Much like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras lets you swap lenses. However, the mirror inside the camera is removed hence the name mirrorless camera. The mirror inside the camera is used to transfer light from the lens to optical viewfinder and with the removal of this mirror, manufacturers are able to craft compact cameras that aren’t as robust as DSLR, yet can pretty much rival even the best DSLRs out there.
With the mirror being removed from the camera, mirrorless cameras don’t rely on an optical viewfinder, as DSLRs do. Instead, mirrorless cameras use electronic viewfinders and in some instances, they can even come with no viewfinder! These cameras use the rear screen to display the image, just as your smartphone for example.
Mirrorless cameras are mainly manufactured by Olympus, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and Fujifilm, whereas DSLR cameras are mostly manufactured by Canon and Nikon, with some exceptions like Sony and Pentax. Simply put, you have a vast choice of different manufacturers when it comes to mirrorless cameras.
Professional photo and video performance 20 3-Megapixel (Plus 80-megapixel high-resolution Jpeg/raw in-camera image) micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter to confidently capture sharp images with a high Dynamic Range and artifact-free performance
Rugged splash/freeze proof design Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freeze proof down to -10-degrees splash/dustproof construction with weather sealing on every joint dial and button
Class-leading dual image stabilization 5-axis Dual image stabilization corrects all lenses including classic lenses not equipped with O I S to eliminate Blur and nearly eliminate body and lens shake in both photo and 4K video recording
Panasonic Lumix G9 is a bit different mirrorless camera since it sports an MFT sensor. Still, this mirrorless beauty can shoot some stunning photos. Design-wise, this is one of the prettiest cameras on the list. It looks professional and it’s definitely sturdier than ever. Its sensor of 20.3MP isn’t capable of the highest photo resolutions out there but thankfully, the image quality is awesome. With a 225-point autofocus system, the camera justifies its price. This one also packs 6.5-stop image stabilization, which in the world of a mirrorless camera, is totally badass!
One thing that makes this camera so great is its continuous shooting speed. Forget about 5, 6, 7 or 11fps. We’re talking about whopping 60fps of continuous shooting speed… damn, that’s really impressive! You’ll be even more impressed if you pair it with a telephoto lens for astonishing results. Speaking of 60fps, this boy can crank up video resolution up to 4K at the aforementioned 60fps. Our complaints must go towards ISO range, which is a bit modest for this camera.
Oh, and if you want a strong battery, you’ll be quite disappointed in this one. Nonetheless, it’s an insane value for the money and that is the reason why it is first on our list.
Fujifilm X-T3 is an APS-C mirrorless camera. Their popular X-T2 camera is now fully upgraded to this juggernaut we’re going to talk about. The camera comes with an excellent X-Trans 26.1MP sensor which is capable of capturing very good photos. While it doesn’t sound like a substantial upgrade, one thing must be mentioned and that’s noise control, which is definitely improved. This camera has an even better autofocus system, packing an astonishing 425 points. The smooth and fast autofocus allows for some well-exposed and crisp photos in every given condition.
The continuous shooting speed is even more impressive – 11fps! Needless to say that the camera is excellent for capturing moving subjects or sports events. To make things even better, this boy can shoot 4K videos at 60fps… oh yeah! All of this is packed in a nice-looking camera body that’s both elegant, sturdy, and professional. Since we mentioned professional, this camera, despite being mid-range hardware, can be comfortably used even by professionals. However, if you don’t mind viewfinder fringing, we think you’ll be good with this one.
If it weren’t for that caveat, Fujifilm X-T3 would definitely be on the first spot.
Sony Alpha A7 II is a well-known mid-ranger. This camera represents a fine line between the lower mid-range and higher mid-range spectrum. This full-frame mirrorless camera comes with a solid 24.2MP sensor that packs a lot of punch for the money. The image quality is exceptional and thanks to the reliable electronic viewfinder, capturing some stunning imagery is no longer a complex task to do. The 117-point autofocus system works really well and in conjunction with a quality sensor, both photos and videos look absolutely gorgeous.
The screen of this camera is also great. It’s a 3-inch tilt-angle screen that’s being used as an electronic viewfinder. When it comes to the video resolution, this camera can go up to 1080p at 50 fps. While 1080p video recording seems a bit disappointing for the price, we can proudly say that the quality is great. Of course, 4K video recording is always welcome, but that’s how things are. Our only complaint about this camera is the battery life, which is below average for a mirrorless camera at this price. And continuous shooting speed of 5fps isn’t impressive either.
Before you make an assumption, let me tell you that this cheap mid-ranger is nowhere near entry-level cameras, despite its price. Fujifilm made small compromises on build quality but feature-wise, it’s still good old Fujifilm. A 24.3MP APS-C sensor paired with an amazing 325-point autofocus system sounds really good, does it? And since we have capable hardware in this beautiful body, images are punchy and detailed even when you don’t use custom settings.
I know we mentioned some compromises in terms of build quality but for this price, it can be said that this camera has a solid build. Thanks to its capable APS-C sensor, we can now enjoy 4K video recording, albeit at 30fps. With the maximum continuous shooting speed of 8fps, Fujifilm X-T20 beats even more expensive mirrorless cameras. Despite offering an excellent touchscreen, controls are somewhat limited and it isn’t up to par with more expensive cameras. Also, some issues with EVF magnification are possible.
If you want a superb value for the money, Fujifilm X-T20 is definitely a nice choice.
Do you have a thousand bucks and you want to buy a capable mirrorless camera? In that case, Sony Alpha A6500 is a great option. Sony is a well-known name in the world of mirrorless cameras and now, we have this affordable, 4K-capable camera. Its APS-C 24.2MP sensor is capable of delivering amazing photos in every lighting condition. The sensor works in conjunction with the 425-point autofocus system, granting fast and precise focusing, as well as swift photo capture. The maximum continuous shooting speed of 11fps is also very important.
It allows this camera to capture moving subjects with ease. As we mentioned before, the camera can record 4K videos at 30fps and the quality is relatively good, albeit not great. However, some connectivity issues are present. For example, the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack. The screen is also a tilting one, rather than a vari-angle screen, which makes the camera less practical. On the brighter side, we have NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to transfer your photos to connected devices.
For fans of Sony mirrorless cameras, Alpha A6500 is definitely going to quench the thirst for a quality mirrorless camera.
Fujifilm X-H1 is the closest mirrorless camera to a DSLR, simply because it packs a bit more mass and size. But, this mass is used very well, packing a decent APS-C 24.3MP sensor and amazing OLED viewfinder. You ain’t gonna find a better viewfinder at this price, especially since we’re talking about OLED display, which is a rarity at this price point. Coupled with excellent image quality and reliable image stabilization, this camera is a monster when it comes to performance. The handling is excellent and thanks to the vari-angle touchscreen, you’ll be able to enjoy its amazing ease of use.
The camera is clearly aimed towards users who want both photography and videography capabilities. As such, the camera offers 4K video resolution in both UHD and DCI formats. On top of that, we’re talking about a continuous shooting speed of 14fps, which is something to brag about. However, this camera is a little expensive. It’s definitely not a professional camera, but it’s very close to that. For that reason and for the fact that it’s a bit bulkier, we’re giving it the sixth spot on our list.
Professional photo & video: 20.3 Megapixel micro four thirds sensor with no low pass filter to capture sharp images with a high dynamic range and artifact free performance
Splash/Freeze Proof Design: Freeze proof to 10 degrees the durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use in the field; Splash/dust proof construction with weather sealing on every Joint, dial and button
Dual image stabilization: 5 axis dual image stabilization corrects all lenses, including classic lenses not equipped with O. I. S, to eliminate Blur and nearly eliminate body and lens shake in both photo and 4K video recording
Panasonic GH5 is a mirrorless camera that comes with an MFT sensor. However, it’s quite expensive despite having some premium features. The camera is clearly made for those who prioritize video recording over capturing a photo, which may be a reason for a higher price. The camera comes with a 20.3MP sensor and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen, which is one of the better we’ve seen. The screen (viewfinder) packs 3.68 million dots, making it razor-sharp and a reliable part of the camera.
As a video-oriented camera, it comes with solid autofocus and image stabilization, as well as 4K video recording. The video quality is exceptional and if you want to capture moving subjects and sports events, you get 12fps of continuous shooting speed. Its bulky body will definitely evoke some DSLR feelings for experienced users but battery life will definitely stray away from that. With the battery that lasts 410 shots, we can’t say it’s something to brag about, being beaten even by cheap DSLRs.
It’s a solid camera but not for the price. If you catch a cheaper deal, it can definitely be a great value for the money.
When you read the specs of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, you’ll have to read it again. Not because you don’t know how to read but simply because they’re outstanding. Let’s being by saying that we’re talking about an MFT mirrorless camera with a sensor of 20.4MP. The sensor is a bit smaller, especially considering the price. However, we have whopping 60fps of continuous shooting speed for capturing some stunning photos of moving subjects in every lighting condition. The autofocus system is very good and there’s optical image stabilization too! You wouldn’t believe me if I said that you can record 4K videos at 60fps, which is jaw-dropping.
If you’re worried that Olympus made some compromises on the viewfinder, you’re dead wrong. We have a vari-angle 3-inch touchscreen that works like a charm and packs 1,037,000 dots. We expected a bigger sensor and better handling. If you can get over the huge price and want sheer performance, who are we to stop you from buying it?
Fine Detail Performance: 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensor with no low pass filter resulting in a near 10 percent boost in fine detail resolving power over existing 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensors; Color temperature setting 2500 to 10000K in 100K
Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera: With 12 60 millimeter lens, Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
Class Leading Dual Image Stabilization: In body 5 axis dual image stabilization works in both photo and motion picture recording including 4K video to produce clear handheld shots even in low light conditions. Diopter adjustment:-4.0 - +4.0 (dpt)
Panasonic G80/G85 is a bit deceiving camera at a first glance. When you see it for the first time, you’ll ask yourself if this is a DSLR camera. Unfortunately, it’s not. It’s a mirrorless MFT camera that comes with a tiny sensor of 16MP, which is definitely above the average. If we take a look at our smartphones, even mid-range smartphones pack 16MP or even bigger sensors. Fortunately for this camera, the image quality is really good, albeit the resolution is smaller. On the brighter side, we have an OLED viewfinder, which again, is really good. On top of that, it’s a free-angle viewfinder.
The video quality is exceptionally good for the price. Once again, it can go up to 4K and it’s backed up by built-in image stabilization. The continuous shooting speed of 9fps is quite impressive, too. The image stabilization can further be improved with a lens. While the noise reduction isn’t particularly impressive, we can’t help but admire what Panasonic managed to put in, given the low price.
All in all, expect a great user experience but not abnormally high photo resolution for a reason mentioned above.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTO AND VIDEO PERFORMANCE: 10.2-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor and a significantly higher photoreceptive surface per pixel deliver an ultra-wide dynamic range; Dual Native ISO provides ultra-sensitive video capture with impressively low noise
RUGGED SPLASH/FREEZEPROOF DESIGN: Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freezeproof down to -10-degrees; Splash/dustproof construction with weather sealing on every joint, dial and button
UNLIMITED IN-CAMERA RECORDING OF C4K: Capable of internal SD card capture of 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p25p24p 4:2:2 10-bit; 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR
Finally, we have another mirrorless camera from Panasonic and this time it’s Lumix GH5S. As you read the specs, you’ll immediately notice that the camera has a 10.2MP sensor. Yes, you’ve read it well, no need to wash your eyes. But, before you discard this camera, let me tell you that its priority is videography. For those who like to shoot videos, there’s plenty to like here. First, the high-quality 225-point autofocus system, as well as 4K video recording at 60fps. The video and image quality are both great, albeit with smaller photo resolution because of a smaller sensor.
Despite being a great mid-range camera, I still can’t get over the fact that there’s no image stabilization, which is crucial for shooting good videos. That being said, unless you get a tripod or a good lens, expect to have beautiful but shaky videos. Given that the battery is far from impressive and the lack of image stabilization, the camera is not worth your money because there are better cameras on the list. For that reason, the last spot on our list is reserved for this one.
Have in mind that you don’t need to give an enormous amount of money for a good mirrorless camera. More expensive cameras are sometimes better than less expensive but cost a lot more than they should. Since mirrorless cameras can use different lenses, you also need to count on the price of the lens you plan on buying.
Mirrorless cameras are great for beginner, intermediate, and professional users and as such, you won’t make a mistake with any of the cameras from our list.
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