Best Mirrorless Camera

Introduction

These days, the mirrorless revolution is fully underway. And today’s top tier mirrorless segment has plenty of compelling options that have pushed the bounds of what’s possible.

But, the semi-professional and professional mirrorless segments are quite competitive. And not all options are created equally.

As such, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten best mirrorless cameras. Each is ready to take on the demands of professional workflows and have proven themselves worthwhile options.

 

 

10 – Fujifilm X-T30

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Fujifilm’s X-T30 is the more affordable counterpart to the X-T3. Released in 2019, it features a 26.1MP CMOS sensor, the X Processor 4, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K DCI video up to 30 fps. It also has multiple exposures, time-lapse, a tally lamp, zebras, log profiles, a microphone input, wireless connectivity, and a 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen.

In many ways, the X-T30 is a baby X-T3 that obtains several of its key features. It receives the same 425-point phase-detect AF system, with Face and Eye Detection that covers nearly the entire frame. It also gets the full suite of classic film simulations, including the latest eterna profile for a unique cinematic effect.  Plus, it offers an impressive 30 fps burst rate without viewfinder blackout, all without the price.

Overall, Fujifilm’s X-T30 is an affordable opportunity to capture much of the high-end features of the X-T3 in a smaller, lighter body. And it’s an excellent general-purpose option that properly blends portability and quality.

 

 

9 – Canon EOS M6 Mark II

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Canon’s M6 Mark II is their latest mid-range mirrorless camera. Released in 2019, it features a 32.5MP CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 processor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 30 fps. It also has electronic stabilization, time-lapse, focus bracketing, HDR, a microphone input, wireless connectivity, and a 3-inch flipping touchscreen.

It uses Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with 5,481 selectable AF points, the most of any EOS M camera to date. This new system also brings with it both Face and Eye-detection. And it was among the first Canon mirrorless cameras to offer Dual Pixel AF support during 4K, unlike several other cameras that relegated down to a contrast-based system. It also receives the RAW Burst Mode from the GX7 III, which shoots 30 fps bursts using the electronic shutter with full autofocus support. But, at 14 fps with the standard mechanical shutter, the camera’s supremely capable of sports, wildlife, and action photography.

Overall, Canon M6 Mark II endures the highest resolution APS-C camera to date. And as their flagship, it sets a new benchmark in the segment. And it remains a strong option given its high resolution, compact size, and versatile feature set.

 

 

8 – Canon EOS R

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Canon’s EOS R was their first long-awaited full-frame mirrorless camera. Released in 2019, it features a 30.3MP CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 image processor, 1080p full HD video up to 60 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 30 fps. It also has a status LCD, weather sealing, time-lapse, a microphone input, a headphone output, log profiles, zebras, wireless connectivity, and a 3.1-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

The camera uses Canon’s high-end Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology with 5,655 selectable AF points and support to -6 EV. In many ways, Canon’s EOS R is the mirrorless counterpart to the acclaimed 5D Mark IV. And it receives both its sensor and processor, which combine to deliver outstanding low light performance, easily providing usable images ISO 12,800. Not to mention, the image quality is exceptional and carries Canon’s renowned color science.

Overall, Canon’s EOS R melds both the 6D Mark II and 5D Mark IV into a single body. And while a bit late to the game, they entered the full-frame segment with quite the powerhouse.

 

 

7 – Sony a6600

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Sony’s a6600 is their flagship APS-C camera. Released in fall 2019, it features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, the Bionz X processor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 30 fps. It also has 5-axis stabilization, weather sealing, log profiles, time-lapse, HDR, a microphone input, a headphone output, wireless connectivity, and a 3-inch flipping touchscreen.

It uses Sony’s 425 point Hybrid AF system with Real-time AF, inherited from the flagship a9. And it was the first camera of the lineup to obtain this high-end feature. It also marks another Sony camera that offers unlimited recording time. But coupled with its new Z-type battery, it delivers the longest lifespan of all APS-C cameras to date. And with 11 fps burst shooting, it has quite the stamina for the size.

Overall, Sony’s a6600 proves that Sony is committed to refining and innovating in software. And it combines nine years of steady progress into a single camera that remains their best of the line so far.

 

 

6 – Panasonic G9

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Panasonic’s G9 is their latest flagship Micro Four-Thirds stills camera. Released in 2018, it features a 20.3MP MOS sensor, the Venus Engine processor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 60 fps. It also has 5-axis stabilization, a status LCD, weather sealing, dual card slots, zebras, time-lapse, HDR, a full-sized HDMI port, a microphone input, a headphone output, wireless connectivity, and a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

It uses Panasonic’s 225-point contrast AF system with Depth from Defocus technology, covering nearly the entire frame. However, it’s one of few cameras in the segment to remove the Low Pass filter surrounding the sensor, significantly improving fine detail. The camera also offers an awe-inspiring continuous shooting speed of 20 fps with autofocusing support, plus an 80MP Hi-Res Shot mode.

Overall, the G9 is an excellent release from Panasonic that stays true to what they’ve done best, but simultaneously breaks new ground. And it’s a well-rounded hybrid camera with outstanding functionality.

 

 

5 – Olympus E-M1 Mark III

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Olympus’ E-M1 Mark III is the company’s latest high-end Micro Four Thirds camera. Released in 2020, it features a 20.4MP Live MOS sensor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and C4K video up to 24 fps. It also has 5-axis stabilization, weather sealing, dual card slots, focus stacking, HDR, time-lapse, log profiles, a microphone input, a headphone output, wireless connectivity and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

It uses Olympus’ 121-point High-Speed Imager AF system, which mixes both contrast and phase-detection to increase accuracy. Of the camera’s on this list, this camera leads with image stabilization. And it easily compensates for up to 7.5 stops with compatible lenses. This effectively lets you shoot handheld exposures at 1-second shutter speed, without fear. The camera also offers breakneck shooting speeds of 60 fps using the Pro Capture Mode and an enormous 100 shot buffer. Plus, it obtains the 80MP High Res Shot Mode and 50MP handheld option from the flagship E-M1X. And even a useful Live ND feature, to save time using dedicated filters.

Overall, Olympus’ E-M1 Mark III strikes a fantastic balance between capabilities and size. And it’s a substantial upgrade over the E-M5 series. And, one that’s ideally suited for photographers looking for a rugged travel option.

 

 

4 – Sony A7C

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Sony’s A7C is the latest full-frame camera to create a new line within the current A7 lineup. Released in the fall of 2020, it features a 24.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, the Bionz X processor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 30 fps. It also has 5-axis stabilization, weather sealing, a microphone input, a headphone output, HDR, log profiles, zebras, wireless connectivity, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

It uses Sony’s latest 693-point phase-detect AF system, which offers 93% frame coverage, Real-time Eye AF, and support to -4 EV. The A7C becomes one of several other Sony cameras to debut unlimited video recording time, giving you the freedom to record indefinitely. It also offers Sony’s latest sensor and processor combination, which delivers 15 stops of dynamic range, and their most refined color science. Combined with its 10 fps burst and confident subject tracking, it’s the most well-rounded camera they offer. And like the A7 III, it also receives the new Z-type battery, which now delivers class-leading battery life in the segment.

Overall, Sony’s A7C is quite the feat on their end. And it’s one of the smallest full-frame cameras that offer a stabilized sensor. It’s quite the improvement over the already highly sought after A7 III. But one that delivers a versatile feature set that’ll widen their potential user base.

 

 

3 – Nikon Z6

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Nikon’s Z6 was their first entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera. Released in 2018, it features a 24.5MP CMOS sensor, the EXPEED 6 processor, 1080p full HD video up to 120 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 30 fps. It also offers 5-axis stabilization, weather sealing, log profiles, zebras, a status LCD, time-lapse, a microphone input, a headphone output, wireless connectivity, and a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen.

It uses Nikon’s latest 273-point hybrid AF system with 90% frame coverage and support down to -4 EV. In many ways, the Z6 is the mirrorless counterpart to Nikon’s acclaimed D780. And it borrows many similarities from their DSLR heritage. And it offers true DSLR-styling and ergonomics, which is quite rare in today’s age. However, this gives it a distinct advantage, and its design and layout are easily the best in the class. As a package, it also delivers the best image quality Nikon offers outside of their flagship D850 and Z7. And with its superior ergonomics and versatile imaging setup, it’s quite the value proposition.

Overall, Nikon’s Z6 surprised the market during its original debut. And it’s surprisingly powerful, considering it’s their first attempt. But, it stands the test of time and endures as the true hybrid with the current Z family.

 

 

2 – Panasonic S5

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Panasonic’s S5 is their latest full-frame mirrorless camera. Released in 2020, it features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, the Venus Engine Processor, 1080p FHD video up to 180 fps, and 4K UHD video up to 60 fps. It also has weather sealing, log profiles, zebras, 5-axis stabilization, High-Res mode, time-lapse, 4K Photo, dual card slots, a microphone input, a headphone output, wireless connectivity, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

It uses Panasonic’s 225-point contrast-based AF system with DFD technology along with Face, Eye, and Body detection. And it also offers AF support down to -6 EV, essentially the equivalent of pure darkness. You also get the new HLG Photo Mode, which captures high dynamic range images to the HSP file format. Additionally, it now records photos in various Panoramic dimensions. Plus, it’s one of few cameras to offer 10-bit 4:2:2 video wrapped in the latest H.265 compression and less to also provide unlimited video recording.

Overall, Panasonic’s S5 is arguably their best hybrid camera to date. While it’s technically the “entry-level” camera of the LUMIX S line, it builds directly on the proven successes of the flagship S1H and GH5. And it does so with a far more attractive price tag.

 

 

1 – Fujifilm X-T4 

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Fujifilm’s X-T4 is the latest high-end release in the single-digit X-T lineup. Released in 2020, it features a 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS sensor, the X-Processor 4, 1080p full HD video up to 240 fps, and DCI 4K video up to 60 fps. It also offers 5-axis stabilization, weather sealing, dual card slots, a tally lamp, HDR, time-lapse, multi-exposures, zebras, log profiles, a microphone input, wireless connectivity, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

It uses Fuji’s latest 425-point phase-detect AF system, which provides the fastest focus acquisition time in the APS-C segment at 0.02 seconds. But, it also focuses down to -6 EV. The 4th generation sensor and processor combination here delivers the best image quality of all Fuji cameras, outside of the medium format GFX lineup. And coupled with its 12 film simulations, redesigned shutter, and 15 fps burst shooting, it’s also the most capable photography camera they offer. Not to mention, it’s also one of few cameras that provides 240 fps, the new H.265 compression, and 10-bit internal recording.

Overall, Fujifilm’s X-T4 is the best APS-C camera money can buy and is easily their best camera to date. Fuji’s made enormous leaps with the single-digit X-T line in recent years. And their latest release is now the current benchmark of the entire industry.

 

 

What are the best accessories for these cameras?

SD Cards:

SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB 
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB

Tripods & Gimbals:

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod
E-Image 2 Stage Aluminum Video Tripod
Zhiyun Weebill S Compact Gimbal Stabilizer

Microphones & External Recorders:

Rode Wireless Go
Rode VideoMicPro
Zoom H1n Portable Recorder

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Summary

We’ve put together a list of the top ten best mirrorless cameras. These cameras are all strong contenders for both photographers or videographers. But, many of them are easily versatile enough to serve both roles and an all-in-one hybrid.