Photo enthusiasts looking to upgrade to a mirrorless camera system have a range of attractive models to choose from.
Swapping brands is an option for existing DSLR users because the latest mirrorless cameras from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic have different lens mounts that offer expanded capabilities. Lens adapters are available to enable DSLR lenses to be used with the new mounts.
It’s also a good time to upgrade from a cropped-sensor (M4/3 or APS-C) to a ‘full-frame’ camera with a 36 x 24 mm sensor. Since more light reaches the larger sensor, benefits from swapping will include better low-light performance and faster AF.
Newcomers to full-frame interchangeable-lens cameras can now find ‘entry-level’ models from all four major manufacturers.
The table below allows you to compare specifications for the Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z5, Panasonic Lumix S5, and the Sony α7 III. (Also see below product pics and links to more details for each camera.)
Click here for a PDF version of the table: entry-level-full-frame-mirrorless-0920
The new Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 full-frame mirrorless camera, shown with the 20-60mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. (Source: Panasonic.)
Sony’s α7 Mark III (ILCE-7M3) camera, shown with the FE 24-105mm f/4 lens, which was supplied with the camera for this review. (Source: Sony.)
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Angled view of the EOS RP camera with the RF 35mm f/1.8L Macro IS STM lens. (Source: Canon.)
The new Nikon Z5 full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera, shown with the Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 kit lens. (Source: Nikon.)