The mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) lets you change lenses, as well as most of them using DSLR sized sensors with DSLR image quality in a much more compact camera. With a rapid refresh cycle, there are a number of new cameras introduced each year, with many offering innovative new features. Here we highlight the best entry level Compact System Cameras under £500/$750.
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Here we highlight the best of the bunch, starting with Number 1:
1. Panasonic Lumix GX80
The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GX80 offers 4K video recording, 5-axis image stabilisation sensor, a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), a 3inch tilting screen and built-in Wi-Fi. There is an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, 8fps continuous shooting, and 4K Photo which offers 30fps continuous shooting. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.
2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
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, and uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.
3. Panasonic Lumix GM1
The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GM1 is a marvel of miniaturisation, offering the image quality of the GX7, it is the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera available, and one of the smallest mirrorless cameras available, yet has access to an excellent range of lenses, as well as a built in flash. The camera can shoot at 5fps, has an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600, a 3inch touch-screen, and has built in Wi-Fi. The GM1 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.
4. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7
The 16 megapixel Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7 features a tilting 3inch selfie screen, 3-axis in-camera image stabilisation, and uses Micro Four Thirds lenses. The ISO range is ISO100 to ISO25600, and the camera features built in Wi-Fi, 8fps continuous shooting, and a metal camera body. The E-PL7 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.
5. Sony Alpha A6000
The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A6000 offers high speed shooting, at 11fps with continuous AF, a 3inch tilting screen, a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), ISO100 to ISO25600, and offers built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera uses Sony E-mount lenses.
6. Fujifilm X-A2
The 16 megapixel Fujifilm X-A2 shoots at 5.6fps in continuous mode, and there is a tilting 3inch selfie screen, ISO100 to ISO25600, built in Wi-Fi, Flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Fujifilm X-A2 uses Fujifilm X-Mount lenses.
7. Sony Alpha A5100
The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A5100 offers an APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3inch tilting selfie touch-screen, ISO100 to ISO25600, 6fps continuous shooting, built in pop-up flash, plus built in Wi-Fi and NFC. The A5100 uses Sony E-Mount lenses.
8. Panasonic Lumix GF7
The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GF7 features a tilting selfie touch-screen, ISO100 to ISO25600, 5.8fps continuous shooting mode, built in Wi-Fi, and a built in pop-up flash. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 uses Micro Four Thirds lenses.
9. Nikon 1 J5
The 20 megapixel Nikon 1 J5 offers 20fps continuous shooting with AF, 4K video (at 15fps), built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, ISO160 to ISO12800, a pop-up flash, and a 180degree tilting touch-screen all squeezed into a compact metal body. The J5 uses Nikon 1 mount lenses.
10. Canon EOS M3
The 24 megapixel Canon EOS M3 has a tilting selfie touch-screen, 4.2fps continuous shooting, ISO100 to ISO25600, Wi-Fi and NFC, built in pop-up flash. The Canon EOS M3 uses the Canon EOS EF-M lens mount.