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The best MFT cameras

Micro Four Thirds is an imaging standard that is supported by several camera manufacturers, notably Olympus and Panasonic (but also, for example, Kodak and YI). It is based on the Four Thirds sensor that measures 17.3 x 13mm. This size corresponds to the imaging area of a video camera tube with a 4/3 inch diameter and inspired the designation of the sensor. It so happens that the Four Thirds sensor also offers a 4:3 aspect ratio.

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MFT sensor vs film slide

There is quite a substantial choice of MFT cameras on the market. It is not easy to decide which one is best. Indeed, what does it really mean to look for the best Micro Four Thirds? The camera that offers the best imaging experience? The one that is most portable? The camera that does not break the bank? The answers to these questions come down to personal preference, but hopefully the listings below will prove to be useful for your camera decision process.

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The highest rated MFT cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Panasonic G9

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Panasonic G9 is currently the top-ranked Micro Four Thirds camera with a Camera Elo of 3014, followed in second place by the Olympus E-M1 III with a rating of 2963. The table below lists the 10 highest ranked MFT cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score (as far as these are available), which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Type
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Camera
Type
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Panasonic G9Micro FT 3014- Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Nov 2017 1,699 i
2.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIIMicro FT 2963- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Feb 2020 1,799 i
3.
 
Olympus E-M1XMicro FT 2939- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jan 2019 2,999 i
4.
 
Panasonic GH5sMicro FT 2821- Mirrorless 9.94K/60p Jan 2018 2,499 i
5.
 
Panasonic GH5Micro FT 281577 Mirrorless 20.24K/60p Jan 2017 1,999 i
6.
 
Panasonic G110Micro FT 2756- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 649 i
7.
 
Panasonic G90Micro FT 2756- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Apr 2019 999 i
8.
 
Olympus E-M5 IIIMicro FT 2747- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Oct 2019 1,199 i
9.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIMicro FT 273080 Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 1,999 i
10.
 
Olympus E-M10 IVMicro FT 2693- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Aug 2020 699 i

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two MFT cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    The most portable MFT cameras

    A well-known proverb states that the best camera is the one that you have with you. As such, a smaller and lighter camera will likely get more use than a bulkier and heavier model. The table below lists the 10 lightest MFT cameras in ascending order of their weight.

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    The Lightest Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    Type
    Camera
    Weight
    Camera
    Size
    Camera
    Elo
    Camera
    Type
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Panasonic GM1Micro FT 204 g 99 x 55 x 30 g 1812 Mirrorless 15.8 Oct 2013 749i
    2.
     
    Panasonic GM5Micro FT 211 g 99 x 60 x 36 g 1869 Mirrorless 15.8 Sep 2014 749i
    3.
     
    Panasonic GF3Micro FT 264 g 108 x 67 x 32 g 1385 Mirrorless 12.0 Jun 2011 549i
    4.
     
    Olympus E-PM1Micro FT 265 g 110 x 64 x 34 g 1443 Mirrorless 12.2 Jun 2011 499i
    5.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 266 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2015 Mirrorless 15.8 Jan 2015 499i
    6.
     
    Panasonic GF5Micro FT 267 g 108 x 67 x 37 g 1550 Mirrorless 12.0 Apr 2012 499i
    7.
     
    Panasonic GX800Micro FT 269 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2214 Mirrorless 15.8 Jan 2017 549 i
    8.
     
    Olympus E-PM2Micro FT 269 g 110 x 64 x 34 g 1680 Mirrorless 15.9 Sep 2012 499i
    9.
     
    YI M1Micro FT 281 g 114 x 64 x 34 g 2292 Mirrorless 20.2 Sep 2016 349 i
    10.
     
    Kodak S-1Micro FT 290 g 116 x 68 x 36 g 1734 Mirrorless 16.1 Jan 2012 299i
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    The most affordable MFT cameras

    A camera is only as good as the lens that is placed in front of its sensor. Thus, the best Micro Four Thirds is one that leaves room enough in the budget to purchase a high quality lens to go with it. More generally, budgetary considerations are almost always important when deciding on a camera purchase, so that the following listing should be of interest. It displays the 10 least expensive cameras that use a Four Thirds sensor in ascending order of their launch prices (camera only). The latter provide a good idea on the market position of the cameras, but it is often worthwhile to check the current pricing, as all except the most recent models might be available at discounts or as great deals on the pre-owned market.

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    The Least Expensive Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    Mount
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Camera
    Type
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Kodak S-1Micro FT 299 1734- Mirrorless 16.11080/30p Jan 2012i
    2.
     
    YI M1Micro FT 349 2292- Mirrorless 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 i
    3.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 499 2015- Mirrorless 15.81080/60p Jan 2015i
    4.
     
    Panasonic GF6Micro FT 499 179554 Mirrorless 15.81080/60i Apr 2013i
    5.
     
    Olympus E-PM2Micro FT 499 168072 Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Sep 2012i
    6.
     
    Panasonic GF5Micro FT 499 155061 Mirrorless 12.01080/60i Apr 2012i
    7.
     
    Olympus E-PM1Micro FT 499 144352 Mirrorless 12.21080/60i Jun 2011i
    8.
     
    Panasonic G10Micro FT 499 131852 Mirrorless 12.0720/30p Mar 2010i
    9.
     
    Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 549 2271- Mirrorless 15.91080/30p Sep 2016i
    10.
     
    Panasonic GX800Micro FT 549 221473 Mirrorless 15.84K/30p Jan 2017 i

    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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