Tested: This is the best compact system camera | Technique

Tested: This is the best compact system camera |  Technique

What is the best mini system camera? And which one has the best value for money? Consumers Association answers.

System cameras are primarily for photographers who take photography seriously. It’s not exactly cheap, but it does offer the best quality photos. You can switch lenses, so you can make good use of the camera in different situations. Smaller system cameras are a bit smaller than the larger types, so you can take them with you more easily.

The Consumer Association tests different types of photo cameras, among other things, image quality, film and video quality, playback, resolution, and sharpness. More than 130 cameras have been tested and are currently reasonably available.

Of the 28 small system cameras tested, the Sony model came out the best in the test. Canon camera is the best buy.

Best in the test: Sony Alpha 7C (body) with FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 (lens)

Sony Alpha 7C. © Consumers Association

Recommended price: 2017 euros (body and lens)

Optical Zoom Range: 2.14x

Effective sensor size: 44mm

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This Sony compact system camera isn’t cheap. But it’s currently the best compact system camera in the test.

The pictures you take with this camera are of excellent quality. This is reflected in good color reproduction, accuracy and contrast. The high quality is largely due to the relatively large image sensor. However, a larger image sensor often means that you can zoom in to a lesser distance.

In addition to photos, videos are also very good. You can shoot well in both normal light and low light.

The camera has excellent image stabilization. This makes it easy to take sharp photos. Especially when you zoom in, you are moving faster and that helps tremendously.

Due to the good grip, the camera fits comfortably in the hand. It has a touch screen with a good and clear picture that you can tilt. The viewfinder also works very well.

This Sony has some drawbacks. The camera does not excel in speed. If you want to take pictures in quick succession, it is best to choose a different model. In addition, the on-screen menus are rather complicated. Also, the menu button is awkwardly placed.

Best Buy: Canon EOS M200 (body) with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM (lens)

Canon EOS M200.

Canon EOS M200. © Consumers Association

Price: 569 euros (body and lens)

Effective sensor size: 27mm

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Canon camera is much cheaper to buy. The performance of this camera is good. But you sacrifice something compared to Sony.

In terms of photo and video quality, this camera does not compete with Sony. But the quality is sufficient. Especially in normal light, it takes high quality photos and videos.

Image stability is very good. Useful if you take a lot of photos as you zoom in. At 3x, the zoom range is also somewhat larger than with Sony. But if you really want to zoom in to a great distance, you can look at a set with another lens.

This camera also fits nicely in the hand. It has a rotatable touch screen and the menu works well.

The biggest drawback of this camera is that it does not have a viewfinder.


In this column we write weekly about home and technology appliances tested by the Consumers Association. This is a collaboration between the freelance editors of this site and the Consumers Association.

The Consumer Association tests thousands of products every year, along with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad. The tested products are store-bought so that they are not pre-tampered by the manufacturers.

New forms are tested as soon as possible after submission. How quickly this varies for each product. Best in Test is the product with the best test rating, readily available. This can also be a somewhat outdated model, because the newer one is not always better. Best Buy is the product at the best value for money.

The advertised price of the product is the lowest retail price currently known to the Consumers Association. But prices can vary from day to day. If there is no known recent retail price, the target price will be quoted.

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