I get asked all the time about the best cameras to buy. I hear time and again that they want “easy” and not “bulky.” So I went on the hunt for some great consumer cameras that had awesome capabilities and interchangeable lenses. So one step up from a point and shoot but not a DSLR.
All of these cameras will wi-fi to your phone allowing for instant posting of fantastic images!
Sony DSC-QX100 This is a “lens-style” camera. It is just a high-powered lens with a camera built into it. Your smart phone is the viewfinder and trigger. It does have a small trigger button on it as well. It can fire 15-20 feet away! Hello, the best selfies ever?? It functions well in low light and with a 1″ sensor, still gives you amazing quality for such a little package. The videos on the Sony site sell its functionality. Price point around $450
Olympus E-M10 has come out with a lightweight upgrade from their point and shoots. It has very easy to use touch screen functions and interchangeable lenses. Includes built in functions like wi-fi, Time Lapse and Auto HDR. Not a front runner for the $799 price but a good mirrorless alternative to your first DSLR.
Sony Alpha6000 This is a fantastic mirrorless camera and my favorite for the price point of $799 range. This camera is SO EASY to use. Especially in manual mode. If you are a professional photog like me, you still want to have that creative flexibility and man does this one provide it. It’s fast, it’s sharp and performs in any lighting. I get portrait quality images in seconds. It has easy access to the video feature and films in 1080p with varying film speeds.
Nikon 1V3 This one sits at a higher price point of $1100 range, but it does provide more DSLR type features. The video quality is superb, 1080p but tack sharp. You can select to shoot in RAW or JPEG and has little noise at 6400 ISO. One cool feature is if you get the adapter, you can also use your existing DSLR lenses. You can also manually fire the camera from your phone. So for the Nikon lover, this may be a necessary addition to your collection!