With the mirrorless camera market exploding, it can be difficult to find a camera that is best for you. Since there are so many aspects that go into the decision-making process when purchasing a new camera, it is important to consider which camera has everything you need at the right price point. Whether you are looking for a small camera that is easy for travel, or you are an enthusiast who loves taking pictures, or a photographer looking for a professional grade camera, here are 10 of the best mirrorless cameras on the market.
10 Best Mirrorless Cameras
Canon EOS R
As Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R was built for versatility. With a 30.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor, it has great low-light performance. Like Canon’s latest DSLRs, the EOS R boasts Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and features up to 5,655 AF points. Through the Dual Pixel AF system, the Canon EOS R can capture 4K video and images with phenomenal speed and accuracy. The EOS R also has a Vari-angle touchscreen LCD, making it easy to adapt to any shooting situation. Although the EOS R is a great camera, it has only one memory card slot and no in-body stabilization.
Canon EOS RP
Not long after the EOS R was released, Canon introduced the EOS RP, their second full-frame mirrorless camera. The EOS RP is the smallest full-frame EOS camera Canon has ever made. The EOS R is Canon’s top-level mirrorless camera, whereas the RP is Canon’s first entry-level full-frame mirrorless system. It has a 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, 4K video and like the EOS R, a DIGIC 8 processor for excellent low light results. With that being said, the RP’s main drawback is its battery life. Although, as the cheapest full-frame mirrorless camera on the market, it is one of the best cameras you can buy at its price.
With the Z6, Nikon has built a full-frame mirrorless camera that is adaptable to any situation. Their main goal was to find the sweet spot of speed, resolution and low-light performance. The Nikon Z6 can shoot up to 12 FPS at full resolution in (12-bit RAW or JPEG) without needing a battery pack. It also has a 24.5 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that features a 273-point on-sensor PDAF, allowing you to acquire and track subjects quickly when they enter and move to edges of the frame. One of the most important aspects of the Z6 is the 5-axis VR image stabilization. What makes the image stabilization in the Nikon Z6 even more impressive is the Nikon Z6’s zero crop factor while shooting 4K full-frame video.
The Nikon Z7 is a fantastic mirrorless camera; with a 45.7MP full-frame sensor and amazing dynamic range, the Z7 will capture tremendous detail. The Nikon Z7 has an excellent 493-point on-sensor PDAF, giving you the ability to acquire and track subjects quickly. Like the Z6, the Z7 has a 5-axis VR image stabilization with zero crop 4K video capabilities. With a lightweight magnesium body, the Nikon Z7 maintains exceptional balance and control, even when using a telephoto lens. If there is a drawback to the Z7, it is the one XQD card slot.
The A7R III is a do-it-all camera—built with high resolution, sensitivity, dynamic range, and processing speed, it's a great pro-style mirrorless camera. The Sony A7R III’s 42.4 MP full-frame Exmor R CMOS and enhanced processing system make capturing beautiful detail easy. With advances to the continuous shooting speed at 10fps, the A7R III has lightning-fast camera performance. To match the cameras continuous shooting performance, the autofocus system has been combined with a 399-point phase-detection array and 425-point contrast AF array. Through this system, the camera is twice as fast in low light and twice as precise for continuous focus tracking. This Sony A7R III is a big upgrade from the A7R II, but even with the larger battery it still lacks the battery life of a traditional DSLR.
Sony A7 III
As Sony’s entry-level full-frame camera, the A7 III has exceptional imaging capabilities. With a newly developed back-illuminated 24.2MP image sensor and an enhanced image processing system, it has a dynamic range of up to approximately 15 stops. Along with the improved sensor and processing system, Sony’s 5-axis stabilization will compensate for camera shake on a wide selection of lenses. Inherited from the Sony A9, the A7 III has enhanced 4D Focus. This system gives you incredible AF phase-detection, faster AF performance and tracking. Given everything this camera can do at its price, you won’t be disappointed.
The Fuji X-T3 has many improved features from the X-T2. It has a new 26.1- megapixel back-illuminated X-Trans sensor. Allowing the sensor to gather more light, and thus providing for better image quality. This new system also has 2.16 million phase detection sensors spread across the whole image area. Combined with X-T3’s new X-Processor 4 and new algorithm, it has enhanced the camera’s AF’s speed, ability to track moving subjects, and allows for a larger range of video functions. Along with the improved autofocus performance, the X-T3 can shoot up to 11fps when using the mechanical shutter. The X-T3 is Fuji’s first model that can do 4K/60p 4:2:2 10bit HDMI output and 4K/60p 4:2:0 10bit internal SD card recording.
In a smaller and lighter body, the X-T30 has similar performance to the X-T3. It has the new 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 APS-C image sensor, back-illuminated X-Trans sensor, X-Processor 4 and 2.16 million phase detection AF with 100% sensor area coverage. In both the X-T3 and X-T30, they made the face- and eye detection AF twice as good as their previous models. The Fuji X-T30 can shoot continuously at 8fps in full resolution when using the mechanical shutter, and up to 30fps when using the electronic shutter. The X-T30 doesn’t have the same video capabilities as the X-T3, but it can still capture 4K UHD video at 30p.
Panasonic S1 & S1R
The S1 and S1R are Panasonic’s first mid to high-end full-frame mirrorless cameras. The S1 has a 24MP full-frame sensor, that can shoot up to 9fps. It can capture 4K/60p at 1.5x crop and 4K/30p with no crop. The S1R was designed as a higher-end camera with a 47-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Impressively, the Lumix S1R can also shoot up to 9fps like the S1, and with its multi-shot mode, can create 187MP files. When looking at these cameras they have many similarities. Both have the same depth from defocus contrast-detect AF system, 5-axis in-body Dual IS’ system and 5.7m-dot electronic viewfinder.