Best Mirrorless Cameras Today

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The first mirrorless camera was released over 14 years ago. For a long time, the development of the mirrorless system was driven by Micro Four Thirds format camera manufacturers Panasonic and Olympus. It was a steady, but somewhat slow process. We all saw the potential in mirrorless technologies, but every mirrorless camera was subpar compared to the more mature DSLR models.

The development of the new mirrorless format accelerated when Fujifilm and Sony joined the party and pushed mirrorless technology to its limits. Sony released the first full frame mirrorless camera and Fujifilm took the APS-C format to a new level with a unique design and new sensor technologies (X-Trans sensors).

The mirrorless market finally exploded when two of the biggest camera manufacturers—Canon and Nikon—released their first mirrorless models. It is now an interesting time since mirrorless cameras not only share the top level with DSLRs but, in some areas, even surpass them.

If you are considering moving up from a point and shoot to a camera model with interchangeable lenses or if you want to upgrade your aging DSLR, now is the perfect time to enter the mirrorless realm.

In my case, I shoot with a third-generation mirrorless setup. I started with a Panasonic and shot with Sony for three years before moving to Fujifilm. I do not know what my next camera will be, but I will definitely stay with the mirrorless system.

At this point, the mirrorless market has matured enough to offer an incredible variety of cameras. These range from inexpensive entry-level models to professional level setups and everything in between.

Here are 14 mirrorless camera models on the market today. I also listed my favorite models across different categories.

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BEST ALL AROUND
Sony a7 iii - BEST ALL AROUND
Megapixels: 24MP, Sensor Size: Full Frame, Weight: 650 (1.43lb), Weather-sealed
BEST VALUE
Fujifilm XT3
Megapixels: 24MP, Sensor Size: Cropped (APS), Weight: 383g (13.5oz), Sensor Size: Cropped (APS),
BEST ENTRY LEVEL
Fujifilm XT100
– Megapixels: 24MP
– Sensor Size: Cropped (APS)
– Weight: 383g (13.5oz)
BEST FOR VLOGGING
Canon EOS M50
– Megapixels: 24MP
– Sensor Size: Cropped (APS)
– Weight: 383g (13.5oz)
Sony a9
– Megapixels: 24MP
– Sensor Size: Cropped (APS)
– Weight: 383g (13.5oz)

Best All Around Mirrorless Camera

The Sony A7 III is the third iteration in the popular full-frame A7 line. Sony nailed it by creating an almost perfect full frame camera. The uniqueness of the A7 III model is that it excels in every single aspect and can be used in any type of photography. Regardless if you are a landscape photographer, a wedding or an event photographer, run a studio business, or if you are a videographer, the Sony A7 III model is a perfect fit. It comes with a dual card slot, a weather-sealed body, and an impressive lens selection.

Best Cropped Sensor APS-C camera

The Fujifilm XT3 is a third-generation model as well. What makes this model unique is that the previous XT2 model was already an outstanding camera. Somehow, Fujifilm managed to improve it and make it more affordable. And, of course, as all Fujifilm cameras, it offers a unique retro design with mechanical dials and controls. If you do not need a full frame camera for your photography, the Fujfilm XT3 is the best APS-C model ever built.

Best Entry Level Mirrorless Cameras

There are plenty of mirrorless entry-level models to choose from on the market. What makes the Fujifilm XT100 unique is how Fujifilm designs its cameras. They use high-end sensors in every model whether it is an entry-level camera or a high-end professional grade model. This means that if you buy an entry-level camera from Fujifilm today, you will enjoy professional level image quality. Plus, no one else can compete with Fujifilm when it comes to camera design.

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Wildlife and Sport

For a long time, mirrorless cameras could not compete with DSLRs in terms of speed and focus accuracy in continuous shooting mode. The Sony A9 overcame this barrier as the first real mirrorless camera designed for wildlife and sports photography. Taking the market by storm, it has overpassed every record in terms of performance.

Best Mirrorless Camera For Vlogging

Canon was the first camera manufacturer to introduce video shooting mode on its camera models. It revolutionized the photography industry and blurred the line between video and still photography. Years later, Canon is still the leader in designing portable cameras with incredible focus accuracy when shooting video. The Canon M50 is an affordable, compact camera with a flip screen that makes it the perfect companion for modern blogging.

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01. Sony a7 III

Sony a7III 24.2MP Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Body + 64GB Memory Card & Flash a7III Accessory Bundle

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Full Frame
Weight: 650g (1.43lb)
Size: 127 x 95.6 x 73.7mm (5 x 3.8 x 3″)
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The a7 iii is Sony’s most versatile full frame Mirrorless camera. It’s got all the essentials from the a7r Mark iii and the a9 packaged in a more accessible and lightweight body. The new BSI full frame sensor with 24.2MP is designed to produce excellent image quality and makes it suitable for shooting any kind of photography and record 4K video.

Other cutting edge features include a 693-point hybrid AF system, ISO up to 204800, 5 axis in-body image stabilization, dual card slots and weather sealed design. When it comes to tracking subjects, the a7iii is blazingly fast. The Eye AF works really well even if the subject moves further away from the camera. The 5 axis steady shot system allows you to take photos handheld in low light conditions.

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The Sony a7iii is also known for its high ISO noise performance. Even if you don’t have a fast lens with aperture wider than f/4, the camera can increase light sensitivity without creating too much noise. The new NP-FZ100 battery extends life significantly. The two card slots make it easier and safer for professionals to shoot weddings and other events while the built-in WiFi can help you transfer your photos quickly to your smartphone.

What I like:

  • 24MP back-illuminated sensor
  • High dynamic range and ISO noise performance
  • Great 4K video quality
  • Good battery life

What I don’t like:

  • Only one slots supports UHS-II
  • No In-Camera Raw Conversion

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BEST VALUE MIRRORLESS CAMERA

02. Fujifilm XT3

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) - Silver

Megapixels: 26MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS-C)
Weight: 539g (1.2lb)
Size: 132.5 x 93 x 59mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3″)
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The Fujifilm XT3 is the camera many photography enthusiasts have been anticipating. Fujifilm has created a powerful APS-C camera; the best to date. This camera serves both photographers and videographers as well. It is remarkable for a company to create a two-in-one camera system that performs equally well in stills and video. At a price range of $1500, it is the best choice for anyone who’s looking to buy a new professional camera or upgrade their existing camera system.

Furthermore, the new features make this camera limitless. You can capture beautiful and tack-sharp landscapes with the new 26 Megapixel X-Trans sensor, shoot action at 30 frames per second or use the 1/32000 electronic shutter. You can also take gorgeous portraits with the new developed Eye AF tracking system. Record 4K video at 60p and generally enjoy the freedom in all aspects of photography you do. This camera makes you forget the technological barriers and helps you focus on your task.

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On top of all the high-end specs, you get marvelous photos straight out of the camera. You also receive these amazing film simulation presets, which can create spectacular photos. The three things which could be considered dealbreakers is the lack of in-body image stabilization, the poor battery life, and the shallow grip. You can pay extra for a battery grip to give you enough juice to last a whole day.

What I like

  • Excellent JPG images straight out of the camera
  • Great 4K video at 60p
  • Fast Autofocus and Eye AF
  • 10-bit internal log video capture

What I don’t like

  • Battery life
  • Lack of in-body image stabilization

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BEST ENTRY LEVEL MIRRORLESS CAMERA

03. Fujifilm X-T100

Fujifilm X-T100 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens - Black

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS-C)
Weight: 448g (15.8oz)
Size: 121 x 83 x 47.4mm (4.8 x 3.3 x 1.9″)
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When it comes to image quality, Fujifilm steps up with its state-of-the-art newer developed image sensors and award-winning X Mount lenses. The Fujifilm X-T100 is a new model released May 2018 and one of the cheapest in the X-series lineup. It features a 24 megapixel APS-C non-X-Trans sensor that deliversstunning images especially combined with the 18-55mm kit lens.

Some users find the old dials appealing and useful giving a feeling of a vintage film camera with today’s technology. This model though, is not without flaws. The 91-point autofocus system with 35 phase-detect points fails to track moving subjects well. However, the JPGs are incredibly sharp with rich and vibrant colors. Even if the X-T100 can record 4K video, the quality in UHD is poor. Instead you can use the 1080p resolution for better results.

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What really sets apart the X-T100 from its competitors though, is the stylish design and variety of “film simulations” Fujifilm has used in the past for film cameras (now integrated in digital filters). The film simulations (Velvia, Provia and Classic Chrome) add a unique feeling to the images with increased saturation, tonal curve and contrast.

What I like:

  • Exceptional JPG quality
  • Film simulations (Velvia, Provia and Classic Chrome)
  • Noise is pretty low at high ISO values

What I don’t like:

  • Poor autofocus in continuous shooting mode
  • Poor 4K video quality (only 15fps)

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BEST VLOGGING MIRRORLES CAMERA

04. Canon EOS M50

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit w/EF-M15-45mm and 4K Video - Black

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS)
Weight: 387g (13.7oz)
Size: 116 x 88 x 59mm (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3″)
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The Canon EOS M50 is a Mid level mirrorless camera which incorporates Canon’s 24 megapixel CMOS sensor and coupled to the Digic 8 processor.

If you’ve never used an EOS ‘M’ class camera, the easiest way to describe it is as a compact camera that you can change lenses on and has a hotshoe. With this in mind, it’s easy to see where and when you may use such a camera.

This is squarely aimed at those using a digital compact or possibly shooting with a smartphone who need to up their game…

The EOS M50 has dual pixel AF and it performs really well, even if fairly low light. Coupled with a 24 megapixel sensor and the OLED viewfinder, this camera is surprisingly pleasant to use and will take very good stills.

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However, it’s the inclusion of an external microphone jack and the fact that this is the only camera in the Canon line up that isn’t a pro body to include 4K video, that really tells you where this camera excels… If you are looking for a small, high-quality camera for shooting video, this could well be the camera for you!

The 1080p video quality is excellent and the inclusion of the external mic jack is a great touch. Sadly the crop of the 4K video is horrendous and does make it almost impossible to shoot a wide angle scene.

The body is well made and all of the relevant buttons and menus are easy to access. The tilt screen is a great addition and makes shooting both stills and video at awkward angles significantly easier. That minor flaw of the 4k cropping aside, if you’re a vlogger, travel videographer or just want a good quality camera, this is well worth a look.

What I Like

  • Very good image quality from its 24MP APS-C sensor
  • Dual Pixel AF performs well, even at 7.4 fps and in low light
  • External microphone input

What I don’t like

  • Substantial crop in 4K makes wide-angle shooting nearly impossible
  • Video capture button is hard to find and easy to press accidentally

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BEST MIRRORLES CAMERA FOR WIDELIFE & SPORTS

05. Sony a9

Sony Alpha A9 Wi-Fi 4K Digital Camera Body with 128GB Card + Battery & Charger + Case + Tripod + Remote + LED Video Light & Flash + Microphone + Kit

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Full Frame
Weight: 673g (1.5lb)
Size: 127 x 95.6 x 63mm (5 x 3.8 x 2.5″)
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The Sony a9 is the ultimate tool for a sports photographer. At 20 frames per second using an electronic shutter with blackout-free shooting, is one of the fastest cameras in the world. It is a full frame 24MP (advanced CMOS stack sensor) Mirrorless camera offering incredible speed surpassing DSLR technology and is designed specifically for sports and event photography.

The high luminance view finder is bright giving a really enjoyable viewing experience with 120 refresh rate and very high resolution (3.69 million dots). With high frequency autofocus tracking, the a9 can make up to 60 AF/AE calculations per second and cover almost 93% of the frame when tracking a subject. Ergonomics are great, placing new independent drive and focus mode dials, touch screen, custom buttons and a joystick for quick setup and easy access to the menu.

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For photographers who decide to specialize in either action or wild life photography, the Sony a9 is the perfect tool combined with the Sony FE 100-400mm GM OSS zoom lens or the 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS prime lens. It is also suitable for wedding photography featuring a complete silent shutter. The a9 is a really good professional camera making Sony equal to compete with its rivals.

What I like:

  • 20fps silent burst with zero-blackout shooting
  • High resolution viewfinder
  • Great ergonomics
  • Improved menu and dials

What I don’t like:

  • Can’t access menu while buffer is clearing
  • Old USB 2.0 for data transfer

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06. Sony a6500

Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera with 18-135mm Lens with LCD, 3', Black

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS-C)
Weight: 453g (16oz)
Size: 120 x 67 x 53.3mm (4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1″)
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The a6500 is Sony’s best APS-Csensor camera to date. It is an advanced mirrorless system with tones of upgrades over its predecessor, the a6000. To name a few, it has 425 phase detection points, 5-axis image stabilization, touch screen, 4K video, geotagging and high dynamic range. The 24MP sensor has been also upgraded, featuring a new technology that enhances image texture and minimizes noise in high ISO.

A unique benefit of the a6500 is the in-body image stabilization that works well with all lenses (native-third party and vintage with an adaptor). The new LSI system has increased the buffer speed and data transfer rates up to 300+ (JPGs) and 100+ (RAW). The Sony a6500 can capture 4K video at 24 and 25p, and HD at 120p with S-Log profiles, suitable for videographers who want to create professional videos with stunning image quality and easy post process.

Some negatives of the camera is the lack of two card slots, the touch screen is laggy, there’s no headphone jack and the maximum shutter speed doesn’t go above 1/4000 of a sec. Other than that the a6500 is a superb mirrorless camera for enthusiasts and professionals who want a fast hybrid camera system with great autofocus and 4K video quality. WiFi and bluetooth is also included for file transfer and remote connection with Android and iOS devices.

What I like:

  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • 4K video with S-Log
  • 11fps with upgraded buffer
  • High dynamic range

What I don’t like:

  • Laggy touchscreen
  • Lack of two card slots

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07. Fujifilm XT20

Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XF18-55mmF2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens-Silver

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS)
Weight: 383g (13.5oz)
Size: 118.4 x 83 x 41.4mm (4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6″)
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If I placed a film camera and the Fujifilm XT20 side by side, you would not notice the difference. Fujifilm found a way to revive our love for photography with the release of the XT20, a perfect copy of a vintage camera with a modern technology. The tactile controls help you shoot photos in a fun and easy way. You can easily change the aperture, shutter speed and shooting modes without having to go through the menu.

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Fuji X photographers say the colors are fantastic. In addition, the RAW files the camera produces have high quality color information. Noise may appear in high ISO but this can easily be fixed in post process. The XT20 has a 24MP X-trans sensor as the XT2. It has great autofocus that works well with all lenses. The touchscreen is also a great addition even if it is not fully articulated.

A lot of people tend to stuck in technical features and details but that’s not what photography is about. Today we’re mostly looking for what the camera can do for us, rather than what we can do with the camera. The Fujifilm XT20 makes you rethink the way you see photography. It is just a tool that creates photos but requires your creativity and imagination to maximize its potential.

What I like:

  • Built quality
  • Great film simulation modes includingACROS (B&W)
  • High resolution EVF (viewfinder)
  • 4K video at 30p

What I don’t like:

  • Autofocus is not accurate especially inlow light conditions
  • Poor battery life

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08. Lumix GX85

PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera with 12-32mm Lens, 4K, 5 Axis Body Stabilization, 3 Inch Tilt and Touch Display, DMC-GX85KK (Black USA)

Megapixels: 16MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (Micro Four Thirds)
Weight: 426g (15oz)
Size: 122 x 70.6 x 44mm (4.8 x 2.8 x 1.7″)
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The Lumix GX85 is a powerful mirrorless camera that features a 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensor and has many lens options including Leica lenses. It is a more compact-like camera than the Panasonic G7, powered with a 12-32mm aspherical OIS kit lens which makes it great for street and travel photography. Besides the small size, the Lumix GX85 is capable at capturing high quality images and 4K video.

With a 49-point autofocus system, the GX85 can shoot up to 6fps in single and continuous mode. The 5-axis image stabilization works great with all native lenses and allows you to drop your shutter speed dramatically to 1/8 of a second when shooting handheld in low light conditions. This way you can take crisp images, especially if you don’t carry a tripod with you.

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For weddings and other events where silence is gold, the Lumix GX85 can shoot in silent mode which is a great benefit! The camera can record 4K video at 24 and 30fps producing decent image quality. The sound quality captured with the built-in microphone could be better, however there is so much more into this camera that this shouldn’t be a deterrent from deciding to purchase it.

Last but not least,the camera can be controlled remotely and you can download your photos through WiFi on your phone with the Panasonic Image App.

 What I Like:

  • Great in-body image stabilization for shooting in low light
  • Exceptional LCD touch-screen
  • Plenty of customizable buttons and easy-to-use menu
  • Silent shooting mode

What I don’t Like:

  • The EVF falls short in the competition withother cameras
  • Theaudio quality of the video is poor

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09. Sony a6000

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Black) w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS-C)
Weight: 344g (12oz)
Size: 119.4 x 66 x 45.7mm (4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8″)
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Even if it is almost a 4 year old camera, the Sony a6000 stands among the top APS-C mirrorless cameras under $500 having the best single and continuous autofocus system with a whopping 11fps burst mode. Besides being the predecessor of the a6300 and a6500 (2016), it is still considered to be one of the best mirrorless cameras with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and outstanding image quality.

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The a6000 combined with APS-C or FF native Sony lenses can be used for shooting action and track very accurately any moving subject. It has 179 focus detection points with Eye AF and the focus can lock-on any subject even if it moves outside the frame! What makes this camera unique is the built-in 4D focus that can predict the subject’s next move. This feature makes it superior over other mirrorless or DSLR cameras of the same price.

The cool part about the Sony E-mount system, is you can use an adaptor and mount any lens you want including Canon, Nikon and a variety of vintage prime lenses. In some occasions the auto focus won’t work and you’ll have to focus manually but don’t worry! The Sony a6000 has a special feature called “focus peaking” which shows you which area is in focus when adjusting the lens focus ring.

What I like:

  • Accurateand very fast autofocus
  • Great and sharp JPGs
  • Focus peaking and Zebra feature
  • You can easily adapt third party lenses

What I don’t like:

  • No 4K video
  • Poor battery life

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10. Fujifilm XE3

Fujifilm X-E3 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Silver (Body Only)

Megapixels: 24MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (APS-C)
Weight: 337g (12oz)
Size: 121.3 x 74 x 42.7mm (4.8 x 3 x 1.7″)
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The Fujifilm XE3 is a small compact Mirrorless camera, with fast autofocus, 4K video support, easy to carry around and budget friendly. The image quality for both stills and video is superb. In terms of handling, the ergonomics are nothing short of an epiphany. The menu system is intuitive, minimalist, and highly customizable. It takes you less than 30 min to familiarise with all controls, dials and menus.

The electronic shutter is dead silent, whereas the mechanical shutter is relatively quiet too. JPGs straight out of the camera are as good as many users declare. The XE3 has also a fixed touch screen which is very easy to use. The AF speed will vary depending on what lens you’re using but in most cases the contrast and hybrid autofocus system will deliver fast and accurate results.

Many have described the dynamic range of this camera excellent and notice less noise in post process when reducing the highlights or raising the shadows. For its size and price range, it is something you can’t easily find in a camera under $1000. If you’re looking for a small camera, fairly compact and easy to carry around, the Fujifilm XE3 is the right choice for you. It is best for candid shooting, street photography, portraits and landscapes.

What I like:

  • JPG quality is superb
  • The camera has excellent dynamic range
  • Build quality and ergonomics
  • 4K video at 30p

What I don’t like:

  • Poor face detection in low light
  • Can’t change/remove battery or SD card while the camera is on the tripod

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11. Canon EOS R

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Body

Megapixels: 32MP
Sensor Size: Full Frame
Weight: 660g (1.45lb)
Size: 136 x 98 x 84.4mm (5.3 x 4 x 3.3″)
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For many Canon users the lack of a pro-level, full frame,  mirrorless SLR has been keenly felt since the introduction of the SONY A7… Thankfully Canon addressed that in 2018 with the introduction of the Canon EOS R.

The Canon EOS R boasts a 30 megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to Canons flagship Digic 8 processor. Canon also does away with the optical low pass filter which increases sharpness an awful lot. Canon claim that this is not the same sensor as the EOS 5D Mark IV, but it’s very difficult to tell what the difference is!

The body is exceptionally well made, but it doesn’t quite feel as comfortable in the hand as many other canons do. Possibly this is just something you’ll get used to, or maybe the battery grip will help?

Other than that, much like all Canons, this is a well laid out, easy to use camera with all of the buttons and menus in logical places and easily available. The large tilt screen with 2.1m dots is lovely to use and shows your images in amazing detail and clarity.

The inclusion of WiFi and bluetooth is great, however GPS would have been nice too!

Video quality is pretty good, although the 1080p setting does seem just a little bit soft. The inclusion of 4K video is very welcome indeed.

There are 2 main gripes that many users have with this camera. Firstly, no dual card function. If you’re buying this camera, you’re serious about what you do. You want a back up. Secondly, it’s a completely new lens mount, EF-R. You need an adapter to use your EF lenses. (Although it does work very well indeed!)

Other than that, this is a really useful camera… Great quality images, but in a much lighter body. This is a real contender if you’re in the market for a high quality camera for travelling.

What I Like

  • 30 megapixel CMOS sensor coupling amazing dynami range with performance
  • High quality viewfinder
  • 4K video capture with Dual Pixel AF

What I don’t like

  • In body stabilisation would have been great for video
  • Dynamic range and noise is not as good as other cameras at this price point
  • No dual card facility
  • New lens mount

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12. Panasonic Lumix GH5

PANASONIC LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera with Digital Live MOS Sensor, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0, 4K 4:2:2 10-Bit Video, Full-Size HDMI Out, 3.2-Inch LCD, DC-GH5 (Black)

Megapixels: 20.3MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (Micro Four Thirds)
Weight: 725g (1.6lb)
Size: 146 x 124 x 78.5mm (5.7 x 4.9 x 3.1″)
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The Panasonic GH5 is a 20 Megapixel micro four thirds camera with the low-pass filter removed for sharper images, better color and high ISO noise levels. In combination with the new “Venus” engine and advanced focusing system, the camera provides the highest level of stills from any Lumix camera while it tracks perfectly any moving subject in both photo and video.

Many vloggers, YouTubers, and other professional cinematographers have loved the fact that this camera can produce high-quality Log that is very easy to color grade. The reason many users will exaggerate on GH5’s 10-bit internal recording at 4:2:2, is because these numbers represent the color data the camera can capture in order to make editing easier in post process. A few extra video features include 4K video at 60p, Full HD at 180p, CINELIKE V/D and in-camera LUT.

Compared to the Fujifilm XT2 and the Sony a7ii, the Panasonic GH5 feels better in the hand, offering a bigger grip. It is also weather sealed and has been tested in zero degree conditions. Other camera features include a silent shutter 1/16000, dual IS 2.0 as the Panasonic G9, dual card slots, joystick and built-in WiFi. It shares the same battery as the GH4 but a different grip and accessories for audio.

What I like

  • Superior Video capabilities for professional use
  • High resolution EVF
  • Both card slots support UHS-II
  • Great AF performance

What I don’t like

  • EVF resolution drops when pressing the shutter
  • Battery life

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13.Olympus EM10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera Body (silver), Wi-Fi enabled, 4K video

Megapixels: 16MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (Micro Four Thirds)
Weight: 410g (14.5oz)
Size: 121.5 x 83.6 x 49.5mm (4.8 x 3.3 x 2″)
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The Olympus EM10 Mark III is one of the best digital cameras on a budget or for a beginner. It is a compact, lightweight (only 410 grams) and affordable camera, packed with Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for a variety type of shooting. It features a 16.1 Megapixel micro four thirds sensor with live MOS. It shoots JPGs/RAW images and uses single SD, SDHC and SDXC card slot. It is ideal for travel and street photography.

The most impressive feature of this tiny little camera is the fact that it has in-body 5-axis image stabilization that works very well and a 121-Point Contrast-Detect AF System, the same AF system as the Panasonic G9. The TruePic VIII processor is performing well and can record detailed Ultra HD video at 30p with excellent stabilization. The 16 Megapixels are enough to capture great images during the day but they don’t perform so well in low light conditions.

With the Olympus EM10 Mark III you have a variety of lenses to choose including the 7-14mm f/2.8, a fully weather sealed lens that focuses really well. The image quality out of this lens is also pretty good. A touch-sensitive tilting LCD screen, built-in WiFi and good battery life make the EM10 Mark III an easy-to-use camera in a stylish and compact body.

What I like

  • Image Stabilization
  • Small and lightweight
  • Impressive 4K video at 30p
  • Great Electronic View Finder

What I don’t like

  • Only 16 Megapixel
  • No USB charging

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14. Panasonic Lumix G9

PANASONIC LUMIX G9 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel Mirrorless Camera plus 80 Megapixel High-Resolution Mode, 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.0, 3-Inch LCD, DC-G9 (Black)

Megapixels: 20.3MP
Sensor Size: Cropped (Micro Four Thirds)
Weight: 579g (1.3lb)
Size: 137 x 97 x 91.6mm (5.4 x 3.8 x 3.6″)
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The Panasonic is famous for its micro four thirds mirrorless cameras. Even if these sensors are quite small in size capturing less light, they can still create professional images. The G9 is no exception. It features a 20.3 Megapixel sensor with built-in “High Resolution” mode. Here we have a special mode that generates 80 megapixel in-camera combining 8 JPG or RAW images in a single image (approx. 10368×7776 pixels). The image quality and colors straight out of the camera are pleasing to the eye.

Out in the field, the Panasonic G9 is weather-sealed and has great dynamic range making it perfect for landscape, wildlife or sports photography. The 2x times crop factor doubles the range of a 200mm telephoto to 400mm making it ideal for shooting birds and other animals from a distance. In low light scenarios, the 5-axis Dual IS 2.0 stabilizes the camera at 6.5 stops and eliminates shakes for clear and in-focus images. It can also freeze action at 1/32000 second. This camera can also capture movement at 20fps when using the electronic shutter.

Face detection is missing, but Panasonic uses contrast detection with DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology and 225 AF focus detection area with impressive results. Among other great features is the 4K video recording and the large status LCD screen which is placed on top of the camera. The dual card slots, built-in WiFi/Bluetooth and time-lapse mode can benefit any professional photographer. The battery can be charged via USB.

What I like

  • Great image stabilization
  • High quality 4K video at 60p
  • Weather sealed body
  • AF joystick

What I don’t like

  • AF joystick is not responsive enough
  • EVF loses resolution when shutter is pressed

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  • Doesn’t Nikon exist as well? Isn’t it also worth of your review?

  • Doesn’t Nikon exist as well — and isn’t it worthy of being considered and your comments

    • Viktor Elizarov says:

      I pretty sure the second generation of Nikon mirrorless cameras will be awesome but not now. It is only my opinion.

  • Regarding to Sony a7III, you said What you don’t like: no weather sealing but the camera is weather-sealed isn’t it?

    • Viktor Elizarov says:

      It is absolutely weather sealed, my bad. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Michael K says:

    Surprised Nikon did not make the list. 🙂

  • Wish I still had my Canon Pellix. 1965 really was the first ‘mirrorless’ camera.

  • Thanks for informative article. But the links showing the prices, for example, for the Olympus E-M1 Mk II, are wrong. They link to those same prices but for the E-M5 II. The first 7 links go to E-M5. The 8th link onwards appear to be for the right camera, the E-M1. I haven’t checked prices for other cameras as I was interested in the Oly. The first 7 links should be removed.

  • Sorry Viktor, my mistake in my previous comment. My comment was not referring to your article but to a very similar one on another site discussing the best mirrorless cameras! Your article is very informative too! Apologies again.

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