Best Mirrorless Cameras under INR 80,000
About 9 years ago, if one had to buy a Good Camera with interchangeable lenses, a DSLR was the only option. But since the launch of the first ever mirrorless Camera by Olympus in 2009, things started to change. And now in 2017, a DSLR is no longer the only option. Mirrorless cameras, while in early introduction period, were considered as nothing more than a small new development. They were never considered something that could get better than the DSLRs. After all, the only notable difference between these two was that the Mirrorless cameras obviously didn’t use a mirror, and neither did they use the Optical viewfinder that still define the DSLRs. But they definitely had some advantages which made a strong case for a debate.
The Mirrorless ones firstly, didn’t have the need to use a separate module for autofocus, as they were capable of using the main imaging sensor for that purpose. Added with that, the lack of a mirror and a viewfinder became the reason why the Mirrorless ones were able to get built in much smaller sizes and weight as compared to a DSLR. Over the years, the Mirrorless Cameras have developed a lot, and now are considered just as good as DSLRs, if not better.
Why small size & less weight ?
The reason for that being an increasing support for Interchangeable lenses for these cameras, and lower size and weight as compared to a DSLR. The lack of an optical viewfinder has been attempted to be covered with the use of Electronic viewfinders. One might say that DSLRs are still in use just because of the fact that they were introduced first, and already have became a standard for professional Photographers and Videographers.
But in the foreseeable future, it is expected that the DSLRs will make way for the Mirrorless Cameras, which are more modern in comparison. But there is a long way to go for that, as people are still in love with DSLR’s and the love for the optical viewfinders would probably stay for long. Enough with this lecture, let’s get to the point now. So now that you know that Mirrorless Cameras are the way for the future, you should know what to look for in a Mirrorless Camera. This article is for those who are low on budget, or are yet to reach the high- end levels of Photography or Video making. So if you have a budget of around Rs. 80,000.
Here’s a list of the Products you could consider. Note that all cameras listed list include the cost of body along with the lens. Though there are some great Cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC- G85 & Fujifilm X- T10, which have their body cost well below Rs. 80,000. The price of lenses, if included will likely take the total costs off your budget.
#1 Sony Alpha 6300
The alpha 6300 from Sony, the successor to the famous a6000 is probably the best Mirrorless Camera in this budget. It boasts of what Sony claims to be “World’s fastest autofocus speed” at 0.05 seconds. Its autofocus system is actually the true highlight of this Camera, and easily surpasses its competitors and even some of the DSLRs available in this price range. But along with that, it performs well in all other aspects pretty well. It has 24.2MP APS- C Sensor, and supports recording of 4K Videos at 30fps, and 1080p videos at 120fps. It can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking.
The Magnesium Alloy body of this Camera is rugged enough to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions. The Electronic Viewfinder is great to use, and if you are a DSLR guy used to the Optical Viewfinders, you might find this to be surprisingly good. It has a tiltable LCD panel, which is great for viewing shots while keeping the camera low and looking without much effort, along with that it also supports Wi-Fi and NFC. The Sony a6300 is available at INR 74990, including the body and a 16-50mm power zoom lens.
#2 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
The Olympus OM- D M10 Mark II is another great Camera available in this price range. It is particularly great to be used for beginners. Along with a 16MP CMOS Sensor and a continuous shooting speed of upto 8 fps, it has a built- in 5 Axis image stabilization for sharp images, which works really well. The large amount of buttons placed everywhere makes this look quite intimidating and complex at first, but is actually quite easy to handle. The camera has a larger, top of the line OLED EVF(Electronic ViewFinder) which allows you to do most of your shooting without taking your eye off it. It can adapt to the camera exposure and show you how your picture will look like.
The camera’s LCD is also tiltable from the top and lower sides. For video recording, its rather sad that it doesn’t support 4k like some of its competitors do. But it does support upto 1080p in 60fps. But at the same time, for your Photos & videos, you get to use the wide range of lenses that Olympus offers, which more than makes up for it. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera is available with 14-42mm II R Lens at INR 77,730 at Amazon.
#3 Panasonic Lumix G7
The Lumix G7 is a great Camera if you prefer a lightweight build. It is lightweight, but at the same time, the materials used are not really high- quality. It is only one of the only few Mirrorless Cameras that support 4K in this price range. The Lumix DMC-G7 has a Four Thirds size 16MP Live MOS sensor that, when paired with its Venus Engine processor, allows for 4K video and stills. A great feature of this Camera is the LCD panel, which can be flipped to the side for having a good view for video recording, the electronic viewfinder works fairly well.
Note that this camera records in mp4 file extension at UHD(4K) which is 3840×2160, not Cinema 4K which is 4096×2160. Even so, it is great for regular 4k videos, or if you prefer Cinematic 4k, then you’d have to take your budget a bit higher. The Panasonic LUMIX G7 Camera is available with a 14-42mm Lens kit, along with a Sony 64GB SDXC Bundle at INR 77,197 from Amazon.
#4 Sony alpha 6000
Yes, this Camera is now actually old, and already has a newer model mentioned on the list as well. So why have the a6000 here? Well that’s because of the fact that this one, for Rs. 47990 including the 16-50mm power zoom lens, arguably gives the best value for money among every mirrorless Camera available in this price range. The key differences in the a6000 and the a6300 include the lack of 4K and a slower autofocus compared to the latter, but still really fast.
The high ISO range of 25600 allows for great shots in low- lighting conditions as well. All the other features are the same as the a6300. The Sony Alpha 6000 is for you if you really need to save some money, or need the best value out of what you spend. You might as well spend the remaining amount on the different lenses offered by Sony, for a learning experience.
These are some of the best Mirrorless Cameras you can have under Rs. 80,000. These are meant for you if you seek to know more about Photography or Videography. Or are just a beginner who wants to practice more.