Mirrorless compact system cameras are designed to meet the requirements of any photographer, with entry level models through to ultra-high resolution bodies with stabilisation and lightning quick focus systems. These options span every style from portrait to landscape and wildlife.
Mirrorless bodies are now established with three main sensor size options. The smallest is micro four thirds, predominantly from Panasonic Lumix and Olympus, then on to APS-C and full-frame versions, from Sony, Canon, Nikon and Fujifilm as well as Leica and Sigma. Deciding between them is down to personal choice, perhaps based on experience, availability of interchangeable lenses or the weight of the equipment you wish to carry. Each sensor size has its’ own advantages outlined below.
Micro four thirds is the smallest interchangeable lens size of sensor, which is used by photographers because of the highly compact and lightweight systems. Professional nature and sports photographers are drawn by the highly compact size of lenses and camera bodies. Micro four thirds have a crop factor of 2, which means lens focal length is effectively doubled.
Crop sensor cameras often appeal to beginners, those starting out in photography as well as advanced photographers who shoot distant subjects. Optics tend to be smaller and lighter than full-frame equivalents, with a greater reach thanks to around 1.5x crop factor. Many birding specialists use crop sensors due to the high quality range of lenses available, which are generally lighter than full-frame models.
The full-frame mirrorless route takes photographers down the road to heavier equipment, with a 35mm sensor size, replicating original film dimensions. Full-frame mirrorless cameras will capture more pixels, often yielding higher resolution and lower noise levels in poor light. The ability to crop, zoom-in and gain ultra high definition is part of the appeal to full-frame. Depth of field is also reduced when paired with a bright aperture lens.
Whichever route your photography passion takes you, accessories such as spare camera batteries, memory cards and flashguns are part of the journey and Park Cameras stock a vast selection of these from all brands.
If you need help choosing which system you would like, many of our products feature expert advice and customer reviews. Our fully trained staff are also available in-store and by telephone for your queries. As Pro Retailers Park Cameras are best able to assist our customers in finding the perfect equipment to suit their needs and share their photographic journey with the world. We also carry a daily selection of used cameras, traded-in by our customers when they upgrade.