Sony Mirrorless Cameras – We Bring You the Low Down on the Best Sellers
Mirrorless cameras have been on the market for a decade, but they have really begun to make waves in the past few years, and many photographers who were using Sony, Nikon or Canon DSLRs cameras have changed to the smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras.
Minus the mirror, these cameras lack optical viewfinders, meaning that the creative potential is limited only by your imagination.
With no mirror, street photographers can shoot unobtrusively. This is also a great feature for wildlife photographers using underwater cameras or a trail camera. However, finding the right mirrorless camera for yourself is no easy task, given the fact that there are so many features you need to pay attention to.
Mirrorless cameras are different from other cameras due to them having interchangeable lenses. This, unsurprisingly, means a lot for the quality of the image. Without a mirror there is a very short focal flange distance, and this makes both mirrorless camera lenses and SLR lenses usable with your camera.
Sony have a great range of lenses available, and you won’t have any problem finding one to suit every purpose.
Sensor size is crucial in determining the amount of light a camera uses to capture images – the bigger sensor can gain more information than a smaller one and produce better pictures.
Within the mirrorless camera market, there is a wide range of sensor sizes, but manufacturers, such as Sony, are putting larger sensors in their models as standard.
Viewfinders are another thing to think about.
Mirrorless cameras don’t use a through-the-lens (TTL) viewfinder, as they lack the mirror to direct the lens view to the viewfinder. Instead, they have something known as the electronic viewfinder (EVF). Electronic viewfinders allow you to get a realtime preview of what your exposure will be – meaning the brightness of your photo will look like what you see through the EVF. With an EVF you’ll also have a better idea of what your depth of field will look like, having the ability to make snap decisions regarding choices of lenses and focal lengths.
You will no longer have to shade your screen with your hand to look at your photos on it, you can easily check focus, or exposure, whilst also viewing the settings. In general, the functions and quality of EVFs in today’s mirrorless cameras are awesome.
The focus with mirrorless cameras happens in such a way that the cameras detect the contrast enough to sharpen the image and place it into focus. If fast autofocus, especially in low lit settings, is important to you, you should consider a camera with a hybrid autofocus system.
Features and Functionality
In many models, a gentle tap on the shutter can get you into the shooting mode, instantly capturing action shoots without missing anything. Other options are frequently available too. Features such as silent shutters, for example, are becoming more common in mirrorless cameras. They also come with WiFi which another useful high tech feature, and Sony are always adding advanced technology to their cameras, ever increasing and improving their range.
With that in mind, these are our most popular Sony Mirrorless cameras of 2020:
This is a great compact, lightweight camera. We were impressed with how well made and rugged it appears to be. Sony have included some really useful extras in the box, and the instruction book makes it look easy to take incredible shots.
What We Like
The easy-to-use customizable interface allows access to a huge number of features, including superb autofocus options, and we loved being able to instantly share our photos to social media. The specifications of the Sony Alpha A6000 are ideal for pro photographers. The BIONZ-X image processing delivers photographs in superb detail, the camera works exceptionally well in low light, the OLED viewfinder gives optimal control and you can shoot full HD 1080p video. All of this is navigated on a tilted LCD screen.
What Needs Improving
The manual buttons are a little close together, so some members of the team found them a bit tricky, but perfectly usable nonetheless.
Included: Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50), AC Adaptor (AC-UB10), shoulder strap, body cap, eyepiece cup and a micro USB cable.
This compact, tough little camera is great for pro photographers and novices alike, who are ready to get into serious photography. We can’t rate it highly enough.
This is another compact Sony mirrorless camera, and again, comes with loads of extras. The tough, hard-wearing aluminum body is dust, moisture, and drop-proof, and is ergonomically designed. It’s certainly very comfortable to hold and use for long periods.
What We Like
The autofocus is amazing, and covers nearly all the frame, while the SteadyShot feature is so useful, especially for a novice, or if you’re waiting ages for the perfect shot. The large battery is much appreciated – no chance of it dying whilst out and about. Sony have made the interface really easier to negotiate around, which is especially noticeable with the touch screen focusing, low light modes, and the APS-C crop function.
What Needs Improving
For the price, we would expect this to come with a dedicated battery charger; fortunately they’re easy and cheap enough to buy.
This is an awesome camera, making the most novice among us look like professionals by producing superb images.
Are you a pro photographer looking for the ultimate camera? The Sony A9 is a strong contender. Offering a full frame stacked CMOS sensor, blackout-free continuous shooting, and a silent shutter, it’s perfect for wildlife, or naturalistic photos. Being vibration-free, and removing any risk of distortion are both welcome features, adding up to an impressive piece of kit.
What We Like
The image quality is awesome, with the Tru Finder EVF making every shoot look exceptional, and with a blindingly fast shutter speed, it’s ideal for action shots. In fact, the image processing capacity is claimed to be up to 20 x times better compared to other mirrorless cameras. The Sony A9 offers 20fps continuous shooting at full 24.2MP resolution. This is blackout free, which Sony say is a world first. All in all this camera has a huge range of features, all accessible via the interface – Wifi, auto modes, auto eye focus and loads more, including manual modes for the more professional user.
What Needs Improving
We tried to find points of criticism, but honestly, we can’t find any negatives. You get exactly what you pay for, and more.
This Sony camera comes with a revolutionary image sensor, vibration free and silent application that is ideal for pro photographers. You'll be really impressed with the resolution of your shots.
Switching to a mirrorless camera from a DSLR one can be a bit of a learning curve. It’s always advisable to read up on tips and tricks on how to use a mirrorless camera if you’re a beginner.