Sunday, December 4, 2016

Best Compact System Mirrorless Cameras (CSC) – Comparison and Reviews 2015-2016

February 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Digital SLR

Current Deals

Best Compact Interchangeable Lens System Cameras (20154-2016) – This is a roundup of the Top-Rated Compact System Cameras (CSC). These cameras have a much smaller footprint than the larger regular sized SLR cameras (half the size and weight) and are easier to use than standard SLRs. A smaller camera is more likely to be taken with you. As with regular SLRs these CSC cameras have interchangeable lenses and are mirrorless. The imaging sensor size and features of some of these sub-compact SLRs compare favorably to a full size digital SLR without the size or weight. The imaging sensor of these compact cameras are much larger than the typical point and shoot camera. Image stabilization is either in the lenses, or the body of these compact cameras. Below is a comparison of the these top rated compact cameras by price, features and reviews. A glossary of terms is available at the bottom of the page.

Best Rated Compact Interchangeable Lens System Cameras

Sony NEX
NEX-7
Sony NEX
NEX-3NL/B
Sony NEX
NEX NEX-6L/B
Olympus
PEN E-PL5
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
APS-C Imager
24.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 921,600 pixels
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 10 fps
4.7″ x 2.6″ x 1.7″
Weight: 10.3 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2012 model
OLED Viewfinder
60p Full HD
APS-C Imager
16.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-16000
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 460,800 px
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Burst Mode: 4 fps
4.4″ x 2.5″ x 1.4″”
Weight: 7.4 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2013 model
APS-C Imager
16.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 200-3200
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 920,000 pixels
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 10 fps
4.8″ x 2.8″ x 1.1″
Weight: 10.1 ounces
BIONZ Processor
Compact E-mount Lens
Crop factor 1.5x
2012 model
Built-in WiFi
1080p @60fps
Viewfinder: 2.3M pixels
Four Thirds Imager
16.0 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080i)
ISO 200-25600
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 460,000 pixels
LCD Live View
Attacheable flash
60 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 8 fps
4.4″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″
Weight: 11.5 ounces
TruePic VI Processor
Micro Four thirds Lens
Crop factor 2.0x
2012 model


Best Rated Compact Interchangeable Lens System Cameras

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
(4K Video)
Olympus PEN E-PL1 Camera Nikon 1 J2 Camera
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Is this the best price?
(Click for Reviews)
Four Thirds Imager
16 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 200-12800
3.0-inch OLED with 610,000 pixels
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
60 – 1/4000 sec
Up to 20 fps
5.2″ x 3.7″ x 3.2″”
Weight: 19.4 oz.
Venus Engine
Micro Four thirds Lens
Crop factor 2.0x
2012 model
Headphone Jack
Built-in WiFi
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder: w/1.74M pixels.
Four Thirds Imager
16 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 200-25600
3.0-inch OLED with 1,032,000 dots
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
60 – 1/8000 sec
Up to 12 fps
5.2″ x 3.7″ x 3.3″
Weight: 19.7 oz.
Venus Engine IX
Micro Four thirds Lens
Crop factor 2.0x
2014 model
Headphone Jack
Built-in WiFi
1080p @ 60fps
4k Video @30fps and 24fps
Viewfinder: w/2.59M dots.
APS-C Imager
12.3 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (720p)
ISO 100-3200
2.7-inch TFT LCD with 230,000 pixels
LCD Live View
Detachable flash
30 – 1/2000 sec
Up to 3 fps
4.5″ x 2.8″ x 1.7″
Weight: 10.4 ounces
TruePic V Processor
Micro Four thirds Lens
Crop factor 2.0x
2010 model
CX Format Imager
10.1 Megapixels
HD Movie Mode (1080p)
ISO 100-3200
3.0-inch TFT LCD with 920,000 pixels
LCD Live View
Built-in flash
30 – 1/16000 sec
Up to 5 fps
4.2″ x 2.4″ x 1.2″
Weight: 8.4 ounces
EXPEED 3 Processor
Nikon 1 Lens
Crop factor 2.7x
2012 model



Glossary of Terms

APS-C Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager, but bigger than a Four Thirds Imager. Lenses used on SLRs with APS-C imagers have a focal length about 1.6x that of full frame imagers (crop factor 1.6). This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs.
Four Thirds Imager = This imager is smaller than a Full Frame imager. Lenses used on SLRs with Micro Four Thirds imagers have a focal length 2.0x that of full frame imagers (crop factor of 2). This means that the telephoto end of the lens will be greater. New digital lenses have been developed for these type of SLRs.
Crop Factor = This refers to how the focal length of the lens will behave compared to the same lens on a camera with a full frame 35mm sized imager. A crop factor of 2.0 means that a 16mm lens will behave like a 32mm lens. The higher the crop factor, the larger the focal length and also the telephoto end of the lens.
ISO = This refers to how sensitive the image sensor is to the amount of light present. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the image sensor and ability to take pictures in low-light situations.
Live View = Allows you to preview your picture on the LCD screen instead of only through the viewfinder.
Frames per second = This is how many pictures (or frames) can be taken rapid fire per second at maximum resolution.
HD Movie Mode = These sub-compact cameras can operate as an HD camcorder as well as an SLR. We also list the resolution (1080p, 1080i and 720p) that each camera is capable of recording.
60p Full HD = Only the Sony Nex-7 has the super smooth 60 frames/second (60p) movie mode at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution.
Compact E-mount = This refers to the lens mount that the Sony NEX cameras use for their subcompact DSLRs.
Micro Four Thirds mount = This refers to the lens mount that the sub-compact DSLR Panasonic Lumix and Olympus Pen cameras use.
LCD = This refers to the LCD screen in the back of the camera. A tiltable screen allows you to take pictures above your head or down low.
Detachable Flash = On some Sony Cameras, the flash is not built-in, but clips on when you need it. This gives the advantage of a smaller camera than its peers. The Nex-7 does have a built in pop-up flash.
Weight and Dimensions = The weight and dimensions listed are for the camera body only.


Related Article: Best Digital SLRs Under $600 Comparison and Reviews

Related Article: Best Digital SLRs From $600 to $999 Comparison and Reviews

Related Article: Best Full Frame Digital SLRs Comparison and Reviews

Related Article: Best Digital SLRs with HD Video Mode


Shop All Digital SLRs
(Clicking on shop buttons will open a new window)

Digital SLRs at Amazon.com
DSLRs at Panasonic.com
Camcorders at Canon USA
SLRs at Best Buy