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Top 12 Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2015

Top 12 Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2015 - Here are the Top 12 Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSCs) with an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) reviewed by ePHOTOzine.

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Category : Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product : Sony Alpha 7R II
Price : £2,449
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The mirrorless camera, or compact system camera (CSC), lets you change lenses, as well as providing DSLR sized sensors with DSLR image quality in a much more compact camera body. With a rapid refresh cycle, there is a number of new cameras introduced each year, with many offering innovative new features. Here we highlight the best advanced Compact System Cameras with a built in electronic viewfinder (EVF).  

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. Sony Alpha A7R Mark II 

Sony Alpha A7R II (2)

The 42.4 megapixel Sony Alpha A7R Mark II offers a backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, 5-axis sensor based image stabilisation, ISO50 to ISO102400, 5fps continuous shooting, and a tilting 3inch screen. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), and built in Wi-Fi. 

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2. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II 

Olympus OM D E M5 MarkII (2)

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an impressive camera, with a range of features to suit all aspects of photography, from the video enthusiast, who will benefit from the 5-axis image stabilisation, or someone looking for high resolution (stills) photography, the 40 megapixel mode will be very appealing. The camera is much cheaper than any alternative 36mp+ camera and the camera produces excellent images, with an abundance of options and settings available. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, a vari-angle touch-screen, built in Wi-Fi, 10fps continuous shooting, and a weather sealed camera body. 

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3. Panasonic Lumix GH4 

Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4 (2)

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GH4 gives excellent image quality, high speed continuous shooting at 12fps, and records 4K video. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), a vari-angle touch-screen, built in Wi-Fi, and a weather sealed camera body. The camera offers ISO100 to ISO25600.

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4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII (11)

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. 

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5. Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X T10 Black (7)

The 16 megapixel Fujifilm X-T10 offers the same 16 megapixel sensor and 8fps continuous shooting as the X-T1, although is not weather-sealed. There is a high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO51200, built in Wi-Fi, and a 3inch screen on the back. 

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6. Fujifilm X-T1 

X-T1

The 16 megapixel Fujifilm X-T1 gives excellent image quality, high speed continuous shooting at 8fps, and records full HD video. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), a tilting 3inch screen, ISO100 to ISO51200, built in Wi-Fi, and a weather-sealed camera body. 

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7. Panasonic Lumix G7

Panasonic Lumix G7 Black (2)

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix G7 offers 4K video recording, 8fps continuous shooting, a vari-angle touch-screen, and DSLR styling. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, and built in Wi-Fi and NFC. 

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8. Panasonic Lumix GM5 

Panasonic Lumix GM5 (3)

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GM5 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, with a built-in electronic viewfinder (1.166m dots) as well as a flash hot-shoe. The camera can shoot at 5.8fps, has an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, a 3inch touch-screen, and has built in Wi-Fi. 

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9. Sony Alpha A6000 

Sony Alpha A6000 (4)
 

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A6000 offers an APS-C CMOS sensor, high speed shooting at 11fps with continuous AF, making this a quick camera with a competitive price point as well. There is an electronic viewfinder (1.44m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, and built in Wi-Fi and NFC. 

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10: Samsung NX1

 Samsung NX1 (1)

The 28 megapixel Samsung NX1 is a DSLR shaped mirrorless camera, with a high resolution 28 megapixel BSI APS-C CMOS sensor, 15fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording, tilting vari-angle touch-screen, and an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO51200. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), built in Wi-Fi, and a weather-sealed body. 

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11. Olympus OM-D E-M1 

Olympus OM D E M1 (12)

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 has improved image quality and improved handling, as well as an excellent and large electronic viewfinder making this more appealing to the professional user. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, built in Wi-Fi, and a weather-sealed camera body. 

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12. Panasonic Lumix GX8

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Silver (4)

The 20 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GX8 is the first 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera available, has a tilting EVF built into the body, a tilting vari-angle 3 inch touch screen, 4K video recording, as well as in-body sensor shift image stabilisation, which will benefit anyone who shoots with lenses without built in IS. There is a large, high resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots) that tilts, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO100 to ISO25600, built in Wi-Fi, and a weather sealed camera body. 

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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. Updated November 2015.

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ChrisV 9 1.3k 26 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2015 2:41PM
Are these in order of preference? I'm not sure I'd put it top, but I don't quite get why the GX8 is bottom - is that down to price [I picked mine up relatively cheaply]. I also have an EM1, a GH3 and a GM1. The GX8 would be first choice to put in my camera bag at present - every camera has shortcomings, but features, ergonomics and build quality elevate it a bit ahead of the others for me. I do think the list price is a bit on the high side, but it's a very good camera indeed.

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