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Mirrorless Camera Buyer’s Guide (2019-2020 Edition)

IV. PRO MIRRORLESS

INTRODUCTION
I. ENTRY-LEVEL MIRRORLESS
II. SERIOUS (ADVANCED) MIRRORLESS
III. ENTHUSIAST (EXPERT) MIRRORLESS
IV. PRO MIRRORLESS

We are starting to see mirrorless cameras specifically targeted to professional photographers. To get professional photographers (who depend on their cameras and equipment for their livelihood and have very specific photographic needs) to switch from their trusted DSLRs to mirrorless, mirrorless technology not only has to catch up with DSLR technology, but also has to offer definite improvements and advantages over DSLR technology to make it worthwhile for pro photographers to switch.

Advantages like size and weight have driven some pros (who pack several heavy camera bodies, lenses and tripods) to switch to compact and lighter Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four-Thirds mirrorless cameras. Others have found that the retro design and analogue controls of the Fujifilm X mirrorless cameras have simplified their shooting, allowing them to concentrate more on the picture. Sony has the full-frame DSLRs in their cross-hairs and want pros to stay full-frame but switch to their mirrorless cameras with practical features that are difficult, if not impossible, for DSLRs to emulate. Hasselblad and Fujifilm are presenting their medium format models as being better than full-frame.

The truth is that pro photographers will use whatever camera and tools suit their needs. It’s not just about features, but how practical and usable the features really are, how robust the cameras are (how much can they take in the field without failing), how intuitive the cameras are in actual use, whether there are supporting lenses and accessories, and does the “tool” fit the use or does the photographer have to do contortions to use a particular feature? Mirrorless cameras targeted specifically to pro photographers need to address issues of availability of quality lenses in the focal length and aperture pros need, availability of flash accessories, dependable weather resistance and special level of dedicated field support (professional services).


 

FUJIFILM GFX100 (2019)

Fujifilm GFX100

Fujifilm GFX100

Fujifilm GFX100 Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Fujifilm GFX100 (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

FUJIFILM GFX 50S (2016)

Fujifilm GFX 50S with optional Vertical Grip

Fujifilm GFX 50S with optional Vertical Grip

Fujifilm GFX 50S Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Fujifilm GFX 50S (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

FUJIFILM GFX 50R (2018)

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Fujifilm GFX 50R Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Fujifilm GFX 50R (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

FUJIFILM X-H1 (2018)

Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm X-H1 QuickFact Sheet

Fujifilm X-H1 Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Fujifilm X-H1 (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

Hasselblad X1D II 50C (2019)

Hasselblad X1D II 50C Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1X (2019)

Olympus E-M1X Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

PANASONIC LUMIX S1H (2019)

Panasonic S1H Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Panasonic Lumix S1H (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

PANASONIC LUMIX S1R (2019)

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic S1R Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Panasonic Lumix S1R (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

PANASONIC LUMIX S1 (2019)

Panasonic Lumix S1

Panasonic Lumix S1

Panasonic S1 Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Panasonic Lumix S1 (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

SONY A9 II (2019)

Sony Alpha 9 II

Sony Alpha 9 II

The Sony A9 II is Sony’s flagship full-frame mirrorless camera. It is targeted more to professional photographers and improves on the A9 with enhanced connectivity and network capabilities to provide quicker professional workflow required by news agencies. A new Voice Memo function allows spoken information to be attached to images in the form of voice memos that can be replayed when the images are reviewed. The voice data can also be included with images sent to an editor, giving them important information needed for effective editing. It is also possible to auto-transfer images with attached voice memos via FTP to an FTP server without ever having to operate a smartphone.

Other improvements include faster subject tracking AF, 10 fps Continuous Shooting with the mechanical shutter, a larger grip, improved control dials placement and functionality.

Sony a9 II QuickFact Sheet

Sony a9 II Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Sony a9 II (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


 

SONY A9 (2017)

Sony α9

Sony α9

The Sony A9 shoots at 20 fps at full 24MP resolution, with no viewfinder lag and no blackout during continuous shooting. It is targeted to professional photographers who shoot sports, action, wildlife and wedding photography.

The A9 features a 3.7M-dot OLED viewfinder (1280 x 960 pixels) with a fast 120 fps refresh update, a 1.44M-dot tilt touchscreen LCD, silent shooting, 4K video, highly accurate AF Tracking and Eye AF.

The A9 is a full-frame mirrorless camera that is as light and small as (or even lighter and smaller than) some of the mirrorless cameras that use smaller APS-C and MFT sensors is quite a feat. It can also shoot faster than — and with AF performance as good as — some of the flagship DSLRs.

Sony a9 Press Release

Full specifications: Manufacturer’s site

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Sony a9 (various kit lens options are offered, all prices in US $)


INTRODUCTION
I. ENTRY-LEVEL MIRRORLESS
II. SERIOUS (ADVANCED) MIRRORLESS
III. ENTHUSIAST (EXPERT) MIRRORLESS
IV. PRO MIRRORLESS