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Top 10 Best Entry Level Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2017

Top 10 Best Entry Level Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2017 - Here are the Top 10 Best Entry-level Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSCs) available, reviewed by ePHOTOzine.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Panasonic Lumix GX800
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The mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) lets you change lenses, as well as most of them using DSLR sized sensors with DSLR image quality in a much more compact camera. With a rapid refresh cycle, there are a number of new cameras introduced each year, with many offering innovative new features. Here we highlight the best entry level Compact System Cameras under £500.  

Click the camera names to read our full reviews of these cameras to see how they have scored, as well as the pros and cons of each model. To check the latest prices, you can click the green "Check Latest Price" buttons. 

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

 

1. Panasonic Lumix GX80 

Panasonic Lumix GX80 Black (2)

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GX80 offers 4K video recording, 5-axis image stabilisation sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), a 3inch tilting screen and built-in Wi-Fi. There is an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, 8fps continuous shooting, and 4K Photo which offers 30fps continuous shooting. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII (15)

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is the entry level Olympus OM-D model, yet features the same 16-megapixel sensor as the E-M5 Mark II, as well as 5-axis image stabilisation, and built-in Wi-Fi, at a competitive price. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, 8.5fps continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi. Although the camera is not weather-sealed, it does have a tilting touch-screen, and uses Micro Four Thirds lenses

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3. Panasonic Lumix GM1

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Black (2)

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a marvel of miniaturisation, 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, as well as a built in flash. The camera can shoot at 5fps, has an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, a 3inch touch-screen, and has built in Wi-Fi. The GM1 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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4. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL8

Olympus PEN E PL8 White (12)

The 16 megapixel Olympus PEN E-PL8 features a tilting 3inch selfie screen, 3-axis in-camera image stabilisation, and records FullHD video. The ISO range is ISO100 to ISO25600, and the camera features built in Wi-Fi, 8.5fps continuous shooting, and a metal camera body. The E-PL8 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses. It's also worth looking at the previous version, while it's still available, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7.

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5. Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000 (5)

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A6000 offers high-speed shooting, at 11fps with continuous AF, a 3inch tilting screen, a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), ISO100 to ISO25600, and offers built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera uses Sony E-mount lenses.

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6. Fujifilm X-A2

Fujifilm X A2 (11)

The 16 megapixel Fujifilm X-A2 shoots at 5.6fps in continuous mode, and there is a tilting 3inch selfie screen, ISO100 to ISO25600, built in Wi-Fi, Flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Fujifilm X-A2 uses Fujifilm X-Mount lenses.

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7. Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha ILCE A5100 (2)

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A5100 offers an APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3inch tilting selfie touch-screen, ISO100 to ISO25600, 6fps continuous shooting, built in pop-up flash, plus built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The A5100 uses Sony E-Mount lenses

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8. Panasonic Lumix GX800

Panasonic Lumix GX800 In Hand (3)

Panasonic’s entry-level Lumix GX800 sits at the bottom of the Lumix GX range, replacing the GF7, with a new design and styling. The camera features a 16-megapixel sensor, 4K photo and video, a 3inch tilting touch-screen and built-in pop-up flash. The camera looks better than the GF7 it replaces, with a better feel in the hand as well. The Panasonic Lumix GX800 is available for £499 with 12-32mm kit lens, making it good value for money as one of the cheapest 4K capable mirrorless cameras. For those who on a tight budget, the GX800 offers a lot of features, fast performance, and excellent image quality, all for less than £500.

 It's also worth looking at the previous version, while it's still available, the Panasonic Lumix GF7

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9. Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5 Black (2)

The 20 megapixel Nikon 1 J5 offers 20fps continuous shooting with AF, 4K video (at 15fps), built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, ISO160 to ISO12800, a pop-up flash, and a 180degree tilting touch-screen all squeezed into a compact metal body. The J5 uses Nikon 1 mount lenses. 

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10. Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3 Black (5)

The 24 megapixel Canon EOS M3 has a tilting selfie touch-screen, 4.2fps continuous shooting, ISO100 to ISO25600, Wi-Fi and NFC, built in pop-up flash. The Canon EOS M3 uses the Canon EOS EF-M lens mount.

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For premium mirrorless compact system cameras (with a viewfinder) have a look at the Top 13 Best Premium CSCs 2016.

For more mirrorless compact system camera reviews, have a look at our latest mirrorless reviews. Don't forget to pick up a bag for it to protect it - have a look at our complete guide to bags. If you want a memory card for your camera, have a look at our complete guide to memory cards.

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ChrisV Plus
10 1.7k 26 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 4:03PM
Isn't the Nikon 1 series dead now? I suppose there will still be some in the supply chain, but I'd heard Nikon had discontinued development, which leaves system users at a bit of a dead end.

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JackAllTog Plus
8 4.7k 58 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2016 5:24PM
Interesting that the 2nd hand market may well become awash with great CSC's that are a model number or two behind the current version.
I hope this will translate into a great way to have a student/daily/sport camera option to really not care about damaging too much - but yet is still a very interesting camera to have on you.

ChrisV Plus
10 1.7k 26 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2016 1:27PM

Quote:Interesting that the 2nd hand market may well become awash with great CSC's that are a model number or two behind the current version.
I hope this will translate into a great way to have a student/daily/sport camera option to really not care about damaging too much - but yet is still a very interesting camera to have on you.




I wonder if that's the reason several of the top picks here are also in the top premium CSC roundup? If that's the case I can't for the life of me work out why the GX8 is not only not featured here, but now it can be had for around 500, top of the list. Yeah it's on the large side for a CSC and some users have reported a shutter-shock issue [can't say I've ever noticed it].

Otherwise it's arguably the best built [weather sealed], ergonomic and feature packed camera you can get for the price. You could probably get the GX80 slightly cheaper, but you're also giving away a fair bit in spec [including the retrograde step of that field sequential EVF].
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.7k 58 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2016 1:45PM
ChrisV Plus
10 1.7k 26 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2016 5:31PM

Quote:The GX80 gets a mention here with a 5 star rating - https://www.ephotozine.com/article/top-13-best-premium-compact-system-cameras-2016-19376



Yeah it's actually #20 in the current premium csc top 20! I've got a few of those cameras, including the EM1. The GX8 was very overpriced on release [I didn't pay top whack!] It's probably my most oft-used camera at present. Perhaps they're all just excellent cameras and the ratings are on minor subjective points? I still think it's a bit of a bargain, but I'd also say they released the new G8 at a very compelling price [considering its feature set]. Almost a shame I don't need it!

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