The 10 best system cameras for creative photographers in 2020

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DSLR cameras still exist, but the mirrorless cameras are increasingly emerging. Mirrorless cameras are usually a lot more compact and lighter. Cameras of today are easier to take with you during your walk or photo trip. But which camera should you choose? Canon and Nikon are now also in the line of high-quality system cameras. There are price differences between mirrorless system cameras. It depends on your purpose of use, user-level, and budget. We have made a top of the system cameras in 2020. This is a list of the best cameras for capturing your art photo series or your documentary storytelling. Best system cameras 2020:

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1. Sony Alpha 7R αIV Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Beyond Detail – Resolution and Speed

‍Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the Alpha 7R IV combines world’s first1 high-resolution 61MP2 back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps4 with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful 4K8 HDR video, wide 15-stop3 dynamic range and high sensitivity with area specific noise reduction.

World’s first1 61MP2 pixels full-frame sensor

‍The Alpha 7R IV features the world’s first1 35mm full-frame back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with 61MP2 effective pixels, delivering depth and dimension that was once only available in medium-format cameras. The back-illuminated structure and effective area specific noise reduction techniques combine to deliver an extraordinary blend of low noise and high sensitivity for enormous imaging potential. As of July 2019, based on Sony survey of digital cameras with a full-frame image sensor.

  • Stunning resolution: world’s first 61MP full frame 35 millimeter back illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
  • High speed: up to 10Fps continuous shooting at 61MP with AE/AF tracking; 26.2MP in APS C crop mode
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus: 567 Phase detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points to cover more area
  • Advanced subject recognition: real time tracking and real time eye AF for humans, animals and movies
  • Accurate color reproduction: 15 stop dynamic Range at low sensitivities for greater Color accuracy
  • Incredible detail: see fine details with area specific noise reduction from Sony BIONZ X processor
  • 4K video: full pixel readout without binning in super 35 millimeter mode; S log and HLG recording features
  • Electronic viewfinder: compact cameras with a high resolution 5. 76 million dot UXGA OLED true finder
  • Specs: 14 bit raw output, ISO 50 102400, wireless PC remote function, max 5GHz Wi Fi, FTP transfer

2. Sony Alpha 9 II Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Created specifically to support working professionals in the fields of sports photography and photojournalism, the Alpha 9 II delivers unmatched performance including blackout-free continuous shooting8 at up to 20 frames per second2 with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure tracking at 60 calculations per second3, plus continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with mechanical shutter. Evolved Artificial Intelligence autofocus with Real Time AF tracking6 for accurate image acquisition and built-in connectivity and file delivery for the professional’s workflow with file transfer over SSL or TLS encryption (FTPS) for increased data security (shown here with the SEL2470GM lens, sold separately).

From the world’s largest sensor manufacturer comes the fastest 35mm full-frame 24.2 MP1 stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, w/ incredible high-speed performance and outstanding image quality. Separate circuit and pixel layers allow for a significant increase in processing speed for the large volume of data that can also be temporarily stored in internal memory, contributing to a substantial increase in overall pixel readout speed. The combination of this advanced sensor and evolved BIONZ X processing enables blackout-free8 continuous shooting at up to 20 fps2with up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second3, silent vibration-free electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32000 sec, Anti-Distortion Shutter operation14, and other capabilities that add up to unprecedented speed from a full-frame camera without interference from mechanical devices.

  • SONY ALPHA A9 II: Compact professional cameras mastered for sports photography and photojournalism
  • SUPERIOR SPEED: Fastest 35mm full-frame 24. 2MP stacked Exmore RS CMOS sensor with integrated memory
  • FASTER AUTO FOCUS: Up to 20fps at full resolution with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • ADVANCED SUBJECT RECOGNITION: Real-time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF for humans, animals and movies
  • VOICE MEMO FUNCTION: Attach a voice memo (. wav) to photo files or use voice to text for IPTC data
  • HIGH LUMINANCE VIEWFINDER: Continuous view blackout free OLED True-Finder with 100% frame coverage
  • UPGRADED CONNECTIVITY: High speed 2. 4 or 5 GHz Wi-Fi, up to 1 Gbps Ethernet and secure FTP transfer
  • 4K RECORDING: Interval shooting, S&Q Motion, 2. 4x oversampling, full pixel readout without binning
  • MORE FEATURES: Touch screen, Bluetooth, image stabilization, anti flicker, dual UHS-II SD card slots

3. Nikon Z7 FX-Format Mirrorless Camera

Greater performance from the lenses you love.

‍When used with the optional Mount Adapter FTZ, more than 90 F-Mount Nikkor lenses maintain all of their sharpness, resolving power and functionality and gain the advantages of the Z 7’s in-body VR, silent shooting, PDAF focusing system*, 4K video and more. Approximately 360 F-Mount Nikkor lenses can be used. Compatibility as only Nikon can deliver.

New Z Mount

‍A breakthrough in optical design. 17% larger internal diameter than Nikon’s acclaimed F-Mount. Wider than any full-frame mount available*. It totally changes what’s possible with lens design. Enhanced low-light performance. Even illumination from corner-to-corner. Maximum apertures as wide as f/0.95. Faster data transfer between camera and lens. This is the ideal balance between mount diameter, large image sensor and flange focal distance. *As of 8/23/18

ISO 64 (Expandable to ISO 32)

‍Lower sensitivity. Greater sensibility.

Increased light capture means you can shoot at lower sensitivity more often. And the lower the sensitivity, the greater the detail, color range and contrast.

  • New larger Z mount for revolutionary optical performance
  • Nikon-designed 45.7MP backside Illuminated image sensor with no optical low pass filter (OLPF)
  • 493-Point on-sensor phase detect AF system and up to 9 fps; Detection Range: -1 to +19 EV (-4 to +19 EV with low-light AF) Detection range (ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)
  • 4K ultra-HD video; 8K time-lapse; 120/1080P slow motion
  • Compatible with new Z nikkor lenses, over 360 F-mount nikkor lenses and a variety of Nikon system Accessories

4. Panasonic LUMIX S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Ultimate Resolution and Professional Performance.

‍With a 47.3MP CMOS sensor for realistic detail, focus and image stabilization systems for incredible clarity and more, this full-frame mirrorless camera transports you to new world of image creation.

47.3MP CMOS Sensor for Expressive Power

‍With Panasonic’s highest level of resolution,* a 47.3-MP full-frame (36mm x 24mm) CMOS sensor produces finely detailed and stunningly realistic images without any low-pass filter to get in the way.

Built Tough for Rugged Conditions

‍The durable magnesium alloy die-cast frame is sealed to help protect every seam, dial and button. The camera is dust and splash-resistant* and designed for use in temperatures as low as -10°C.

High Resolution Mode for Ultra-Detailed Imaging

‍Capture eight consecutive images automatically with Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer) and high-speed processing Venus Engine for 187-megapixel equivalent (16,736 x 11,168-pixel) RAW file.

  • Full frame sensor- 47.3-Megapixel full-frame MOS sensor that provides a wide dynamic Range and excellent performance at high sensitivity (is 25600 Max sensitivity)
  • 4K video – up to 4K 60P/50P recording plus 6K PHOTO functions and HLG photo.
  • 187MP high resolution mode – a sensor shift technology suitable for taking very high-resolution Landscapes and fine art photos via tripod with toggleable motion correction capabilities
  • Monitor and LVF – 3.2″ 2,100k-dot RGBW LCD monitor (3: 2 aspect Ratio) with triaxial tilt moving element, plus large 5, 760k-dot high-resolution OLED eye viewfinder
  • Rugged Mirrorless camera design – dust/splash*/freeze-resistant design withstands heavy field use under harsh conditions for high mobility. Image File Format: JPEG, RAW

5. Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Gain control of expressive freedom

‍With outstanding imaging capability and high-speed performance contained in a compact body, the α7 III gives you the power, precision, and flexibility to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments just as you like.

Rendering scenes in realistic detail

‍A newly developed back-illuminated image sensor and evolved image processing system fulfill various shooting needs with high-quality imaging capabilities that you would expect only of a full-frame camera.

Reducing noise in high-resolution images

‍Up to 1.5-stop improvement in image quality. Standard ISO range is extended to ISO 100-51200 (expandable to ISO 50-204800 for stills), while Detail Reproduction and Area-specific Noise Reduction technologies maintain image details and cut noise. With highly effective performance in mid-to-high sensitivity ranges, you can shoot at high ISO with no concerns about noise or image deterioration.

  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back Illuminated 35 millimeter Full frame Image Sensor Sony test conditions. Compare to the 7 II
  • 15 stop dynamic range, 14 bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800. Compatible with Sony E mount lenses. Can be connected via Bluetooth with smartphones featuring (as of the date of release)- Android (Android 5.0 or later, Bluetooth 4.0 or later), iOS (Bluetooth 4.0 or later)
  • Up to 10fps Silent or Mechanical Shutter with AE/AF tracking. Battery Life (Still Images): Approx. 610 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 710 shots (LCD monitor), Battery Life (Movie, continuous recording): Approx. 200 min (Viewfinder) / Approx. 210 min (LCD monitor)
  • 693 phase detection / 425 contrast AF points w/ 93 percent image coverage. Focus Sensor: Exmor R CMOS sensor

6. Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The X-T3 is a high performance premium camera that will become an inseparable partner in your artistic journey. Everything about this camera has been designed to completely satisfy your photography and videography needs in a robust magnesium alloy body that is ready for the toughest of conditions.

Film Simulation modes for a variety of color tones and gradations

‍The FUJIFILM X-T3 offers 16 Film Simulation modes so that you can match your true photographic intention in a similar way to how photographers used to choose purpose-specific photographic films. This unique philosophy reflects Fujifilm’s heritage and color science know-how, nurtured by over 80 years of film manufacturing.

X-Trans CMOS 4: The First X Series model featuring a new back-illuminated sensor

‍The FUJIFILM X-T3 features a newly-developed back-illuminated ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ sensor, the fourth generation to feature in the X Series. Boasting a resolution of 26.1MP, the sensor uses a unique color filter array, synonymous to X-Trans CMOS sensors, to control moiré and false color without the use of an optical low-pass filter. Its back-illuminated structure enhances image quality while maintaining a high S/N ratio. Furthermore, ISO160, previously available only as extended ISO, is now part of the normal ISO range, allowing you to achieve incredibly clean, noise free images.

  • New 26.1MP X Trans CMOS 4 sensor with X Processor 4 image processing engine
  • 4K movie recording internal SD card 4K/60P 4: 2: 0 10bit recording and the first Mirrorless digital camera with APS C or larger sensor that is capable of 4K/60P 4: 2: 2 10bit HDMI output
  • 2.16M phase detection pixels across entire frame and Low light phase detection limits has been increased over X T2 by 2 Stops, from 1EV to 3EV
  • 3.69 million dot OLED Color viewfinder with 0.75x magnification and blackout free burst shooting
  • 16 film Simulation modes: including eterna/cinema, B and w adjustment: 9~+9
  • 3 optical Zoom; Weather resistant structure

7. Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Digital Camera with FTZ Mount Adapter Bundle

Nikon has just revolutionized mirrorless cameras. The amazing new Z series is here to usher in the new age of high-performance mirrorless imaging systems. The Nikon Z6 is an all around amazing camera giving you all around amazing performance . Boasting an impressive 24.5MP BSI FX-Format image sensor along with Nikon’s signature EXPEED 6 processor, this mirrorless digital camera is a fantastic leader in modern full-frame imaging. Nikon understands that more light means more detail, which is why they have packed this camera capable of an ISO 100-51200 so that you can bring your vision to life. Ultra HD 4K video recording at 30fps create a portable cinematic powerhouse.

Incredible Imaging

‍The Nikon Z 6 is one of the most adaptable mirrorless cameras around. The 24.5MP BSI FX-Format illuminated CMOS sensor creates more opportunities for incredible image quality by bringing in more light and capturing more detail. The EXPEED 6 image-processing engine works in perfect partnership with the image sensor to increase sharpness, minimize noise, and help your camera achieve a maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 51,200. Continuous shooting up to 12 fps at full resolution give you the power and speed for any situation. The 55mm full frame mount that is 17% larger than the Nikon F Mount and wider than any other full-frame mount available.

Fantastic Focus

‍The Nikon Z6 has a 493 on-sensor autofocus system that covers up to 90% of the frame. An intuitive AF algorithm has been optimized for the Z 6’s FX-format sensor so that the camera switches between focal-plane phase-detect AF and contrast-detect AF in order to fine-tune your focus and give you the best image every time.

  • CMOS SENSOR: The 24.5MP BSI FX-Format illuminated CMOS sensor creates more opportunities for incredible image quality by bringing in more light and capturing more detail
  • EXPEED 6 IMAGE PROCESSOR: he EXPEED 6 image-processing engine works in perfect partnership with the image sensor to increase sharpness, minimize noise, and help your camera achieve a maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 51,200
  • IMAGE STABILIZATION:Powerful in-body 5-axis VR image stabilization gives you up to five stops of image stabilization in up to five directions—yaw, pitch, roll, X and Y
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) / Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter
  • NIKON Authorized Dealer – Includes USA Manufacturer’s Warranty

8. Panasonic LUMIX S1 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Hybrid Full-Frame Camera for Stills and Video

Go beyond the boundaries with the LUMIX S1. A full-frame camera with 24.2MP CMOS sensor for incredibly realistic detail. An hour of 4K video recording complements pro-level video performance.

Subtle gradation from shadow to highlight

‍Dynamic range of up to approx. 5-stop dynamic range at low-sensitivity settings is achieved, thanks to a revamped CMOS sensor and image processor that provide for smooth gradation from shadow to highlight. This gives you greater freedom of creative imaging.

Built Tough for Rugged Conditions

The durable magnesium alloy die-cast frame is sealed to help protect every seam, dial and button. The camera is dust and splash-resistant* and designed for use in temperatures as low as -10°C.

  • Full frame sensor – 24. 2-Megapixel full-frame (35. 6mm x 23. 8mm) MOS sensor that provides a wide dynamic Range and excellent performance at high sensitivity (is 51200 Max sensitivity)
  • Lumix s camera lens – easy-to-use 24-105mm standard focal macro zoom F4 l-mount for Lumix s Series full-frame l-mount digital Mirrorless cameras
  • 4K HDR VIDEO – 4K 60p/50p, 4K 24/30P unlimited recording, 4K60P 29: 59 min limited recording. HDR Mode and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). V-Log with Internal 4: 2: 2 10-bit 4k30/24p (4K60p output only) available via optional software upgrade key.
  • 96MP high resolution mode – a sensor shift technology suitable for taking very high-resolution Landscapes and fine art photos via tripod with toggle able motion correction capabilities
  • RUGGED MIRRORLESS CAMERA DESIGN – Dust/splash*/freeze-resistant design withstands heavy field use under harsh conditions for high mobility (*See PDF in & Support)

9. Fujifilm GFX 50R 51.4MP Mirrorless Medium Format Camera

Featuring a large 51.4MP G Format CMOS image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine, the GFX 50R delivers superior image quality in a compact and lightweight body reminiscent of their renowned medium format film cameras widely used in street and documentary photography. The GFX 50R is equipped with a 0.77×3.69M-dot organic ‘OLED’ electronic viewfinder for accurate focusing and framing images. Weighing approximately 145g less than the GFX 50S, this camera offers intuitive handling in a rugged, weather-sealed body to meet the varying needs of photographers.

  • 51.4MP medium format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor for superior sharpness and image quality w/ X-Processor Pro Imaging processor
  • Fujifilm g mount with short Flange back distance of just 26.7mm
  • Weather and dust- resistant; operation to as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit \ -10 degrees Celsius; Operating Humidity: 10 – 80% (no condensation)
  • Equipped with Dual memory card Slots – uses SD cards (UHS-ii recommended)
  • Lightweight body weighs approximately 27.3oz./ 775G

10. Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Body

The full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera is the first in Canon’s new EOS R system. With a new mount, a variety of dedicated lenses, full compatibility with EF/EF-S lenses* and significant achievements in handling and performance, the EOS R leads a new chapter in Canon’s legacy of imaging excellence.

Large 54mm Diameter and Short Back Focus Distance

‍The EOS R system has a large 54mm diameter and decreased distance between the rear lens element and sensor, which enable a compelling combination of image quality, performance and compact lens design.

  • 30. 3 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5, 655 manually selectable AF points
  • 4K 30P with Canon log and 10 bit 4: 2: 2 HDMI output; Dust and Drip Resistant
  • Built in EVF with 3. 69 million dots, Vary Angle Touchscreen LCD and dot matrix LCD panel
  • Magnification Approx. 0.76 (with 50 millimeter lens at infinity 1 m 1)

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