6 Mirrorless Camera Recommendations for Beginners – ipadguides

Because there are so many questions that come into my email about recommendations for good and cheap mirrorless cameras, I’ll just try to discuss them in this post.

What you need to know from today’s mirrorless cameras is that the results are relatively good. From the most expensive model to the cheapest, the photos will not differ much. Of course with the same sensor size notes.

For this discussion, I will try to discuss mirrorless cameras by taking examples the cheapest type.

Just for the record, I’m a Fuji X and micro 4/3 user. Price is plus kit lens taken from online shops in July 2016 and 1 USD = Rp 13,100

1. Canon EOS M10 ( ± 6 million rupiah)


The photos are similar to their DSLR brothers (700d, 70d). However, the operation is arguably slow. Either from the camera or the lens which is really slow.

Especially if it’s indoor, it’s more often out of focus than when it’s focused.

But if you’re used to a Canon DSLR, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the results. Making videos is also good (as long as you’re good at manual focus, hehe)

This camera has an 18 Megapixel resolution with a sensor that doesn’t seem much different from the 18 Megapixel Canon camera that first came out (EOS 550d, 2010, gile lu ndro).

For videos, the Canon EOS M10 can only be a maximum of full HD 1080 at 24p, 25p, and 30p.

The LCD can rotate 180 degrees forward for selfies.

Until now, Canon (and Nikon) as the big players in DSLR didn’t seem to want to cannibalize their DSLR sales so they made this mirrorless like they didn’t intend to. Imagine, the first Canon EOS M was launched in 2012, but so far only how many lenses did he launch?

Take this camera if you are a big canon fan and are not in the mood to go elsewhere.

Honestly, I don’t really recommend Canon’s mirrorless at this time.

2. Olympus E-PL7 ( ± 8 million rupiah)


I am an Olympus user for a long time. The characteristics of the Olympus from the high end to the low end types are the same. The only difference is a few features and what is clear is the build quality. In terms of operation, autofocus, for example, you won’t find a significant difference between the E-M1 (flagship version for 16 million ++) and this E-Pl7.

Because the sensor is smaller, the lens automatically becomes cuter. More noise? Yes it is. But not very much really.

Olympus and Panasonic have one standard called micro 4/3. So, they have the same lens mount. The lenses also vary. The number has almost reached 100 lenses that you can choose from, including from third parties such as Samyang, Sigma, etc.

With a 16 MP sensor which is quite large, the body feels very light. The LCD that flips forward for selfies rotates through the bottom, making it a hassle to use with a tripod.

For the record, the aspect ratio of Olympus and Panasonic cameras is 4:3. If you want to use 3:2 like a DSLR in general, the top and bottom of the lens will automatically be cropped.

I (once) have an olympus E-M5 and E-M10 and am very satisfied with the results. The color results are very colorful, like a nikon.

The main feature of Olympus that I like the most is the stabilizer in the sensor. So, whatever lens you put in (even using an adapter) will be stable. Can use slowspeed up to 1 second without a tripod!

I highly recommend this camera. Take a look at the street photography of my friend, kang Sambara, who is an EPL-7 user.

Just for the record: Out of my 7 Olympus cameras + lenses, 4 of them have been in service. And my experience of service with Olympus in Indonesia is somewhat unsatisfactory. Always running out of spare parts and takes up to 2 months more. Olympus needs to pay attention to its quality control and of course its after sales. And it seems that for some reason the price of Olympus in Indonesia is more expensive than the price abroad when it is converted to rupiah.

3. Panasonic GF8 (± 7 million rupiah)


I’ve never tried this camera, but I’ve tried the GF7. Not much different from the E-PL7, this camera is still beauty-selfie-centric but Panasonic is known for its pretty good video quality.

For photos, I choose Olympus. But if it’s a video, of course it’s Panasonic. However, Panasonic has a partnership with Leica which makes some of its lenses very ‘Leica’ or expensive. But it’s really worth the quality. Call it the panasonic nocticron 42.5 f/1.2 whose bokeh is amazing for a sensor as small as a panasonic.

Panasonic seems to be less aggressive in its marketing in Indonesia, so it’s not too loud.

4. Fujifilm X-A2 (± 8 million rupiah)

I’m also a Fujifilm user, but I don’t like their range of low end cameras. In contrast to Olympus which does not reduce the ‘power’ on its lower-class cameras, Fuji seems to take the processor and RAM of this camera so that it feels a bit laggy when used.

For the color, I admit it is very good. Especially for you JPEG lovers, the photos immediately feel beautiful and ask for them to be printed or uploaded to Instagram! Take a look at my photos when photographing a wedding.

The build quality is very plasticky and looks cheap.

But I really like fuji lenses. They have an excellent line up of prime lenses. Call it 16 1.4, 23 1.4, 35 f/2, 56 1.2 and others. In fact, the reason I bought the Fuji is simply because I fell in love with its 16 1.4 lens. This lens is so sharp, razor sharp, that it tears my wallet. But, yes, already in love, what can I do? :’)

My advice if you want to take Fuji, try to step up to X-T10, guaranteed to be more fun.

Oh yeah, for now, forget it if Fuji has a video recording feature. Except for the Fuji X-T2 which will be launching soon.

5. Samsung NX3000

Reportedly, Samsung has started to leave the mirrorless camera business. So it’s best avoided.

However, Samsung has a very good camera line up, such as the NX1 which has far more advanced features than its rivals. The NX3000 is also pretty good. I’ve had one and the review is here.

6. Sony A5100 (± 8 million rupiah)


In my opinion, this camera is the most all rounded out of all the low end options.

The sensor is good, 24 megapixels, there is a touchscreen, the LCD can go forward, the video can be 1080p 60/50/24 fps, there is wifi and NFC.

For performance, although still below the speed of Olympus and Panasonic, the A5100 is still quite good. Because there is phase detection, Sony’s continuous AF can best be used from other mirrorless.

The lens is also quite complete, even though the Sony-Zeiss version is exorbitant.

I love all aspects of this camera except : the color results of the photos! It’s just taste, but for some reason I’m not comfortable with sony colors that are too ‘digital’

The photos are more influential from the lens than the camera. So my advice is, if you have a tight budget, it’s better to buy a cheap camera but a rather good lens.

Whatever the camera, the important thing is the man behind the gun, right? Haha. If you want a cheaper one, you can buy the previous type, even the second hand. When I went to a camera shop, there was a stock Sony A5000 (generation before the A5100) with a price of only 5 million rupiah including the lens. Or you can also buy used, because many people want to upgrade to a new model by selling their old camera first.

So, what’s your camera of choice?

Thank You!

*Product photos are taken from each official website

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