Finding a good mirrorless camera is not very hard. But when you have a budget of 1000 dollars and you want the best model your money can give you, coming to a decision is not easy, especially in 2016. So it helps to know what the experts think. So which mirrorless cameras do camera experts unanimously agree to be the best under 1000 bucks? Let us find out:
1. Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD
The top mirrorless digital camera for 1000 dollars, DP Review gave this camera Gold Award in mirrorless category, Amazon has rated it 4.8 out of 5.0 even after 150 reviews. Do we need to say more? The only issue with this product, in this particular context, is that it costs a tad bit higher than a thousand bucks. But it is worth extending your budget for. The incredibly light body and the superior rubber exterior allow you to click mesmerizing photos single-handedly with ease. And its EVF is so amazing that even those who do not like EVF love it! Take it from Jon Shar, an Amazon buyer of the camera, who exclaimed “OHMYGOODNESS THE EVF! I’ve never been a fan of EVFs, but this is incredible.” Chris R. Field, another Amazon customer, had even more to praise. His words were “the XT-1 is about as perfect as a camera as I have ever found.” The whole world is in love with this camera. There is no reason you should not be.
2. Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera
World’s fastest auto focus at 0.06 seconds is not the only reason why people are buying this great mirrorless camera like crazy. They love it for a whole lot of other reasons too, like its stellar image quality, excellent resolution, exceptional build quality, and more. Amazon reviews have only praises for it. Nancy L. Pollack thinks that its “focusing system is spot on”, Anthony Espeseth’s words are that he “absolutely made the right decision to buy this camera” and Luigi Herrera says “this is what I needed”. If you love quality and affordability, you will want to appreciate this camera for all its glory.
3. Samsung NX30 20.3MP CMOS Smart WiFi and NFC Interchangeable Lens Camera
It managed to secure the Silver Award of DP Review, not the Gold, but you have to understand that it costs a lot lower than the Fujifilm X-T1. Thousands of reviewers all over the internet have amazing stories to tell about this model. Some admit to love it because of its incredible night photography ability, and some others find it wonderful because it has tons of useful features. But no one’s story is as fascinating as that of Bob’s, who “took it to Antarctica and used it a ton” and said that “the National Geographic photographers that were on the trip wanted to know about it.”
4. Panasonic LUMIX GX7 16.0 MP DSLM Camera with Tilt-Live Viewfinder
You will love it for capturing videos and sharp colorful shots. If you want overall great value for your money and like to have lots of features, then this one will be a hit. Some say “it just feels right”, some others say it is a “FANTASTIC beginner camera”, and many regard it as a “solidly built advanced machine”. Whether you love Panasonic cameras or not is irrelevant, because this one takes the whole mirrorless thing to another level.
5. Sony NEX-5TL/S Compact Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera
Yes, it is not the costliest model in this list, and yes, it lacks some abilities of the above models, but it is an incredibly good camera below $1000 nonetheless. Mostly great for beginners, this model allows good night photography. Even though ISO does not work too well when the level is increased a lot, it more than makes up for it by sporting a solid body that is just fascinating to look at and hold on to. C Xiao, a user of the camera, describes its ability as “small, convenient, but very strong performance.” And that is perhaps the best way to describe it in a single sentence.
If you want a good mirrorless model, you can pick from hundreds of options. But if you want maximum value for your money, pick any of the above.