Mirrorless Camera Wars: Sony NEX7 vs Olympus E-M5 vs Fuji X-Pro1

By Matthew Bamberg / Oct 25, 2012
Is Sony NEX 7 the best mirrorless camera?

As a shopper for a mirrorless camera, I find the mirrorless camera wars come down to three high-end models: Sony NEX7 vs Olympus OM-D E-D5 vs Fuji X-Pro1. Part of the war are the choices you have for interchangeable lenses for each camera.

Let’s start off with the price. The 24MP Sony NEX-7 with a kit lens (18-55mm) is $1,349 at Amazon.
The 16MP Olympus OM-D E-M5 with a kit lens (12-50mm) is $1,299.
The 16MP Fujifilm X-Pro (body only) is $1,699.

This alone doesn’t tell the whole story about what you get. You also have to take a look at lenses because they are interchangeable for all of the cameras. I want to point out some decent lenses for each camera.

The first lens (other than the kit) you’ll want to get for the Sony NEX-7 is the upgraded lens Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 Standard Zoom Lens for Sony A-Mount Cameras. This fast lens enables you to easily freeze action, which is great for photographing sports.

The first lens you’ll want to get for the  Olympus E-D5 is the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras.

The first lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro is the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 Lens Zoom Lens

Now all of these lenses are not cheap. The lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro is downright pricey at $699, but well-worth the investment.  If you’ve ever investigated the resale values of good lenses, you’ll note that they are very good, that they don’t lose their value very fast if at all.

So what camera should you buy? It’s a tough choice. Overall, I’d go for the Sony NEX-7. You can also consider the earlier model, the NEX-5, which is considerably cheaper and not all that much different of a camera than the NEX-7, except it has considerably less resolution, though ample, than the NEX-7.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).