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Jun 10, 2019 20:08:36   #
donie95
 
I am considering adding a Mirrorless Camera for its weight and Video advantages when I travel . I currently have a D750 and a D500 but I find them to large for just travel shots and Video. I was leaning toward the Fujifilm xt3. I have heard good things about it plus it has a good lens line up, at whats seems a fair price for the body and a kit lens of around $1300. I know Sony is a leader in the mirrorless field. I am looking for thoughts and recommendations.

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Jun 10, 2019 20:26:35   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
donie95 wrote:
I am considering adding a Mirrorless Camera for its weight and Video advantages when I travel . I currently have a D750 and a D500 but I find them to large for just travel shots and Video. I was leaning toward the Fujifilm xt3. I have heard good things about it plus it has a good lens line up, at whats seems a fair price for the body and a kit lens of around $1300. I know Sony is a leader in the mirrorless field. I am looking for thoughts and recommendations.


Lenses are where all the weight and bulk are. To save significant weight, Micro 4/3 is in your future.

Sony full frame bodies are light, but the lenses are, well, heavy full frame lenses. The menus can be confusing, but performance is first rate.

Fujifilm XT3 is a decent pick, a little lighter kit than comparable full frame kit (body and 2-3 lenses). It’s adequate for video, excellent for stills, especially if you need great JPEGs right from the camera. Ergonomics and controls are great, menus are well organized.

Lumix GH5 is the hybrid champ — a great mix of video, audio, and stills capabilities. It’s a better video camera than stills camera. The Lumix G9 tilts the balance towards stills a bit. Ergonomics, controls, and menus are excellent.

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Jun 10, 2019 20:29:41   #
donie95
 
Thanks for the feed back you gave me a lot to consider

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Jun 10, 2019 20:31:29   #
charlieTDC
 
For travel I would get either the Fuji XT-3 or the Olympus OMDEM-1 Mk II. The biggest trade off is larger sensor vs in-body image stabilization. So for travel, for handheld photo/video hybrid .. I would personally choose the Olympus. It's a very capable camera, the stabilization is excellent, there is a high res pixel-shift type option for landscapes, there are a lot of good reasonably priced zooms which is important for travel, excellent primes, the video files are smaller and the camera plus lenses are going to be significantly smaller than even Fuji.

I don't shoot either of these systems but have been considering a travel camera some day and that's my conclusion.

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Jun 10, 2019 20:32:56   #
Bill_de (a regular here)
 
These are my thoughts, not a recommendation. I am a Nikon shooter and decided to investigate mirrorless. Primarily because of all the Nikon glass I own I went with a Nikon Z6 with the kit 24-70 F/4.0. The images were as good as expected but the focus was a bit slow at times. A firmware update took care of that for my shooting. I didn't test the eye focus as I would never use it.

I recently added the 14-30 F4.0 which is tack sharp. I will add the 70-200 F/2.8 when it starts shipping which will complete my mirrorless 'kit'. Of course I will be able to use my F mount lenses with no image quality loss, using the FTZ adapter. For me, right now, this is a perfect fit. I just bought a Peak Design messenger bag which will fit everything in an easy to carry package.


All that said, if I was going to replace my DSLRs with mirrorless I might look very closely at the Fujifilm xt3 based on what I have read about it.


Always tough decisions. Good Luck!

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Jun 10, 2019 20:37:16   #
jrm21
 
I went through a similar thought process a few months back. I ended up with a Sony a6400 and have been very happy with the choice.

It was a bit of a learning curve coming from an older (non-video) dslr. Lot's of menu options. it didn't take long to figure everything out. The autofocus system in the Sony is great. It has produced some nice photos. I'm working on some (hobbyist) video projects now and am also very please with the quality.

The 6400 doesn't have IBIS, but I've never had that in a camera yet so don't really miss it. YMMV. Other features in the 6400 were more important to me than, for example, the a6500 that has IBIS. For a few moments, I considered the A7iii (full frame) but decided the extra cost of body and lenses weren't worth it for my situation.

The XT3 and GH5 mentioned above also get great marks from people. I considered those when making my decision, but the Sony won out. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. It really comes down to the features you prefer.

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Jun 10, 2019 20:37:48   #
donie95
 
I had not even considered Olympus. The one concern I had about the XT-3 was that there was no in body stabilization but since I did not believe I would be shooting with many long lenses I did not think it would a issue. I will take a look at the Olympus

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Jun 10, 2019 20:39:56   #
donie95
 
I had heard that that particular Sony had over heating problem during Video. What is your experience

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Jun 10, 2019 20:44:05   #
jrm21
 
donie95 wrote:
I had heard that that particular Sony had over heating problem during Video. What is your experience


From what I understand, the a6500 had an overheating problem when recording long 4k clips (20 minutes+ ?). The a6400 was supposed to have fixed that issue. Some have speculated that IBIS in the small body helped cause the issue - I don't know.

I have not experienced the problem in my 6400. Then again, I've never had a need to record 30 minutes or more at a time.

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Jun 10, 2019 20:48:41   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
Sony RX10 IV - no other lenses to buy/carry - you are DONE. Too big? Try the RX100.....
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Jun 10, 2019 21:14:27   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
I think it was the Sony A6200 that had the overheating problems. I believe it was fixed on the A6500 (and A6400).
Note that the kit 18-50mm and the 18-105mm are power zooms which are intended primarily for video. Also note that the Full Frame 28mm F2.0 and 50mm F1.8 are moderately priced featherlight prime lenses and sit very comfortably on the A6xxx. However the 50mm does tend to have a noisy focus action.

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Jun 10, 2019 21:27:18   #
Haydon (a regular here)
 
Strictly for an "all in one" and travel consideration I would go with Imagemeister's suggestion, the Sony RX10 IV. If you want to keep within the same system, Nikon's Z6.

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Jun 10, 2019 21:50:12   #
lev29
 
donie95 wrote:
I had heard that that particular Sony had over heating problem during Video.
Unless you are referring to an overheating problem in a Sony mirrorless camera, what you heard goes way, way back to 2010, specifically the 1st generation dSLT models, the A35 & the A55 (I own the latter and can vouch for that.) Do you have a reference you can cite?

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Jun 10, 2019 21:52:14   #
lev29
 
repleo wrote:
I think it was the Sony A6200 that had the overheating problems. I believe it was fixed on the A6500 (and A6400).
Note that the kit 18-50mm and the 18-105mm are power zooms which are intended primarily for video. Also note that the Full Frame 28mm F2.0 and 50mm F1.8 are moderately priced featherlight prime lenses and sit very comfortably on the A6xxx. However the 50mm does tend to have a noisy focus action.
Repleo,
Respectfully, I’ve never heard of a Sony A6200 before. Is that some foreign designation for the a6300 or a6500? Or is that a typo?

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Jun 10, 2019 21:57:12   #
lev29
 
donie95 wrote:
I am considering adding a Mirrorless Camera for its weight and Video advantages when I travel . I currently have a D750 and a D500 but I find them to large for just travel shots and Video. I was leaning toward the Fujifilm xt3. I have heard good things about it plus it has a good lens line up, at whats seems a fair price for the body and a kit lens of around $1300. I know Sony is a leader in the mirrorless field. I am looking for thoughts and recommendations.
I believe you need to clarify for yourself, if not for the Hog, which of the following criteria are important to you:
A. Full Frame vs APS-C vs micro 4/3rds
B. Image Stabilization built in to the camera or the lenses or neither
C. Selection of available lenses. This can be a bit quirky; for instance, Sigma makes Primes but NO Zoom lenses for the Sony E-mount.

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