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Top 13 Best Premium Compact System Cameras 2016

Top 13 Best Premium Compact System Cameras 2016 - Here are the Top 13 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
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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. Sony Alpha A6300 

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The Sony Alpha A6300 features a 24.2-megapixel sensor for improved low light performance, 4K video and a faster readout speed than found on the A6000 to enable improved shooting performance. The camera's body is weather sealed when used with weather sealed lenses and is made of magnesium alloy. The Sony Alpha A6300 gives other mirrorless and digital SLR cameras a run for their money, delivering excellent images, with very good noise performance, and also offers some of the most advanced video options available at this price point. If you want a Sony Alpha that offers excellent value for money but without 4K video, check out the previously released A6000

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3. 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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4. Panasonic Lumix GX80 

Panasonic Lumix GX80 Black (1)

The Panasonic Lumix GX80 has a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 5-axis in-camera sensor based image stabilisation, 4K video recording and a sensor without the optical low pass filter, for improved resolution, contrast and colour reproduction. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 offers a compelling set of features and delivers images with very good colour and is capable of producing images with excellent detail, although does benefit from the use of high-quality lenses to get the best out of the camera.

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5. 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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6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

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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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7. 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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8. Fujifilm X-T1 

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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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9. 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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10. Olympus PEN-F 

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The Olympus PEN-F features a 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which has a high resolution of 2.36million dots, and a vari-angle touch-screen. Beyond the stylish design, and rangefinder position of the EVF, the Olympus PEN-F features the same premium camera technology as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, with a 5-axis image stabilisation system. The camera also offers 10fps continuous shooting, full manual controls and raw shooting. Overall, the Olympus PEN-F offers a unique shooting experience, which is difficult to match without spending significantly more money.

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11. Fujifilm X-Pro 2 

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The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is the evolution of the X-Pro 1 and includes a 24-megapixel sensor, new processor, faster AF, better operability, better performance, improved feel, better weather sealing, and improved design. FullHD video is included, but not 4K video recording.  If the rangefinder camera is your preferred style, then the X-Pro 2 gives excellent results and is well-worth considering. 

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12. 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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13. 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

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ChrisV Plus
9 1.3k 26 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2016 2:37PM
Interesting that the GX80 is up at number 4 whilst the GX8 is bottom of the pile here. I wonder if that's reflective of the fact that at launch [when the original review came out], the GX8 was pretty overpriced?

There are some advantages to the GX80 [slightly better IBIS and an addressing of the shutter shock issue that came with the earlier camera at certain shutter speeds] and also of course that it's a bit more compact.

But now the price difference between the two is only a tad more than 50, I wonder that the better build [arguably] better handling and the modest increase in resolution don't make the GX8 clearly the better camera?

I suppose that's one of the flaws in this kind of listing - along with the usual caveat that different cameras will be right for different users. Having said all that I'd love an A71RII - I'd like to say it's the overall system weight that puts me off, but it's my lack of cash [particularly as I'd be starting from scratch].
Epicuros 8 11 Greece
8 Jun 2016 3:50PM
You are providing false information for Sony AR7 and Olympus OM DEM 5 MKII, as regards image resolution (42.4 MP for Sony and 40MP for the Olympus, whereas these are quoted as 24.4 and 16.1 MP respectively in the Amazon site). Besides, there is very little information you provide for each camera...
joshwa Plus
6 780 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2016 8:03AM
Hi Epicuros, the A7R II is a 42 megapixel camera, the EM5 II is 16mp with 40mp mode, if you click through to the reviews you can find out more about each camera in detail.

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