Best Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera 2010

by Enche Tjin on November 5, 2010

Mirrorless system camera is smaller than DSLR, but capable to produce high quality images comparable to DSLR in a compact package. These cameras system are relatively new, therefore it might not very popular today, however it is gaining a lot of popularity in Japan and South Korea.

Anyway, choosing the right one or the best one might confused you, and with this post, I hope you can make a better decision.


Price: market price per Nov 2010, lens: if kit lens is included with the price = y, if no kit lens = n, iq: image quality derived from Dxomark sensor data, body: built quality including viewfinder, lcd screen, int: interface, handling, ergonomic, button placement, size: size & weight, speed: performance, auto focus, continuous shooting speed, video: video recording, sys. : ecosystem (lens, accessories, lighting, service), Rating: overall score

If we look at image quality alone, Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 might be the best cameras in this class. However, The Sony Nexes are not very good in interface and because it is relatively new, not many lenses or accessories available to this system.

Panasonic cameras, on the other hand, relatively worse than Sony and Samsung in image quality sector (mainly because they have smaller sensor size), however, their interface, performance, and system are better. Panasonic G2 for example, sports touchscreen LCD which is very effective for focusing or changing settings. GH1 is best for video recording and has very fast auto focus system.

Olympus is the first company to released a camera of this class (E-P1) however, it fell short in auto focus performance, some models do not have built-in flash and auto focus assists. Generally Olympus cameras are nice looking cameras tho.

Samsung NXes (not to be confused with Sony NEX) are also a new comer, sporting DSLR like sensor, has great interface and relatively fast performance but the system is very new, therefore, Samsung does not have many lenses yet.

Next year, Sony NEX and Samsung NX system will release more lens so that the system get stronger, meanwhile, Panasonic is still a front runner in this camera category. Olympus also has chance to get better, through Olympus E-P3.

Note: Panasonic GF2 and GH2 are not included in the chart yet because it is not available to purchase in 2010.

Related Post:

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Azia December 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

Thanks for your thhoutgs. It’s helped me a lot.

Steve Solomon November 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

Great review of the G2. I was relatively peased wit the G2 in terms of speed, ergonomics, handling, AF, etc. There was one thing I was not pleased with, that is, making very large prints from the m/4/3 system, was not up to my admittedly very high standards of image sharpness and detail. Thus, I moved from the G2 to a Pentax K-5. The APS-C K-5 can make very high-quality prints up to about 26×38 inches. That said, I am now considering a smaller system for travel images, and am strongly considering the Olympus OM-D EM-5 system. I can only hope that the 4/3 sensors have improved significantly over the last 2 years, because given the very high-quality lenses in the m4/3 lineup nowadays, I would expect very high sharpness and detail in large prints from this new Olympus system!

Leave a Comment

Previous post: Panasonic GF2 Announced!

Next post: 2011 Prediction on Photography Digital SLR camera system