Mirrorless cameras have come of age, and here we’ve found some of the best mirrorless cameras available. Their autofocus systems are snappy and clever, their viewfinders show you the impact of the camera’s settings instantly and they deliver images that are every bit as good, if not better than a comparable DSLR. No wonder then that many photographers are trading in their clacking-mirrored cameras and switching to the new breed.
In this major guide, we’ve rounded up the best mirrorless cameras on the market with models for first-time camera buyers as well as seasoned professional photographers. There’s everything from small carry-everywhere cameras to a medium format camera that captures every scrap of detail. Read on for our best buys, starting from lowest price first (NB prices change on a regular basis). To learn more about the best lenses for mirrorless cameras, see our major guide.
£699 with 15-45mm lens
This likeable little APS-C format camera is simple and approachable for novices, while offering plenty of manual control for enthusiasts. Its central electronic viewfinder is joined by a fully articulated touchscreen, and the autofocus is fast and accurate. It’s capable of producing consistently fine images, which are easy to share thanks to well-designed smartphone connectivity. The M50 Mark II adds in some additional features that will be useful for those who want to record vertical video, and eye-detection AF has been added to FullHD video recording.
Around £699 with zoom lens
Based around a new 20Mp sensor, this attractive compact mirrorless model offers excellent JPEG image quality with extremely attractive colours. The design is stylish and the ergonomics are well laid-out, while extremely effective in-body stabilisation keeps pictures sharp. You also get a good set of useful advanced features and the camera is supported by a fine set of small, affordable Micro Four Thirds lenses. You’ll also find the camera offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as 4K video recording. With In-Body Image Stabilisation, it offers great value for money.
£899 with 15-45mm lens
This lovely little APS-C format camera provides excellent performance, while preserving the charm and charisma of the X-series, sharing the same 26MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the flagship X-T4. It’s a great all-rounder, and handles exceptionally well thanks to an intuitive interface based around traditional analogue dials. Image quality is superb in both raw and JPEG files, aided by Fujifilm’s peerless Film Simulation modes.
£899 body only
Easily the finest Micro Four Thirds format stills camera Panasonic has ever produced, the G9 backs up its sturdy construction with a winning combination of high-speed shooting at upto 60fps, fast focusing and effective in-body image stabilisation. Boasting a control layout as complete as most pro-level DSLRs, it’s an extremely versatile camera that’s capable of dealing with any subject.
£1,049 body only
This small, fully-featured and weathersealed Micro Four Thirds camera is both a pleasure to use, and capable of great results. Its petite body finds space for an extensive complement of controls, along with class-leading 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, yet weighs in at just 414g. On-chip phase detection enables fast, decisive autofocus. You’ll even find the camera has a high-resolution mode that can shoot images upto 80MP in size.
£1,199 with 16-50mm lens
Nikon’s entry-level mirrorless model produces fine images and is a delight to use. The excellent viewfinder and responsive touchscreen enhance the enjoyable shooting experience, and with 11fps shooting and responsive autofocus, the Z 50 rarely feels out of its depth. It’s a marvellous little APS-C format camera that offers great value for money. Handling is impressive, as you would expect from Nikon, with the camera having excellent ergonomics.
£1,549 body only
Fujifilm has built on its outstanding X-T3 by adding in-body image stabilisation and a vari-angle screen. With high speed, impressive resolution and sophisticated autofocus, the X-T4 is arguably the finest APS-C format mirrorless camera yet, and it’s a great choice for both demanding professionals and keen enthusiasts who would like to build a smaller, lighter system. The camera offers 4K 60p video recording, and high-speed continuous shooting. You’ll also find there’s a growing range of excellent X-Mount lenses.
£1,999 body only
This remarkably versatile full-frame mirrorless camera boasts a 24.5MP sensor, 273-point phase detection AF system and fast 14fps burst shooting. Users will be bowled over by the excellent electronic viewfinder, as well as the quality of the images produced. Existing Nikon SLR owners can use their F-mount lenses via the FTZ adapter. You also benefit from 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, and 4K video recording.
£1,749 body only
Sony’s enthusiast-focused full-frame mirrorless model is a remarkable allrounder that’s packed full of high-end features. Its 24MP sensor is supported by fast, responsive autofocus, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), 10 frames per second shooting and 4K video recording. Its handling and battery life are notably improved over its predecessor, too. You’ll find there’s a wide range of E-Mount lenses available from Sony and other manufacturers.
£2,899 body only
The Nikon Z7 II improves over the original Nikon Z7 in a number of subtle but important ways, making an already very good camera, even better. The camera now features improved continuous shooting, dual card slots, and face/eye/animal detection AF. There’s a 45.7MP full-frame sensor that provides stunning image quality, backed up by 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and fast, accurate autofocus. The viewfinder is superb, and F-mount SLR lenses can be used via the FTZ adapter.
£2,849 body only
This is a superbly accomplished full-frame mirrorless camera which gets almost everything right for stills photographers. Key features include superb body design and handling, excellent image quality in both JPEG and raw, fantastic high-ISO performance, superb autofocus with remarkable subject recognition and effective in-body image stabilisation. It works perfectly with EF-mount SLR lenses, too. With this and the R5 (see below), Canon’s rivals have plenty of cause for concern.
£3,499 body only
With its 61MP sensor, the Sony A7R IV takes full-frame image quality to new heights, without compromising on speed or dynamic range. It’s as accomplished when shooting sports or wildlife as it is for landscapes or portraits. With an excellent viewfinder and effective in-body stabilisation, it’s the most capable all-rounder you can currently buy at this price point. You’ll find a high-resolution electronic viewfinder with 5.76M dots, and 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, helping you compose your shots, and get sharper results even when using slower shutter speeds.
£4,199 body only
An incredibly impressive stills camera and the best mirrorless camera from Canon to date. The combination of a multi-controller (joystick), a rear thumb dial and dual card slots help make the R5 seem like a mirrorless version of the 5D Mark IV but with the added benefit of a vari-angle touchscreen. It also has a superb AF system and it’s only the much-reported overheating issue when shooting long 8K (30fps) and 4K (upto 120fps) video clips that prevents it from getting a maximum five stars in our review.
The GFX100S is surprisingly portable with the GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR fitted
£5,499 body only
Before the introduction of the Fujifilm GFX100S, you would have had to spend £10,000 on the Fujifilm GFX100 in order to buy a 100MP medium format camera. Now with the GFX100S, Fujifilm has made high-resolution medium format much more accessible, and what’s impressive, is that the camera is similar in size to a full-frame DSLR. With built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, you can also shoot the camera handheld, and get impressive results, without the normal post-processing required from more traditional medium format camera. On-chip phase detection provides rapid autofocus, and there is a growing range of GF-mount lenses. For photographers who need to shoot in the field without compromising on image quality, there’s nothing else like it.
£6499 body only
The Sony Alpha 1 offers incredible speed, with a 50MP full-frame sensor designed specifically for this camera, you can shoot at 30fps at the full 50MP resolution. You also get 8K video recording at 30fps, and 4K video recording at 120fps. You also get an impressively quick autofocus system, and of course 5-axis in-body image stabilisation. Designed to be the ultimate sports and video camera, the only thing you need to decide is if you think it’s worth the high-price.