Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019

February 15

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The Ultimate Guide to Find the Best Mirrorless Camera

A mirrorless camera is...

To understand what makes a camera mirrorless, we should first get familiar with a DSLR camera. What does DSLR stand for? The traditional DSLR, or Digital Single Lens Reflex, camera needs a mirror to reflect the light coming through the lens up to the optical viewfinder. In a mirrorless camera, there is no mirror, as the name suggests. It doesn’t have an optical viewfinder either. The lens projects the image directly onto the sensor, and the digital image appears on the display or an electronic viewfinder.

The absence of a mirror means mirrorless cameras are often more compact and lighter than their more traditional forerunners. While it used to be that the downside of the smaller size was lower image quality, that isn’t the case anymore.

Mirrorless vs DSLR

Who wins in the mirrorless vs DSLR battle? You can benefit from a mirrorless camera as it's usually lighter, more compact, faster, and better for shooting video. However, that comes at the cost of access to fewer lenses and accessories. DSLRs have the benefit in wider lens selection and an optical viewfinder that works better in low light conditions. But they’re more complex and cumbersome. Although the DSLR market is vast, there are only two main rivals in the game: Canon and Nikon. Mirrorless cameras are offered in various models by Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony, and Olympus. You can find a mirrorless camera to suit most budgets.

Low-budget mirrorless cameras

1. Canon EOS M100

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image1A decent camera for beginners. For those who decide to take their smartphone photography skills to the next level, there’s a good and affordable offering at around $400. The Canon EOS M100 comes with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, confident focusing, Wi-Fi, and a touchscreen that can tilt up to face the subject. Not only is it a robust all-rounder, but it’s also an ideal starting point for vlogging.

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: APS-C (22.3mm x 14.9mm); kit Lens: 3.00x zoom 15–45mm (24–72mm eq.); viewfinder: no / LCD; native ISO: 100–25,600; extended ISO: 100–25,600; shutter: 1/4000–30 sec; max aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in. (108 x 67 x 35 mm); weight: 10.7 oz (302 g)

Pros

  • Compact and easy to use
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC for easy connectivity
  • 180-degree tilting touchscreen
  • Provides enough control to develop beginner skills
  • Dual-pixel autofocus for confident focusing on stills and movies

Cons

  • Lacks fun features (unlike a smartphone)
  • No USB charging in-camera
  • Limited native EF-M lens line-up
  • No remote live video control
  • No built-in viewfinder or 4K video

2. Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image2An alternative to the first camera on our list is the Panasonic Lumix GX800/GX850. It's a counterpart of the Canon EOS M100 and an entry-level mirrorless camera aimed to help anyone move from phone or compact camera photography. It features a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, swappable lenses, and, unlike the Canon EOS M100, it can record full HD and 4K video. Its touchscreen rotates 180 degrees, which is beneficial for selfies or vlogging. Among its drawbacks are the absence of a viewfinder and remote live video control.

Key features

Resolution: 16.00 MP; sensor size: 4/3 (17.3mm x 13.0mm); kit lens: 2.67x zoom 12–32mm (24–64mm eq.); viewfinder: no / LCD; native ISO: 200–25,600; extended ISO: 100–25,600; shutter: 1/16000–60 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.2 x 2.5 x 1.3 in. (107 x 65 x 33 mm); weight: 11.9 oz (336 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight with interchangeable lenses
  • Detailed and relatively low-noise 16 MP photos
  • 4K movies and photo modes with post focus adjustments
  • Touchscreen tilts up to face for selfies and vlogging
  • Fast single autofocus that works in low light scenes

Cons

  • Screen doesn’t tilt down and is hard to view in bright conditions
  • Optical stabilization on the kit zoom not very effective
  • MicroSD slot doesn’t work with full-sized SD cards
  • No viewfinder
  • No mic input

3. Fujifilm X-T100

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image3The Fujifilm X-T100 is an excellent way to switch from smartphone photography. It’s a budget camera but still a good quality mirrorless camera. Designed for beginners and vloggers, it sports a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, built-in viewfinder, and a tilting touchscreen that flips sideways to face the subject. It allows you to take great-looking images with no effort.

You can record 1080p movies, but the 4K mode is limited to 15fps, which isn’t sufficient for satisfactory video quality. Ultimately, the Fujifilm X-T100 delivers photos that look as good as the best models in its class and can also be used for 1080p vlogging. So long as you don’t shoot fast action or need smooth 4K video, it’s a strong rival in the entry-level market.

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: APS-C (23.5mm x 15.7mm); kit lens: 3.00x zoom 15–45mm (22.5–67.5mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200–12,800; extended ISO: 100–51,200; shutter: 1/32000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.8 x 3.3 x 1.9 in. (121 x 83 x 47 mm); weight: 20.6 oz (583 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Viewfinder
  • Tilting touchscreen that can face forward
  • Delivers great-looking JPEG photos
  • Delivers good 1080p videos

Cons

  • Not great for capturing fast action
  • Not capable of recording smooth 4K video

4. Sony A6000

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image4The A6000 is a Sony mirrorless camera and a strong rival among mid-range cameras. Those looking for a mirrorless camera that’s excellent at action shooting and can produce superb video should check out Sony’s Alpha A6000 series. There are three Sony cameras in this series: the original A6000, the A6300 (with 4K video, weatherproofing, and better autofocus), and the newest A6500 (which takes the A6300 and adds a touchscreen and built-in stabilization). All three are great choices, but if you don’t need 4K video or weatherproofing, go with the original A6000.

Key features

Resolution: 24.30 MP; sensor size: APS-C (23.5mm x 15.6mm); kit lens: 3.13x zoom 16–50mm (24–75mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–25,600; extended ISO: 100–51,200; shutter: 1/4000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 in. (120 x 67 x 45 mm); weight: 16.5 oz (468 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • High resolution 24 MP sensor
  • Most efficient continuous autofocus in its class
  • Fast continuous shooting at 11 fps; fast single autofocus
  • Viewfinder and tilting screen
  • 1080p video with full manual control
  • Highly customizable

Cons

  • Tedious setting a single AF area position
  • No touchscreen
  • Screen not fully articulated
  • No GPS tagging built into the Wi-Fi app
  • No 3.5mm microphone jack
  • No leveling gauge
  • No miniature effect for movies
  • No silent shutter option

5. Canon EOS M50

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image5The EOS M50 is Canon’s first mirrorless camera with 4K video, a fully articulated touchscreen, eye detection, and silent shooting options. It’s a robust upper entry-level model, suitable for those looking for their first swappable lens camera. Paired with a hot shoe mount and microphone input, the M50 will be the perfect offering for vloggers and for those wanting to switch from smartphone photography.

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: APS-C (22.3mm x 14.9mm); kit lens: 3.00x zoom 15–45mm (24–72mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–25,600; extended ISO: 100–51,200; shutter: 1/4000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3 in. (116 x 88 x 59 mm); weight: 17.1 oz (484 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Comfortable and compact body available in black or white
  • Crisp though small viewfinder
  • Side-hinged touchscreen is useful for vloggers
  • Effective autofocus for still photos and 1080p video
  • User-friendly touchscreen interface
  • Powerful wireless capabilities

Cons

  • Low-powered battery
  • No USB charging
  • No panorama function
  • Eye-detection and silent shooting don’t work with continuous autofocus

6. Olympus OMD EM10 III

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image6

The OMD EM10 III is a compact, friendly, affordable (between $500-600), and feature-packed camera for beginners and more advanced photographers. At first glance, it may appear to have only slight differences from its forerunner, the EM10 II, but it has been successfully upgraded. The series III not only got decent 4K video but now presents its wealth of advanced shooting modes in a much more accessible manner. It still has the model II’s viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, built-in stabilization, and flawless controls.

The downsides remain the same too: it struggles to stay focused on fast subjects, and the 16-megapixel resolution is dated. If you mostly shoot static subjects though, the autofocus is fine, and the resolution is sufficient for most situations. In general, the OMD EM10 Mark III is hard to beat for the value. It’s an attractive and enjoyable camera that’s useful in most situations.

Key features

Resolution: 16.10 MP; sensor size: 4/3 (17.4mm x 13.0mm); kit lens: 3.00x zoom 14–42mm (28-84mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200–25,600; extended ISO: 100–25,600; shutter: 1/16000–60 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.8 x 3.3 x 1.9 in. (122 x 84 x 50 mm); weight: 17.7 oz (503 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Feature-packed small but solid body
  • Respectable 4K video
  • Good quality viewfinder
  • Tilting touchscreen and built-in stabilization
  • Good for shooting static subjects

Cons

  • Weak focus on fast subjects
  • Outdated 16 MP resolution compared to standard 24 MP

7. Fujifilm X-T20

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image7The Fujifilm XT20 is impressive mid-range camera, giving spectacular out-of-camera image quality. Plus, it boasts decent autofocus and the great shooting and video capabilities of the flagship X-T2 but in a more compact and much more affordable body.

Unlike its competitors, the Fujifilm X-T20 lacks built-in stabilization, 4K movie clips longer than 10 minutes, video above 60 fps, a reasonable geotagging solution, and a card slot that can exploit UHS-II card speeds. But still, it’s perfect for day-to-day needs and is an easy-to-use camera.

Key features

Resolution: 24.30 MP; sensor size: APS-C (23.6mm x 15.6mm); kit lens: 3.06x zoom 18–55mm (27–84mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200-12,800; extended ISO: 100 - 51,200; shutter: 1/32000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/2.8 (kit lens); dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6 in. (118 x 83 x 41 mm); weight: 25.2 oz (713 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Highest image quality in its class
  • Great quality viewfinder and tilting touchscreen
  • Good continuous autofocus in the middle of the frame
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with smartphone remote control
  • Silent shutter option
  • E-Shutter up to 1/32000

Cons

  • Short movie clips: 10–15 minutes in 4K or 1080p
  • Basic three-frame AE bracketing, no bulb timer
  • Microphone input uses a 2.5mm jack
  • SD slot doesn’t exploit UHS-II speed
  • No built-in stabilization
  • Geotagging limited to one location per session

Mid-range mirrorless cameras

8. Sony A7 II

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image8The A7 model II is rather old, but it’s the first among Sony cameras that combined the powerful features of its forerunners (A7, A7r, As). It kept the 24-megapixel resolution, added a deeper grip, improved the autofocus tracking, and most importantly became the first mirrorless Sony camera with built-in image stabilization that works with any lens. The Sony Alpha A7 II is a superb camera that has all the privileges of a full-frame sensor without the bulk. It has good autofocus, excellent image stabilization, and produces high-quality images in a wide range of conditions.

Key features

Resolution: 24.30 MP; sensor size: 35mm; (35.8mm x 23.9mm); kit lens: 2.50x zoom 28–70mm (28–70mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–25,600; extended ISO: 50–51,200; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4 in. (127 x 96 x 60 mm); weight: 32.8 oz (930 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Compact, comfortable, and weatherproof body
  • Large full-frame camera sensor; low noise; no lens crop
  • Built-in stabilization works with any lens
  • High-resolution viewfinder and tilting 3-inch screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and downloadable apps

Cons

  • Short battery life, especially when using stabilization
  • Undersaturated viewfinder colors
  • Screen not touch sensitive and doesn’t fully articulate
  • No built-in flash

9. Sony A6500

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image9Sony Alpha A6500 is a solid full-featured mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. The A6500 is attractive thanks to built-in stabilization, a touchscreen, a deeper buffer, and Bluetooth for hassle-free low-power location tagging. In short, the Sony A6500 took the best of the excellent A6300. This camera is a good choice for sports shooters due to its much more generous buffer depth, and its new hybrid image stabilization system and touchscreen display will be of benefit to all. However, the price of around $1000 may appear too high compared with its forerunner, the A6300. To make the right decision, learn all the pros and cons.

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: APS-C (23.5mm x 15.6mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF / LCD; native ISO: 100–25,600; extended ISO: 100–51,200; shutter: 1/4000–30 sec; dimensions: 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.1 in. (120 x 67 x 53 mm); weight: 16.0 oz (453 g) with batteries

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Comfortable, premium body with proper controls
  • Hybrid image stabilization system and touchscreen
  • Better high-ISO JPEGs compared to A6300
  • Fast 11.1 fps burst capture
  • Deep buffers for RAW and JPEG alike
  • 4K video capture with no pixel binning

Cons

  • Mediocre JPEG color quality
  • Too high a price for an APS-C camera
  • Very slow buffer clearing
  • Laggy touchpad AF function
  • Poorly placed movie button
  • No headphone jack
  • Average battery life

10. Panasonic Lumix G9

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image10A superb camera for travelers. The Lumix GX-9 is a solid, high-performance camera with a robust weather-resistant body and great controls. It has an enormous viewfinder, a fully articulated touchscreen with a friendly user interface, fast autofocus that can track action, burst shooting, effective built-in stabilization, and high image and video quality from the 20-megapixel Four Thirds sensor that outranks the 24-megapixel APS-C sensors in all but the highest sensitivities. It’s a tremendous camera and a joy to use.

Key features

Resolution: 20.30 MP; Sensor size: 4/3 (17.3mm x 13.0mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200–25,600; extended ISO: 100–25,600; shutter: 1/32000–60 sec; dimensions: 5.4 x 3.8 x 3.6 in. (137 x 97 x 92 mm); weight: 23.2 oz (658 g) with batteries

Pros

  • High image quality
  • Fast shooting speeds
  • Powerful wireless features, including Bluetooth
  • High resolution delivers great detail
  • Highly competitive at its price (around $1200)
  • Charging and power over USB
  • Smart 6K and 4K photo modes

Cons

  • Shutter release is too sensitive
  • Visual fluttering during continuous AF
  • 4K videos limited to 10 minutes at 50p or 60p
  • No phase-detection autofocus
  • No V-Log or 10-bit video

11. Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image11The GH5 is easy to use for video experts and is a compelling stills camera. Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 is a decent flagship camera, greatly succeeding the earlier GH4 in quality and features. With a crisper viewfinder, twin SD slots which both support the full speed of UHS-II, effective continuous autofocus at 9 fps, and built-in stabilization, it appears to be a solid stills shooter. Thanks to its improved sensor and image processing, Lumix GH5 delivers great-looking images.

Furthermore, Panasonic’s unique 4K photo modes work with high performance, and 6K modes allow you to extract higher resolution stills from videos. Unsurprisingly, it’s the movie modes which really impress with unlimited 4K video internally at 60p or in 10-bit at 30p (or both if you’re using an external recorder) and a bunch of features including vectorscope and waveform displays, anamorphic capture, programmable focus transitions, optional XLR inputs, and very flat output (especially with the VLog L update). Therefore, the Lumix GH5 is one of the most portable and professional movie solutions for the money at around $1500.

Key features

Resolution: 20.30 MP; sensor size: 4/3 (17.3mm x 13.0mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200–25,600; extended ISO: 100–25,600; shutter: 1/16000–60 sec; dimensions: 5.5 x 3.9 x 3.4 in (139 x 98 x 87 mm); weight: 25.6 oz (725 g) with batteries

Pros

  • Fast, flexible and feature-packed
  • Worthy for both shooting stills and movies
  • Very decent improved dynamic range and high ISOs
  • Superb 4K video up to 60p with no crop
  • 6K photo modes
  • Dual UHS-II SD slots
  • Good battery life for its class

Cons

  • Buffer is deep but slow to clear
  • Expensive
  • Confusing menus
  • No optical low-pass filter (can cause moire)
  • No built-in flash

12. Fujifilm X-T3

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image12Designed for videos and action shooting alike, the Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless camera with high performance, more-than-capable photos, and multimedia flexibility.

Fujifilm’s latest 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor has significantly improved autofocus, burst speed, and especially video (4K up to 60p with 10-bit internal recording). The X-T3 has become the best APS-C camera for video and outranks the Sony A6300/A6500 for action shooting as well. Among its disadvantages are lack of built-in stabilization, short battery life, and skewing that limits the usefulness of the electronic shutter modes; vloggers would also want a screen that pivots forward.

Key features

Resolution: 26.10 MP; sensor size: APS-C (23.5mm x 15.6mm); kit lens: 3.06x zoom 18–55mm (27–84mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 160–12,800; extended ISO: 80–51,200; shutter: 1/32000–900 sec; max. aperture: f/2.8 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.2 x 3.7 x 2.3 in. (133 x 93 x 59 mm); weight: 30.7 oz (869 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Brand-new 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 Sensor
  • Brand-new X-Processor 4 Image Processor
  • Weather-resistant
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Versatile RAW files
  • Amazing video capabilities (4K up to 60p with 10-bit internal recording)
  • Dual SD card slots (if your workflow requires it)

Cons

  • No built-in stabilization
  • Poor battery life
  • Skewing limits the usefulness of the electronic shutter modes
  • Screen doesn’t flip, which is bad for vlogging
  • Low-light performance is improved over the previous X-T2, but hit rates during high-speed, low-light situations still leave much to be desired

13. Olympus OMD EM1 II

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image13A fantastic set of specifications for action shooters. The Olympus OMD EM1 II is a supremely confident and capable camera with a chunky and sturdy body. It’s an improved version of the model I. It has a deepened grip and twin memory card slots and gets the longest battery life of any mirrorless camera. In addition to fantastic stabilization, the Olympus OMD EM1 employs a higher resolution and offers a smart composite mode which, under ideal conditions, can increase the resolution up to 50 MP.

EM1 II shots are of a tremendous 4K quality, and Cinema 4K video works a treat with the stabilization. At the same time, the new autofocus genuinely tracks action at up to 18 fps In Single AF, this camera can even shoot up to 48 RAWs at 60 fps. The EM1 II is perfect for capturing great images, 4K videos, and burst capabilities.

Key features

Resolution: 20.40 MP; sensor size: 4/3 (17.4mm x 13.0mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 200–25,600; extended ISO: 64–25,600; shutter: 1/32000–60 sec; dimensions: 5.3 x 3.6 x 2.7 in. (134 x 91 x 69 mm); weight: 20.2 oz (574 g) with batteries

Pros

  • Stellar built-in stabilization for stills and movies
  • Solid weatherproof body with twin card slots
  • Effective continuous AF up to 18 fps (electronic) or 10 fps (mechanical)
  • High speed bursts up to 60 fps, including full-res RAW (48 frames at top speed)
  • Excellent JPEGs from camera, close to 24 MP APS-C in resolving power
  • Long battery life and quick charging
  • Great quality 4K UHD and C4K video; flat profile option
  • High res images up to 50 MP

Cons

  • No indication of shots remaining in buffer during burst shooting
  • No playback of images while buffer is emptying
  • Unavailable auto ISO above 6400 ISO and in Movie manual mode
  • Inconsistent autofocus during movies
  • Time-lapse movies at low frame rates when encoded in 1080p or 4K
  • No battery charging in-camera over USB

High-end mirrorless cameras

14. Sony A7 III

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image14Professionals shooting one-off occasions will like the security of twin SD card slots, studio photographers will enjoy the high-speed tethering and USB power, while travelers and Instagram photographers will love the Wi-Fi and flawless location tagging over Bluetooth.

The Sony Alpha A7 III is a feature-rich camera that reinvents the expectations from a full-frame body at this price level (around $2000). It offers detailed images from its 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and shoots satisfying 4K video in either full-frame or cropped APS-C modes. While perfectly handling action with 10 fps bursts and phase-detect autofocus across almost the entire sensor, the Sony Alpha A7 III also seamlessly detects faces and eyes.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Outstanding high ISO performance and dynamic range
  • Improved JPEG colors
  • Improved build quality
  • Fast autofocus
  • Stellar 4K video
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Slow buffer clearing
  • UHS-II support only on one card slot
  • No losslessly compressed RAW option
  • Dedicated battery charger not included
  • Menus not intuitive
  • No built-in flash

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: 35mm (35.6mm x 23.8mm); kit lens: 2.50x zoom 28–70mm (28–70mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–51,200; extended ISO: 50–204,800; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/3.5 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 in. (127 x 96 x 74 mm); weight: 33.3 oz (945 g) with batteries and kit lens

Nikon mirrorless cameras

The Z6 and Z7 models are both mirrorless cameras in the long-awaited full-frame Nikon mirrorless Z system and are aimed at enthusiasts and experts. Let’s see what’s under the hood.

The Nikon Z6 is the more affordable brother to the Z7 and a serious rival of the Sony A7 III. The new Z6 is Nikon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, and it’s almost identical to the sibling Z7, especially from the outside. The design, weight, buttons, and controls are all the same, and the key differences are only visible from the inside.

15. Nikon Z6

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image15Instead of the Z7’s high-resolution 45.7-megapixel full-frame sensor, the Z6 offers a more reasonable 24-megapixels for detail-rich images and a decent amount of cropping potential, while the 273-point autofocus system and 12 fps burst shooting ensure you’ll never miss a shot. The handling is at the fingertips, and the large and bright viewfinder is a joy to use.

Pros

  • High-resolution viewfinder
  • Affordable compared to Z7 (around $2000)
  • 12 fps burst shooting
  • Familiar and polished handling
  • Touchscreen interface
  • 4K video capture
  • 5-axis IS system

Cons

  • XQD card format has limited support
  • Limited dedicated lens range (for now)
  • Limited buffer depth

Nikon Z6 key features

Resolution: 24.50 MP; sensor size: 35mm (35.9mm x 23.9mm); kit Lens: 2.92x zoom 24-70mm (24-70mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–51,200; extended ISO: 50–204,800; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/4.0 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 in. (134 x 101 x 68 mm); weight: 41.4 oz (1,175 g) with batteries and kit lens

16. Nikon Z7

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image16The Nikon Z7 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with a stellar 45-megapixel resolution, phase-detect autofocus across most of the frame, built-in stabilization, 4K video up to 30p, 9 fps bursts, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. From a quality perspective, it’ll match the respectable D850 for resolution and noise as well as dynamic range in all but the most extreme cases. The built-in phase-detect autofocus ensures a better video experience over previous Nikon mirrorless cameras and great quality, particularly in the DX format.

Nikon Z7 key features

Resolution: 45.70 MP; sensor size: 35mm; (35.9mm x 23.9mm); kit lens: 2.92x zoom 24–70mm (24-70mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; Native ISO: 64–25,600; extended ISO: 32–102,400; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/4.0 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7 in. (134 x 101 x 68 mm); weight: 41.4 oz (1,175 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Excellent electronic viewfinder
  • Effective sensor-based VR system
  • User-friendly
  • Noise handled well in high-ISO images
  • Works well with third-party lenses
  • Perfect dynamic range

Cons

  • Relatively shallow buffer depth
  • Neutral AWB in daylight
  • Still pricey XQD cards
  • Expensive next to Z6 (around $3300)
  • Shortest battery life in its class
  • No DCI 4K, only UHD 4K

17. Canon EOS R

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image17Still shooters will love Canon’s sensors paired with the excellent color science, while movie shooters will enjoy the fully articulated screen and C-log with 10-bit output at a much lower price than a cinema camera.

The Canon EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless camera that has both pluses and minuses. On the one hand, it delivers compelling photos, has a new robust mount with two native exotic lenses, provides great video autofocus, and boasts the highest performance from adapted Electro-Focus lenses on a mirrorless camera. On the other hand, there’s no built-in stabilization, a single SD card slot, extremely cropped 4K video, standard action shooting capabilities, and face and eye detection in low light conditions. Plus, those first native lenses don’t exactly suit a compact system.

If you’re looking for the most potent full-frame mirrorless camera, you’d better go with a Sony, namely the model A7 III, unless you’re a faithful Canon mirrorless camera owner.

Key features

Resolution: 30.30 MP; sensor size: 35mm (36.0mm x 24.0mm); kit lens: 4.38x zoom 24–105mm (24-105mm eq.); viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–40,000; extended ISO: 50–102,400; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; max. aperture: f/4.0 (kit lens); dimensions: 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.3 in. (136 x 98 x 84 mm); weight: 48.0 oz (1,360 g) with batteries and kit lens

Pros

  • Excellent overall image quality
  • Decent dynamic range and high ISO performance
  • Flawless Dual Pixel CMOS AF performance
  • Sharp native lenses
  • Great performance with adapted optics
  • Compact body
  • Fully articulating LCD

Cons

  • Sensor performance lags behind the competition
  • No built-in stabilization
  • Sluggish burst speed with C-AF
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No 4K p60; 1.7 x 4K crop
  • Ergonomics could be better

18. Sony A7R III

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image18Wow! This is a serious participant in the ‘Best Mirrorless Camera 2019' contest. The Sony Alpha A7R III is a high-end camera coming with an amazing 42.4-megapixel sensor. Let’s see what a customer gets for around $3000.

The Sony Alpha A7R III is a capable camera that’s equally good at shooting stills and fast action and filming quality video.

With the 42 MP full-frame sensor, the Sony Alpha A7R III delivers outstanding image quality. Shooting at 10 fps with a silent shutter and great autofocus makes the A7R III good for sports and wildlife shooting. Videographers like the solid 4K quality alongside 1080p/120 fps for slow motion. On the whole, shooting with the A7R III is an impressive experience, and this camera can meet the demands of a broad array of photographers.

Key features

Resolution: 42.40 MP; sensor size: 35mm (35.9mm x 24.0mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF / LCD; native ISO: 100–32,000; extended ISO: 50–102,400; shutter: 1/8000–30 sec; dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.9 in. (127 x 96 x 74 mm); weight: 23.2 oz (657 g) with batteries

Pros

  • Fantastic image quality
  • Improved dynamic range over its predecessor
  • Excellent high ISO performance
  • Much-improved real-world AF performance
  • Class-leading burst rates, even with RAW
  • Improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization
  • Better 4K video quality, 1080p/120 fps video
  • Dual card slots
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Menus still confusing
  • UHS-II support only on one card slot
  • No optical low-pass filter means a higher risk of moire
  • No built-in flash
  • Buffer clearing still slow despite UHS-II support

19. Sony A9

Best Mirrorless Cameras 2019 Image19The Sony A9 is here to completely dethrone the DSLR as the first-class camera for professional sports and action photographers. With a brand-new 24-megapixel stacked sensor, fast processor, and burst speeds up to 20 fps with continuous autofocus, the A9 outranks every rival in its class. Image quality is excellent, and its burst rate and C-AF chops are some of the best we’ve ever seen. With a rugged body, longer battery life, more controls, and a fair price compared to flagships by Canon and Nikon, the Sony A9 is and up-and-coming all arounder. While professionals are considering whether to switch to this model, the Sony A9 remains the most exceptional mirrorless camera on the market.

Key features

Resolution: 24.20 MP; sensor size: 35mm (35.6mm x 23.8mm); kit lens: n/a; viewfinder: EVF/LCD; native ISO: 100–51,200; extended ISO: 50–204,800; shutter: 1/32000–30 sec; dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in. (127 x 96 x 63 mm); weight: 23.7 oz (673 g) with batteries

Pros

  • New high-performance sensor
  • Excellent image quality at low and high ISOs
  • Perfect dynamic range
  • Fantastic 20 fps burst speed and deep buffer
  • Long battery life
  • 4K video
  • Dual card slots

Cons

  • Slow buffer clearing
  • Only one card slot is UHS-II compatible
  • Touchscreen is underused
  • No lossless RAW compression option
  • No 4K/60p option
  • No built-in intervalometer or bulb timers

Wrapping up

We hope our ultimate guide to finding the right mirrorless camera will help you. Because having powerful and versatile gear is crucial if you want to become a pro. If you want to stand out and are looking for your authentic style, consider processing your photos with photo editing software. Using a photo enhancer like Luminar 3, Aurora HDR, or Photolemur can turn a routine workflow into a creative process. You can add a burst of sunshine to a flat image or revive a dull sky with the AI-driven Sky Enhancer filter in Luminar. All this and more is possible.

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