1. Sony Alpha NEX-6
The NEX-6 is a mid-level mirrorless compact that provides DSLR image quality but in a much smaller package. Busting with features to keep any enthusiast photographer busy, the 16.1-megapixel NEX-6 boasts a class-leading high resolution OLED electronic viewfinder, articulated LCD screen and WiFi connectivity. The user experience in enhanced thanks to traditional mode dial, two control wheels and 10fps burst shooting.
2. Sony NEX-3
The Sony NEX-3N is the entry-level model to it’s well thought of CSC range. Incredibly small and light – weighing in at just 210g, this camera is aimed at compact step-up users. It features a 16.1 megapixel sensor and APS-C Sensor, which copes well in low light and provides high image quality. Other features include 180° tiltable screen and Auto Object Framing – great for beginners who are just getting to grips with composition.
3. Panasonic Lumix GF6
Panasonic Lumix GF6 features a Four Thirds sized 16 megapixel Live MOS image sensor and Venus Engine processor – as found in the higher end GH3. Together these provide fantastic quality, detail rich images. The hinged touch-sensitive LCD screen with180° rotation is excellent too –important as there’s no viewfinder. As well as built-in WiFi, Creative Panorama mode, stop-motion animations, and in-camera editing, there are digital filters, giving 19 instant effects.
4. Panasonic Lumix GX7
Theaesthetically pleasing 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix GX7 features a new built-in Live View Finder with impressive 90-degree tilt, as well as a tiltable1040K-dot touch-screen LCD monitor.The GX7 is also the first Panasonic CSC to offer in-body image stabilization. Other features includefull HD movie recording, 1/8000 sec shutter speed, 5fps burst shooting andbuilt-in WiFi. Image quality is excellent with low light performance being particularly impressivelow-light focusing down to -4 EV.
5. Panasonic Lumix GH3
The Lumix GH3 is Panasonic’s flagship mirrorless camera and is a considerable improvement over the GH2 with built-in WiFi, faultless touch screen control, bigger battery and larger handgrip. With it’s 16MP Live MOS sensor, high-speed 6fps continuous shooting, great video functions and solid and robust build quality, the GH3 handles like a DSLR and produces images of DSLR quality too – impressive.
6. Olympus OM-D E-M1
The great thing about this CSC is that it can be used with proper DSLR lenses; this is improved further thanks to the Dual Fast autofocus which ensures picture definition is tip-top. The all black chassis has that premium, sleek feel about it and the removal of the low pass filter from the 16MP Live MOS sensor leads to fantastically detailed snaps. An optical view-finder is missing, though Wi-Fi is on-board for quick files transfers.
7. Sony NEX-5T
While not a huge upgrade from the other members of the NEX-5 family, this T model comes with one extra nifty feature in the shape of NFC connectivity. This addition makes for really simple photo sharing and instant connection to your smartphone with just a tap. Coming in black or white, this snapper boasts a 16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with a fast hybrid AF and a 3-inch tiltable LCD. It’s pretty dinky too, which often feels a tad odd with a massive lens attached.
8. Samsung Galaxy NX
The 20 megapixel Samsung Galaxy NX melds the interchangeable lens option provided by its NX series compact system cameras with the image sharing and social media friendly aspects of the Android OS powered Samsung Galaxy Camera, to essentially create the best of both worlds. Picture quality is good, with colours really shining and it offers Full HD video shooting in MPEG4 format.
9. Samsung NX - 300
With its retro-chic stylings, large sensor for detailed snaps and a host of great features, it’s no wonder we gave this camera a highly-esteemed five stars in our review. Specs wise this well designed cam packs 20.3 megapixels, an APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi and even NFC for sharing your snaps with ease. The rear AMOLED touchscreen is tiltable, a feature we loved and the companion smartphone apps are a useful addition too. Supplied in the kit is a 20-50mm lens, though this can easily be swapped out if you prefer something with a bit more zoom.
10. Pentax Q7
Another modern camera revisiting the past for its design inspiration, the Q7 boasts a new 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a 140% size increase over previous models. A new image processor improves colour reproduction, there's a load of different lenses to choose from and even a handy included pop-out flash.
11. FujiFilm X-E1
The large X-Trans CMOS sensor on this svelte, silver and black snapper captures highly-detailed, 16 megapixel shots with wide angle options and an interesting colour filter array. An OLED viewfinder is also thankfully included, for when positioning your shot with the rear screen just doesn’t cut it. Hankering for some retro design? The X-E1 is full of it, from the black strip across the front, to the classic style dials on the top.
12. Sony NEX 6
Sony’s NEX line of snappers boast great features, along with fantastic design and build-quality, the NEX-6 is no different. With its comfortable grip, smartphone companion apps, Wi-Fi and variety of Sony lenses to choose from, it is truly a feature packed device. Picture quality is strong, with a 16.1 megapixel resolution and APS-C sensor, while there’s also a rather flimsy feeling pop-up flash and an electronic viewfinder.
It is good value too, coming bundled as a kit with a 16-50mm zoom lens, which is great for shooting smooth video.
13. Panasonic Lumix G6
While many companies decide to go with a slimmer style for their compact system cameras, Panasonic has stuck to a fairly normal looking DSLR style for the latest entrant to the Lumix line-up. Internals wise this model boasts a 16.5 megapixels and a CMOS sensor along with a variety of shooting modes to get the best shot.
Pictures themselves look great, with rich colours and a high amount of detail. There’s a moveable rear screen, along with a viewfinder and pop-up flash, two features often lost on these particular cameras.
14. Olympus Pen EP5
Initially looking like a camera straight out of the 1960’s, the Olympus Pen EP5 is fuelled by retro-chic design, but with the all important modern features added. Specs wise there’s a 16 megapixel 4/3 inch CMOS sensor, which provides nicely detailed shots and a whole host of filtering effects. There’s a decent touchscreen on the rear for flicking through your photos and a useful pop-up flash up-top. If you’re a fan of all things retro, plus have a sizable amount of spare cash lying around, this could be the compact system camera for you.
15. Nikon 1 V2
The One line from Nikon has been incredibly popular with consumers, though hasn’t always been met with as much enthusiasm from tech critics. The 1 V2 looks to right the wrongs of its predecessor, with a 14.2 megapixel CX CMOS sensor paired with an Exspeed 3A processing engine. A slew of manual controls are included – to give you more freedom with your snaps while images look good even in poor or low-light conditions. The body itself is compact, with an angular design and protruding electronic viewfinder.