Mirrorless cameras are the trailblazers of the camera world. Unlike DSLRs, which have optical viewfinders and internal mirrors, they’re pioneering a completely electronic form of a composition that is evolving quickly and bringing lots of exciting new features. These include everything from electronic viewfinders (or EVFs) to autofocus systems that cover the entire frame, rather than just a diamond in the centre. But with mirrorless cameras coming in all shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to choose which one’s right for you. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best ones for every type of photographer.
If you want a small, affordable mirrorless camera, the Panasonic GX800 and Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III are both great starter models that work with a huge range of Micro Four Thirds lenses. The former can now be found for under £300, while the Olympus has a built-in viewfinder. A step up from those in capabilities if not size, the Fujifilm X-T20 is an excellent choice if you prefer to avoid editing and just want to shoot high-quality JPEGs. Or if you don’t mind a slightly larger body, the Fujifilm X-T3 offers a brilliant sweet spot of size, performance and lens choices.
Then we come to the hottest battleground in cameras, full-frame mirrorless. Right now, the pack leaders are the Sony A7 III and Nikon Z6. Sony’s lens system and overall feature set is more mature than Nikon’s new mirrorless all-rounder, but the Nikon Z6 shows great promise and in many ways edges the A7 III in areas like handling. If you already have a collection of Canon EF lenses, then the pricier Canon EOS R is also well worth investigating.
How we test mirrorless cameras
We put every mirrorless camera we test through a series of rigorous tests to analyse how each model performs. All results are analysed by the very best industry software. This makes our reviews the most authoritative of any you’ll read. We test for colour – different sensor and camera image processors can interpret colour differently, while this can also shift at different ISO sensitivities.