This guide will help you select which camera is best for you and your needs! No matter what your level I’ve got you covered.
I separate the cameras into nice easy categories that will help you make the best choice. I am a big fan of mirrorless cameras because they can do everything that DSLR’s can do but have about half the weight!
Mirrorless cameras are the way of the future and many PRO photographers have already converted, so whether you are jumping in for the first time OR wanting to get a 2nd camera these suggestions will make sure you get the most value for your dollar.
APS-C MIRRORLESS CAMERAS
These Sony a5100 mirrorless cameras are amazing quality for the price! My wife owns one and the reason she loves it is because the LCD screen can tip straight up 180° and she can take amazing selfies! She also loves how inconspicuous it is so she get away with having it in a restaurant or show without drawing attention whilst getting supreme quality shots. If money’s no object, then scroll down to the Amazing Camera.
It is an interchangeable lens camera so it sport all the lenses you use on the Sony A7 systems, including A7R ii (see camera below). So it’s a great backup camera too! It has the exact same high quality 24.3MP Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor as the Sony a6000 but differs by not having a viewfinder. This means it’s a much smaller and versatile camera and it packs a serious punch!
The Sony a6000SONY α 6000 and α 5100 share the same sensor, but the α 6000 will offer more pro features. The extra features will cost you a little more than the a5100, but it’s a little more robust to hold and supports a viewfinder which helps when shooting out in the bright sunshine. Can’t talk highly enough on the image quality on this camera. I tried to talk my wife into getting one but she was set on 180° tilt screen of the α 5100. The α 6000 also supports the lenses from the Sony A7 series, including the Sony A7Rii, so is a great a little addition to a camera line up. Get this camera if you are getting into mirrorless and plan to upgrade later because you will be able to use your lenses on the pro mirrorless A7Rii. Also get this camera if you want an amazing quality backup to take with you in your backup or purse. It’s small in size so it’s great for those moments when you wish you had a camera!
The eagerly awaited update to sony’s APS-C line of cameras has been released and it’s boasting some very powerful features- The Sony a6500! Without getting too complicated, the Key features are and these are pretty amazing in an APS-C camera!
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with 425 phase detection points
- 2.36M-dot OLED EVF
- Tilting rear touchscreen
- 5-axis in-body image stabilization
- 11 fps continuous shooting for up to 300 JPEGs / 100 Raws
- 1/4000 sec maximum shutter speed
The 425 phase detection points is actually how many points on the sensor are used when computing the autofocus, that’s insane! + it has in-camera 5-axis image stabilization. So, the camera actually is able to adjust to movement from the user and make a steady photograph, another insane feature! All these features combined with many others like 4k video shooting and 25600 ISO make the Sony a6500 camera the best Sony APS mirrorless camera on the market. This would suit any photographer! Check out my lens section for the best landscape and walk-around lenses to pair with this camera.
FULL FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERAS
The Sony A7 is the company’s most affordable full frame mirrorless camera makes it a very attractive option. So, if you are one of those photographers dying to make their way into full frame photography, this camera is your chance! The Sony A7 has made Full Frame photography available to everyone! It was released along with the Sony A7R and there is so much to love about this camera coming with a Full frame 24MP sensor that allows up to 4 FPS in Speed Priority Continuous shooting, pretty impressive! There’s plenty of amazing Sony FE lenses and the list keeps growing- check out the lenses here. This camera offers that full frame sensor and you will love editing the large images, 24MP is just the right amount that won’t require too much computer processing power, many photographers believe 24 to be the magic number actually.
The Sony A7 ii is a great mirrorless camera offering the complete package! Many would consider 24MP Full Frame to be the perfect amount of pixels to shoot with and the incredible part about this camera is that it has image stabilization built in to the body. This was a huge upgrade from the A7 because in the A7 ii has become an incredible walk around camera and be confident to get a sharp image. This may very well be my next camera when my Sony A7R dies. It’s an all round camera and this price it is a steal for people wanting to get into the full frame market. You can use all your nikon, canon, sigma lenses with this mirrorless camera using convertors so it makes the transition easier than you think.
I love my Sony A7R! I pre-ordered my Sony A7R before it’s release and have been using it ever since! I switched from a Nikon D800 and these camera’s both use the exact same 36MP Full Frame sensor. The big differences between these 2 cameras is the weight and size. The new mirrorless cameras are much smaller and lighter and offer all the features of the bulkier DSLR’s. I have not regretted my decision to switch to the mirrorless system at all and the Sony A7R allows me to use all my Nikkor lenses with a convertor. I am most happy with my lighter mirrorless camera when I am walking around a city, landscape or coastal scene when I have my camera, lenses, tripod and a packed lunch on my back. Since the release of the Sony A7r the A7R ii has been released, but it is more costly, so if you are looking for a more affordable option this Sony A7R fits in nicely. Ask me any questions, I have 3 years experience with this camera!
The Sony A7r ii is the company’s flagship mirrorless camera. It’s a 42MP Full Frame beast. This is the 2nd version of the camera and improvements made it faster and added in-body image stabilisation which is an incredible addition to an already amazing camera. This provides the highest mirrorless camera resolution with the ultra light weight that comes with a mirrorless camera. If you have the budget, than you should drop the hammer! Hands down the best mirrorless camera on the market.