The 5 best mirrorless cameras for travelers

Mirrorless cameras are the stuff of many traveler’s dreams. Having one means possessing a powerful tool in your hand without the hassle of extra baggage often experienced with bulky D-SLR cameras.

Even Nikon and Canon, who at first seemed cool toward mirrorless camera lines, have now decided to join the market. Nikon have already launched several series, while Canon recently introduced their EOS-M.

With so many choices in the market, you are probably wondering which one to choose as a travel companion. Our suggestion? Check the list below:

Olympus EPL-5

Using the same sensor as the Olympus OM-D, the EPL-5 delivers brilliant pictures. We also like its tilt-able touchscreen LCD. Its touch-LCD-to-take-a-photo feature is a strong candidate to win the hearts of many street photographers. The price is quite budget-friendly.

Effective pixels: 16.1 megapixels
Dimensions: 111 x 64 x 38 mm
Weight: 325 grams
Price: Rp 7,400,000 (US$ 765)  (with 14-42mm II R)

Canon EOS-M

If you already own a Canon SLR, you can save a lot of money by buying the Canon EOS-M to go with it since you don't have to do additional shopping for more lenses and accessories. Yes, it has dedicated lenses, but you can use your current EF and EF-S lenses for the EOS-M using the mount adapter EF-EOS M.

Effective pixels: 18 megapixels
Dimensions: 109 x 66 x 32 mm
Weight: 298 grams
Price: Rp 7,300,000 (US$ 755) (with EF-M 18-55mm)

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon decided to use a considerably smaller sensor compared to the ones usually used in other mirrorless cameras, making it-along with the lenses- a smaller and lighter product altogether. Oh, but we must regrettably mention that the Nikon 1 V1 uses a new mount and this means you won't be able to use your current lenses.

Effective pixels: 10.1 megapixels
Dimensions: 113 x 76 x 44 mm
Weight: 383 grams
Price: Rp 6,400,000 (US$661)  (with VR 10-30mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic seems to have made it clear that its DMC-GF5 is not designed for enthusiasts. Instead, the mirrorless camera with APS-C sized sensor is aimed at compact digital camera owners wanting want to upgrade to a more reliable option. Not many control buttons are available on the body and menus are accessed through LCD. The GF5’s auto-focus system is quick and reliable but it lacks a flash hot shoe.

Effective pixels: 12.1 megapixels
Dimensions: 108 x 67 x 37 mm
Weight: 267 grams
Price: Rp 5,500,000 ($568) (with 14-42mm + 14mm)

Sony NEX-7

Looking for the top notch resolution mirrorless camera? Consider this option. The Sony NEX-7’s compact body houses the mighty 24.3 APS-C megapixel sensor and its features include a high resolution electronic viewfinder.

Effective pixels: 24.3 megapixel
Dimensions: 120 x 67 x 43 mm
Weight: 400 grams
Price: Rp 11,000,000 ($1,137) (body only)


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