Five Essential Mirrorless Compact Cameras

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These revolutionary mirrorless cameras promise outstanding photography at a fraction of the weight of professional SLRs, making them perfect for everything from a day trip with the lads to an Arctic expedition.

It’s all well and good to have the latest DSLR with enough lenses to set up your own camera shop, but sometimes the situation calls for something a little more…subtle. The technology behind mirrorless cameras has come a long way and offers small but powerful camera bodies with unbelievable specs and the ability to capture awesome stills and video in almost any shooting situation. Of course, you can still claim credit for your art after the fact.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber Shot DSC-HX80

The recently released Cyber Shot DSC-HX80 features a 24-720mm F3.5-F6.4 lens, representing a powerful 30x optical zoom that makes it ideal for travellers looking to get up close and personal with wildlife without the ensuing bite marks. Boasting an electronic viewfinder, an 18MP BSI-CMOS sensor, built-in wireless connectivity, and optical image stabilization, the HX80 packs a lot of power into a class-leading compact body. A 921k dot LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees makes it ideal for budding photographers looking to forge their own style.

Panasonic Lumix GX85

Panasonic Lumix GX85

Half the size of most DSLRs, but with the flexibility of a mirrorless interchangeable lens system, the Lumix GX85 features a 16MP four-thirds sensor, 4k video capability, and a new five-axis dual image stabilizer, making it a new best friend for low light photographers. Small and lightweight, the GX85 also offers Post Focus and Depth from Defocus AF features, as well as a redesigned shutter mechanism that ensures crisp, sharp images every time.

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Hasselblad X1D

Hasselblad X1D

A king among mirrorless cameras, the new mirrorless medium format X1D offers precision and power galore. With a high-resolution rear LCD touchscreen that accesses the camera’s comprehensive menu, the new X1D also features a 2.4MP electronic viewfinder, as well as a whopping 14 stops of dynamic range, allowing for unprecedented image detail in all shooting conditions. The new system is complemented by a new range of autofocus lenses specifically engineered to match the high-resolution capabilities of the X1D. Check out the limited-edition anniversary edition here.

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2

With a 24.4MP APS-C sensor and a great 8fps shooting rate, the stylish X-T2 is a big improvement on the brand’s previous model, the X-T1. With better autofocus, as well as focus tracking; a clever double-hinged rear display; and body-mounted controls wrapped in a tactile body that’s reminiscent of the old-school film cameras we all love, this new, light-weight shooter marries style and performance to a tee, capturing 4K video and crystal-sharp images on the go.

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Olympus Pen-F

Olympus Pen-F

With a timeless beauty that will appeal to photographers who want to maintain their look without the burden of a massive camera system, the Pen-F compact mirrorless camera features a 10MP Live MOS sensor, coupled with powerful five-axis image stabilization, and new Monochrome and Color Profile controls that promise to take your creativity to new heights. The 2.36-million dot electronic viewfinder helps capture sharp, balanced images, while it’s razor-sharp reflexes and 4k video capabilities mean you won’t miss a moment on the road.

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Nick Walton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist and Group Managing Editor for Artemis Communications, producers of Alpha Men Asia, JETSETTER Magazine, Explorer Magazine, The Art of Business Travel, Mirandus, IKHLAS, The Journal and The Edition.

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