mirrorless stories

 
Beginners and casual picture takers use cheap point-and-shoot cameras. Professional photographers use DSLRs that run in the thousands with lenses that cost more than used BMWs. So what about the people in-between? You know, the people who want DSLR-quality pics, in a body that's only a little larger and slightly heavier than a point-and-shoot — the people who also want to have the freedom to attach different lenses to take artistic photos without having to drop $3,000 for a full-frame Canon 5D Mark II. There are cameras for the intermediate-level photographer or even the pro-photographer who wants to travel lightly, but still get great pics: a mirrorless camera. Cameras that won't drain your savings. Here's the newest and best of what's out there.
 
Somebody tell the retro-tastic Olympus E-P3 to step aside, because there's a new speed king ready to take the mirrorless camera throne: Nikon's J1 and V1. Nikon's quite possibly the second to last major camera maker to release a mirrorless camera system (Canon has yet to show any interest). The J1 and V1 are a pair of cameras with interchangeable lenses that sit between a high-end point and shoot and a heftier DSLR. Both are built like a tank and fire off shots so fast that you'll never have to double check to see if you captured your desired snap or not.