When it comes to buying a , there has never been so much superb choice, with brands like Sony, Fujifilm and Panasonic all vying to create the best yet. So whether you’re an amateur photographer, an enthusiast or a professional, we have found and reviewed the best mirrorless cameras for you.
Last year, Sony came out with the blisteringly fast and quiet Sony A9, which, in our opinion, is quite probably the best camera available to buy right now – of any genre. Yes, it’s that much of a game-changer.
You’ll pay a pretty penny for such an incredible performance and spec, but if your budget doesn’t extend that far, alternatives such as the Fujifilm X-H1 and the Panasonic G9 are damn good too.
When choosing models for our best mirrorless cameras buyer’s guide, we considered those that provide great image quality, whilst also being a joy to use. We put them through a range of tests, from every day shooting in good light, to seeing how well they performed in low-light challenges, and when tracking moving subjects.
With so much choice currently on the market, you may be wondering what to look out for in your new camera. So, let’s dig a little deeper…
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MIRRORLESS CAMERA FOR YOU
You can still generally split mirrorless camera market in two – those for beginners, and those for more advanced users (and, increasingly so, even professionals).
Most basic models don’t have a viewfinder, but they do allow you to change lenses, and give you full manual controls so you can develop your camera skills as you go along.
More advanced models are sort of like slimmed down versions of DSLRs, with the key difference being an electronic viewfinder rather than an optical one. These days, mirrorless cameras take advantage of the fact that they don’t have a mirror getting in the way to do things like 20fps silent shooting (as seen in the Sony A9).
The market continues to expand, and mirrorless cameras have come on huge bounds in the past decade (the first mirrorless model was announced in 2008). Must have features of late include 4K video capture which give you the ability to extract stills – in fact, the Panasonic GH5 can record 6K video to extract even larger stills.
Screens are almost always touch-sensitive these days, and usually tilt or articulate to help with awkward angles (including selfies), and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are pretty much givens – essential for sharing your shots as soon as you take them.
Sensor sizes are generally split between (in ascending size) Four Thirds, APS-C and Full-Frame. One-inch CSCs used to be reasonably popular, but these seem to have fallen by the wayside in the past year or so – with the sensor size more readily used in premium compact (fixed lens) cameras.
It usually goes that the larger the sensor, the better the image quality – but that’s just a guide and you shouldn’t let that put you off smaller sensors – especially given that the smaller the sensor, the smaller the overall system.