DSLR cameras maintain to be on top of their game. But when the mirrorless camera enters the market, DSLRs somehow take a step back.
Some of the reasons people graciously embrace mirrorless cameras because its small, lighter and quieter compared to DSLRs. Not to mention the technology incorporated into each camera model that’s comparable or even better than to those in DSLRs.
If you’re planning to buy one, here are three of the best midrange mirrorless camera that you can choose from – Olympus E-M10 II, Sony A6000 and Fujifilm X-T20.
In terms of physical aspect, E-M10 II and A6000 both designed to be lightweight and compact, but A6000 is still lighter than E-M10 II. Neither of them has weather sealing, so, shooting at harsh environmental condition needs extra caution.
Sensor-wise, E-M10 II Micro Four Thirds with a resolution of 16-megapixel; while A6000 has APS-C with a resolution of 24-megapixel. This means A6000 is more capable of cropping freely and printing larger images.
Olympus E-M10 II vs. Sony A6000 vs. Fujifilm X-T20
Other basic features that you need to know about E-M10 II and A6000 are shown in the table below.
|Product||Weight||No. of Lens Available||Battery Life||Type of Photography|
|Olympus E-M10 II||390 g||90||320||Portrait, street, sports, and general use|
|Sony A6000||344 g||73||360||Landscape|
|Fujifilm X-T20||713 g||43||350||Portrait, travel, general use, at night time and indoors|
Review and Comparison of Best Product
Comparing to the previous model of E-M10 cameras, you’ll immediately notice the huge upgrade they did to E-M10 II. Upgrades such as:
- 5-axis Image Stabilization System
Camera shake is one problem you’ll never have to worry when using E-M10 II. It’s equipped with 5-axis image stabilization that can guarantee a sharper image result whenever shooting portraits, wildlife or sports action and macro close-ups; and even at night or the low light environment.
- Electronic Viewfinder
Every photographer knows how difficult it is to shoot in a surrounding with a bright light. This is the reason Olympus improved their Electronic Viewfinder for E-M10 II. It has 2,360k pixels and 0.62 magnifications which is bright and clear to easily see your subject.
- Silent Shutter
Olympus is always looking for a way to capture that perfect moment without disturbing its serenity. That’s why for their E-M10 Mark II, they equipped it with silent shutter feature. This is advantageous in shooting in street or photojournalism.
The disadvantages of E-M10 II over A6000 are: it’s not flexible enough to shoot in low light condition, and battery’s life expectancy is shorter (320/360 per charge).
2. Sony A6000
What makes A6000 an excellent tool in photography is that it has the fastest autofocus system there is – 179 AF points and 11 flaps per second. It’s good to use for shooting fast and action-packed sequences, both image and in a video.
Other key features are:
- BIONZ X Image Processor
A realistic and sharp image is what A6000 can guarantee! It has BIONZ X image processor with 3X the processing speed. This processor can capture or reproduce details and textures in real time; while reducing the blurriness or visual noise on the image.
This is for both shooting videos and still images.
- Enhance your camera and creativity with Camera Apps
Editing is the task that every photographer must do after they captured the images. Sony makes it simpler and easier for photographers when they add PlayMemories Camera Apps feature on A6000.
A6000 has Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can easily find an application that ﬁts your shooting style. Just make sure the application you choose can easily control your camera through your phone using Wi-Fi.
- Easy and intuitive controls help you shoot like a pro
One of the best things about A6000 is it can easily customize the control buttons (including function menu) depending on the photographers’ needs. So, no more constant checking of your manual every time you have to find a button’s location.
The disadvantages of A6000 over E-M10 II are: its electronic viewfinder has a lower resolution (1440k /2360k dots) and so as its LCD rear screen (922k/1040k dots).
As you can see in the table, the Fujifilm X-T20 is heavier. It is actually a bit more expensive too compared to the other two. However, for the extra cost and weight, you’ll get some of the best quality in photos than any other mirrorless camera under $2,000 might have.
In particular, it is good when used indoors and at night time or with low light.
Compared to the other two, its hybrid AF system is not just fast (twice the speed of its predecessor), but it is also performing better in terms of locking focus.
It has the capacity to lock focus even with moving subjects especially in the central portion of the frame.
With this camera, you can record an HD video of up to 60 fps and a 4K video which shoots up to 30fps. With these, you’ll have all the comfort in the world in using it for vacation travelogues and the routine general use like recitals in schools.
Now, for older model users (Fujifilm X-T2 fans), familiarity is made easier. One might not even need anymore a user’s manual, though it is still highly recommended. Unlike the other two seemingly bit modern touch to their design, X-T20’s usual buttons on the back and dials on top are arranged in a retro-style layout. Two distinct kit-lens bundles are available for the X-T20. Both sets are Fujifilm X mount lens. There are 43 native lenses in this particular kind of mount.
Of the two, one is a higher-end model. Although it costs a bit more, it is still more recommendable. This is because it includes the XF 18-55mm f/2.8–4.0 R LM OIS zoom lens.
This lens in the higher-end model allows more light than that of the other two cameras. Also, it has the capacity to deliver sharper and crystal-clear images from corner to corner at indoors.
Fujifilm X-T20 lens usually has a great image-stabilization system. This will let you shoot handheld even at one-second shutter speed while still maintaining that sharp image.Fujifilm X-T20 lenses are generally larger in physical size compared to those of the other two. Yet, they are the go-to lenses when shooting in moderate to low light places.
Three cameras have their unique strength and weakness. But overall, OE-M10 II, A6000 and Fujifilm X-T20 are good photography companions.
But if we have to choose one, we’ll choose Sony A6000.
This isn’t an easy choice since A6000 and E-M10 II has a lot of similar advantages, like video resolution (1920 x 1080/60p), built-in Flash, Face Detection Focus, Smartphone Remote Control and so on. While their common disadvantage is lack of weather sealing.
But we still chose A600 because even they have the same video resolution; A600 has a much higher sensor resolution (24MP), the number of focus points (179), faster burst (11fps) and longer battery life.