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There will probably always be photographers who don’t like mirrorless cameras and can’t imagine not hearing the clack of the camera mirror after every press of the shutter button. But if you don’t count yourself among them, you should be excited about the Fujifilm X-T2, a popular mirrorless camera with an innovative autofocus system that makes it perfect for action photography.
The X-T2 has quickly become popular among the owners of other Fujifilm cameras because it’s compactible with the extensive range of high-performance interchangeable lenses from the company. It doesn’t matter if you’re into street photography, landscapes, or you shoot weddings for a living, with the right lens, the X-T2 can do it all.
Inside the Fujifilm X-T2 is the 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans III CMOS sensor, which was introduced by the company in the X-Pro2. It offers an incredible ISO range of 200-12,800. This range can be expanded to 100-51,200, and you can enjoy it even when capturing RAW images.
The camera’s new autofocus mechanism uses improved algorithms to better handle low-contrast objects and subjects with delicate details, like bird feathers and animal fur. If you’re used to composing pictures using a viewfinder, you’ll be pleased to know that the viewfinder on the X-T2 has a magnification ratio of 0.77x, helping you become one with your camera.
Pros: Fast and reliable autofocus. Large electronic viewfinder. Great low-light performance. Ergonomic design.
Cons: Doesn’t support touch input.
The Sony Alpha a6300 is a well-rounded camera with interchangeable lenses and a high-quality viewfinder. Its autofocus is so fast that you can take it with you to a sports game and capture action as if you had the ability to freeze time. It records razor-sharp 4K video, and it comes with an audio port, allowing you to connect a professional microphone to record high-quality audio. When shooting portraits, it’s important to keep the subject’s eye in focus, but that’s not something you have to worry about with the Sony Alpha a6300 thanks to its Eye AF focus mode, which keeps steadfast tracking on the eye of a moving subject.
Pros: Reliable autofocus that you can depend on. 4K video recording capabilities with a dedicated audio input.
Cons: Doesn’t have a touch-enabled display.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a weatherproof mirrorless camera with a high-resolution viewfinder, a 20 MP sensor, and TruePic VIII processor, which promises faster burst mode, lower response times, and greater battery life. Unlike many other similar cameras on the market, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 has two memory card slots. The two slots come in handy when you go on a long holiday and want to capture hundreds of pictures and take advantage of the camera’s 4K video recording capabilities as well.
Pros: Weather resistant. Records 4K video. High-resolution viewfinder. Two memory card slots.
Cons: Its menus are quite hard to navigate.
Sony has shaken up the DSLR market with the a7R II, a professional DSLR with a back-illuminated full-frame image sensor with 42.4 MP and ISO up to 102400. This is not the right camera to buy for selfies and holiday adventures. The a7R II is a serious DSLR alternative with impressive autofocus performance and features that make it well worth its price. There’s also a newer version, the a7R III, which has many improvements over the a7R II but also costs quite a bit more.
Pros: Ridiculously high resolution. Durable body. 4K video recording capabilities. Excellent ergonomics.
Cons: Convoluted user interface that could use some streamlining.
If you think that compact DSLR cameras are unfit for professional use, think again. The Nikon D500 features a brilliant autofocus system and an optimized image sensor with 20.9 MP and support for 10 FPS continuous shooting. With its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the camera can communicate with most devices wirelessly, allowing you to transfer images and videos for post-processing even when you don’t have a cable nearby.
Pros: Professional features in a compact body. 10 frames per second continuous shooting. Extensive connectivity options.
Cons: Basic touchscreen control.
The NX1 from Samsung is a beast. It’s equipped with the most powerful image processor Samsung has ever made. Thanks to its state-of-the-art processor, the NX1 can focus in 0.055 seconds using 205 phase detection AF points. It can continuously shoot up to 15 frames per second at 28 MP, and it takes the camera just 0.0005 seconds to display a captured image on its OLED display. If you also consider that it can shoot at up to 1/8000 sec, it becomes easy to see why the NX1 is such an amazing camera for action photographers and videographers.
Pros: Extremely fast response times. Perfect for action photography. Color-accurate OLED display.
Cons: Third-party accessories are not as readily available as they are for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
Just a few years ago, it would be unthinkable to buy a camera that can shoot up to 80 MP RAW images and costs only $1,299. But thanks to Panasonic and the G9 mirrorless camera, you can do just that and more. It’s 20.3 MP sensor supports a special high-resolution mode that 80 megapixels in RAW recording by shooting the 20.3-megapixel sensor 8 times to create a single image. The results can be mesmerizing. The camera can also record 4K video at 60 frames per second or Full HD video at up to 180 frames per second, allowing you to slow down time and reveal what the naked eye can’t see.
Pros: Extraordinarily high image resolution. Two memory card slots. 4K at 60 FPS and Full HD at 180 FPS.
Cons: The high-resolution mode works as advertised only with a tripod.
DSLRs are impressive, but they’re also bulky and inconvenient. Panasonic knows this, and the G85 is the result of its effort to create a compact 4K video-enabled Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with class-leading 5-axis body stabilization and interchangeable lenses. The G85 is sealed against bad weather conditions, and it delivers true-to-life photo image quality at an affordable price.
Pros: Effective optical image stabilization. Interchangeable lenses. 4K video capture. Great ergonomics.
Cons:Only 16 MP resolution.
The Fujifilm X-T2 has many positive qualities and only a couple of negatives. However, there are many other similarly feature-packed cameras that are worth considering. In this article, we’ve listed the top 7 best alternatives to the X-T2 that we could find, along with their pros and cons. When buying a camera, you should remember that you’re buying into a whole ecosystem, especially if the camera has interchangeable lenses. So, do your research and pick something that fits your needs.