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Best Beginner Mirrorless & Digital SLR Cameras Archives 2010 to 2015

The best beginner digital SLR cameras for previous years from 2008 to 2013 are listed below. Many of these mirrorless and digital SLR cameras may still be available from various photography shops or secondhand at greatly reduced prices at Amazon or Ebay.

Best beginner mirrorless & digital SLR camera archives 2010 - 2015

Olympus Pen E-PM2 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Currently selling for $599 including body & 14-42mm lens
- 16.1 megapixel live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- Fixed 3" LCD with 460k pixels. Touch screen.
- Superfast autofocus. TruePic VI processor. Shoots at 8 fps.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. Jpeg & RAW.
- ISO 200 to 25600. Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec.
- Full manual controls. Hotshoe. No built in flash. Scene modes.
- 11 art filters. Full HD videos at 1080p with stereo sound.
- Flash sync speed at 1/250 sec. Wireless EyeFi.
- BLS-5 li-on battery. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2. Mini HDMI
- Size 110 x 64 x 34mm. Weight 269g including batteries.
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Fujifilm X-A1 Mirrorless Camera

- Selling for $599 including 16-50mm lens. Limited supply.
- 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (NOT X-Trans).
- Tiltable 3 inch LCD with 920k dots. Shoots at 5.6 fps.
- ISO from 200 to 25600. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Full manual controls. RAW & Jpeg.
- Full HD recording at 1080p. Stereo sound. H.264 format.
- USB2. Mini HDMI type C. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.
- Size 117 x 67 x 39mm. Weight 330g inc. batteries.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 (Micro Four Thirds)

- Available late November 2013 for $749 inc. 12-32mm lens.
- 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- Fixed 3 inch LCD with 1,036k dots. RAW & jpeg.
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/16000 sec. ISO 200 to 25600.
- Full manual controls. Many scene modes. Built in flash.
- AE bracketing at + or - 3 frames. WB bracketing.
- Full 1920 x 1080 HD video. Stereo sound. MPEG-4 & AVCHD.
- USB2. Micro HDMI Type D. Built in wi-fi. SD/SDHC/SDXC.
- Ultra compact body at 99 x 55 x 30mm. Weight 204g inc. batt.
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Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera

- Available from 14th November 2013 for $799 body only.
- 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. Nikon F mount.
- 3 inch rotating LCD. 1,037,000 dots. Expeed 4 processor.
- ISO 100 to 12800. Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec.
- Full manual control. RAW and jpeg. Wi-fi and GPS.
- Optical pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage.
- HD movies at 1080p. Stereo sound. Mpeg-4 & H.264.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync at 1/200 sec.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. USB2. Mini HDMI. EN-EL14 battery.
- Size 125 x 98 x 76mm. Weight 480g including batteries.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 (Micro Four Thirds)

- Available December 2011. $799 for body with 14-42mm lens.
- 16 megapixel live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- 3" touchscreen LCD with 460k pixels. New light speed AF.
- Full manual controls. RAW and jpeg. Silver or black body.
- Optional 1.44 million articulating electronic viewfinder.
- Full HD videos at 1080p with stereo sound. AVCHD & MPEG-4.
- HDMI. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. DMW-BLD10 Li-on battery.
- Shutter speeds 60-1/4000 sec. AE bracketing. Shoots 4.2 fps.
- Hotshoe. Flash X-sync 1/160 sec. Built in popup flash.
- Size 116 x 68 x 39mm. Weight 272g body.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 (Micro Four Thirds)

- Available in June 2011 with 14-42 IS zoom lens for $699.
- 16.6 megapixel CMOS sensor with improved higher ISO pics.
- Compatible with micro four thirds lenses with 2x crop factor.
- 3" rotating LCD with 460k pixels. Touch screen. 3D capture.
- High resolution electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million dots.
- HD movies with stereo sound at 1080i in AVCHD format.
- ISO 160 - 6400. Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec. X-sync 1/160.
- Full manual controls. RAW & Jpeg. Built in flash and hotshoe.
- Smaller and lighter body than the Panasonic DMC-G2.
- Shoots at 4 fps. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. HDMI.
- Size 115 x 84 x 47mm. Weight 336g body only.
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Sony NEX-5N Interchangeable Lens Camera

- Due in September 2011. $600 body. $700 with 18-55mm lens.
- 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C sensor. Sony E mount.
- 3" tilting 921k pixels LCD with touchscreen facility.
- Range of accessories including alpha mount adapter & XGA OLED electronic viewfinder.
- Full HD movies at 1080p at 60 fps. Stereo sound. External mic
- Full manual controls. Jpeg & RAW. External flash supplied.
- Sweep panorama.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 16000.
- SD / SDHC / SDXC / Memory Stick Pro Duo. NP-FH50 battery.
- Size 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2mm. Weight 269g with battery & card.
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Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera

- US release and pricing unknown at the present time.
- New 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Nikon F mount.
- Fully articulated 3" LCD with 921k pixels. Live view.
- Optical pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage.
- Full manual controls. Jpeg & 14 bit RAW. Shoots at 5 fps.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000 sec. ISO 100 to 25600.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. Flash sync. at 1/200 sec.
- HD video at 1080i with stereo sound & manual controls.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. EN-EL14 lithium ion battery.
- USB2. Mini HDMI. Weight 555g. Size 129 x 98 x 78mm.
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Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera

- Ships in April 2011 for $899 inc. 18-55mm VR lens.
- 16.2 DX megapixel CMOS sensor. Nikon F mount.
- Rotating 3" LCD with 921k pixels. Live view. Face detection.
- Shutter speeds 30 - 1/4000. ISO from 100 to 6400.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Shoots at 4 fps. HDR mode.
- Large optical viewfinder with 95% coverage. AE bracketing.
- HD movies at 1920 x 1080 with sound. Stereo mic input.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. EN-EL14 li-on battery. HDMI.
- Hotshoe. Built in flash. X-sync at 1/200.
- Size 128 x 97 x 79mm. Weight 560g inc. battery.
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Olympus E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds Camera

- Available January 2011 for $599 including MSC 14-42mm lens
- 12.3 megapixel live MOS sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- 3" 460k LCD with live view and face detection.
- Full manual controls. RAW & jpeg. Shoots upto 3 fps.
- Shutter speeds 60 to 1/4000 sec. Truepic V image processor.
- Sensor shift image stabilization. Panorama setting.
- HD videos at 1280 x 720. Art filters. ISO from 200 to 6400.
- Built in flash. Hotshoe. X-sync at 1/180 sec. SD/SDHC cards.
- Size 115.4 x 72.7 x 42mm. Weight 362g. BLS-5 lithium battery
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Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera

- Released in September 2010 for $699 inc. 18-55mm lens.
- Nikon F mount. 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. DX format.
- 3" LCD with live view and face detection. Compact body.
- Autofocus supported on AF-S lenses only. Active D lighting.
- Expeed 2 image processor. Dust reduction. Special effects.
- Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 using H.264 codec.
- In-camera image and video editing.
- ISO 100 to 12800. SD, SDHC & SDXC cards.
- Shutter speeds 30 to 1/4000. Built in flash. X-sync 1/200 sec.
- EN-EL14 battery. HDMI. Size 124 x 96 x 75mm. Weight 505g.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 (Micro Four Thirds)

- Available from mid 2010 for $799 including zoom lens.
- 12.1 megapixel sensor. Micro four thirds lens mount.
- 3" touchscreen flip out rotating LCD with 460k pixels.
- Shutter speeds 1/4000 to 60 secs. Built in flash.
- Electronic viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels. Eye sensor.
- HD movies at 1280 x 720 in AVCHD lite. Stereo mic option.
- Comes in black, red or blue colors.
- SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. Lithium ion battery.
- Size 124 x 90 x 74mm. Weight 428g.
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