Best Mirrorless Camera for Underwater Photography Comparison Chart

Top 2019 Mirrorless Camera for Underwater Photography and Videography

 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 II

Sony A6500

A7R III Panasonic GH5 Nikon Z7 Canon EOS R Panasonic S1R

Weight in grams

469

574

404g

657g 725g 585g 660g 890g

Size

125x85x45mm

134x91x69mm

110x63x36mm

127x96x74mm 139x98x87mm 134x101x68mm 136x98x84mm 149x110x97mm

Megapixels

16.1

20

24

42 20 45.7 30.3 47.3

High ISO capability

Good

Great

Great

Excellent Great Great Great Excellent

Sync speed

1/250s

1/250s

1/160s

1/250s 1/250s 1/200s 1/200s (1/8000 in high speed sync mode) 1/320s

Focus speed1

Fast

Very Fast

Fast

Very Fast Very Fast Very Fast Very Fast Very Fast

Battery Life

Good

Very Good

Okay

Very Good Good Good Good Good

Image Quality

Great

Excellent

Excellent

 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent

Macro Capability3

Great

Great

Good

Great Great Good6 Good6 Good6

Wide-angle capability

Great4

Great4

Great5

Great Great4 Good6 Good6 Good6

Lenses available

48

48

20

Many 48 5 (without mount adapter FTZ) 13 (with EF adapter) 18+

Control dials

2 dials

2 dial

3 dials

2 dials 2 Dials 3 Dials 2 Dials 2 Dials

Manual flash power settings

Yes

Yes

No

NA NA Yes Yes Yes

Video2

1080p, 60i

4K, 1080p, 60i

Excellent  -1080p, 60p + more

Excellent - 4K Excellent - 4K 30p, 1080p, 120p + more Excellent - 4K 30p + more Excellent - 4K 30p + more Excellent - 4K 60p, 30p, 24p + More

Electronic Viewfinder

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Built-in image stabilization

5-axis

5-axis

5-axis

5-axis 5-axis 5-axis 5-axis 5-axis

Price as of February 2019

$799

(body only)

$1,699

(body only)

$1,399

(body only)

$3,198  

(body only)

$1,999

(body only)

$3,399

(body only)

$2,299

(body only)

$3,699

(body only)

  1. Focus speeds are relative to other mirrorless camera options
  2. All these cameras can auto-focus well during video; the Panasonic GH5 produces the best video quality
  3. Great macro is possible with the Pany 45mm, or the Olympus 60mm macro or Sony 90mm
  4. 8mm fisheye, 7-14mm and 9-18mm lenses are available, with the 8mm giving the best results
  5. The Sony fisheye conversion lens + 16mm pancake lens gives excellent results 
  6. Limited dedicated lens availability, many more lenses will be released in the near future

 


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