Mirrorless cameras have grown massively in their popularity over the last few years and 2017 was no different. You may have heard some people in the photography community suggesting that mirrorless cameras are just a phase – well, the past few years have proved this wrong. The fact is, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular with people from all walks of life, from professional photographers to first-time camera buyers and everyone in between.
Mirrorless cameras are a great choice for those wanting an interchangeable lens camera, but not wanting the size and weight of a DSLR. There are many professional photographers that we’ve met who have made the switch from DSLR to mirrorless camera systems because of the smaller size and weight. As with everything in photography, it’s about what works best for you. We think mirrorless cameras are an excellent choice as they’re able to produce beautiful images while being small and lightweight.
Whether you’re getting ready to head off on holiday or simply want to capture special memories of time spent with your family, there’s a mirrorless camera that will suit you.
Read on as we take you through our favourite mirrorless cameras from 2017, in the order they were released:
First on this list is the GX850, released by Panasonic in early January 2017. While the GX850 may not have made as much of a splash as some of the other models on this list, it is a powerful little camera. This is a great choice for those looking to travel light – perfect for your upcoming trip to Tokyo. Extremely small, with 4k video and a flip screen, this is a perfect camera for travel videographers or people wanting a lightweight camera for their holiday.
This little camera is so jam-packed with features it’s hard to take a bad shot with it, and it is perfect for those looking to start out small with an interchangeable lens camera.
The Panasonic GH5 is in a whole new kettle of fish and made some of the biggest waves in the camera market for 2017. Coming from a line of cameras that are known for their video capabilities, we had high hopes for the GH5, and are pleased to say it was not a letdown. The GH5 introduced the world’s first 4K video at 60fps for compact system cameras, which helps you shoot stunning slow-motion footage – perfect for capturing the serenity of the waterfalls at Springbrook National park in Queensland. It also comes with dual card slots so you can keep shooting to your heart’s content. If you’re wanting to take this camera out and about, the GH5 is brilliant with weatherproofing and tough build quality, alongside a bright viewfinder that allows you to see exactly what you’re shooting in all lighting conditions. GH5 is a firm favourite for us in 2017.
Fujifilm carried on the success of the popular X-T10 with the release of the X-T20 in January. With a small, lightweight body and a powerful sensor, boasting 4K video and an improved autofocus system, this camera really has cemented itself firmly into the growing Fujifilm family. It’s a popular choice for taking photos of your family and even includes Fuji’s patented film simulation effects, which mean your camera can deliver images with that classic film look - without the hassle of post-production.
February saw the release of the GFX 50s. What’s most groundbreaking about this camera is not the exceptional image quality nor the brilliant colour rendition that Fujifilm has become known for, or even the fact that its weather sealing is fantastic. No - the biggest surprise with GFX 50s is the price. Fuji has changed the shape of the medium format market, bringing an affordable but capable camera to the range and making it more accessible for professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. Whilst it still may not be affordable for everyone, it is a phenomenal camera and this list would not be complete without it – this camera is a landscape photographer’s dream. Take it on your next trip to Bruny Island, Tasmania, and be sure to share some of those amazing shots.
Sony dropped their first of two camera bombshells for the year in April. The A9 is truly proof that Sony is now one of the big players in the industry, and well worth considering. There are so many features to this camera it’s hard to know where to start! It’s got an all-new 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor and high-speed continuous shooting at 20fps alongside a whole load more features. While it might be out of the everyday user’s budget, what this camera has confirmed for many of the non-believers is that mirrorless is now suitable for the professional photographer wanting to capture the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
With some upgraded features over the E-M10 MK II, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 MK III came into fruition in late August. Whilst retaining many of the strongest features of the MK II, slight upgrades make this a worthy mirrorless camera, and it has been a popular choice for many enthusiast photographers. A bigger handgrip is the most notable design change, making the camera more comfortable to hold - a valuable consideration with cameras constantly becoming smaller! The introduction of 4K video and a better autofocus system makes it is an exceptional little camera for those looking for a great all-rounder that is easy to take on a road trip to Uluru.
To round out their year Fujifilm had their third product announcement in September, announcing the X-E3. With a few new upgrades to the already a great X E2S, the X-E3 features tweaks in a couple of needed areas. First is the introduction of 4K video, which is becoming commonplace in all Fujifilm’s newer X models. Add to that a remarkable 248 additional focus points, and the new sensor - this camera is a feature-packed gem in a smaller shell. A great camera for any street shooter, allowing you to capture those quieter moments without spoiling the shot – perfect for thoughtful shots of the cathedrals in Paris.
Finally, what has probably been the most sought after mirrorless camera of the year, the Sony A7R III announced its arrival in October. Definitely one of the biggest releases for the year and one we’ve had a lot of inquiries about. You may have already heard about all the features, but I’ll let you in on a few of our favourite upgrades. A jump up to 10fps has been a big selling point, as the continuous focus tracking – meaning you’ll always capture the shot, be it grandchildren running under the sprinkler or a cockatoo in flight. The addition of the touchscreen has been incredibly helpful, making navigation of the camera easier for those new to the system. Also, the new features for the video mode mean the A7R III is great for stills and video. This camera is full of amazing features and instantly became a strong contender for the best mirrorless camera for 2017.
It’s hard to argue these days that mirrorless systems don’t have a place in the future of photography. That place, however, is up to every photographer to decide. One thing we know for sure: We’re speaking to a lot of people in the store, online and over the phone who are excited by the technological advancements in mirrorless cameras, and the small, lightweight alternative they propose.
We highly recommend all of the cameras on this list. We’ve tried them, tested them, and can vouch for every single one. If you have any questions, you know where to find us.
But how about you? We’d love to know what you have in store for your mirrorless camera. Maybe off on holidays and looking wanting to capture special memories with your family? Let us know in the comments below or come in store to have a chat to one of our photographers!