Varied in format and better in many ways than their ancestors SLRs, hybrid AFN are now the number 1 for choice that seeks an interchangeable optical system. Here is our selection of the best models tested by the editors.
Hybrids continue their slow-but-sure-nibbling of the SLR market share.Eight years after the arrival of the first hybrid, the Panasonic G1, this family of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras diverts more and more DSLR users.Heavier, bulkier, less gifted in video and less varied in format, SLR cameras lose more ground that hybrids don’t cease to progress technically via A2zCameraBlog. To exceed their ancestors in almost all areas.
Also called “Compact with interchangeable optics”, “CSC” (for Compact System Camera), “ILC” (Interchangeable Lens Camera) or ” mirrorless “, hybrids, as they are known more generally, have convinced many audiences.Urban (e) that moves light and looking for a little thumb type Panasonic GM1to professional who found in his Fujifilm X – T2 and its fixed focal lengths, high-end, the successor of the Nikon F2 of old, rare are niches photographic does not have credible to the DSLR alternative.
Variety of formats
Hybrids are much more varied in shapes and dimensions than their ancestors. When DSLRs have a choice between two standards full-frame and APS – C sensors, hybrids are equipped with sensors from the compact design of the Pentax Q until the sensor full-format (24 x 36 mm) of the Sony Alpha.With, in the Middle, 1 inch, Micro 4/3 and APS – C format. This variety allows to paste to a larger number of different uses, a boon for photographers.
The advantage of compactness
The first asset of the hybrid compared to the SLR is its compactness, which is made possible by the absence of mirror – where the appellation ‘ mirrorless ‘ above. The eviction of the mirror can reduce not only the size of the boxes, but also those of the optics: more ‘the mount’ is close to the sensor, less the optics must be long. To equal size of sensor, a hybrid is more compact and lighter.
An important factor: how many reflex rot in a closet or on a shelf of the fact of their overweight? The other advantage caused by the disappearance of the mirror is of course the rafale, faster hybrids because there is more of (fragile) part mechanical to operate.
If SLR cameras were first and foremost ‘machines to produce still images’ hybrids are, as their name suggests, mutants also uncomfortable in the still image in the video. The ouster of the mirror, the focus by contrast detection, the always active viewfinder coupled with more suitable ergonomics (adjustable touch screens, etc.) allow them to actually replace a family camcorder, or even cameras pro in the case of some models such as the Panasonic GH4. Add to this a much faster AF in video and the generalization of the 4K and here again, the hybrid score points.
The advent of the electronic viewfinder
If their benefits were already numerous in the past, the technical turn of their success lies somewhere between 2014 and 2015, with the arrival of electronic viewfinders of quality. Previously too skimpy, too dark, or ill-defined, the viewfinders to slabs LCD or OLED of the hybrids were unconvincing. At least until the arrival of the OM – D Olympus E – M1: first camera to offer a quality sight ‘pro ‘.
The market has followed him and saw bloom models of good electronic viewfinders. At the top end of course, but also in mainstream models: a mid-range like OM case – D E – M10 Mark II € 750 already offers a good comfort of sight. Micro OLED/LCD panels have not finished to improve but the level of “sufficient quality” is achieved. Still an asset of SLRs that faints…
Reflex: dominated, but not dead
Like the web that followed TV, which followed radio, which followed the paper press, etc hybrids do not mark the final death of the SLR, but the end of their dominance. In some cases, like sports photography or nature, the number of available lenses, the live view, the grip or the robustness of SLRs have yet of the direction for photographers. Hybrids must still flesh out their offers of telephoto zooms and the resistance of enclosures pros, which is not yet at the level of the D5 and other 1DX Mark II from Nikon and Canon, which leaves them a little niche where they can shine technically – we think also of theNikon D500, shining in the APS – C DSLR branch. But besides the fact that hybrids are ambushed in sport/action photography (read our OM test – D E – M1 Mark II), in other areas photographic – street photography, landscape, family, scuba, etc. – they took the advantage on the SLR.
Important clarification: the notes and the classification does not make you lose sight that a case is a sum of parameters – size, ergonomics, park view, etc. Thus it is possible whether you are more a shooter “Fujijilm”, turned to pure photography and beautiful fixed focal lengths or an action photographer who will scream for joy in the face of the ferocity of an OM – D E – M1 Mark II or even a versatile reporter, in which case video performance and functionality of the Panasonic housings make weapons of choice. Before you choose the device need you, so remember to evaluate the ecosystem!
Here is the ranking of the top 10 models of our comparison tests carried out until February 15, 2017.
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10 Olympus Pen F
Playing the card of the retro look of the first Pen to bottom F released in 1963, the Pen F digital version was the first aircraft to Olympus to integrate the new sensor 20 Mpix without low-pass filter which adds a hint of sharpness (in spades) to stereotypes. Very stylish and has a very efficient autofocus, the Pen F is a device very well finished and equipped with an electronic viewfinder “deported to the rangefinder” both well-defined and very responsive. Very oriented photo with including of very good artistic modes – and a new black & white mode that ‘ the dog’ – Pen F did the stalemate on 4K video and is designed with small zooms or fixed focal lengths. A weapon of choice for Street photographers.
Overall rating : 7,74/10 | Price: €1499 (fetch a better price). Read the full review of the Olympus Pen F
9. Panasonic Lumix GX80
Feature-rich, the Lumix GX80 is an excellent balance between good performance, beautiful design and a moderate price. Panasonic sign here a “killer” device so it is suitable for a wide range of users: Street photographers, family, hipsters attached to the aesthetics of the case, passenger (the device is light), etc. His devoid of low-pass filter – a first at Panasonic – offers a true gain in sharpness, even with the optics delivered in kit. Far from making the race performance, Panasonic here sought to improve customs and the grip.And it is a great success!
Overall score : 7.79/10 | Price : €700 (fetch a better price). Read the full Panasonic Lumix GX80 test
8 Sony Alpha A7 Mark II
Its strength lies in its sensor full-frame 24 x 36 mm, is the same size as those of professional SLRs. Coupled with some optics high-end Sony (like the excellent 55 mm f/1.8) this is an expert box, which is accessible financially and its large sensor allows him to produce magnificent blur of background.Stronger than the old version (Alpha 7), fishing by the absence of 4K video and an AF indented.
Overall rating: 8.00/10 | Price: €1800 (fetch a better price). Read the full Sony Alpha A7 Mark II test
7 Sony Alpha A7S Mark II
Twin brother of A7 Mark II and A7R Mark II, this “S” version is a little King of shadows: it can shoot up to ISO 400.000! And this isn’t a bluff because stereotypes are perfectly clean and usable up to ISO 51,200. Night performances combine with its video capabilities, advanced as he turns in 4K and offers advanced options dedicated to videographers. However, its low definition of 12 Mpix limited capabilities of cropping and the richness of the clichés, but it is an effect of range by Sony.
Overall rating: 8.07 10 | Price: €3400 (fetch a better price). Read the test of the Sony Alpha A7S Mark II
6 Panasonic Lumix GX8
The new camera ‘reporter’ from Panasonic is a small technological bomb: 4K, electronic viewfinder adjustable generation, super AF, etc. Panasonic has redesigned the grip compared to the GX7, and it approaches a little t lemetriques with its remote viewfinder. Compatible Micro 4/3, it is tropicalized, Super full and very strong. Its 20 Mpix sensor without low-pass filter allows to significantly improve the image quality of the previous generations, blocked for years to 16 Mpix. Its remote viewfinder and his pronounced grip make it a model of choice for reporters and other amateur photographers of grip “to the rangefinder.
Overall rating : 8.37/10 | Price : €1600 (fetch a better price). Read the full Panasonic Lumix GX8 test
5 Fujifilm X – Pro 2
After a 1 X – Pro who had seduced the professional reporters, the X – Pro 2 is more that transform the trial: it corrects (almost) all the errors of his grandfather. Besides its new 24 Mpix sensor much more efficient than the previous model, it has (finally!) able to stand among the best of its kind, af a quality of manufacturing a notch above a double slot for SD card, a video mode Full HD finally worthy of the name, etc. Faster, more enduring and more powerful, it takes advantage of the excellent optical Park of Fujifilm.
And as all devices of the brand, it will produce beautiful Jpeg files that it doesn’t often help to develop the RAW files!
Overall rating : 8.40/10 | Price: €1800 (fetch a better price). Read the review of the Fujifilm X-Pro 2
4 Panasonic Lumix G80
The Lumix G80 rises so high in the standings if not because of its pure performance (rafale, image quality, etc.), which are very good, but for its quality-equipment-feature-price ratio simply mind boggling. Not happy to receive (in addition to the traditional Panasonic optical stabilization) a new mechanical sensor stabilization, this case entirely tropicalized, comes with a lens kit not only good quality but also tropical and more versatile than the average. In addition, excellent video encoding quality (4K of race), an autofocus very powerful, many creative functions, a powerful 4K burst, etc. A beast race at affordable price!
Overall rating : 8.47/10 | Price: €1000 (fetch a better price). Read the full Panasonic Lumix G80 test
3 Sony Alpha A7R Mark II
The A7R Mark II enjoys a 42 Mpix sensor that puts it right at the top of the competition. Equipped with a good perspective, this sensor box full format delivers shots of a unique precision in the world of hybrids. Addition 4K UHD video and stabilization of the sensor which allows to graft any Canon or Nikon optics while enjoying the stabilization. A camera pro fishing however by the lack of optical able to satisfy such a sensor, by its specific ergonomics and its autonomy to pick it up (250 images). For the rest, it’s a killer, simply.
Overall rating : 8.48/10 | Price: €3500 (fetch a better price). Read the full Sony Alpha A7R Mark II test
2 Olympus OM – D E – M1 Mark II
With OM – D E – M1 Mark II, Olympus was able to show how to turn a weakness into a strength. Smaller than the sensors full Sony and Fujifilm APS – C format, the Micro 4/3 sensor can compete on the pure image quality, but this smallness gives him a huge advantage in terms of speed. Olympus swept in and we lays the first true hybrid actually able to compete with the reflex in the field of sport/action/nature’s photo. Capable of staggering gusts to 60 fps with electronic shutter (Yes, 60 RAW images…), it is already surprising in mechanical shutter with a burst that goes up to 18 FPS! Olympus is not stopped in a technology to look pretty and has treated the case: even more effective sensor stabilization, combination mode of images (on tripod only) that delivers shots of 50 Mpix, tropicalization to the end of the knobs, double memory card reader, 4 K video, etc.
Overall rating : 8,71/10 | Price: €1999,90 (fetch a better price). Read the full review of the Olympus OM – D E – M1 Mark II
1 Fujifilm X – T2
The Fujifilm X – T2 is the sign of the technological maturity of the hybrids of the brand. With this case, Fuji has managed to keep its major assets: exceptional color and image quality, and an optical lineup that references.This, while moving forward on the areas where she was the penalty, namely the autofocus and video. And it is more than a progress since in these two areas, Fujifilm goes from the bottom of the ranking at the top of what is happening currently: autofocus is not only aggressive but highly customizable (and will benefit from the excellent recently out telephoto zooms) and 4K video is very good – how! Beautiful, well finished and resistant, the X – T2 is more than just a success: a reference.
Overall rating : 9.05/10 | Price: €1600 (fetch a better price). Read the full the Fujifilm x – T2 test
Leica SL: a pro in construction system
The Leica SL coming 7th in our comparison, an impressive performance on the part of the German automaker. Once to pick it up side digital, Leica is, since the Leica Q, clearly back in the race.
The SL is a device somewhat outside the norm and that is why it is not in our top 10: in addition to its price therefore €6900 body only, this hybrid sensor 24 Mpix full format is designed for the pros and does not for the time being of a single optical – other two are already announced and will be marketed later this year.
Capable of good gusts and gifted in video (it runs in 4K cinema!) the SL is technically in the nails – its electronic viewfinder is the best on the market – but there is a template a bit apart.