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What is a Mirrorless Camera?

Technically, these are Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Cameras. Meaning that unlike the compact point and shoot cameras they are equipped with a interchangeable lens mount which allows you to put on different lenses for different purposes. It also means that unlike the professional DSLR cameras they do not make use of a mirror for the optical viewfinder. These cameras at times completely lack a viewfinder or otherwise make use of an electronic viewfinder.
So, they offer the consumers the best of both worlds. The compactness of a digital point and shoot camera and the flexibility, versatility and other pro features of the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras.
There are only a handful of Mirrorless Cameras available in the market as well as through online retail in India right now but that should increase in the future.

 

 

Olympus PEN E-P3

olympus pen e-p3

 

olympus pen e-p3 back

Features:

  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS SensorBundled Lens – M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II ER  28-84mm (35mm Camera Equivalent)
  • 4/3  inch sensor size
  • 120 Hz ‘Fast AF’ focus system
  • Full HD videos with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 30 fps
  • Touch-sensitive VGA-equivalent 3 inch 614,000 dot OLED screen (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Minimum shutter speed: 60 sec
  • ISO rating: Auto, ISO 200 to 12800, Manual, ISO 200 to 12800
  • Built-in Flash
  • 3 fps continous shots
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • Weight – 369 g (Including Battery and Memory Card)

 

Pros:

  • Good Image Quality
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Bright OLED good for outdoor photos
  • Huge Lens line-up from Olympus M.ZUIKO
  • Cool Retro look, nice to handle

 

Cons:

  •  The hugely complex menu system takes a while to get to grips.
  • Ageing sensor means resolution and high ISO noise performance can’t match the competition

 

Price: Rs 38599

 

 

Canon EOS-M

canon eos m

canon eos m top  canon eos m

 

Features:

  • 18 MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor
  • Bundled Lens – EF M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Full HD videos with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 30 fps
  • Speed|lite 90EX included (Flash)
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD
  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/4000 sec
  • Minimum shutter speed: 60 sec
  • 4.3 fps continuous shots
  • Weight – 298 g (with Battery and Memory Card)

 

Pros:

  • Top Notch image quality
  • Large high resolution sensor
  • High resolution screen
  • Light body, conventional design
  • Huge backup of Canon EF lenses via EF-EOS M Adapter

 

Cons:

  • Canon’s first Mirrorless camera, expect shortcomings
  • Slow Autofocus
  • Not many EF M lenses available as of now. Mainstream EF lenses feel bulky on it

 

Price: Rs 43000

 

 

Nikon 1 V1

mirrorless nikon

nikon 1 v1   nikon 1 v1

Features:

  • 10MP 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7x effective focal length multiplier
  • Bundled Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm F/3.5-5.6
  • Full HD videos with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 60 fps
  • Slow motion movies at 400 and 1200 fps
  • 3-in. 920k dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/16000 sec
  • Minimum shutter speed: 30 sec
  • Auto ISO (ISO 100 – 3200, 100 – 800, 100 – 400)
  • Built in electronic viewfinder
  • Flash optional
  • 5 fps, 10 fps, 30 fps, 60 fps continuous shots
  • Weight383 g (with Battery and Memory Card)

 

Pros:

  • Good Image Quality
  • Print ready JPEGs through very accurate colour reproduction
  • Fast and accurate Hybrid autofocus system
  • Slow motion movies through upto 1200 fps recording
  • Good range of NIKKOR 1 lenses and a mount for NIKKOR lenses for DSLRs

 

Cons:

  • Old camera, new Nikon 1 cameras released in other parts of the world
  • No control over the autofocus
  • No flash included
  • Some people might find the megapixel count disappointing

 

Price: Rs 37700