STATE OF THE ART

Get pro-level photos wher­ever you go, with these pocket-friendly, light­weight, mirrorless cam­eras

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Words: Gavin Stoker Pho­tog­ra­phy: Neil God­win

Pocket-friendly cams that take pics like a pro? Yes please! We test three of the most ca­pa­ble and stylish mirrorless cam­eras from Olym­pus, Fu­ji­film and Canon

Aside from the se­duc­tive de­sign based on tro­phy film cam­eras of old, it’s easy to see the ap­peal of mirrorless dig­i­tal cam­eras. As their clas­si­fi­ca­tion sug­gests, the mir­ror mech­a­nisms of tra­di­tional, bulkier SLR cam­eras have been re­moved to en­able smaller cam­era bod­ies, which has the knock-on ef­fect of more com­pact lenses. The re­sult is a lighter over­all weight and less back and shoul­der ache when cart­ing one around all day. At the same time, cru­cially, and in the ma­jor­ity of cases, the sen­sor at the heart of each cam­era has stayed the same size as that found in a larger dig­i­tal SLR. That has main­tained qual­ity very near to – or in some cases on a par with – a larger, out­wardly more ‘pro­fes­sional’ cam­era. This has meant not only en­thu­si­as­tic am­a­teurs but also a wave of pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers ‘go­ing mirrorless’. As a re­sult, and un­like the DSLR or cheaper point-and-shoot com­pact mar­ket, mirrorless cam­eras, along­side pre­mium cam­eras, are still very much boom­ing.

It’s worth not­ing when eye­ing up any mirrorless cam­era that you’ll be buy­ing into that par­tic­u­lar man­u­fac­turer’s sys­tem, by which we mean the var­i­ous at­ten­dant lenses, flashes and ac­ces­sories you’ll need with the body. So, if you’re con­sid­er­ing ex­pand­ing your equip­ment in the fu­ture, take a look at the ad­di­tional bits of kit each pro­vides – and how many. In other words, a pur­chase de­ci­sion shouldn’t be based 100 per cent on how funky a spe­cific cam­era looks, but also the sup­port that comes with it.

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