Mirrorless cameras came after DSLR cameras and they can rival them for the best cameras on the market. So what defines a mirrorless camera? It means that the camera does not use the mirror that would normally direct light to an optical viewfinder from the lens like in a SLR camera. Getting rid of that mirror allows for a more compact design with fewer moving parts, however, it also means no optical viewfinder.
Mirrorless cameras use interchangeable lenses like SLR cameras, and different manufacturers support different lens formats.
Prices can also range greatly for mirrorless cameras, from below $500 to over $3000. The prices listed below are for the camera body only. Lenses will cost more although you can often find a package price that includes a lens or lenses that will save you a lot of money over buying them individually.
Below is our list of the best mirrorless cameras. Beyond those mirroless camera reviews we also have a comparison chart so you can easily compare one mirrorless camera versus another.
Sensor: Full frame | Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches
We believe the Sony Alpha A7 III is the best mirrorless camera for most people. You won’t find a better performing full-frame camera at this price. It takes simply beautiful images thanks to its 24MP full-frame BSI sensor.
Other great features of the Alpha A7 III include 10 fps shooting, 5-axis stabilization, dual SD card slots, tilting touch LCD, long battery life, and 4K HDR video.
There really are no major weaknesses, only a few minor complaints. There is no in-body flash and the shooting buffer must clear before you can start recording video.
Overall if you want the best mirrorless camera without spending over $2000 then the Sony Alpha A7 III is perfect for you.
Sensor: Full frame | Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 inches
The Nikon Z6 is also a great full-frame camera for this price. The image quality is great, but maybe just a touch below the Sony a7 III.
Some of the Z6 features include 12fps continuous shooting, 3690k dot EVF, in-body image stabilization, reliable auto-focus, and excellent full-frame 4K video.
Again no major weaknesses on the Z6, however a few minor cons. It only has one XQD card slot and the manual focus in video mode could be improved.
Overall the Nikon Z6 is a great all-around full frame mirrorless camera for an enthusiast or pro photographer.
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3 inches
We feel that the Fujifilm X-T3 is the best APS-C mirrorless camera. It is a professional quality model that is also compact and relatively affordable. Image quality is comparable to the Nikon Z6.
Some features include 11 fps continuous shooting, 3690k dot EVF, and an autofocus system that covers pretty much the whole image area. One other great aspect of the X-T3 is the fact it can record 4K video at 60p which very few other models can do.
One weakness is that the lack of in-body stabilization on videos can be a bit of a problem.
Overall the Fujifilm X-T3 is another mirrorless camera that we would not hesitate to recommend to any user.
Sensor: 4/3 | Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 inches
If you are a videographer you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 since that is who the camera was designed for. It has features that are more often found on expensive pro video cameras and records in 4K at 60p.
The DC-GH5 takes very good stills, but since it is a Micro Four Thirds camera is doesn’t quite measure up with the other top rated mirrorless cameras in that area. This thing is well-built and has a very good EVF, although the autofocus can struggle at times especially in video mode.
Overall we think you should only consider the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 if video is your priority over photography.
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.8 x 3.4 inches
The Fujifilm X-H1 is a very good all-around camera, although it might not be the perfect camera for any one specific task. Overall the image quality is very good and it has quality autofocus. In-body image stabilization can reduce shake by up to 5.5 stops and the body is weather sealed.
Other features of the X-H1 include up to 14 fps continuous shooting with electronic shutter, 3.69 million dot EVF, articulating 3″ touchscreen LCD, and 4K video.
Overall the Fujifilm X-H1 is a great mirrorless camera that we would not hesitate to recommend to any user.
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.4 inches
The Sony Alpha A6400 is the best mirrorless camera under $1000. What set the A6400 apart is the superb autofocus system that is among the best you can find on any camera. The overall image quality is on par with any capable mid-range camera.
One slight negative is the ergonomics, but unless you have really large hands it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Overall the Sony Alpha A6400 is an excellent option for all types of photography and works great for fast action that to the autofocus. It is one of the best value camera you can get, period.
Sensor: 4/3 | Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.7 x 3.3 inches
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 was rated as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine and we can see why – it is one of the most complete stills and video cameras available all for a very reasonable price. What makes it truly stand out is the movie-making tools and capabilities.
On the downside with a 4/3 sensor the image quality is a bit less than some of the other top rated mirrorless cameras.
Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is great for enthusiast film makers and casual photographers, however it is not a good choice if you are looking for the absolute best image quality or take lots of sports or action images.
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches
The Fujifilm X-T20 is one of the best value buys for a mid-range mirrorless camera. Excellent image quality and quick performance highlight this model. In fact we don’t think you will find better image quality for cheaper than this price.
Some other features of the X-T20 include a high resolution EVF, 3″ tilting touchscreen LCD, fast hybrid autofocus system, and 14 fps continuous shooting. While it does take 4K video, the video quality is not the greatest and the AF system can struggle in low light.
If you are looking for a good value mirrorless camera and want high quality still images then you really can’t go wrong with the Fujifilm X-T20.
Sensor: 4/3 | Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9 inches
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is another pretty good all-around mirrorless camera for the price. The image quality is not quite as good as the X-T20, but the 4K video is better quality.
Some highlights for the DMC-G85 include a fully articulating touchscreen, weather-sealed body, EVF, 9.0 fps continuous shooting, and 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization.
Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 is a good choice for any casual photographer who wants quality video as well. It is not the best mirrorless camera for pro shooters, however.
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 inches
The Canon EOS M50 is a great camera for anyone who wants better image quality and some more advanced features compared to starter mirrorless cameras. The image quality is quite impressive for this price, however the 4K video is not that great due to a high crop factor and average AF performance.
Some other features of the EOS M50 include a 3″ fully articulated screen, EVF, and 10 fps continuous shooting.
Sensor: 4/3 | Dimensions: 4.8 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is the cheapest mirrorless camera to make our list. The image quality is decent, but not as good as some of the higher rated mirrorless cameras, especially in lower light.
Other features include a compact body, an electronic view finder and 4K video that is smooth and good-looking.
Overall the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a very solid beginner mirrorless camera. If you want better image quality you will have to spend more money.
Sensor: 4/3 | Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8 inches
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is a good choice for a mirroless camera that costs less than $500. It offers fast autofocus and built-in image stabilization. The image quality is really good in good lighting, but a bit poorer in low light conditions.
The body is compact and among the lightest you will find at 17.2 ounces. It shoots full HD video, not 4K, however.
Overall the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is definitely a camera you should consider if you do not want to spend over $500 (although with lenses it may cost more).
Sensor: APS-C | Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches
The Sony Alpha A6000 is one of the oldest mirrorless cameras out there for sale and that is what makes it so cheap, but don’t let that fool you – it is a great camera. You won’t find another mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor this cheap.
The image quality on the A6000 is great, way above average for this price range. Other features include an articulating LCD, EVF, shooting speed of 11 fps, and fast autofocus.
On the downside there is no image stabilization on the camera, only the lenses. Also it only shoots 1080p video, not 4K.
Despite being the last camera on this list we would not hesitate to recommend the Sony Alpha A6000. In fact we made this a top 13 list just because we wanted to make sure we included this model.
Best Mirrorless Camera Comparison Chart
|Rank||Mirrorless Camera||Rating||Best Price||MegaPixels||Sensor||Shutter Speed||Max ISO||Video Resolution||Wi-Fi||Weight (oz)||Dimensions (in)
W” x H” x D”
|1||Sony Alpha A7 III||9.2||$1,998.00||24.2||Full frame||30 – 1/8000||204800||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p)||Yes||33.3||5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9|
|2||Nikon Z6||9.1||$1,796.95||24.5||Full frame||30 – 1/8000||204800||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p)||Yes||41.4||5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7|
|3||Fujifilm X-T3||9.1||$1,499.00||26.1||APS-C||900 – 1/32000||51200||4K 4096 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)||Yes||30.7||5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3|
|4||Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5||9.0||$1,397.99||20.3||4/3||60 – 1/16000||25600||4K 3840 x 2160 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)||Yes||25.6||5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4|
|5||Fujifilm X-H1||9.0||$1,299.00||24.3||APS-C||900 – 1/32000||51200||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p)||Yes||23.7||5.5 x 3.8 x 3.4|
|6||Sony Alpha A6400||8.9||$898.00||24.2||APS-C||30 – 1/4000||102400||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p)||Yes||18.3||4.7 x 2.6 x 2.4|
|7||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4||8.8||$697.99||16.05||4/3||60 – 1/8000||25600||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p)||Yes||20.1||5.2 x 3.7 x 3.3|
|8||Fujifilm X-T20||8.8||$699.00||24.3||APS-C||30 – 1/32000||51200||4K 3840 x 2160 (29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)||Yes||25.2||4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6|
|9||Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85||8.7||$697.99||16||4/3||60 – 1/16000||25600||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p)||Yes||25.7||5.1 x 3.5 x 2.9|
|10||Canon EOS M50||8.6||$629.00||24.2||APS-C||30 – 1/4000||51200||4K 3840 x 2160 (24p)||Yes||17.1||4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3|
|11||Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85||8.6||$446.79||16||4/3||60 – 1/16000||25600||4K 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p)||Yes||17.6||4.8 x 2.8 x 1.7|
|12||Olympus OM-D E-M10 II||8.6||$499.00||16.1||4/3||60 – 1/16000||25600||HD 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p, 24p)||Yes||17.2||4.7 x 3.3 x 1.8|
|13||Sony Alpha A6000||8.6||$448.00||24.3||APS-C||30 – 1/4000||51200||HD 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p)||Yes||16.5||4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8|
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