Best Mirrorless Cameras 2014

Mirrorless cameras are a new breed of digital camera that appeared for the first time in 2009 and have become quite popular since. They are smaller, lighter, and more compact than DSLRs. Like DSLRs, they have an array of interchangeable lenses and their sensors are larger than you find in typical compacts. So for their size, they can produce outstanding picture quality that rivals or may even exceed that of many of the smaller DSLRs.

Mirrorless cameras are for photographers who want more features and better picture quality than a compact pocket camera can deliver, but don't want the bulk of a DSLR. Some have electronic viewfinders, but many don't have a viewfinder at all, and you must rely upon the LCD screen to frame the image, just as you do with a compact camera or cellphone. By contrast, almost all DSLRs have optical, through the lens viewfinders which make them easier to use for seeing and composing an image. But it is the DSLR's through-the-lens viewfinder with its mirror and prism system that makes it heavier and bulkier than the sleek mirrorless cameras.

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC GH4 mirrorless camera
    Best Price Adorama $1,497.99
    • Weight: 19.8 oz
    • 16.1 megapixels
    • 1080p 60fps video
    • Battery Life: 500 Shots
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    Sony Alpha a5000 mirrorless camera
    Best Price Adorama $298.00
    • Weight: 9.5 oz
    • 20.1 megapixels
    • 1080p 30fps video
    • Battery Life: 420 Shots
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    FujiFilm FinePix X-PRO1 mirrorless camera
    Best Price Adorama $899.00
    • Weight: 15.9 oz
    • 16.3 megapixels
    • 1080p 24fps video
    • Battery Life: 300 Shots
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    Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 mirrorless camera
    Best Price Amazon $597.99
    • Weight: 14.2 oz
    • 16.0 megapixels
    • 1080p 60fps video
    • Battery Life: 320 Shots

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