Best Camera 2015

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The best camera is the one you have with you, as Chase Jarvis said. This bi-annual list showcases the very best cameras that are on the market right now. At the end of each category there will be one camera selected to be the Best of the Best of that category. The categories are: Mirrorless Cameras, Compact Cameras, and DSLRs.

We don’t believe traditional cheap Point and Shoot cameras really have a place in the market anymore as sales have plummeted due to smart phone quality being just as good or sometimes better. Therefore, we have left them out of the list, and only included the high end compact models that we feel are actually worthy of your money.

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Best Mirrorless Cameras

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Fuji X-T1

Fuji’s flagship mirrorless camera. Great retro styled camera with a very high quality selection of lenses to choose from. Uses Fuji’s excellent 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor. Offers excellent construction, weather sealing, built in Wi-Fi and NFC. Has the best and biggest EVF (electronic viewfinder) in existence. 

Who is it for? The enthusiast and Pro. It’s great for Travel, Street and Portraits.

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Fuji X-T10

This is the X-T1’s new little brother. It has all the features and internals of the X-T1 but in a different body and no weather sealing. Has the same APSC sensor as the X-T1.

Who is it for? The amateur and enthusiast looking to save some money vs. the X-T1 and that doesn’t care about weather sealing.

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Sony a6000

This affordable camera is the people’s camera. It offers an excellent 24 MP APSC CMOS sensor and an excellent Hybid AF system sporting 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points. Has a good LCD and EVF and built in Wi-Fi and NFC.

Who is it for? Everyone. No, seriously, this should be everyone’s first real camera or back up camera. At 550$ for the body, it’s one of the best values and cost-performance ratios you can find in the camera world.

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Sony a7 / a7R

Both These Sonys sport Full Frame sensors. Sonys are still the only mirrorless cameras on the market that offer full frame sensors in a mirrorless body and there are more and more FE mount lenses from Sony and Zeiss coming out each year. The a7 has a 24.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor and the a7r 36.4 MP full frame CMOS sensor without an anti-aliasing/OLP filter (producing sharper shots).

Who is it for? Enthusiasts and Pros that want full frame quality at an affordable price. Both Cameras are currently on sale. The a7r is still the best Mirrorless Camera for landscape shooters due to its 36mp sensor and dynamic range.

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Sony a7s

This little monster is the low light king of the camera world. Although it only has a 12.2MP full frame sensor, it can shoot in almost total darkness. It also has amazing video quality and can record 4k content to an external recorder.

Who is it for? Videographers that want excellent quality or to shoot in very low light conditions. Photographers that don’t mind the 12.2MPs, but need extreme low light performance.

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Olympus OMD-EM5II

This micro 4/3 camera sports a 16MP Live MOS sensor with 40MP High-Resolution Shot Mode and Powerful 5-axis voice coil motor image stabilization system greatly reduces blur resulting from camera shake.

Who is it for? The amateur and Enthusiast. Good all-around camera for Micro 4/3 users. Not as good in low light as the bigger APSC or full frame sensors but still an excellent all around performer.

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Olympus OMD-EM1

Probably the best overall Micro 4/3 camera ever made. Excellent lens selection, excellent EVF and has rugged body with weather sealing. Also has very good autofocus and speed. 16.3MP CMOS Four Thirds sensor with 5-axis sensor shift image stabilization. Probably the best IBIS on the market today.

Who is it for? Enthusiasts that love the Micro 4/3 vast line-up of excellent lenses and wants the best possible stills performance for that system.

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Panasonic GH4

This Mirco 4/3 camera is one of the best video cameras on the market. It’s capable of recording very high quality 4k content internally. However, it’s no slouch in the photography department either. It has one of the quickest and best autofocus systems of any mirrorless cameras on the market.

Who is it for? The enthusiast that want to do very high quality video as well as photography.

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Samsung NX1

The NX1 took the photography world by storm when it was introduced late last year. It sports a 28MP Back Side Illuminated APS-C Sensor, amazing autofocus with 205 phase detect auto focus points, can shoot at up to 15 FPS at full resolution and can capture 4k content internally. It’s one of the only mirrorless cameras on the market that can legitimately shoot sporting events due to its excellent autofocus tracking and 15 FPS.

Who is it for? The enthusiast and Pro looking to do both cinematography and photography at the cutting edge of innovation. The only reason this camera didn’t make it to the “Best of the Best” is its very limited high quality lens selection.

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Sony a7II

The a7II is an improvement to the original a7 in almost every way. From its new all metal build quality and great grip to its autofocus speed (30% faster than a7). It’s main notable feature is its IBIS. It’s the world’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame mirrorless camera.

Who is it for? The enthusiast and Pro that wants an all-around great performing mirrorless camera with IBIS. It’s the best all-around package for image quality, performance, features and price in the mirrorless world right now.

Please Note that the Sony a7r II was recently announced and it could possibly be the best Mirrorless camera ever made. However, having never tested it myself i’ll have to hold judgement until I do so. I will update this list at the end of the year.

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Best Compact and superzoom Cameras

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Fuji X30

This little Fuji sports a 12MP 2/3-inch X-TransTM CMOS II sensor with no Optical Low Pass Filter and bright F2.0-2.8 Fujinon 4 x Optical Zoom Lens. It also features an excellent EVF.

Who is it for?: Beginner and amateurs looking for an excellent little camera full of features in a small retro style package.

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Canon G1 X mk II

This Canon features a large 13.1 megapixel at 4:3 / 12.8 megapixel at 3:2 aspect ratio 1.5″-type CMOS sensor and 24-120mm equivalent F2-3.9 lens with optical image stabilizer (5x optical zoom). It does not come with a viewfinder but one can be purchased separately. It’s well built and good in low light.

Who is it for? Amateurs and Enthusiasts that love Canon as a brand. Great for Travel and Street.

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Sony rx100 III

This little Sony is pound for pound probably the most feature rich and best cameras on earth. Sony somehow managed to fit an Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots in it. It sports a 20.9 MP 1″-type Exmor R CMOS sensor and 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens. It’s built like tank – all metal.

Who is it for? Beginners, Amateurs and enthusiasts. Although it might seem pricey for its size, this is a little powerhouse. You’re getting amazing image quality and performance in a camera the size of a point and shoot.

Please Note the Sony RX100 mk IV was recently announced with 4k video recording.

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Sony RX1R

I was debating if I should even include this camera on the list. At $2800 it’s one of the most expensive cameras on the whole post. It has a 24.3MP full frame CMOS sensor and 35mm f2 Zeiss lens. Of course its image quality blows everything on this list out of the water but that quality to size ratio comes at a very steep price.

Who is it for? Enthusiasts and Pros looking for some of the best quality money can buy in a small package. Street Photographers.

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Sony RX10

A Great all around zoom camera that can do everything pretty well. It features a 20.9 MP 1″-type Exmor R CMOS sensor (same as rx100 III), 10 FPS and 24-200mm equivalent F2.8 lens with optical image stabilization.

Who is it for? Someone that just wants a bridge camera that can do it all with good zoom range and relatively good image quality and performance.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ1000

I consider this to be the best “Bridge Camera” or superzoom currently on the market. It has a 20.1 megapixel 1″ sensor and Fast F2.8 lens up to 400mm equivalent. It also features 4k video recording internally and wi-fi and NFC.

Who is it for? Beginners, Amateurs and enthusiasts. A great do it all package to bridge the gap between a point and shoot and a pro level camera with excellent zoom range.

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Panasonic LX100

My favourite thing about the LX100 are the Manual controls. It a pleasure to handle and has a 12.8 MP Sensor and has an excellent 24-75mm Leica DC lens. It’s also one of the smallest cameras on the market that is capable of recording 4k video internally and also has an excellent EVF and autofocus. It’s very well built and retro styled. The LX100 was runner up for the “Best of the Best” on this list.

Who is it for? Amateurs and enthusiasts that love manual controls and want to have the option to record 4k video in a small package.

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Fuji x100t

The x100 series from Fuji just keeps getting better and better. It started a whole new trend when it came out with its retro styling and manual controls. Many companies have took note and have “borrowed” that styling. Like the LX100 mentioned above. The x100t features a large APS-C 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II Sensor w/ EXR Processor II (same as X-T1 and X-T10) and a 35MM equivalent F2 lens. The image quality is excellent and beats out the rest on this list (other than the rx1r from Sony) It’s great in low light and has an excellent flash that actually works really well. It is the only camera on the list with a Hybrid Optical / EVF viewfinder, allowing you to shoot like in the film days if you prefer: Full manual and with an optical viewfinder. It is almost the perfect camera for its size. The only downside would be for some that it doesn’t zoom. It’s a fixed 35mm lens. It takes some getting used to, but it is worth the effort. It’s no slouch in the feature department, having a near silent shutter, electronic shutter, quick autofocus and remote Wi-Fi shooting and sharing.

Who is it for? Everyone. If you can afford it and don’t care about zooming. It’s a great camera to inspire you to learn and become a better photographer, no matter what stage you’re in. I consider it not only a feature rich camera but an educational tool for learning photography. I personally consider this the perfect camera for street photography.

I also need to mention the new Leica Q. Which is probably the best in this category however, at 4250$, it’s out of many peoples reach, including my own.

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Best DSLR Cameras

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Canon 7D mk II

Best for: Semi-Pro and enthusiasts. Sports and Wildlife shooters

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Canon 70D

Best for: Amateurs and enthusiasts. Video shooters and all around good camera.

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Canon 5D mk III

Best for: Enthusiasts and Pros. All around great full frame performer. A replacement should be on the way soon, as it’s pretty old now.

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Canon T6s

Best for: Entry level and amateur. Good all around camera.

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Canon 5DS R

Best for: Pro landscape and studio work. Very very expensive. Has a lot of megapixels and quality.

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Sony a77 II

Best for: Beginner, Amateur, and enthusiast Sports and wildlife. One of the affordable cameras to shoot sports and wildlife with.

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Nikon D5500

Best for: Beginner and Amateur. Best entry level DSLR in my opinion.

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Nikon D7200

Best for. Beginner and Amateur. The D5500’s bigger bother. Better built but similar quality.

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Nikon D810

Best for: Pro level camera here. Can be used in anything but sports and wildlife. Excellent quality from the 36MP sensor.

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Nikon D750

Best for: Pretty much everyone that has the budget to buy it. There is really nothing on the market (DSLR) from Canon that can really compete with it at this price range. (1800$) It’s the best all around DSLR on the market and can do everything very well. It has great image quality, dynamic range, autofocus, and even video quality. Personally, I owned the D750 for about 6 months. I no longer shoot DSLRs due to size and weight but if I were to buy one, this would be the DSLR i’d buy again in a heartbeat.

Amazon US – Please use this link if you are interested in buying any camera gear as Epic Mirrorless will receive a tiny cut, at no cost to you.



3 Responses

    • Vlad

      I was considering adding it as well but I’ve heard a new version is coming out soon in which case, it will be added on the next list at the end of the year.

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  1. NotDelusional

    D810 is the best and best all around DSLR on the planet right now. If you had bought one rather than that D750, you’d still be shooting DSLRs. Just sayin’ ( D750 and D810 owner + others )

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