My Experience With Mirrorless Cameras
Best Mirrorless Cameras In India - Before buying a DSLR camera, you should know about the latest mirrorless cameras that are better than traditional DSLRs.
I started my journey with the mirrorless camera back in 2016 when I purchased the Sony A6000 from the Fort Area, in Mumbai.
Canon and Nikon were popular back then, but a good old friend forced me to get the Sony A6000. And boy it was one of the best purchase decisions, I took back then.
It was a bit expensive for my budget but the additional money spent is worth it. Learning how to shoot with a DSLR camera takes time, patience and more importantly watching lots of tutorials and practice.
Also, if you can learn how to use Lightroom or Photoshop, it is an added advantage. I mostly create videos for Youtube using my mirrorless camera and also click tons of product images.
You can check my videos and pictures in our review section. (Most of these are clicked using the Sony A6000.)
I am an aspiring photographer/ video maker and also keep track of all the latest updates on DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and write about these whenever something new comes up.
So Which One was the First Mirrorless Camera?
Talking about the history of mirrorless cameras, their existence dates back to 2004 when the first mirrorless camera hit the market. It was an Epson R-D1. Also, Leica and Panasonic later followed the suit by launching their Leica M8 and Lumix DMC-G1 cameras respectively.
How is a mirrorless camera different from a DSLR?
Let's talk about mirrorless cameras; these are a type of digital camera that doesn’t come with an optical mirror. Unlike DSLR cameras which come with an optical viewfinder, a mirrorless camera has an electronic viewfinder to display what the image sensor sees.
Conventional DSLR cameras come with an optical viewfinder that displays whatever the camera image sensor sees. But what a mirrorless camera does is, it use a single and removable lens, along with an electronic digital display system.
Elimination of the moving mirror causes mirrorless cameras to be smaller, lighter, and quieter than DSLRs. Also, the former uses contrast-detect autofocus, rather than phase-detect autofocus which the DSLRs use.
Below is an Excellent Video from Sony Explaining the Difference Between Mirrorless and DSLR.
Which brands should you consider?
There are plenty of brands. However, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus are some of the most prominent brands that manufacture mirrorless cameras. Interestingly, brands like Nikon and Canon whose main department is DSLRs also have some mirrorless cameras in their portfolios.
This article is helpful for people who want to buy their first mirrorless camera and also for content creators looking to make Youtube videos.
Best Mirrorless Cameras between the 30K to 60K price range
Sony Alpha A5100 (Affordable 1080P Video Camera)
Sony Alpha A5100 sports a 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS sensor along with a Bionz X processor and comes with a Sony E lens mount type.
It has a 3” touchscreen LCD monitor which can be flipped in an upward direction at 180 degrees and can be used for taking selfies.
Talking about the camera’s video recording capabilities, it can shoot Full HD (1080 x 1920) videos at 60p. Whereas, its continuous drive for still photos is up to 6fps.
The Sony Alpha A5100 boasts of various autofocus modes such as Single, Continuous, Face Detection, and Phase Detect to name a few while having 179 focusing points.
Also, it features various photography modes like aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure mode and is equipped with an inbuilt flash. The camera doesn’t support an external flash.
Sony Alpha A5100 costs Rs. 39,990 for the Body + 16-50 mm Power Zoom Lens.
Key Specs for Sony Alpha A5100
- 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Bionz X processor
- 3” touchscreen LCD monitor tilt-able to 180 degrees
- FHD (1080 x 1920 pixels) video at 60p
- The continuous drive of 6fps
- 179 Focus points
- Auto, 100-25600 ISO range
- Built-in wireless connectivity
- USB 2.0 and HDMI ports
- 400 Shots battery life
- Price Rs. 36,990
Canon EOS M200 Mirrorless Camera
Sony and Panasonic have embraced mirrorless cameras for a long time, and Canon is also now catching up fast.
In October 2019, Canon introduced the new EOS M200 mirrorless camera in India. The camera is available for Rs. 43,995 on Amazon India for the Body and 15-45 mm STM lens.
The camera has an ergonomic grip and is lightweight (weighs less than 260 grams).
The Canon EOS M200 comes with a 24.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor that gives you high-resolution images with an ISO range of 100 – 25600.
More Importantly, the EOS M200 is capable of recording 4K videos and even has support for HD 120 fps slow-motion videos.
These are the features you won't find on the Sony A5100 or even the A6000 cameras available in this price range.
Also, we get some connectivity options such as Bluetooth and WIFI to transfer the photos and videos quickly.
You can even use the Canon EOS M200 with the Canon Connect App to your paired smartphone and helps you in capturing the images remotely through a smartphone as a remote control.
Overall you get great video and image quality with the EOS M200 and comes with the Self Portrait Mode, a 180° tilt-up touchscreen LCD, and a handy smooth skin effect to make your skin always look flawless.
Furthermore, you can also edit your photo by using the creative assist feature of the camera it will help you to change effects like Blur to Sharp, Dark to Bright, etc.
So, you don't have a need for photo editing software to do some basic editing.
KEY SPECS FOR Canon EOS M200
- 24.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor.
- Able to record 4k videos.
- Fast and accurate autofocus.
- 180-degree tilt LCD touchscreen
- 100-25600 ISO range
- Self-portrait mode is also there.
- has a creative assist feature to edit your images.
- Comes with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
- 350 Shots battery life
Fujifilm X-A7 24.2 MP Mirrorless Camera
The Fujifilm X-A7 mirrorless camera has simple and familiar controls that let you create stunning results and also advance your photography.
It comes with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor that uses Copper wiring construction to achieve advanced AF performance.
Also, it has a 3.5-inch Vari-angle LCD customizable touchscreen that allows simple tap-and-swipe operation.
The X-A7 camera has an advanced Face/Eye detection autofocus that lets you create professional-looking focused portraits and also lets you take great selfies that ensure the perfect framing.
Even in the low light situation, it will stay focused on your subject to provide a better performance and also tracks faces and eyes quickly and accurately when your subject is in action.
It is also able to record 4K at a smooth 30FPS with no cropping for great, big-screen results.
Furthermore, it is a lightweight camera and also offers various connectivity options includes HDMI, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
It is available online at a price of Rs 45,000 with the 15-45 mm lens.
KEY SPECS FOR Fujifilm X-A7
- Small and lightweight.
- Offers a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Image Sensor.
- Able to record 4k videos at a smooth 30p.
- Offers good performance in the low light situation.
- 3.5-inch Vari-angle LCD customizable touchscreen.
- 100–51200 ISO range.
- Comes with HDMI, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.
- 440 Shots battery life.
- 2-year standard warranty.
Canon EOS M50
Sony and Panasonic have embraced mirrorless cameras for a long, it's time that Canon also jumps on the bandwagon.
In July 2018, Canon introduced the new EOS M50 mirrorless camera in India. The camera is available for Rs. 56,000 on Amazon India for the Body as well as the 15-45 mm STM lens.
The camera has an ergonomic grip and is lightweight (weighs less than 400 grams) along with the Kit lens.
The EOS M50 comes with a new 24.1 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor with an ISO range of 100 - 25600. Also, it comes with an Electronic View Finder and has a touch screen to assist with focus.
More Importantly, the EOS M50 is capable of recording 4K videos and even has support for HD 120 fps slow-motion videos.
Also, we get modern connectivity options such as NFC and WIFI to transfer the images quickly to a laptop or Mac.
You can even use the Canon EOS M50 with the Canon Connect App to click images using your smartphone and quickly transfer them to view them on the high-resolution screen.
Overall you get great video and image quality with the EOS M50 and you will love the super fast dual focus which is super fast.
It is a great camera and comes with the ease of use that only Canon offers and in my opinion, is a great beginner-level camera.
You can throw in a fast prime lens and you can click some amazing shots with this Canon little master.
Panasonic Lumix G7 4K (Made for 4K Videos)
Panasonic is a well-known brand in the world of imaging. It has some top-notch products on the market, including outstanding video cameras.
The Lumix G7 is currently available for just Rs. 47,999 with a 14-42 mm lens and is one of the most affordable cameras on this list.
Panasonic Lumix G7 comes with a 16 MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine image processor. Its quad-core CPU makes it possible to process signals with a high speed of 8fps on AFS mode and 6fps on AFC mode. The maximum ISO value for the camera is ISO 25600 which is impressive.
The camera comes with a 14-42mm lens kit and can shoot 4K videos with a frame rate of 30fps. Add a prime lens to this camera and you can shoot incredible 4K footage with this Panasonic. It is not waterproof so you need to be cautious when using it in rough weather.
4K Photo Function – This is a really interesting feature. Lumix G7 features a 4K Ultra HD video technology using which a user can pause the video to extract the photo with a resolution of up to 8 MP.
Also, Lumix G7 features a 3.5mm Microphone Socket, and Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity, along with the ability to shoot Time Lapse videos. Also, it has a built-in pop-up flash. The camera is currently available for Rs. 53,000 along with the 14-42 mm lens.
Key Specs for Lumix G7
- 16 MP CMOS sensor
- 4K video capture up to 30fps
- 4K Photo mode with the Pre-Bust mode
- Wi-Fi for transferring photos
- Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400,12800, 25600 ISO settings
- 49 Focus Points
- Fully articulated 3” LCD touchscreen
- USB 2.0 and HDMI port
Fuji is a highly recommended brand that produces some really high-quality imaging products including mirrorless cameras.
This year(2020) Fujifilm launched its next X series camera that is Fujifilm X-T200.
The Fujifilm X-T200 comes with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a primary color filter and a newly developed XC 15-45mm lens. It is available on Amazon India for an F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens with optical image stabilization.
The ISO on the camera ranges from 200-12800 apart from the Auto ISO option.
The camera has all the common features such as aperture, Portrait enhancer, and exposure compensation, and bright mode et Cetra.
Moreover, the camera has a continuous drive of 8 frames per second.
Most important of all, the camera can record 4K (3840 x 2160) videos at 30 fps while Full HD videos can be recorded at 60 fps. The XT200 records videos at 6032×3392 (6K) resolution and then downsample it to 4K offering extra clarity.
The LCD monitor can swivel 180 degrees and you can easily use it to record vlogs or self videos without the need for an external display.
The camera is pretty lightweight (weighs just 331 grams) also the Fuji lenses are not bulky.
Key Specs Fujifilm X-T200
- 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Vari-angle touchscreen LCD
- 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom Lens
- 4K video @ 30p, Full HD video @ 60p
- Auto, 200-12800 ISO
- 425 phase-detection point
- USB 3.1 and HDMI micro connector
- 450 Shots battery life
- Price Rs. 54,990 (Affordable Price)