Although DSLR cameras are the most popular option for professional photographers, you can’t underestimate the role played by mirrorless cameras. Not only are they lighter and smaller but they’re also quieter meaning they are perfect for video recording.
The reason they are called mirrorless is that they don’t have a mirror to slap up and down. And, therefore, they are quiet and highly effective. These camera types are commonly used in:
- Street photography
- Wedding photography
- Theater photography
The best part is that they can actually shoot some awesome videos without attracting unnecessary attention.
But even with that said, choosing the right mirrorless camera for the job may not always be an easy task. There are quite a few factors to be considered among them:
- Sensor size
- Video capabilities
- Lens system and a lot more.
So, what exactly do you need to keep in mind when looking for your “prince in shining armor?” Well, in the following reviews, we’ll offer you a detailed analysis and guide, hopefully, to help you make an informed choice.
Awesome Mirrorless Cameras for Photography and Videos – Comparison Chart
Fret not! You don’t have to read through the entire list of 15 product reviews to be able to make an informed choice. The list below is meant to make things a lot easier for you.
|Ranking||Product Name||Brand||Model Name|
|1||Sony a7R III 42.4MP Mirrorless Camera||Sony||Sony a7R III|
|2||Sony a7IIK Digital Camera||Sony||Sony Alpha a7II|
|3||Panasonic GX85 Lumix Mirrorless Camera||Panasonic||Panasonic LUMIX GX85|
|4||Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera FX-Format||Nikon||Nikon Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body|
|5||Sony Alpha a6000 SLR Camera||Sony||ALPHA A6000|
|6||The Olympus OM-D Mirrorless||Olympus||Olympus OM-D E-M10|
|7||Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera||Fujifilm||Fujifilm X-T20|
|8||Sony a7R II ILCE7RM2/B||Sony||Sony A7R II|
|9||Panasonic Lumix G9 20.3MP||Panasonic||Panasonic Lumix G9|
|10||Sony Alpha a6500 Digital Camera||Sony||Sony Alpha A6500|
|11||Samsung NX3000 20.3MP||SAMSUNG||Samsung NX3000|
|12||Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Digital Camera||Fujifilm||X-T10|
|13||The Olympus E-PL5 Camera||Olympus||Olympus E-PL5|
|14||Fujifilm X-T3||Fujifilm||X-T3 Body – Black|
|15||Olympus OM-D E-M10||Olympus||Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III|
1. Sony a7R III 42.4MP Mirrorless Camera (ILCE7RM3/B)
What exactly do you wish for when shopping for your camera? Quality and reliability perhaps? Well, the a7R from Sony seems to offer all that and then some. To begin with, it provides you with a modest 10 fps shooting speed which though not stellar is usually enough to get the job done.
The a7R also packs a CMOS sensor which comes in handy when you need to maximize on low light situations. That coupled by the BIONZ X processing engine makes this camera one of the finest units available out there.
And for anyone looking to deliver some incredibly sharp images, the fact that this camera provides 4K quality makes it an awesome choice. In other words, what you get here is a compact mirrorless camera that clearly seems to punch above its weight.
And the best part is that the camera is pretty well-made and durable. In fact, the only issue we could pick with the Sony a7R is that it doesn’t come cheap. But as far as value is concerned, we genuinely feel that it presents you with a deal worth looking forward to.
- High-resolution power
- Great performance even in low light use
- A recipient of the DPReview Awards 2017
- Tiny and compact
2. Sony a7IIK Digital Camera
Yet another fantastic offering from Sony is this a7IIK which also comes with a complementary 28-70mm kit lens. Indeed, one of the factors that catapulted this mirrorless camera right to the top of our reviews is the fact that it delivers some pretty sharp and incredible images.
So, if you’re looking for a camera that you can use to capture award-winning content even when on the move, this might just be the perfect bet for you. It comes with a 5-axis in-body image stabilization system. This is just the right system for capturing great images even in fast-action scenarios.
The icing on the cake is that this baby from Sony packs 24.3MP resolution. This is just the sure bet when you need to capture some wonderful images in full-frame. Most importantly, this built-in capability can step in to help prevent image distortion and chromatic aberration.
Its hybrid AutoFocus system is at least 30% faster than the one provided through the Sony a7 which is also quite a good camera.
- Incredible image stabilization
- Can capture HD images
- Relatively high resolution
- Reliable AF system
- Has a habit of draining batteries quite fast
3. Panasonic GX85 Lumix Mirrorless Camera
This is one of the finest mirrorless cameras that have ever graced the markets. The Japanese made device comes with an awesome zoom camera with a focal range of 12mm to 32mm. As such it is ideal for capturing images with wide backgrounds and rich details.
What’s more? It provides you with a 16MP resolution sensor. This may not be the best kind of resolution we have encountered so far but it’s certainly worth commending.
At its price, we think that the Lumix GX85 provides a very good value proposition. And if anything, its 5-axis in-body image stabilization makes it highly reliable in a wide variety of situations.
The said camera packs MFT sensors. Now, for those of us who don’t know much about these sensors, they have earned the reputation of being highly powerful. In fact, they come with an excellent low-pass sensor filter which goes a long way in boosting detail resolving power.
- Reliable performance in low light environments
- User-friendly LCD control panel
- Highly stable images
- It is compact and incredibly light in weight
- The manufacturer no longer produces it, and you’d only find it from third-party vendors
4. Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera FX-Format
It takes perfection to achieve reliable quality. And with that in mind, the Z6 from Nikon seems to have secured a place for itself in almost every other best mirrorless camera review article.
To begin with, the said camera provides you with 24.5MP resolution. This works pretty well when paired up with an illuminated backside. What’s more? You also get a 273-point AF system which guarantees you of nothing but consistent quality.
The only teeny-weeny cause of concern is that it provides you with a 12FPS shutter speed. This may be ideal for most situations but not all. For instance, it’d struggle with fast-action scenes or when you need to record and replay videos in slow-motion.
But even with that said, it is worth appreciating the fact that the Nikon Z6 is compatible with the Z NIKKOR lens. In fact, it can also be used with a wide variety of other F-mount NIKKOR lenses. Once again, this is the kind of flexibility you can bank on when looking for long-term performance.
- Great optical performance
- Compatible with a wide range of NIKKOR lenses (exceptional)
- Can record in 4K quality (or 8K for time-lapse videos)
- Not the best for fast-action situations
5. Sony Alpha a6000 SLR Camera
Sony continues to dominate the charts as far as the production of the latest mirrorless digital cameras is concerned. And indeed, the a6000 seems to live up to the expectations set by the brand so far.
For starters, it packs a reliable CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-25600. That’s just about what you need to excel in low-light photography (and a wide range of situations indeed).
As far as speed is concerned, this mirrorless camera packs 11 frames per second in continuous shooting. Once again, there is nothing stellar about that although it still can get the job done in most situations.
Yet another feather in the cap of the a6000 is that it provides you with a 3-inch tilting LCD. This LCD has 921,000 dots which makes it highly reliable especially when combined with the OLED electronic viewfinder.
- Fast hybrid autofocus
- Great and adjustable LCD screen
- Easy-to-use, intuitive controls
- OLED viewfinder
- Reliable BIONZ X image processing
- Slow focusing speed in continuous shooting
6. The Olympus OM-D Mirrorless Digital Camera
Don’t let its classic looks fool you, the Olympus OM-D is just as modern as modern can get. And the best part is that beneath the hood is a 16MP four-thirds CMOS sensor. This is a really powerful sensor that seems to work incredibly well even in challenging conditions.
It also comes with a 30axis sensor shift which though not stellar seems to do a pretty decent job of providing stable images. Moving on swiftly, the OM-D provides you with 8FPS in continuous shooting. This once again isn’t much to write home about but still can get the job done.
As far as responsiveness to low light is concerned, this particular equipment provides you with ISO 200-25600 range. This once again is a boon for anyone shooting in situations when lighting might be a bit of a challenge.
And to top it all up, you get a 1080/30 fps video recording power. Indeed, you can track all that goodness as it happens through a 1,037,000 dots touchscreen LCD.
So, if convenience and user-friendliness are what you’re craving for, the OM-D might just be your prince in shining armor. It, however, may struggle in fast action, continuous shooting tasks.
- Highly responsive and reliable CMOS sensor
- Wide and dynamic ISO range
- User-friendly adjustable LCD screen
- Reliable 1,044,000 dot electronic viewfinder
- Can shoot in JPEG and Raw formats
- Olympus is not as popular a brand as Canon or Nikon
- Not the best choice for fast-action, continuous shooting
7. Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Fujifilm was once the biggest and most revered camera manufacturer in the world. However, the market was significantly disrupted and the like of Canon, Nikon and Sony took over the reins.
So, what became of Fuji? Well, they are still fighting to regain their top position on the market and some of their products like the X-T20 remain highly popular on the markets. This particular camera provides you with a decent 24.3MP APS-C sensor.
This sensor is clearly among the few which are designed to punch above their weight. In fact, the only thing that seems to let this camera down is its below-average performance in continuous shooting. Indeed, this camera provides you with a 5FPS which isn’t quite as dependable for continuous shooting.
- High-quality APS-C sensor
- User-friendly touchscreen panel
- 4K video quality recording abilities
- Has audio and HDMI ports
- Built-in AF-C custom settings to capture moving objects
- Buffers and, therefore, not the best choice for fast, continuous-action shooting
8. Sony a7R II ILCE7RM2/B Full-Frame Camera
Compared to its sibling the ILCE7RM3/B, the ILCE7RM2/B is much more budget-friendly and compact choice. Reputed for being one of the pioneering full-frame 5-axis image stabilization cameras, this particular brand stuns many with its quality.
And if you’re looking for the best mirrorless camera for 4K video recording, this might be the ideal one at an under 2,000 budget. We also like the fact that it packs a 42.4MP sensor which does a good job when it comes to full pixel readout. And so far, we haven’t come across anyone complaining about pixel binning upon using it.
For that reason, we believe that it presents one with a competitive value proposition. And the best part is that it also provides you with shutter vibration suppressions. Its shutter is generally quiet which makes it a perfect choice for video recording.
To top it all up, the camera is generally easy to handle all thanks to its ergonomic design. Its Exmore R CMOS sensor is also quite well-made, and therefore, quite reliable for the long-haul.
- Reliable, in-body image stabilization
- High-quality OLED Tru-Finder
- Awesome shutter vibration suppression
- High resolution at 42.4MP
- Great battery consumption habits
- Overheats while shooting 4K quality video
9. Panasonic Lumix G9 20.3MP Digital Camera
Are you on the market for something rugged and reliable for the long-haul? The G9 might just be what you’re looking for. To begin with, it is made from durable magnesium alloy which makes it quite resilient even when put under heavy use.
What’s more? By design, it has a freeze-proof body which makes ideal for use even in extremely cold conditions of -10 degrees. It is also splash-proof as well as dust-proof all thanks to its weather-sealing design.
As far as video quality is concerned, here you get an amazing, silk-smooth 4K quality. And as far as shutter speed is concerned, you get a fantastic 60fps. In other words, this is a great camera for almost all situations.
And to crown it all up, you get enhanced connectivity through ports. For instance, you get to enjoy listening in to content through headphones, USB3.0, and audio ports. To crown it all up, you get twin SD card slots for usability flexibility.
- Great image quality
- Awesome performance in continuous shooting
- Built-in image stabilization features
- The ability to capture 4K video content
- AF toggle could be better
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10. Sony Alpha a6500 Digital Camera
Nowadays, it seems that real value comes in small packages. The a6500 provides you with a 24.sMP APS-C Exmore sensor with an advanced ISO processing.
Therefore, this is one of the few, mid-priced mirrorless digital cameras that can be relied upon even in low-light situations. What’s more? The a6500 packs a 5-axis in-body image stabilization which is pretty steady.
Perhaps the main reason why this E-mount camera is loved by many is that it provides silent shooting. We all know just how important a silent shutter is during video recording.
Then there is the same old question of reliability in continuous shooting. And indeed, the a6500 is one of the lenses that seem to do a pretty decent job with its 11fps continuous shooting.
And throughout our experience with it, this camera never showed any signs of pixel binning or oversampling even when used for 4K quality videos. But even with that said, we found that it may struggle when used to shoot Raw quality videos.
- Compact and feature-packed
- Solid and weather-sealed housing
- Powerful image processor and sensor
- Great looks
- Some users have complained of color shift in FastRawViewer
11. Samsung NX3000 20.3MP Wireless Smart Digital Camera
Samsung is a sleeping giant as far as the production of high-quality mirrorless cameras is concerned. If only they could replicate their success in the smartphone production here!
Well, the NX 3000 is one of their cameras that seem to come pretty close to fulfilling that objective. Armed with a 20.3MP CMOS sensor it promises nothing but great results when put to task.
What’s more? It enjoys some of the finest connectivity features you can think of. We’re talking about WiFi connectivity and NFC. What’s more? This camera provides a bunch of SMART features among them MobileLink, DirectLink, Photobeam, E-Mail, and also Social Media Upload.
What’s more? You get to enjoy the power of a remote viewfinder along with the capacity to use the camera as part of your baby monitoring system. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the NX3000 records in 1080p HD quality and not 4K.
- High-quality, crystal clear resolution
- NFC and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
- Fully-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
- Some have complained of the camera having WiFi connectivity issues
12. Fujifilm X-T10 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Loaded with a fantastic 16MP CMOS sensor, the X-T10 is reputed for being minimalistic yet highly efficient. Its powerful processor makes it a perfect bet for all kinds of photography tasks. And the best part, its body seems well made and ready for rugged use.
A closer look at its Auto-Focus system reveals that it’s just powerful enough and flexible for the job. That’s particularly owing to the fact that this camera comes with a 2.36 OLED electronic view-finder.
This is not just a normal view-finder but one with a fantastically short display lag time of 0.005sec. And what’s more? It provides you with a friendly 0.62x finder magnification for enhanced effectiveness.
Its compact body tops up all the benefits. We find that it is well-balanced and, therefore, provides you with an excellent grip and great handling. Also, it comes with a built-in pop-up flash which comes in handy in low-light photography tasks.
- Powerful and reliable sensor
- Great auto-focus system
- User-friendly OLED view-finder
- Has a compact body encased in a magnesium housing
- Not as ergonomic as some of the cameras already reviewed
- Its AF is no match to what some DSLRs provide
13. The Olympus E-PL5 Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens
Olympus seems to be working overtime to claim their spot among the industry’s finest mirrorless camera makers. And in particular, when their E-PL5 is concerned, budget-friendly seems like a top priority.
For instance, it comes with a 16MP MOS sensor which is affordable yet highly effective. It works quite well when paired up with a TruePicTM VI image processor.
And if the lens it comes with doesn’t impress you, you’ll be happy to learn that you can always opt for the any of the 17 M.Zuiko lenses it’s compatible with. That’s in addition to the fact that this can be comfortably used with 12 creative art filters and also 7 art filter effects.
Moving on, the E-PL5 boasts 1080i video recording capabilities. So, it may not be an option when you’re looking to capture your footage in 4K quality. But unless you’re shooting for a client who is ultra-specific on wanting 4K quality, this should never really be a major issue.
- Best-priced mirrorless camera for videos
- Has a well-made and powerful MOS sensor
- Can be used with M.Zuiko lenses for more power
- Great effectiveness at recording 1080i content
- Its casing seems cheaply made
- Clunky and cheap-looking design
14. Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera
A lot might have been said about Fujifilm but their X-T3 clearly isn’t something to shake a stick at. To begin with, it provides you with a 26.1MP CMOS sensor which comes complete with an X-Processor 4. This processor does an incredible job of capturing the quality you may need at any time of the day.
What’s more? The X-T3 promises you of nothing but excellent 4K movie recording power. The mirrorless camera further provides you with a 2.16M phase detection pixel power. As such, it’s highly user-friendly and reliable.
The camera further packs some 3.69 million dot OLED color viewfinder complete with 0.75x magnification. And the best part about this view-finder is that it’s quite fast and efficient thereby guaranteeing you of a blackout-free burst shooting capacity.
Its X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor further makes it a winning bet for anyone who is after advanced processing power. Indeed, this sensor is renowned for its ability to maximize the performance of the camera thereby providing an awesome value proposition.
- Excellent flexibility in color tones and gradations
- Loaded with a well-made X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor
- Has a large and generous viewfinder
- Awesome, blackout-free in continuous shooting (30FPS)
- Clumsy menu
- Its app synchronization and connection could have been better
15. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Digital Camera (5-Axis Image Stabilization)
Like its sibling, the 3-Axis Olympus OM-D E-M10, this 5-Axis Image Stabilization camera seems to tick all the right boxes as far as quality is concerned. To begin with, it packs as 16MP MOS sensor along with a TruePic VIII image processor.
As such, it can be fully relied upon to do an incredible job and remain stable all along. What’s more? It boasts the capability to shoot 4K content at 120FPS. Yup, you read that right – 120 frames per second.
And, therefore, if you’re searching for the best mirrorless camera for sports photography, the OM-D might just be the right choice for you. Its 5-Axis image stabilization is all about smoothness and it comes in handy in the delivery of blur-free stills.
To crown it all up, this camera is housed in a well-made and compact body. It’s, therefore, compact and light in weight. Its intuitive touchscreen is also worth banking on especially if convenience is your craving.
- Better image stabilization than its 3-Axis counterpart
- Compact and highly functional design
- Great grip and awesome aesthetics
- Has a highly advanced processor for enhanced photo quality
- Enhanced 4K image quality
- Below-par ISO performance after ISO 3200
- Lacks a mic input, yikes!
Buying Tips for the Best Mirrorless Cameras
What separates the best mirrorless camera from the not-so-good ones? Well, this is a question of quality, technology, and innovation. But no matter your level of experience in choosing cameras, the following factors should be important in decision making.
Try your level best to find a sensor with an optimal level of megapixels. In our view, anything with a 16MP sensor and above should be capable of delivering awesome quality.
How stable would you like your images to be? Well, the best mirrorless is one that comes with a built-in image stabilizer. This way you can still capture some awesome shots even if you don’t have a tripod.
Continuous shooting is important no matter your style of capturing videos. And for that reason, you need to focus on the FPS specs of the camera. The higher the FPS figure, the better the performance of the lens is likely to be.
A majority of professional camera users think that ergonomics matter quite a lot. Indeed, they matter and that’s why you need to insist on something that’s well built and easy to handle.
Which One Is The Best?
The Sony a7R III 42.4MP Mirrorless Camera (ILCE7RM3/B) remains unrivaled to this end. It has a powerful sensor and is generally well built. But as you’d expect, you’d need to pay up for all those incredible features.
A budget-friendly mirrorless camera for beginners in our view would be The Olympus E-PL5 Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens. That said, its housing seems quite cheap and finicky.
Who said that you need to break the bank to own a DSLR camera for your videos? Our review of these top 15 mirrorless cameras confirms that there is a lot in store for someone looking for a tiny and feature-packed device.