Mirrorless cameras, also known as compact system cameras, have improved significantly over the past decade.
Once inferior to DSLR cameras, newer mirrorless camera models now feel and shoot just like their mirrored DSLR cousins, but simply do away with the mirror mechanism.
In other words, they can replicate the quality of DSLRs while being smaller and lighter.
What’s more, the best mirrorless cameras come with advanced autofocus systems, full-frame sensors, customisable settings like shutter speed, ISO & aperture, Wi-Fi connectivity, electronic viewfinders and an increasing number of lenses and accessories.
The benefits of mirrorless cameras are clear, but with so many options to choose from these days, we’ve compiled what we’ve deemed the best mirrorless cameras.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: The best entry level mirrorless camera
The stylish, high performance OM-D, E-M1 Mark II boasts a range of impressive features in a sturdy body.
The E-M1 Mark II comes equipped with a Zuiko Lens Systems, known for excellent optical performance.
This is enhanced by a Micro Four Thirds 20MP sensor and built-in five-axis image stabilisation technology that facilitates handheld shooting for up to two seconds before you see any image blur.
It’s a speedy little camera, capable of burst shooting at up to 60 frames per second so you never miss a shot.
Along with its top image quality, a unique feature of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II is its ‘Silent’ mode, which disables shutter sounds and electronic sounds, making it ideal for concerts or nature shooting.
Then there’s the 4K video functionality, dual SD card slots, and an articulating touchscreen making it perfect for vloggers.
Sony Alpha A7 Mark III: The best all around mirrorless camera
While the Sony A7 Mark III has been on the market a while, it remains one of the most unbeatable full frame mirrorless cameras for enthusiasts.
This powerful camera features a full frame 24.2MP sensor which performs incredibly in all lighting conditions to guarantee excellent image quality.
You’ll also get 10 fps continuous shooting with subject tracking for crisp action shoots. And videographers will love the 4K video recording capabilities at 30 frames per second.
Combine these features with an impressive 693-point autofocus system, 5-axis image stabilisation, a long-lasting battery, dual card slots, and a silent shooting mode, and this camera makes a fantastic all-rounder in a compact body.
Sony A7R Mark IV: The best full frame mirrorless camera
With an impressive 61MP full frame sensor, the Sony A7R Mark IV produces show-stopping photos, making it a favourite among professional photographers.
A sensor of that magnitude captures plenty of detail, allowing you to crop or blow up your photo and still retain enviable quality. This makes it particularly popular for those who shoot landscapes, portraits, weddings, and other occasions that suit cropping.
Beyond the sensor, this mirrorless camera features 15 stops of dynamic range and a diverse ISO range, making it a pleasure to use in high contrast or low light scenes.
The camera also boasts a speedy system with 10 fps continuous shooting and fast autofocus, thanks to its Real-Time Tracking and Real-Time Eye autofocus modes.
Other features photographers love include the in-body 5-axis image stabilisation, 4K video recording at 30 fps, a durable battery with 670 shots per charge, and a deeper grip and improved weather sealing on its predecessors.
Fujifilm X-T4: The best mirrorless camera for vloggers
This retro-inspired compact system camera is immediately noticeable for its beautiful design, but it also sports some brilliant features that make it a great all-in-one camera.
We’re talking a great battery life double the previous model's capabilities. You also have a 26MP sensor, 425-point autofocus, and 5-axis sensor shift stabilisation that ensure high quality stills.
The X-T4 shoots at an impressive 15 frames per second and has a quiet, unobtrusive shutter.
A popular option for vloggers, the X-T4 can record video in 4K at 60 fps (or HD at 240 fps) and has a fully articulating display that YouTubers will love.
You can save money by opting for the earlier version, the Fujifilm X-T3, which boasts many of the same features but lacks the in-built image stabilisation.
Nikon Z50: The best value mirrorless camera
There’s plenty to love about Nikon’s first mid-range mirrorless camera, introduced in late 2019, from the wonderful design to the incredible price.
The Z50 is particularly notable for its nice, deep handgrip on a model as small as this. It creates a beautiful handling experience for every photographer.
The Z50 features a big APS-C 20.9MP sensor and a 209-point autofocus system. But we particularly love the large, high-resolution viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. This camera is a joy to hold and use.
You’ll also enjoy a continuous shooting speed of 11 frames per second and an impressively high-quality 4K video at 30 fps.
Consider paying more for the superb 16-50mm pancake lens that comes as part of the lens kit.
Fujifilm X-T30: The best mirrorless camera for travel
Another excellent mid-range camera is the Fujifilm X-T30, which shares the same APS-C 26.1MP sensor, 425-point autofocus system, and many other features with the X-T3, but at a more affordable price. It’s also smaller and lighter.
Packed into this petite, stylish body is 4K recording capabilities at 30fps, although you can only shoot in 10-minute intervals. Perhaps more impressive is the 30 fps burst shooting capability in sports mode.
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