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The 19 Most Popular Compact System and Mirrorless Cameras with Our Readers


Earlier in the week we revealed the DSLRs that were best selling among our readers as well as the most popular DSLR Lenses in our community over the last few months. While DSLRs are still the most popular type of readers among our readers this last quarter has seen a big rise in the number of you using compact system/mirrorless cameras.

popular mirrorless cameras

Here are the most popular compact system cameras among our readers!

Note: we’ve only included cameras with interchangeable lenses in this list. While other cameras like Fujifilms X100 series are sometimes classified in this way we’ll include them on a future list with other fixed lens cameras.

Lastly: Amazon currently have some great specials at the moment on cameras and gear as part of their Holiday Promotions.

1. Sony Alpha a6000


2. Olympus OM-D E-M10


3. Sony a5100


9. Sony Alpha a7II


3. Sony NEX-5TL


4. Fujifilm X-T1


5. Sony Alpha a5000


6. Sony a7R II

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7. Samsung NX500

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8. Olympus PEN E-PL6

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9. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7KK

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10. Fujifilm X-T10

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That’s our top 10 – here are the next 9 most popular compact camera systems.

  1. Canon EOS M3
  2. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
  3. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8K
  4. Olympus OM-D E-M1
  5. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
  6. Sony Alpha a7S
  7. Sony a7
  8. Samsung NX30
  9. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5KK

*Note: this list was compiled from reports supplied to us from where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • O, yay! Mirrorless! I am looking to buy one to always keep in my bag, because going around every single day with a big reflex is quite hard. I am thinking about the Olympus M-10. If someone has some tips or something about it, I am ready for it =)

  • bretpowell

    This are pretty good list as I might say. But there are few that you might add (see for instance)

  • Christine

    I bought the Fuji X-T1 last year and totally fell in love! I still use my Nikons, but they gather dust more than they used to.

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  • Mike Schmitt

    I bought a Sony A6000 about 7 months ago because my Nikon D7100 was too big for street photography. The A6000 is a great camera; especially because of its size (which makes it an easy carry everywhere camera). I am surprised that the Fuji X100 series cameras weren’t on this list. I wrestled with buying it instead of the A6000, and still second guess that decision.

  • Colleen Hall

    I love my M-10. Takes beautiful photos and has a lot of features! No complaints!

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  • Henry Hertzler

    I purchased an E-m10 the end of August just before they announced the E-m10 II, I returned the e-m10 and pre-ordered the mark 2 and I haven’t been disappointed…it costs more but I think the viewfinder alone is probably worth the cost difference. I would recommend going to a camera store/electronic store that carries olimpus and check them out side by side. I should also mention that Olympus issued a recall for some of the first e-m10 II for a lens lock pin issue that may affect some lenses, I haven’t sent mine in but I may just to make sure.

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  • Just over a year ago I bought an Olympus OM-D E-M1. This was after going on an Olympus walk-about, where I had the opportunity to use the M1 and a wide range of Olympus lenses. I also took my Canon 5D and shot the same scenes with both cameras. Printing with no processing of the RAW files convinced me to buy the M1. It was certainly as good as the 5D, in many ways better – very surprised at this!! Having been a full frame adict for a long time, I am still comparing big prints from Olympus and Canon shots, and still today am amazed at how very good that m4/3 system is. Another huge benefit is size and weight. The Oly bodies and DSLR equivalent lenses are much smaller and lighter than DSLR gear. I could go on, but suffice to say, ‘mirror-less is great and is the way forward’.

  • Ashu Ashish

    sony alpha58 is also a mirror less camera its also a good camera….just i need a conformation that which is better dslr a morrored one or a mirrorless?

  • Tex Rex

    Sorry, A58 is SLT or Single Lens Translucent camera. Meaning, it has a mirror but that mirror is made of translucent (or more appropriately, transparent) glass, is fixed and does not flip up.

  • Tex Rex

    It;s because T6i is not compact and is not mirrorless.

  • Tex Rex

    Maybe because the Fuji X100 is compact but is not a system camera (non-changeable lens).

  • Bob Bevan Smith

    The term DSLR by definition includes a mirror (the R= Reflex part). What you really should know is the difference between a camera with a mirror or without.
    Pros of a mirror: it gives a natural view in the viewfinder
    Cons: often the viewfinder only gives a 95% coverage of what the sensor receives; it is a mechanical addition to the complexity of the camera; it makes a noise; it takes a small but finite time to move out of the way after pressing the shutter button; the pentaprism adds bulk and weight to the camera; the view finder goes black during the exposure; it increases the cost of manufacture; light can enter the camera through the viewfinder during exposure.
    Pros of mirrorless: lighter weight; less mechanical complexity; simpler, more rugged design; allows the rear element of the lens to get much closer to the sensor; can be totally silent.
    Cons: requires an electronic viewfinder, which is not quite so detailed as an optical view, and often has a little ‘lag’.
    Taking these factors together will give you an idea of which type to choose, if all else (such as sensor size etc.) is similar. Best plan is to actually try out each type before buying.

  • Dave Lister

    I’m so tempted to go the mirror-less route.
    I own Canon equipment so you would think that would be the way to go to save money by using my old lens collection but if I bought the M3 at $479 (Amazon) plus the optional evf ($189) which I find essential and the Canon EOS M Mount Adapter($119) Canon has priced themselves into the high end range for a camera that seems to get middling reviews at best.
    But changing to a whole new system is complicated since i don’t have any experience with other camera manufacturers.
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    Maybe I can rent one somewhere?

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