The latest and greatest in mirrorless
The X1D redefines what it
means to be a medium-format
camera. Gone is the bulk, as
the X1D is smaller and more
compact than many full-frame
DSLRs. Yet inside, it boasts a 50-megapixel sensor with 14 stops of
dynamic range and an ISO range of 100 to 6400. Additionally, there are
a pair of SD card slots, built-in Wi-Fi and a 3-inch touch display.
And if you fancy recording movies with a medium-format
camera, the X1D can capture full HD video at a cinematic 24
fps. There are mic and headphone jacks, too.
Fujifilm GFX 50S
While Fuji can’t lay claim to the
most compact mirrorless medium-
format camera on the market,
the GFX 50S has its own unique
virtues. Starting with autofocusing,
there are 425 AF points available
in AF-S mode and 117 in one of
the zone modes. The GFX 50S supports continuous autofocusing
and also offers face and eye detection, enabling the camera to
focus more like a smaller-format mirrorless camera than the often
more deliberate focusing found on traditional medium-format
cameras. Despite its speed, the GFX 50S doesn’t scrimp on either
resolution or dynamic range, with a 50-megapixel image sensor
delivering 14 stops of dynamic range. The camera has a native ISO
of 100 to 12,800 with extension settings pushing the range from 50
to 102,400—another benchmark for the medium-format category.
You’ll find Fuji’s film simulations, built-in Wi-Fi and two SD card slots.
While Sony’s second-generation a7 series
gave photographers a mirrorless option
to compete with the likes of Canon’s 5D
series or Nikon’s D800, there was no
answer for the high-performance flagship
cameras like the D5 or 1D X Mark II—until
now. The 24-megapixel a9 is packed with 693
phase-detect and 25 contrast-detect AF points covering 93 percent
of the sensor. It has a class-leading burst mode of 20 fps with AF
tracking engaged for a total of 222 RAW and JPEG images, a native
ISO of 100 to 51,200 (expandable from 50 to 204,800) and performs
AF/AE tracking calculations up to 60 times per second. It records 4K
video (3840 x 2160) at 30p or full HD up to 120 fps.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
If you want Sony a9-level speeds in a smaller,
less expensive body, Olympus’ E-M1 Mark II can
burst at 18 fps using an electronic shutter or
15 fps with a mechanical shutter that includes
AF tracking. In Pro Capture mode, you can tap
the electronic shutter to start buffering JPEG and
RAW images to the camera’s memory before you fully start shooting.
The 20-megapixel E-M1 Mark II records 4K video, boasts five-axis
image stabilization and a 50-megapixel high-res shot mode to coax
even more detail from your images.
Panasonic’s hybrid mirrorless option offers
filmmakers high-quality 4K recording—
you can save a 10-bit 422 file at 30p to
an SD card or shoot 4K at up to 60p. The
20-megapixel GH5 builds on Panasonic’s 4K Photo mode with a new
6K Photo mode that isolates an 18-megapixel still image from a short
6K clip. Still shooters will enjoy that there’s no low-pass filter, plus the
improved autofocusing. The GH5’s dual image stabilization allows
the camera’s stabilizer to work in tandem with compatible image-
stabilized lenses from Panasonic.