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While traveling during your summer vacation is undoubtfully one of the most exciting times of every year that gets you free work and stress, we often would also want to have a device to capture and record all the moments that you have enjoyed.
When we are in a generation where smartphones are considered to be the easiest way to capture high-resolution images, there is still a distinct difference in image quality between the image sensors found in a smartphone and a DSLR. But the fact is people tend to avoid carrying around a DSLR due to its lumber size, which means that the weight easily adds up to the luggage that you carry around during your travel. But that isn’t the case with mirrorless cameras because this category of cameras is much smaller than its DSLR counterpart while sporting the same image sensors. Currently, Sony, Fujifilm and Panasonic have some of the best mirrorless cameras on the market and followed by Canon. There is the word that Nikon will soon be joining the mirrorless club, but for now, we have listed out the best mirrorless cameras that are available in the UAE.
In the world of cameras with crop sensors, the Sony A6500 is clearly one of the best APS-C mirrorless models in the market that’s widely used by professional and non-professional users like, thanks to its range of impressive features. It’s the direct successor to the Sony A6300, which was also the successor to the still-popular Sony A6000. The Sony A6500 features a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor with an advanced autofocus system that’s based on 425 points of focal phase detection. The AF performance is also aided with contrast detection too for accurate results for still photography and video recordings. While the continuous burst can reach up to 11fps, users will be able to keep shooting bursts up to 300+ shots at a time, thanks to the extended buffer implemented into the camera. This is even useful while taking fast action photography. What’s better is that the camera has its own 5-axis image stabilization system integrated within. This allows users to take advantage of premium lenses that don’t feature its own stabilization. The IBIS helps for blur-free images and reduce shakes while recording videos. Speaking of which, you will be able to record videos up to 4K at 30fps. The ISO of this camera ranges from 100-25600. The OLED electronic viewfinder also helps to focus on subjects with true-to-life colours.
In today’s market, Sony is clearly the king when it comes to full-frame mirrorless cameras. The latest from the company is the Sony A7 iii that was released earlier this year. It’s currently one of the best options and also the cheapest model that actually performs better in some situations than even the expensive Sony A9 or the Sony A7Riii. The 24.2MP FF image sensor is back-illuminated and features a hybrid AF system with 693 points of phase detection and 425 points of contrast detection. The Eye AF also helps to capture perfect moments with great sharpness and the 5-axis in body inbuilt stabilization reduces the shakes and blurs in images and videos. Along with the 10fps continuous burst mode, you will be able to capture up to 177 JPEGs or 89 compressed RAW images at a time, thanks to the large buffer. Silent shooting is also a big feature that works with 10fps continuous burst mode with AF tracking. The camera also allows users to record videos at 4K 30fps with HDR support. The A7iii also features dual SD card slots with support for UHS-II cards. Apart from its regular micro USB port that allows users to charge while using the camera, there is also another USB Type-C port that lets users perform high-speed data transfer to a PC. The camera has a rigid body made of magnesium and the buttons are resistant to dust and moisture.
While the Sony A7iii is quite impressive, there are some who requires more megapixels and resolution, and that’s where the Sony A7R iii comes in. The camera features a full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with a larger resolution of 42.4MP. The camera has a feature called the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting that brings in more details, sharpness, color and texture to the overall image as compared to a regular image taken. However, this processing requires a dedicated software on a PC to be completed, considering the fact that the images are blur-free. The 5-axis IBIS on the A7Riii is slightly better than the rest of the Sony camera and can stabilize up to 5.5 stops. Other features include dual-SD card slots with UHS-II support, 4K HDR videos and a continuous burst mode that lets you go on till 76 compressed RAW images at a time. The camera has an ISO capability that ranges from 100 to 32000 (expandable up to 102400). The AF system includes 399 points of phase detection that covers 68% of the sensor and 425 points of contrast detection. The AF performance is inherited from the focus algorithm that’s also used in the more expensive Sony A9 mirrorless camera.
While Panasonic doesn’t make shooters with full frame or APS-C sensors, their MFT (Micro Four Third) sensors are very impressive with respect to image and video quality. And the Panasonic GH5 is easily one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market that’s very comparable to the likes of Sony A6500. The Panasonic GH5 comes with a 20.3MP Live MOS image sensor and the Venus Engine image sensor helps to produce brilliant IQ performance and reduce noise in the images and videos. The camera also features its own 5-axis IBIS and also supports lenses with image stabilization, and as a result, makes it capable for Dual IS. 4K Videos can be oversampled from 5.1K video content that’s recorded by using the full width of the image sensor. This camera also comes with its own dual SD card slots. The 4K Photo mode allows users to snap high-resolution images while recording 4K videos. The camera is capable of recording videos up to 400 Mbps 10-bit videos for 4K at 30fps. The Panasonic GH5 is very durable, thanks to the magnesium alloy on the front and rear frames of the camera. The 225-point Advanced DFD (Depth From Focus) AF system is based on contrast detection and also enables accurate burst images of 9fps with continuous AF.
If you love cameras that feature retro looks, then try out the X-T2 mirrorless camera from Fujifilm. The 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor features an Ultra Sonic Vibration as its own sensor cleaning mechanism. The storage slot accepts SD cards, SDHC cards, SDXC cards and UHS-II speeds SD cards. The ISO sensitivity on this camera can go from 100 to 51200. The viewfinder on this camera provides a magnification ratio of 0.77x. The continuous burst mode on this camera is quite impressive and can go up to 14fps with Electronic Shutter. The camera is capable of 4K videos at 29.97p, 25p, 24p, and 23.98p at 100Mbps. The Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, and 23.98p at 100Mbps for about 15 minutes. The battery of the Fujifilm X-T2 has enough juice to capture up to 340 shots in normal mode or record 40 minutes of 4K videos or 50 minutes of FHD videos, while the face detection is switched off. The camera features a weather resistant structure that can handle some small raindrops or humidity. The 18-55mm lens features an aperture that starts from F2.8 and maxes up to F4 with support for optical image stabilization.
If you’re looking for an alternative for the X-T2 camera, then how about trying out the Fujifilm X-T20 that features a similar metro styled body and a 1.04M-dot 3-inch TFT LCD touchscreen display that’s even tiltable so users will be able to expand their creativity by shooting at different angles. The viewfinder has a magnification of 0.62x and the display lag time is hardly 0.005 seconds. The 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III image sensor comes with a primary color filter and is able to self-clean with its Ultra Sonic Vibration system. Some of the features of this camera resembles the Fujifilm X-T2 camera, such as the 14fps and 11fps continuous burst for JPEG shots, single and continuous AF performance with a hybrid AF system that consist of phase and contrast detection, 4K videos at 29.97p for 10 minutes, FHD videos at 59.94p for 15 minutes, ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to ISO 12800, shutter speed from 4 seconds to 1/4000 seconds in P mode and much more. The X-Processor Pro image processor is responsible for handling the final image quality processing and reduction of image noise along with the finest of Fujifilm’s color reproduction technology. Unlike the X-T2 camera, the Fujifilm X-T20 accepts SDXC cards up to UHS-I speeds.
While Canon may not be doing as great as Sony and Panasonic in the mirrorless market, their range of mirrorless camera offerings is very impressive in terms of performance and specifications. One such model is the Canon EOS M6- small and portable with the goodness of their DLSR camera technologies, such as the popular Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that features phase detection from a lightweight body for instant focusing and capturing. There is a total of 49 AF points within the sensor. The 24.2MP APS-C CMOS image sensor helps to capture crisp and clear photos and videos with vibrant detail. After capturing the content, users will be able to share them with family or friends, thanks to the wireless NFC or Bluetooth feature. The 3-inch display on the rear can be tilted up to 180-degrees, which makes it even perfect for high-quality selfie images with an APS-C image sensor. The battery of the Canon EOS M6 is capable of capturing about 295 shots or about 85 minutes of movie recording with the display turned on. The camera can record videos at FHD and HD videos at 60fps in both MP4 AVC and H.264 format. The ISO is adjustable from 100-6400 and expandable up to 12800. There is also a built-in pop-up flash that’s similar to the ones found in some Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras.