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Top 10 Best Mirrorless Compact System Cameras - Here are the Top 10 Best compact system cameras reviewed by ePHOTOzine. Updated: November 2013.

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The mirrorless camera market, or compact system camera (CSC) as most people now call it, is certainly interesting, providing DSLR sized sensors in compact styled cameras, with a much more rapid refresh cycle, which has seen a number of new cameras introduced each year. Click the camera names to read our full reviews of these cameras, or click the buy now links to check the latest prices.

Here we highlight the best of the bunch, starting with Number 1:

Number 1: Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2

Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2

1. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 - 1st - The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 gives the image quality and a number of advanced features from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, at roughly half the price, making it an excellent buy. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
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  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

2: Panasonic Lumix G6 - Joint 1st

Panasonic Lumix DMC G6 Large (2)

2. Panasonic Lumix G6 - Joint 1st - The Panasonic Lumix G6 features built in Wi-Fi, NFC, OLED EVF, improved video mode, focus peaking, and is Panasonic's latest DSLM with a 16 megapixel sensor. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
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  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

3. Panasonic Lumix GM1 - Joint 2nd 

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Black (2)

3. Panasonic Lumix GM1- Joint 2nd - The Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a marvel of compact dimensions, offering the image quality of the GX7, it is the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera available, and one of the smallest mirrorless cameras available, yet has access to an excellent range of lenses. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
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  VERDICT  

4. Panasonic Lumix GX7 - Joint 2nd 
Panasonic Lumix GX7 Black (1)


4. Panasonic Lumix GX7 - Joint 2nd - The Panasonic Lumix GX7 introduces a number of unique features, including a tilting EVF built into the body, a tilting 3 inch touch screen, a completely new Panasonic sensor, as well as in-body sensor shift image stabilisation, which will benefit anyone who shoots with lenses without built in IS. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
  PERFORMANCE  
  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  OVERALL  


5. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 - Joint 2nd

Olympus Pen Lite E Pl5 (8)

5. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 - Joint 2nd - The camera's image quality is vastly improved over the previous PEN cameras, inheriting the 16 megapixel sensor from the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and image quality is excellent with the 14-42mm MK II lens delivering sharp photos and excellent Olympus colour. Noise performance is the best it's ever been from a Micro Four Thirds camera, with usable ISO up to and including ISO6400. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
  PERFORMANCE  
  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  OVERALL  

6. Panasonic Lumix GF6 - Joint 2nd

Panasonic Lumix GF6 Angle

6. Panasonic Lumix GF6 - Joint 2nd - The Panasonic Lumix GF6 offers almost everything you could want from a mirrorless camera, with a new sensor, built in Wi-Fi, tilting touch screen, mode dial, panoramic mode and many more new features. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
  PERFORMANCE  
  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 - Joint 3rd

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Front sensor

7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 - Joint 3rd - For anyone doubting the ability of mirrorless cameras, this is the one that should answer a lot of concerns. It has a weather-sealed compact body, an excellent range of lenses and most importantly excellent image quality - significantly improved over previous Olympus cameras. The noise performance and detail in images is very good even at high ISOs, comparable to cameras with APS-C sized sensors. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
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  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

8. Olympus PEN E-P5 - Joint 3rd

Olympus Pen Ep5 Black White Bg (2) (Custom)

8.  Olympus PEN E-P5 - Joint 3rd - The Olympus PEN E-P5 sits at the top of the Olympus PEN range and is the desirable premium mirrorless camera, while lacking weather sealing of the OM-D, the additional features and high IQ from the OM-D should make the E-P5 top of the list for a mirrorless camera. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
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  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

9. Sony NEX-3N - Joint 3rd

Sony Nex 3n With 16 50mm Pz Lens (1)
9. Sony NEX-3N - Joint 3rd - The Sony NEX-3N is an excellent entry level mirrorless camera, delivering excellent image quality, without compromising on handling or design. The camera has a good tilting 3inch screen with a decent resolution, and built in flash, as well as a number of options that would suit the beginner or those looking to add more creativity to shots. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
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  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

10. Olympus OM-D E-M1 - Joint 4th

Olympus OM D E M1 (12)

10. Olympus OM-D E-M1 - Joint 4th - The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has improved image quality, improved handling, as well as an excellent and large electronic viewfinder making it more appealing to the professional user. In addition there is built in Wi-Fi, improved handling and controls, as well as support for Four Thirds lenses and this is one of the best mirrorless cameras available. Buy Now.   FEATURES  
  HANDLING  
  PERFORMANCE  
  VALUE FOR MONEY  
  VERDICT  

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andymnc
andymnc  1
1 Dec 2012 - 3:07 PM

sony nex-6 ?

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shaolin95
shaolin95  1
2 Dec 2012 - 11:02 PM

Agree...very lame list to not include the nex-6 or 7....fishy

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 - 10:06 AM

You can read the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7 reviews and scores here:
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sony-nex-6-review-20566 http://www.ephotozine.com/article/sony-nex-7-premium-compact-system-camera-revie...

Ken6257
Ken6257  1 United States
19 Dec 2012 - 9:32 PM

Are you tring to tell me the Nikon 1 is a better ILC than Pentax K01? I can start there and go right up the list!!!

andymnc
andymnc  1
19 Dec 2012 - 9:50 PM

this list, in this moment is really useless. With plenty of people trying cameras and giving positive feedback on newer models as Sony nex-6 and Pentax k01 .... how is it possible to read a comparison like this?
please make an update on this one, thanks!

[and still... thanks for all of your super reviews! really.]

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 - 10:33 AM

This list has been updated, and all of our mirrorless reviews can be found here:
http://www.ephotozine.com/reviews/mirrorless-interchangeable-lens-camera-121

Which is where you can find reviews of all the latest mirrorless cameras, their scores, and how/why they have scored the final ratings. Thanks.

sprintexec
28 Jan 2013 - 11:40 AM

Why no Canon cameras represented in this top ten? What are their failings? I'm thinking of the EOS M which you have covered during the last year? Sad

Last Modified By sprintexec at 28 Jan 2013 - 11:44 AM
joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 - 11:54 AM


Quote: Why no Canon cameras represented in this top ten? What are their failings? I'm thinking of the EOS M which you have covered during the last year? Sad

The review is coming, but the Canon EOS M does not score very well, and has a number of issues (Mostly lack of lenses, and slow focus) compared to the cameras featured on this list.

sprintexec
28 Jan 2013 - 12:08 PM


Quote: Why no Canon cameras represented in this top ten? What are their failings? I'm thinking of the EOS M which you have covered during the last year? Sad

The review is coming, but the Canon EOS M does not score very well, and has a number of issues (Mostly lack of lenses, and slow focus) compared to the cameras featured on this list.

Thanks for the quick response Josh. As I own a range of Canon D SLR lenses I am torn between buying an EOS M. Past experience with Samsung compacts draws me towards their offerings...

petebfrance
28 Jan 2013 - 1:00 PM

????? Links from 'Olymus Pen Lite E-PL5' took me to Nikon 1 V2 review...........??????

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2013 - 1:51 PM


Quote: ????? Links from 'Olymus Pen Lite E-PL5' took me to Nikon 1 V2 review...........??????

Sorry this is fixed now.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1214407 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 8:45 PM


Quote: Agree...very lame list to not include the nex-6 or 7....fishy

Why, its based on overall score nothing else.

tecnoworld
10 May 2013 - 12:12 AM

No samsung nx300 in the top 10? It's much better than nx210 under every aspect (but raw continuous shooting, where the 210 could take 8 pics in a row and now the newer nx300 stops after just 5...but I hope samsung corrects this via fw). I think the nx300 could be the best featured mirrorless on the market, with a great set of high qualitty primes.

Dlees78
Dlees78  7 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 - 12:00 PM

A top 10 list that only goes to number 4, with 4 "joint 3rds" and 2 "joint everything elses"? Talk about sitting on the fence Wink

nodyah
nodyah 
30 Oct 2013 - 8:40 AM

If two cameras come joint first then the next camera behind these two comes third not second.

e_kjellgren
30 Oct 2013 - 10:19 AM

How come you don't give five stars on the 'Performance' to EP5 when EM1/EM5/EPL5/EPM2 get it?

/Evert

joshwa
joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 3583 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
30 Oct 2013 - 11:26 AM


Quote: How come you don't give five stars on the 'Performance' to EP5 when EM1/EM5/EPL5/EPM2 get it?

/Evert

Hi, the E-P5 was tested with the 14-42mm kit lens, which wasn't the best performer, and as it is supplied as a kit with that lens (rather than say the 12-50mm with better macro, which is what we tested the E-M1 / E-M5 with), it got knocked down in the performance (IQ) section. Since the EPM2 and EPL5 were reviewed, there's also been the release of the new Panasonic 14-42mm II lens, and we've had to be more critical of performance due to improving IQ from competitors.

In the E-P5 review we note in the verdict that to get the best results a prime lens is recommended.

Hope this helps,

Thanks,
Josh

sasan
sasan  27 forum posts
28 Jan 2014 - 12:32 PM

Empty sits for Fuji? How about nex series?It's a little one-sided

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