Sure, you can take as many photos as you want with your smartphones. That’s been the norm for the past few years, and that doesn’t look like it’s changing any time soon. But we’ll admit to this: we really miss using actual digital cameras. And the good news is that we now have more buying options; it’s not just all point-and-shoot/compact cameras and DSLRs.
You’ve seen mirrorless cameras in electronics shops and online stores, and you've heard about their similarities to and differences from DSLRs. (If you’re not up to speed, read our 2016 article.) If you’re considering buying one for yourself—or for someone else, kasi malapit na ang Pasko, guys—we have five picks that give you the tech without wrecking your finances. They may not be the latest releases, but that’s the thing: in tech, you don’t always need the newest and most expensive toys!
Canon EOS M10
At first glance, you’ll think the EOS M10 is just your run-of-the-mill compact camera. But this black mirrorless shooter is deceptive. This cute little thing sports an 18MP APS-C sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor, which work together to produce beautiful and detailed photos, even in low-light environments. The 3” monitor gives you a good view of your shots and assists you in those all-important selfies. You can share your photos online after every snap using the M10’s Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Just install Canon’s Camera Connect app and you’re good to go!
Get your own M10 at any Canon store or distro, or via Lazada. The M10 kit with EF 15-45mm lens will cost you PhP22,998, while the kit with EF 15-45mm/55-200mm lens will set you back PhP 33,498. Henry’s Camera also offers a lower online price for the M10: PhP20,698 with a few freebies.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
While Panasonic has several contenders in the mirrorless-camera arena, it's the Lumix DMC-G7 that keeps popping up on value-for-money lists. It's easy to see why: this 4K shooter does all the heavy lifting without the physical weight. And with more than 20 Panasonic lenses to play with, plus all the adjustable controls and settings you need as you move and shoot, you won't ask for anything more.
Sony Alpha a5100
Sony isn’t exactly a brand you associate with budget products, but hey, sometimes it likes to surprise you. With the Alpha a5100 mirrorless camera, Sony shows it has a card to play in every camera segment, and plays each card well. Apart from the usual specs (24.3 megapixels, Sony’s BIONZ X image processor, up to 25600 ISO and 6fps, multiple E-mount lenses), the a5100 got our attention for its 4D Focus capability—combining wide, fast, and steadfast autofocus for fast-moving objects. Basically, you won’t miss a thing with this shooter.
The a5100 is available at Sony outlets for PhP34,999. This includes the stock 16-50mm Power Zoom lens. You can also buy an a5100 kit online from Henry’s Camera for PhP28,799.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
The second M10 on this list, this time from Olympus, is a tad bigger than Canon’s, but no less capable. In fact, we’re liking its long list of strong points, which includes in-body five-axis image stabilization (perfect for shooters with shaky hands), its old-school look, up to 8fps for images, a clear electronic viewfinder with AF targeting pad, and Silent Mode for stealthy shooting in quiet environments.
Henry’s Camera has a silver unit with a 14-42mm lens available, with an online price of PhP30,591.
Out of Fuji’s many mirrorless cameras, it’s the entry-level X-A10 that appeals to us the most. It’s super-light and perfect for those who are always on the road. It also works with any Fujinon X-Mount lens, and produces high-quality shots and 1080p footage with its 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor. The built-in Advanced Filters let you have your editing fun even before you share your photos online; and if you’re an instax SHARE SP-1 or SP-2 owner, you can also send photos directly from this camera to your smartphone printer!
The price tag’s the best part of it all: the X-A10 costs only PhP22,491 if you buy online through Henry’s Camera, and PhP24,990 if you get your kit through CameraHaus. For a bundled SP-2 printer, CameraHaus offers a package for PhP29,990.