide, we have selected for you the best Mirrorless Cameras in as well as the lenses that go with them.

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Top Pick
Sony a7 III
Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3-Inch LCD; 24.2 megapixels; Full Frame (35mm); 2160p Check On Amazon
Sony Alpha a6000
24.3MP SLR Camera; w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens; 3.0-Inch LCD (Black); 35 millimeter Check On Amazon
Canon EOS RP
26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor; 4K Video Recording; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth; 3.0” Vari-angle Touch LCD Screen Check On Amazon
Sony Alpha a6400
4K Video; 16-50mm Lens; Flip Screen; E Mount Compatible Cameras Check On Amazon

Why Buy a Mirrorless Camera?

A hybrid camera is a body with a large sensor (4/3, APS-C or Full Frame), without a mirror for aiming and with interchangeable lenses.

It’s actually a mix of compact and SLR – and that’s the point. The primary interest of a hybrid is its compactness compared to an often heavy and imposing reflex. However, some models (mainly high-end) do not always gain in lightness depending on the lens with which they are coupled. If this aspect interests you, it is therefore important to check it. However, it is (in general) bigger than a compact to allow a better grip and especially to offer an image quality equivalent to SLR cameras thanks to the large sensor.

The hybrid optical fleet is developing strongly. If it is still a little less supplied than that of reflexes from some manufacturers (such as Canon and Nikon), it is now possible to find extremely qualitative optics. Some brands even share their mount, such as Olympus and Panasonic for the 4/3 microphone with very compact optics or even Panasonic, Leica, and Sigma via the “L-Mount Alliance”, unveiled at Photokina 2018 for the 24 x 36 mm format. Finally, with adapters, you can mount almost any lens intended for SLRs on these hybrids.

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Sometimes hybrid cameras are even more efficient than SLRs due to their dual AF system which integrates phase correlation (useful and fast for moving objects) with detection by contrast. Thus, it makes these hybrid cameras very responsive autofocus.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) of hybrids is also on the rise, with improvements in terms of magnification (size perceived in the viewfinder) and dynamics. If some photographers may have been reluctant, this feature has gained enormous ease of use and precision.

The video mode implemented on hybrids has also improved a lot in recent years, thanks to the absence of a mirror. More and more hybrid devices are integrating a 4K/ UHD or even 4K Cine video recording mode to also appeal to the target of videographers and make the hybrid a two-in-one camera. Coupled with the stabilization of the sensor and those of certain lenses, it is today a real marketing argument.

Non-existent 10 years ago, hybrid devices have experienced a real boom over the past five years. However, does one of them correspond to the right formula? We answer them in this buying guide dedicated to hybrids.

Our Selection of the Best Mirrorless Cameras

1# The Sony Alpha a6000: Best Mirrorless Camera for Beginners

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Product Description

In the hybrid market, Sony is a well-known brand and now it is called as Alpha, like the rest of the brand’s photo range.

Unveiled in 2014, the Sony A6000 remains a very good entry-level hybrid. It offers excellent value for money. Its 24.3 Mpx APS-C sensor delivers excellent quality images. Thanks to its hybrid autofocus and its Bionz X processor, it is quite responsive … even if it could be more difficult to use for sports photography for example.

We appreciate its WiFi chip, which allows you to control the device remotely or to transfer images to your smartphone. Its well-hollowed handle offers a good grip, and its adjustable screen is comfortable for framing at arm’s length or from a low angle.

Of course, some compromises have been made by Sony. Thus, the OLED viewfinder has only 1.4 million dots and is perhaps the most pleasant. Likewise, its screen is not touch-sensitive. Finally, the 16-50mm lens of the kit is rather mediocre: the most demanding will change it quite quickly. Despite everything, the Sony A6000 is a pleasant and sympathetic hybrid, which will know how to accompany you faithfully during your trips and your family photo outings.

2# Panasonic Lumix GX850: Best Mirrorless Camera for Video

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Product Description

The Lumix GX850 is a tiny hybrid device with excellent value for money. It has a large 3-inch touchscreen that can be tilted 180° upwards – which should delight fans of selfies. To this end, it incorporates a 4K selfie mode, based on Photo 4K technology which consists of recording up to 15 images/second. A night selfie mode also allows for correctly exposed images via a combination of three views, two of which are for background lighting and one for the subject.

Focusing on ease of use, the Lumix GX850 has automatic modes and beauty functions that allow you to retouch the skin from the camera. The latter also allows you to take panoramic photos in selfie mode. In addition, creative modes and photo filters are applicable to personalize your images.

This nice little hybrid has a 16 Mpx Live MOS 4/3 sensor as well as a processor offering good image quality and responsive autofocus. Note the possibility of filming in 4K/ UHD up to 30p, a Photo 4K function (which increases the burst to 30 fps by generating images with a definition of 8 Mpx), a Post Focus mode which allows ” perform the focusing a posteriori, as well as the Focus Stacking which merges several images with different focusing.

Extremely compact, this Lumix GX850 offers excellent value for money: it is possible to acquire it with a 12-32 mm lens for a reasonable rate.

3# Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel

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Product Description

With the OM-D E-M10 Mark III, Olympus delivers a very attractive product: a hybrid body with a vintage look pleasing to the eye with a 4/3 16 Mpx CMOS sensor stabilized on 5 axes coupled to a Truepic VIII processor. It is very ergonomic (thanks to a more pronounced grip) and also offers much more accessible menus in the past. Exit therefore the functions buried under layers of the menu. On the autofocus side, it incorporates 121 points (instead of 21), the latter covering 80% of the image.

The camera has a tilting rear screen and a touch screen that allows you to adjust the focus and shoot quickly. Note that the touch screen allows easy navigation in the menus. The device also has a 2.36 million point viewfinder that uses OLED technology for better-aiming comfort.

Unsurprisingly, the image quality is very good and Olympus manages to masterfully manage the rise in ISO in JPEG. Amateur videographers will be happy to have 4K mode up to 30 fps. Slow-motion mode at 120 fps is also possible in HD. For lovers of travel videos, a  Clips mode allows you to take short shots of 1, 2, 4, or 8 seconds. A way to calibrate sequences automatically.

Lightweight, compact, powerful, and pleasant to use, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III from Olympus is available as a kit with a 14-42 mm lens. An affordable price for a complete and versatile device.

Note that the Mark IV version of the OM-D E-M10 was unveiled in early August 2020 and notably offers a more modern 20 Mpx sensor, improved autofocus, and a 180° swiveling screen for selfies. On the other hand, the price has increased and it takes 849$ for a kit with the 14-42 mm. While waiting for its price to drop, we remain convinced by Mark III.

4# Fujifilm X-T100: Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel

Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel

 

Product Description

The Fujifilm X-T100, the review of which you can read, is a particularly compact camera that offers an excellent APS-C sensor, which is quite rare at this price range. It offers a wide range of options, including an OLED viewfinder, Bluetooth, a touchscreen, and swivel and 4K/UHD video recording.

A true travel companion, it however skips the X-trans technology and incorporates a standard APS-C CMOS sensor with a definition of 24.2 Mpx, but will adapt to all those who wish to develop their photographic practice.  By taking the step towards an already complete hybrid camera via easy handling and thanks to the integration of a pleasant electronic viewfinder.

If the lens sold in the XC 15-45mm kit lacks a bit of sharpness and precision for our taste, we were more satisfied with a fixed focal length optics. The integration of film simulation filters, a trademark of Fujifilm, adds a plus to this retro and stylish hybrid.

Despite some shortcomings in reactivity, the fuji travel camera is a beautiful object to take everywhere with you. It is a real travel companion for everyday images, without fuss, but above all with an excellent quality/price ratio compared to what offers competition. There is also a kit consisting of the body, the 15-45 mm lens, and a 50-230 mm zoom.

5# The Sony Alpha a6400: Best Mirrorless Cameras for Sports

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Product Description

Launched in February 2019, the Sony A6400 is adorned with many assets to appeal to demanding sports photographers. It has a 20.1MP APS-C sensor coupled to the latest generation Bionz X processor. Thus prepared, the camera can go up to 104,400 ISO – and generates very good shots up to 12,800 ISO.

But Sony mirrorless camera is distinguished above all by its very high reactivity. It uses a 425-point hybrid autofocus capable of focusing extremely quickly. It is adorned with extremely precise “ Real-time Eye Autofocus “and “ Real-time Tracking ” (subject tracking). In a burst, the device is able to capture up to 11 fps.

Externally, the Sony Alpha 6400 has a compact and light template (around 400 grams on the scale). It incorporates a 180° tilting screen with a resolution of 921,000 points. But it also has a bright and precise electronic viewfinder thanks to a definition of 20.1MP and 100% coverage.

Lightweight, compact, and high performing, the Sony A6400 is an excellent choice for sports photographers who are looking above all for an extremely responsive camera. It can however be acquired with a 16-50 mm lens (admittedly mediocre) with some additional amount. A very good investment to get started in sports photography.

6# Fujifilm X-T30: Best Mirrorless Camera for Wedding Photography

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Product Description

After the excellent X-T20, which became the best-selling camera at Fujifilm, the manufacturer released in 2019 the X-T30, its successor based on the X-T3. It brings the new 26.1 Mpx X-Trans 4 CMOS sensor coupled to the X-Processor 4 for a better rise in ISO and superior image quality. Compact and lightweight, this camera features cropless 4K 30p mode. The X-T3’s enhanced hybrid autofocus, with 2.16 million phase-detection pixels that deliver fast and accurate tracking performance. The device also has a new eye and face detection mode to facilitate portrait photography.

Fujifilm offers with this X-T30 a miniature version of its promising X-T3 which however reserves the tropicalization and a more defined viewfinder. Thus, the X-T30, compact, light, and manual handling should delight discerning enthusiasts looking for the latest technological advances from Fujifilm while emphasizing compactness.

On this camera, the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom performs well and we recommend it. The Fuji X-T30 is available from $899 naked and $949 as a kit with the 15-45mm f / 3.5-5.6. With the very good 18-55mm f / 2.8-4 R zoom, it costs $1249.

7# Panasonic Lumix GX9: Most Compact Mirrorless Camera

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Product Description

The Lumix GX9 has it all: a compact, versatile, and powerful micro 4/3 hybrid body. It is equipped with a BSI CMOS 4/3 ”sensor of 20.3 Mpx stabilized on 5 axes, coupled to the Venus Engine processor (which is also found on the Lumix G9 and GH5). Lightweight and compact, it weighs only 400 grams on the scale – a point that will certainly appeal to photographers on vacation. It has an adjustable viewfinder (the eyecup being mounted on a hinge to be able to be raised vertically) as well as an adjustable touch screen, which is unfortunately not mounted on a ball joint.

However, the Lumix GX9 is an attractive and capable hybrid. Thanks to DFD technology, its new processor, 5-axis stabilization, and a new algorithm, it offers lively and precise autofocus, as well as good image quality. However, we recommend that you equip it with a good lens, other than the one generally supplied in a kit, in order to take full advantage of the sensor’s capabilities. Fortunately, this camera has the entire micro 4/3 optical range from Panasonic and Olympus, the most complete on the hybrid market.

This small Lumix GX9 offers excellent value for the money. To cover a wider focal range, we also recommend the pack including the camera and 14-140mm optics, with some additional amount.

8# Nikon Z 50, the APS-C Hybrid: Best Budget Mirrorless Camera

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Product Description

Launched in October 2019, the Nikon Z 50 is the third Z-mount body – and the brand’s first APS-C hybrid. It shares several points in common with its big brother, the excellent Nikon Z 6 … while being offered much cheaper, from $1149 naked (with FTZ adapter ring). It won the 2020 TIPA Award for Best Advanced APS-C Camera.

During our test, we really appreciated its handling. Lightweight and compact, the Nikon Z 50 weighs only around 450g. With its well-hollowed handle, it offers a very good grip. We particularly like its large adjustable 3.2-inch touch screen, mounted on a double-hinge. Its ergonomics are very comfortable and the case is very pleasant to use.

It is equipped with a very efficient 20.9 Mpx sensor, which will capture very beautiful photos – but also superb video sequences. We really appreciate its face and eye AF tracking features, which will obviously appeal to regular or occasional portrait painters. This very complete and versatile device is capable of producing quality JPEG images, rich RAWs, and beautifully crafted 4K videos at 30 fps.

If the APS-C Z-mount optical fleet is frankly limited, it is compatible with Nikkor Z and S-Line lenses (even if the budget then becomes much more substantial). Fortunately, thanks to the FTZ adapter ring, you can mount all DSLR lenses from the DX and FX range on it.

The Nikon Z 50 is available from $1089 with the FTZ adapter ring, and at $1149 with a 16-50mm lens (and the FTZ ring). The Japanese brand also offers a kit including in addition a 50-250 mm lens (but not the FTZ ring) at a price of $1239.

Finally, videographers should be won over by the Vlogger Kit, which includes the Nikon Z 50, 16-50mm lens, Rode VidéoMicro external microphone, Rycote Lyre suspension, Mantrotto Pixi mini-tripod, and SmallRig mount. All at a very attractive price.

The Canon EOS RP, the affordable full-frame hybrid.

9# Canon EOS RP: Best Mirrorless Camera for Action Shots

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Product Description

The small novelty in this new version of this buying guide: a full-frame camera has appeared in the section reserved for mid-range hybrids!

The Canon EOS RP (which we tested in Q1 2019) is the cheapest full-frame body on the market. Despite its low price, it puts forward serious arguments: a 26.2 Mpx full-frame CMOS sensor coupled with the Digic 8 processor for a very responsive Dual Pixel autofocus, a large 3-inch touch screen mounted on a ball joint … all in a case weighing 485 grams (with battery and memory card. Note also the presence of an electronic viewfinder OLED of 2.36 million points, which offers a sufficient level of comfort.

Naturally, this camera requires some compromises: the burst is thus limited to 5 fps in single AF and only 4 fps in Servo AF mode. It will therefore not be recommended for sports photography. And if the device can shoot in 4K at 30 fps, this is done at the cost of limited performance and we recommend the use of Full HD for comfortable use.

However, the Canon EOS RP is a very compact camera and very well finished. It is very pleasant to use on a daily basis, which will easily appeal to photographers wishing to discover the full format without breaking the bank. The Canon EOS RP is available naked from $1,299. Coupled with an RF 24-240mm f/4 lens, it will allow you to capture beautiful images in all circumstances.

We should also mention the Sony A7 III, the penultimate version of Sony’s full-frame reference hybrid (see next chapter). Today dethroned by the excellent A7 III – read our test. Despite everything, this case remains relevant thanks to its full-frame stabilized sensor on 5 axes of 24 million pixels. Its low price will allow it to be accompanied by a good quality lens like the Sony 24-70mm f/4 Zeiss FE.

The high-end hybrid, SLR killer?

More and more present on the front of the photographic scene, high-end hybrids put forward serious arguments to seduce the general public and image professionals. Image quality, comfortable electronic viewfinder, ultra-fast autofocus, increased sensitivity, subject tracking… the best hybrids easily compete with traditional SLRs and even exceed them in many cases.

As a sign of the times, SLR sales are in decline in many markets (in Germany, Asia, and the United States in particular). If all the high-end hybrids currently available are very good, some are more so than others.

10# The Fujifilm X-T3: Best Mirrorless Camera Under $1000

Best Mirrorless Camera Under $1000

 

Product Description

The Fujifilm X-T3 is the compact, high-performance APS-C hybrid for which Fujifilm has deployed all its know-how. It is equipped with a 26.1 Mpx X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 APS-C sensor, associated with the latest X-Processor 4. As a result, very good sensitivity management up to 6400 ISO and excellent image quality. Its JPEG files are incredibly flexible for editing.

We also appreciate its autofocus system, lively and precise. The device allows bursts at 11 fps in a mechanical shutter. But it allows bursts at 20 fps in electronic triggering and up to 30 fps (but at the cost of cropping of 1.25x). Thus adorned, it will easily appeal to sports photographers looking for an easily transportable camera, which provides beautiful bursts and correctly hangs the subject.

In the video, the device offers 4K DCI recording at 60p for a Cine definition 4096 x 2160 px 4: 2: 0 at 10 bits. It also incorporates a 10-bit 4K / 60p 4: 2: 2 HDMI output. Supported formats include H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC as well as H.265 / HEVC at a data rate of 200 Mbps.

Tropicalized, the case offers excellent grip thanks to its various manual adjustment knobs, a hollow grip, its joystick for selecting the collimators, and its tilting 3-inch touch screen with 1,040,000 points. In the end, this Fuji X-T3 is an excellent compact, resistant, versatile body. It is equipped with a relatively large sensor (APS-C)  to ensure good image quality that will suit both backpackers and sports photographers, videographers, and professionals looking for a lighter body.

In February 2020, Fujifilm announced the successor to the X-T3, the Fujifilm X-T4. The latter is mainly differentiated by the stabilization of its sensor on 5 axes, but also by a more complete video mode, which adds the capture in slow motion at 240 or 200 fps over 3 minutes of recording. In this case, why not include the Fujifilm X-T4 instead of the X-T3 in this buying guide? Quite simply because the X-T3 remains an excellent case … and because it is much cheaper than the X-T4! It goes up to 2179 with the XF 18-55 mm lens, and with the tropicalized XF 16-80 mm lens.

We should also mention the Fujifilm X-Pro 3, eagerly awaited by purists and fans of offbeat aiming and the rangefinder look. Equipped with a titanium construction and a hidden rear screen. This device takes the sensor/processor duo of the X-T3 and has improved algorithms to deliver excellent image quality. It is equipped with a hybrid viewfinder with a more defined OLED EVF (3.69 million points) and offering a higher refresh rate at 100 fps compared to the X-Pro2. This “niche” case will appeal to those wishing to return to a “purer” practice of photography.

The current Sony A7 range: A7R IV, A7 III and A7S III

Unveiled at the start of 2018, the Sony A7 III is the third iteration of the series. It is also the most affordable model in the A7 family. Taking some of the characteristics of the Sony A9, the Sony A7 III quickly established itself as one of the best full-frame hybrids. It uses a 24 Mpx Exmor R full-frame back-illuminated CMOS (BSI) sensor, coupled with the Bionz X processor which gives it excellent results in terms of responsiveness. The Real-Time Eye AF function, which can detect a model’s eyes, makes portrait shooting a lot easier.

11# Sony A7 III: Best Mirrorless Camera

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Product Description

Thus adorned, the A7 III is capable of delivering images with exceptional dynamics. The quality of the optics is also to be emphasized. Thus making it possible to exploit the full capabilities of the sensor, which is not always the case with this type of device. Equally, at home in the video, the 4K UHD at 30p across the sensor, efficient 5-axis stabilization, and advanced options such as Focus Peaking. The A7 III is a real Swiss Army knife, particularly versatile since it performs at all levels and is complete. Compact and light, it has a hinged touch screen. Despite everything, we regret that the touch screen does not allow navigation in the menus, which are also very dense. Equipped with an NP-FZ100 battery, it only fishes with a slightly reduced range.

The Sony A7 III is available naked from Amazon. With the Tamron 28-75mm f / 2.8, that makes a kit under $3000.

12# Sony A7R IV: Sony Mirrorless Camera

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Product Description

If you need to capture very high definition images (especially for very large format printing), Sony offers the A7R IV. This body has a backlit sensor of 61 million pixels stabilized on 5 axes, and also relies on a  new electronic viewfinder of 5.76 million points. Coupled with the Bionz X processor, it offers a sensitivity ranging from 100 to 32,000 ISO, which can however be extended from 50 to 102,400 ISO. In addition, this box is equipped with a new “Pixel Shift” mode, which allows capturing images of 240 million pixels. To do this, the device records up to 16 images in full resolution. By shifting the sensor in steps of 0.5 or 1 pixels. This hybrid is particularly well mastered and has many advantages to attract image professionals.

13# Sony A9 II: Mirrorless Cameras without Recording Limit

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Product Description

Finally, let’s mention the Sony A9 II, definitely aimed at professional photographers. The flagship of the Japanese manufacturer, it is equipped with a 24.2 Mpx stabilized 5-axis sensor capable of shooting up to 20 images per second. It is also focusing on increased connectivity and better adaptation to the workflows of professional sports and news photographers. All for a lower price than the Canon 1D-X Mark II and an unbeatable weight/performance ratio.

14# Canon EOS R: Mirrorless Camera with GPS

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Product Description

Unveiled in September 2018, the Canon EOS R is Canon’s first full-frame hybrid. It takes certain characteristics of the Canon 5D Mark IV reflex – such as its 30.3 million pixel CMOS sensor – but opts for a much lighter and more compact size, offering a very comfortable grip. On the autofocus side, it relies on 5,655 AF points to achieve fast and precise focusing. We particularly like its large 3-inch screen mounted on a ball joint, allowing great flexibility of use. It is also extremely precise and makes it very easy to select the place in the image where the focus should be achieved. Note also its 3.69 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder, both precise and comfortable.

Thus adorned, the EOS R is extremely responsive – and also benefits from a new firmware (version 1.4.0) which erases some of its youthful flaws. Thus, portrait photographers will be able to take advantage of the detection and tracking features of the subject’s eye, which are very effective, day or night. We only regret a slightly low burst (8 images per second in single AF and 5 in Servo AF mode).

In the video, the device is able to shoot in 4K at 30 fps, but at the cost of large cropping of the image (1.7x). While it benefits from full compatibility with the entire Canon EF optical fleet, the EOS R has inaugurated the new RF mount – whose number of dedicated lenses is on the rise. The latter is very qualitative … but their prices sometimes reach peaks. Note that it uses the same batteries as the EOS 6D and 5D Mark III / Mark IV, which will provide it with a decent battery life of around 350 shots.

In the end, the Canon EOS R is a very complete and very balanced hybrid, which is very pleasant to use on a daily basis. It should easily appeal to canonists wishing to reuse all their optical equipment without worry and is very efficient in all circumstances.

15# The Nikon Z 6: Weatherproof Mirrorless Camera

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Product Description

The Nikon Z 6 is Nikon’s first full-frame hybrid. Both light and resistant, it offers excellent ergonomics and a secure grip. While the Nikon Z 6 is not the most compact hybrid on the market, it offers a very pleasant user experience, in particular thanks to its pronounced grip. It will therefore allow a smooth transition for owners of a Nikon SLR – who will be able to enjoy full compatibility with their F-mount optics thanks to the FTZ adapter ring.

For peak performance, the Z 6 is equipped with a 24.5MP full-frame back-illuminated CMOS (BSI) sensor, coupled with an Expeed 6 process. Its hybrid autofocus is based on 273 points covering 90% of the image; in addition, it offers a native ISO range from 100 to 51,200 ISO (expandable from 50 to 204,800 ISO). We also appreciate its burst at 9 images per second with subject tracking, which will go hand in hand with the automatic focus feature on the eyes – a point that will delight portrait painters.

The device has a large tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen as well as a joystick for quickly moving the active AF point. For its part, the 3.69 million dots OLED electronic viewfinder is pleasant to use thanks to a precise optical system. We should also mention the stabilization of the sensor on 5 axes which also works with the old F-mount optics (via the FTZ adapter).

The camera shoots in 4K UHD at 30 fps and Full HD 1080 at 60/120 fps. With 120 fps slow motion, however, the framing is reduced to APS-C format. We particularly appreciate being able to count on the dual-stabilization of the sensor (electronic and mechanical) to generate very good videos. The autonomy announced by Nikon of 330 views is largely exceeded, with between 400 and 450 triggers with a single battery in the field.

The Nikon Z 6 will match perfectly with the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f / 4 S optics.

Finally, let us also mention the Nikon Z 7, a “boosted” version of the Z 6 offering a more defined sensor (45.7 Mpx), revised autofocus (based on 493 points) … but at the cost of a more restricted ISO range (64 -25,600 ISO all the same). Sold naked (with an FTZ adapter ring), this version will be reserved for photographers who need to capture images in very high definition at all costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Which lenses should I choose for my mirrorless camera?

Answer: For hybrids, the target of the first more general public cameras might prefer to have only one lens. But we must not forget that the choice of the lens is a crucial criterion according to your uses, especially if you want to take advantage of your sensor.

On the most compact devices, it is particularly interesting to choose a pancake type optic, compact and bright, which will allow you to have a balanced and discreet housing.

For high-end models with demanding sensors, it is preferable to choose optics up to the task to fully exploit the device. So some kit optics are accessible and quite versatile but will limit your device.

Also, keep in mind that prime lenses are a great choice. Despite the fact that they are more expensive in mount for hybrid cameras, they allow to obtain images of very good quality, and in particular a larger aperture. However, it still lacks a little miniaturization to obtain a smaller lens (in proportion to the body), but unfortunately, we come up against the limits of optics.

Q: Which Sony E mount lenses for hybrid?

Answer: At Sony, hybrid devices use E-mount (APS-C only) and FE-mount  (APS-C and Full Frame, compatible with Sony Alpha 7) optics.

In E-mount, for the Sony A5000 and A6000 range, we recommend some interesting lenses.

From left to right, Sony E lenses: 16mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 and 16-70mm f/4

In fixed focal length, the 16mm and 20mm f /2.8 pancake lenses, ultra-compact, will be perfect for street photography, because they take up little space and are rather a wide-angle. If you want a bright lens, the 35mm and 50mm f / 1.8 will be best to choose from.

Finally, for a transtandard zoom, the 16-70mm f/4 OSS is a benchmark but still costs 800 euros. The most demanding photographers (and the more fortunate) will be able to go for the excellent 16-55mm f / 2.8 G, offered for the modest sum of $1300.

If you only want one high-amplitude lens, the Sony 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6 travel zoom is stabilized. Finally, let’s mention the excellent stabilized zoom 70-350mm f / 4.5-6.3G OSS, which will allow you to effortlessly capture even the most distant subjects.

The Sonnar T FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA and the Sonnar T FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA

As for FE optics, the choice has greatly expanded since the release of the first full-frame hybrid cameras. We always recommend the two excellent fixed focal lengths: the Sonnar T FE 55mm f / 1.8 ZA and the Sonnar T FE 35mm f / 2.8 ZA. The two fixed focal lengths offer superior image quality for two slightly different uses:

The 35mm, opening at f / 2.8, is a gem in urban photography. Very compact, it makes it possible to have a device that is easy to carry and slip into a small bag. Image quality is a big step above the kit’s zoom, yet still doesn’t match the 55mm.

The 55mm, opening at f/1.8, seems at first glance very expensive and a little bulky. Yet he is incredible! In conjunction with the A7, we obtain images of great precision, with extraordinary sharpness. The softness of the images obtained, especially in portraits, has us much more. Bokeh lovers have this an ideal tool.

The more affordable FE 50mm f/1.8 version allows you to equip yourself with a bright fixed focal length without spending too much. It is offered at $221, more than 3 times cheaper than the 55mm from Zeiss.

Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM

In zoom, there is also more choice. Sony is renewing its range with brighter lenses, such as the essential FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM or the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM. Other standard zooms such as the FE 24-105 mm F4 G OSS makes it possible to cover a wider focal range. Above all at a more affordable price. Count $1279 for this very beautiful lens.

If you are looking for a telephoto zoom lens, Sony has launched version 2 of its telephoto 70-200mm EF f / 2.8. Even offers a telephoto  EF 400mm f/2.8 G Master,  focal fetish photographers sport, news, and animal husbandry. More economical, the 70-200mm f / 4 G OSS is also to be considered for a more compact, lighter, and less expensive solution. Finally, let’s also note the Tamron 70-180mm f / 2.8 Di III VXD, which offers an aperture at f / 2.8 and excellent optical quality for a very tight price of $1,499.

Sony FE 70-200mm f / 4 G OSS review, the affordable pro telephoto lens for Sony hybrids

Sony has also released f / 1.4 fixed focal length optics for its G Master range which now includes more than 10 lenses including the FE 85mm F1.4 GM and FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS suitable for portraiture or even the FE 24mm F1.4 GM for reporting and scenery. Exceptional optics, but the entry ticket is still very high: for example, more than $1900 for an 85mm f/1.4.

Sony FE 135mm f / 1.8 GM

Zeiss also offers three “luxury” fixed focal lengths with its Batis range: 18mm f / 2.8, 25mm f / 2, and 85mm f / 1.8. These lenses have a waterproof and rugged metal construction, excellent resolution, and an OLED display that allows precise focus distance and depth of field. We haven’t tested them yet, but their price reserves them for portrait or architectural photographers looking for the best.

The Tamron 28-200mm f / 2.8-5.6 Di III RXD is for you if you are searching for a single lens covering an extensive focal range.

It benefits from a beautiful construction and is capable of generating very beautiful images. And its weight of just 575 grams makes it a must-have for those who want to travel light! Finally, let’s mention its price of $899, particularly attractive.

Of course, we also find the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 SEL OSS. However, this lens is heavier, less bright, and less powerful at the same time than the Tamron 28-200mm f / 2.8-5.6 Di III RXD. Therefore, cannot fully compete with it.

But if we were to recommend only a telephoto lens for Sony FE mount, it would be the excellent 28-75mm f / 2.8 Di III RXD in FE mount. We particularly appreciate its lightness, the sharpness of the images from f / 2.8, its beautiful bokeh effect. And its very aggressive price, located under the bar of $800.

Some Final Words

Our buying guide of best mirrorless cameras ends. As a reminder, these guides are not intended to be exhaustive and some good cameras or lenses may not be included. It is both an editorial choice but also the impossibility of knowing them all.

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