Top 10 Mirrorless Cameras

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A large population is shifting from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, and it is easy to see why. Compared to the traditional DSLRs, mirrorless cameras are more portable and feature-responsive. Furthermore, mirrorless cameras are equipped with precise autofocus systems, fast continuous shooting speeds, and electronic viewfinders. 

Mirrorless cameras have come a long way with a diverse product line that caters to a wide range of users. Additionally, the new features make photography more fun and straightforward.  

However, choosing the right camera might be a bit confusing for beginners who are unaware of jargon and specs. Hence, we have compiled a list of the top ten mirrorless cameras. Keep reading this article to find out our top favorite picks!

Sony A7 IV

Best for image quality

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The Sony A7 IV captures stunning stills with its impressive sensor

Specifications

Dimensions 9.6 x 6.5 x 6.7 inches
Weight 1.4 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 33MP
Viewfinder 3,690K dots
Monitor 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 759-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 10fps
Movies 4K at 60p
Price $2,499

The Sony A7 IV is a real hybrid camera with both high-resolution 33MP stills and up to 4K 60p video. Also, the fast sensor readout allows 10-bit 4:2:2 4K recording up to 60p. Additionally, this sensor provides improved color reproducibility, low-noise performance, increased AF speed, and a 15+stop dynamic range. With the integrated BIONZ XR engine, the A7 IV provides up to an 8x increase in processing speed. 

Moreover, this mirrorless camera provides high-resolution smooth footage that can be edited to 2x and 2.5x slow-motion. Additionally, the A7 IV also supports S-Cinetone that delivers natural mid-tones for healthy-looking skin color. 

This camera also features advanced movie features.

Furthermore, it is compact and lightweight, making it easy to hold. Lastly, the 5-axis in-body image stabilization and Active Mode supports handheld recording.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Excellent dynamic range Expensive
Top-notch autofocus system
Five-axis image stabilization
Compact

Fujifilm X-T4

Best as all-rounder

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Fujifilm X-T4 is the best mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor

Specifications

Dimensions 3.65 x 5.3 x 2.51 inches
Weight 1.34 pounds
Sensor Size APS-C
Resolution 26.1MP
Viewfinder 3,690K dots
Monitor 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 425-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 15fps
Movies 4K at 60p
Price $1,699

Fujifilm’s X-T4 delivers excellent performance with an APS-C sensor. This mirrorless camera is equipped with state-of-the-art, five-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) that provides up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization. As a result, the IBIS ensures that your images remain sharp and steady. 

Moreover, the X-T4 features a newly developed mechanical shutter that can make images at 15fps. The 1.62 million pixels vari-angle touchscreen LCD featured on X-T4 is adjustable. On top of that, the LCD has been designed to easily fold away so it is completely hidden from view. 

Furthermore, this Fujifilm camera can record both professional-level DC’i 4K/60p and Full HD/240p super-slow-motion video with the movie mode. Not only that, but with the innovative AF-C subject tracking, you can also work in low-light conditions. Lastly, the X-T4 comes with Eterna Bleach Bypass, which is the newest addition to Fujifilm’s collection of simulation modes available in the X Series product line.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Superb build quality No built-in headphone jack
IBIS for stills and videos
Fully articulating rear touchscreen 
Great battery life

Canon EOS RP

Best for value

Canon EOS RP

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Canon EOS RP offers a 26MP sensor and superb autofocus at an affordable price

Specifications

Dimensions 2.8 x 5.2 x 3.3 inches
Weight 2.7 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 20.1MP
Viewfinder 3,690K dots
Monitor 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 6,072-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 23.98fps
Movies 4K at 25fps
Price $999

The Canon EOS RP is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera. This camera packs incredible features like a 26.2MP CMOS sensor, superfast autofocus, and compatibility with all RF and EF/EF-S lenses to capture your world with ease. Also, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF can achieve incredibly smooth and accurate autofocus in approximately 0.05 seconds.

Moreover, the EOS RP’s expansive AF allows fast and impressive focusing even for off-center subjects. Not just that, but this Canon camera’s AF system can operate in low-light. As a result, it is incredible for nighttime photography.

Furthermore, the Canon EOS RP offers a range of AF modes to achieve sharp focus. Besides, you can now detect your subject’s face and eye from a greater distance, using the Eye Detection AF feature. Lastly, this mirrorless camera has been designed to allow users to operate almost every feature while looking through the EVF (electronic viewfinder).

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Superb build quality Sub-par battery life
Compact and lightweight
Easy-to-use features 
Superfast Autofocus

Nikon Z5

Best for beginners

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Nikon Z5 offers UHD 4K video at 30fps

Specifications

Dimensions 6.18 x 5.67 x 4.53 inches
Weight 1.3 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 24.3MP
Viewfinder 3,690k dots
Monitor 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen
Autofocus 273-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 4.5 fps
Movies 4K UHD at 30p
Price $1,399.95

Nikon Z5 pushes the limits of creativity with an innovative full-frame mirrorless camera built around Nikon’s revolutionary Z mount. It is compact yet powerful. Also, the Z5’s 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor produces intensively detailed images, lifelike 4K UHD video, and immaculate low-light shots.

Moreover, the Z5 is powered by Nikon’s EXPEED 6 image processing system. As a result, it delivers impressive photo and video quality, autofocus performance, low-light capabilities, distortion control, image clarity, color reproduction, and more. In addition, the Z5 comprises one of the best in-camera image stabilization systems available. Besides, its 5-axis VR image stabilization has up to five stops of stabilization. Hence, you can capture stable images and record even better videos. 

Furthermore, the Z5’s ISO sensitivity goes all the way up to ISO 51,200 (expandable to ISO 102,400) with incredible sharpness, detail, and clarity. As a result, you can shoot even in low-light settings. Finally, its powerful Eye-Detection Autofocus quickly finds your subject’s eyes and puts them in sharp focus. 

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Built-in VR Low fps
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
Dual memory card slots
Compact size and full-frame sensor

Canon EOS R6

Best for professional

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Canon EOS R6 is a worthy competitor for its class-leading autofocus

Specifications

Dimensions 3.48 x 5.45 x 3.84 inches
Weight 1.5 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 20.1MP
Viewfinder 3,690K dots
Monitor 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 6,072-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 12fps (mechanic shutter), 20fps (electronic)
Movies 4K at 60p
Price $2,499

The EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless camera features a high-performance CMOS sensor to take your images to the next level. As a result, the 20MP CMOS image sensor delivers outstanding image quality. In addition, the R6’s advanced image processor, DIGIC X, powers 4K capture, enhances detail and reduces noise with high speed and efficiency. 

Moreover, you can also capture high-speed action with continuous shooting available up to 12 fps (Mechanical shutter) and 20 fps (Silent shutter). Besides, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II enables great detail and offers fast, precise AutoFocus. 

Furthermore, the R6 is equipped with a 5-axis Image Stabilizer that offers up to 8 stops of shake correction for smooth and steady shots. Lastly, its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow quick and convenient wireless connectivity.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Superb autofocus Hefty price
Impressive IBIS system
Dual card slots
Continuous shooting up to 12fps and 20fps

Nikon Z6 II

Best for photographers

Nikon Z6 II

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The Nikon Z6 II delivers excellent image quality even in low-light situations

Specifications

Dimensions 5.28 x 2.74 x 3.96 inches
Weight 1.36 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 24.5MP
Viewfinder 3,690K dots
Monitor 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 273-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 14fps 
Movies 4K at 30p
Price $1,996.95

Nikon Z6 II offers a whole new level of mirrorless versatility. This camera affords a 24.5MP BSI resolution that excels in low light. Also, its 14fps is suitable for fast action. Besides, this camera provides features such as Dual EXPEED 6 Image Processors, 273-Point Phase-Detect AF system, vibration reduction, and more. 

Moreover, the Z6 II records incredibly detailed 4K UHD footage with a full-pixel readout. 

Besides, the powerful 5-axis VR image stabilization keeps your photos sharp and your videos steady. In addition, the Z6 II’s 273-point Hybrid AF system is optimized for stills, high-speed sequences, and video work. 

As a result, this AF system brings performance improvements, new options for Eye-Detection AF, and easier AF modes selection. Lastly, this Nikon camera excels in low-light performance. Finally, it also offers a host of other features- weather sealing, vertical shooting controls, help button, 4K time-lapse, and more.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
4K video Decent AF
Full pixel readout
Dual card slots
Easy to handle

Sony A7R IV

Best for landscape shooting

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The Sony a7R IV marks itself as the highest-resolution full-frame camera on the market

Specifications

Dimensions 5.28 x 2.74 x 3.96 inches
Weight 1.36 pounds
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 61MP
Viewfinder 5,760K dots
Monitor 3-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 567 PDAF + 425 CDAF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 10fps 
Movies 4K at 30p
Price $3,499.99

Sony A7R IV is the world’s first 61MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The Exmor R CMOS sensor, combined with the BIONZ X imaging engine, delivers superb resolution, fine gradation, and low noise for detailed shots. Besides, the Alpha 7R IV affords the highest standard ISO 32000 and reduces noise in the low-and mid-sensitivity ranges. 

Moreover, this Sony camera offers a list of features like- In-body 5-axis image stabilization, silent shooting, blur-reducing structure, shake-free remote shutter release, and more. Lso, the Alpha7R IV maintains its shooting speed of up to 10fps with a mechanical shutter.  

Furthermore, you can capture high-resolution images at approximately 26.2MP even after cropping a full-frame image down to APS-C size. Moreover, this Sony camera can deliver swift AF even in low-light situations thanks to its enhanced Fast Hybrid AF. As a result, you can capture remarkably detailed images.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Intelligent and fast AF Poor menu system
Superb viewfinder
Improved ergonomics
Upgraded weather sealing

Fujifilm X-S10

Best for Intermediate

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Fujifilm’s X-S10 is a compact camera that is packed with cutting-edge technologies

Specifications

Dimensions 4.96 x 3.35 x 2.56 inches
Weight 1.03 pounds
Sensor Size CMOS
Resolution 26.1MP
Viewfinder 2.36m dots
Monitor 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen
Autofocus 425-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 8fps 
Movies 4K at 30p
Price $999

The Fujifilm X-S10 is the lightest X series camera with built-in stabilization, 4K recording, and a front-facing screen. The X-S10’s deep handgrip affords solid handling with any kind of lens attached. Additionally, its intuitive controls ensure effortless operation. 

Furthermore, you can get exceptional results with the Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 combination. Besides, the 26.1MP backside-illuminated sensor offers a wide dynamic range and incredible image quality.

Moreover, the X-S10 features a five-axis in-body image stabilization system that allows you to capture handheld images and videos.

On top of that, this Fujifilm camera enables you to record in cinema-quality DCI 4K/30p and super-slow-motion Full HD/240p. Lastly, the quad-core CPU not only provides precision autofocus at speeds of up to 0.02 seconds and in light levels as low as -6EV but also superfast stills and video processing.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Impressive 26MP sensor No weather sealing
5-axis IBIS
Front-facing display
Fast, reliable autofocus

Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark IV

Best for beginners

Olympus OM-D E-M 10 Mark IV

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Olympus Mark IV won us over with its compact body and manageable button layout

Specifications

Dimensions 4.8 x 2.6 x 3.3 inches
Weight 1.1 pounds
Sensor Size Micro Four Thirds
Resolution 20.3MP
Viewfinder 2,360K dots
Monitor 3-inch tilting touchscreen
Autofocus 121-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate 15fps 
Movies 4K at 30p
Price $799

The E-M10 Mark IV is a top mirrorless camera for beginners and stills photography. Although it lacks advanced features such as phase-detection autofocus or microphone input, it is still a suitable camera for beginners. 

Furthermore, its powerful in-camera image stabilization captures sharp and clear photos even while you are on the move. In addition, the Mark IV has easy-to-use features and smart technology, making it an ideal beginner’s camera. Besides, its 20MP Live MOS Sensor

captures every detail with brilliant color. Also, the advanced image sensor ensures your stills and video get captured with lifelike, high-resolution detail.

Moreover, the E-M10 Mark IV comes with powerful onboard Wi-Fi that connects to your smart device for a fast and effortless transfer. With free OI. Share app, you can seamlessly connect your smart device to the Mark IV. As a result, you can wirelessly transfer images or remotely operate the camera.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Superb Image Stabilization No microphone input
Compact and lightweight
Intuitive and customizable controls
Useful tilting screen

Panasonic Lumix S5

Best for video

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The Lumix S5 is the best video-centric camera in its price range

Specifications

Dimensions 7.6 x 6.1 x 5.59 inches
Weight 2.46 ounces
Sensor Size Full-frame
Resolution 24.2MP
Viewfinder 2.36 million dots
Monitor 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen
Autofocus N/A
Maximum continuous shooting rate 7fps (mechanical shutter), 30fps (6K photo mode, 18MP) 
Movies 4K at 30p
Price $1,997.99

The Panasonic Lumix S5 is a great option if you need a strong video performer with solid stills. However, the S5 is particularly incredible when it comes to shooting video with its uncropped 4K/30p shooting. Also, it includes high-end features like Dual Native ISO to minimize the noise in high sensitivity and V-Log recording. Thanks to its vari-angle screen and in-body image stabilization (IBIS), you can shoot vlogging segments. 

Moreover, the 5-axis Dual I.S. enables 6.5-stop slower shutter speed. Not only that, but you can save photos directly in JPEG format in 96MP resolution. 

Although the burst shooting is a mediocre 7fps, the S5 has a 6K photo mode that lets you extract 18MP stills from a video sequence. In addition, the autofocus is undoubtedly better than Lumix S5’s predecessors. 

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Excellent 24MP full-frame sensor Tracking focus is limited 
5-axis IBIS
10-bit 4K60 video
Dust and splash protection

Why You Should Purchase a Mirrorless Camera?

While most people prefer DSLRs, mirrorless cameras are smaller, lighter, faster, and better for video recordings.

Moreover, they offer unique features like electronic viewfinders, silent shooting, and autofocus.

Buyer’s Guide to Mirrorless Cameras

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Mirrorless Camera has been a popular choice recently. Whether a beginner or a professional, everyone is switching to mirrorless cameras. However, choosing a mirrorless camera can be a daunting task, no matter how simple it may seem on paper. Thus, we have compiled a buying guide to ease your buying hassles.

  • Sensor size: The sensor size is crucial when you consider purchasing any camera. The sensor size determines image quality, a camera’s low-light performance, the size of a camera and its compatible lenses, and the focal length of any lenses you use. 
  • Lenses: You should also consider your lens option before buying a camera. Lenses have the most significant impact on image quality. You must also ensure that the lenses are compatible with your mirrorless camera.
  • Budget: It is recommended that you have a budget window before purchasing a camera. If you are a beginner and wish to keep costs at a minimum, an entry-level mirrorless camera might be the best option for you. However, if you are an expert or a professional, you might consider looking for better and pricier options. 
  • Portability: The size and weight of your camera are vital factors if you plan to travel, shoot in various locations, or stay low in a studio. 
  • Resolution: Today’s sensors inside mirrorless cameras range from 12MP to 47MP, and sometimes even higher. That is more than sufficient for most people. However, you can go higher than that if you want to. 
  • Autofocus: A good autofocus (AF) system is a massive benefit for any photography or videography, especially when fast or unpredictably moving subjects (e.g., sports, performers, children, animals, weddings) are involved. The better your camera’s autofocus system, the quicker and more precisely it can focus on your intended subject. Hence, it is crucial to invest in a mirrorless camera with good AF performance.

FAQ's

What are the different sensor sizes?

Mirrorless cameras usually have one of three sensor sizes: 

  • Full-frame (35mm)
  • APS -C (23.6 x 15.6mm for Nikon, 22.2 x 14.8mm for Canon)
  • Micro four-thirds

Are mirrorless cameras good for beginners?

Mirrorless cameras are excellent for beginners. It is effortless to shoot in manual mode, as the LCD screen and electronic viewfinder show you what each change in exposure will do to your image. 

What is an EVF?

EVF stands for the electronic viewfinder, a small electronic display (usually about half an inch) at the top of the back of a camera. You look through the EVF via an eyepiece to see the entire scene you’re capturing in real-time, which is projected by the lens onto the camera sensor.

What is Dual Pixel Autofocus?

Dual Pixel Autofocus means every single pixel on the camera’s sensor has two separate, light-sensitive photodiodes, each housing its micro-lens, capable of working together or individually. Information is gathered and sent by each photodiode, then analyzed to help achieve focus, but the same two individual signals are combined into one to capture the scene. This dual role happens instantly to make DPAF sensors different from other types.

What is ISO?

ISO is a basic camera setting responsible for the brightness and contrast of your photos.

A lower ISO value means less sensitivity to light, while a higher ISO means more sensitivity. The greater the ISO number, the brighter the image will be.

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