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Going Mirrorless

Want to take better pictures than your smartphone? Meet your new gear.

By Kelvin Low      31 July 2020

Olympus Pen E-PL9

Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS
Pixel count: 16.1 MP
Video: 4K/30p
System: Micro Four Thirds Mount

Using smartphone-like navigation, users can snap creative photos simply by selecting an Art Filter and releasing the shutter. The art filter has a live preview on the rear monitor as well. For more seasoned photographers, the Advanced Photo Mode makes difficult photography techniques, such as overlapping images for a multi-exposure photo, as easy as following on-screen instructions.

Featuring an in-body image stabilisation with the TruePic VIII image processor as used in the top-range OM-D E-M1 series, this feature makes it possible to capture beautiful photos with minimal noise even in dark conditions, even with shaky hands.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS
Pixel count: 20.4 MP
Video: 4K/30p
System: Micro Four Thirds Mount

With a new imaging processor, the TruePic IX, the E-M1 Mark III is capable of advanced features such as “50MP Handheld High Res Shot” and “Live ND”. Capable of taking up to 80 MP photos with a tripod, this high-res performer also comes with a fast 18fps AF tracker, which is capable of Starry Sky AF on top of face priority and eye priority AF.

It shoots stills at up to 60 fps with AF/ and exposure lock, at the full resolution; this fast shooter also allows you to customise the AF target area on the E-M1 Mark III to suit the behaviour of the subject. The powerful image processor also allows for in-camera fisheye lens compensation and keystone compensation – which corrects a photo’s perspective regardless of the angle it was shot from.

Panasonic Lumix G DC-G100

Sensor: 4/3 Live MOS
Pixel count: 20.3 MP
Video: 4K/30p
System: Micro Four Thirds Mount

With the increasing need for video content, Panasonic’s latest G-series camera is designed and developed for videographers. For a start: the 5-Axis Hybrid Image Stabiliser keeps the footage smooth, and it has a Frame Maker for checking the composition in various popular aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. With a maximum ISO of 25600, it can shoot well in low light as well as day photos. The Venus Engine processor assures high-speed image processing.

It also has OZO Audio by Nokia, which enables users to capture and edit sound with vibrant accuracy and precision. The microphone system also provides a Tracking mode that keeps tracking the voice of the target subject. Auto mode automatically switches the Tracking mode and Surround mode.

Panasonic Lumix S1H

Sensor: Full Frame CMOS
Pixel count: 24.2 MP
Video: 6K/24p
System: L Mount

Taking a leaf from Panasonic’s cinema cameras, the S1H can record 10-bit 60p 4K or C4K videos, along with a wide variety of recording formats. The camera also packs both V-Log and V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops to capture everything from dark to bright areas.

It uses artificial intelligence (AI) AF in the Venus Engine that can recognise human bodies, and animals. A fast sensor-lens communication of 480 fps and Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology allows a quick autofocus speed of approximately 0.08 seconds. In high-resolution mode, eight consecutive images are automatically shot while shifting the sensor using the Body Image Stabilizer mechanism. The Venus Engine processes the images to create a 96 MP (12,000 x 8,000 pixel) RAW file.

Sony A6100

Sensor: APS-C Exmor CMOS
Pixel count: 24.2 MP
Video: 4K/30p
System: E-mount

Featuring a total of 425 phase-detection AF points, together with contrast-detection AF, this compact mirrorless camera boasts a fast AF speed of 0.02s. The AI subject recognition uses colour, pattern (brightness), subject distance (depth) and face and eye information to recognise and maintain focus in real time.

To make the camera easier to operate, Sony allows up to eight of the camera’s keys and controls to be custom-assigned to any of 89 shooting and replay functions. The My Menu feature allows flexible assignment of 30 menu items, and the custom settings screen helps keep track of everything. Built-in guides for menu items are also available with a single button press.

Sony A9 II

Sensor: Full Frame Exmor RS Stacked CMOS
Pixel count: 24.2 MP
Video: 4K/30p
System: E-mount

Continuous shooting of up to 20fps with the BIONZ X processor and electronic shutter, the A9 II has a high-speed 1/32000 sec anti-distortion shutter which suppresses rolling shutter effect when recording videos of moving subjects and other fast-moving activities.

Being a camera equipped with both electronic and mechanical shutters hints at its professional-grade as mechanical shutters allow a better flash synchronisation speed. The “stacked” CMOS sensor integrates the pixel area, integral memory and a hi-speed signal processing circuit. It even features a LAN terminal which supports gigabit network, for transmission media via FTPS (File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS).

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