Mirrorless – Best Micro 4/3 Cameras
In recent times the digital camera world has been going through some major changes. The rule of the DSLRs, the undisputed masters of the digital camera world, is seeing some major threats from mirrorless camera systems.
With Nikon announcing that they will be focusing more on mid and high-end DSLRs and Mirrorless systems, the future does look bleak for DSLRs. Though we are not going to see the end of DSLRs any time soon, the process of ditching the hefty bulky DSLRs for lighter yet powerful mirrorless systems has already begun.
We are hoping to see a selection of new mirrorless cameras from Nikon very soon. Now that the market is abuzz with rumors that Nikon is moving away from launching new DSLRs in the entry-level segment to replace the aging models.
Going forward Nikon is rumored to be concentrating only on the mid-level and top-level DSLRs like the current flagship D5, the D750 and the D850. The D5 is set to be replaced by the D6, likely before July 2020, so that professionals can switch over to the new flagship in time for the Summer Olympics.
We recently listed the best low light mirrorless camera systems. That list included the Sony Alpha a7S II, the a7 III, the a9 and the Nikon Z6. Nikon’s Z6 is one of the best mirrorless systems you can buy right now. But we are not going to delve into that camera segment in this article. Since we are only concentrating on micro four-thirds systems, and we’ve already discussed the best DSLRs, it’s time to discuss the best micro 4/3 cameras.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a micro four-thirds mirrorless digital camera. Micro four-thirds is still relevant in 2019 thanks to Panasonic and Fuji. Olympus is the third company in that group that makes this happen. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is powered by a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor. A number of mirrorless APS-C, full-frame as well as micro four-thirds cameras come with built-in sensor-shift type image stabilization. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is one such camera.
The other highlight is the continuous shooting speed. Even with a mechanical shutter, the OM-D E-M1 can shoot at 10 fps with auto exposure and autofocus. If you use the electronic shutter, Shutter Speed pushes up to 18 fps in burst mode with auto exposure and autofocus. When focus and exposure are locked prior to the first shot mechanical shutter can deliver up to 15 fps and electronic shutter can deliver a whopping 60 fps. What we would have liked is a better buffer though. Finally, the DCI 4K video capabilities of the camera make it a well-rounded package for Micro 4/3 enthusiasts.
- New 20.4 megapixel live MOS sensor
- New TruePic VIII dual quad core image processor, auto focus points phase detection: 121 (121 cross type), contrast detection:...
- 60 frames per second S AF, 18 frames per second C AF (silent electronic shutter)
- 15 frames per second S AF, 10 frames per second C AF (mechanical shutter)
- 121 point dual fast AF with cross type on chip phase detection focusing
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The GH5 and the GH5S are both excellent all-round cameras in the mirrorless micro four-thirds domain. The GH5 has been the preferred choice for a large number of vloggers and even amateur movie makers thanks to its internal 4K capabilities, upgradeable V-log option and 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording. But then the GH5S camera cropped up.
This camera is definitely geared towards videographers more than just still photographers. The most striking difference between the two cameras is the drop in resolution. Lower resolution means less information to process and therefore smoother video quality.
The other advantage that came about was better low light capability. And to facilitate that the GH5S comes with dual native ISO. Plus you have the higher frame rates when shooting 4K videos.
The GH5S has both DCI and UHD 4K capture options with 4:2:2 10-bit recording. And finally, it has v-log built-in which ensures that you can start shooting right away without having to download and install anything and capture a large dynamic range for post-processing. Additionally, the camera comes with other picture styles which gives you a better edge when choosing to shoot with a specific picture style for maximum editing leverage.
- PROFESSIONAL PHOTO AND VIDEO PERFORMANCE: 10.2-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and a significantly higher photoreceptive...
- RUGGED SPLASH/FREEZEPROOF DESIGN: Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freezeproof down...
- UNLIMITED IN-CAMERA RECORDING OF C4K: Capable of internal SD card capture of 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p...
- ANAMORPHIC VIDEO MODE: 4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system enables high...
- CONNECTIVITY AND PORTS: TC In/Out/Synchro Terminal (via included BNC cable), 3.5mm mic jack with line input, 3.5mm headphone...
The Olympus OM-D E-M1X has something that was normally considered as something normal to traditional professional DSLRs. A twin grip and a second image processing engine. Olympus puts the OM-D E-M1X squarely against the likes of EOS 1DX Mark II and the D5.
And just with other Panasonic micro four-thirds camera this one too comes with built-in image stabilization. Image stabilization on the OM-D E-M1X is rated at 5.5 stops. Incidentally, the same on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is rated at 5 stops. With the OM-D E-M1X, you get a whopping 60 fps continuous shooting speed with the electronic shutter. Plus you get an on-chip phase detection auto-focusing system with 121 phase-detection points. All of which are cross-type.
- 20. 4 MP live MOS sensor with dual Tropic VIII image Processors
- 5 Axis sync is provides 7. 5 EV Stops of compensation, The world's most effective stabilization performance
- Live ND provides the effects of an ND filter without the need to use a filter
- Multi selector (joystick) on both the vertical and horizontal shooting positions for quick selection of the AF area
- 60 FPS (s aft), 18 fps (c aft tracking) continuous shooting with the silent electronic shutter
Rajib is an avid travel photographer and an overall shutterbug. He loves to test and review new photography gear. He has been writing about cameras and lenses for over 10 years now. You can consider him as your “master guide” here at PhotoWorkout.
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