Best Mirrorless Cameras

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This guide to the best mirrorless cameras has been updated to include reviews of all the latest models here in 2020.

Rather than recommend only premium mirrorless cameras, we have included a selection of more affordable options too, that offer incredible bang for the buck.

shk-fs-table__imageSony a7III Despite fierce competition in 2020, the a7III is still on top. Unrivaled performance at a great price.View Price

Mirrorless cameras provide the very latest technology, making DSLR cameras look like dinosaurs in comparison.

Photographers of all levels can benefit from using a more compact mirrorless camera with an electronic view finder (EVF), leaf shutter, complete AF area coverage or in-camera stabilization, all features which can make photography easier and more fun.

Best Mirrorless Camera in 2020

Image Product Features
shk2-table__imageSony a7IIIOUR #1 CHOICE
  • Lightning fast autofocus
  • Full frame image sensor
  • Touch screen LCD
  • Wide ISO sensitivity range
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shk2-table__imageFujifilm X-T3HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • Back-illuminated 'X-Trans CMOS 4' sensor
  • 4K movie recording
  • Film simulation modes
  • Large EVF
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shk2-table__imageSony a7R IVBEST IMAGE QUALITY
  • Stunning resolution
  • High speed continuous shooting
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus
  • 15-stop 3 dynamic range
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shk2-table__imageNikon Z6GREAT VALUE
  • Exceptional image quality
  • 273 focus points
  • Bluetooth
  • Superior IQ and speed
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shk2-table__imageCanon EOS RPGREAT VALUE
  • 4FPS continous shooting
  • Canon's lightest full-frame camera
  • 3"LCD vari-angle touch screen
  • Bluetooth
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shk2-table__imageFujifilm X-T30BEST BUDGET
  • 425-point autofocus system
  • Easy to use
  • Looks great
  • Interchangeable lens system
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shk2-table__imageSony a6600
  • World’s fastest AF
  • Up to 11FPS continuous shooting
  • Ruggedly built
  • 425-point autofocus system
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shk2-table__imageOlympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
  • 8.6 FPS continous shooting
  • 3" tilting touch LCD
  • 4K video
  • Easy shooting modes
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I’m a happy user of a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC), and recommend them to all beginners and professional photographers alike.

Now let’s look at the best mirrorless cameras here so far this year.

Top 8 Mirrorless Cameras in 2020

1. Sony a7III

best mirrorless camera sony a7III

Sensor: Full-frame | Resolution: 24.5 megapixels | Viewfinder: 3,690K dots | Monitor: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100K dots | Autofocus: 273-points | Max frame rate: 10fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 653g (1.4 lb) | More Info: Sony a7III Review

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When combining value and performance, the Sony a7 III is easily the best full-frame mirrorless camera on the market. Its speed, autofocus, dynamic range, and image and video quality are all simply fantastic.

Add to that the fact that the body costs less than $2,000 (see latest price here), and it really can’t be beaten here in 2020.

In terms of value for money, the Sony a7 III is still number one – no other digital camera, mirrorless or otherwise, offers this much performance for under $2,000.

The a7 III’s 24-megapixel sensor has a full 15 stops of dynamic range and an ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800). This makes it one of the best low-light cameras available.

With 693 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection areas, the Sony a7 III‘s lightening-fast hybrid autofocus system rockets past all of the top DSLRs. The autofocus also excels during continuous shooting mode, keeping the subject in focus even at 10 fps.

Frankly, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get great images with this camera. It’s fast, fun, and and simply a joy to use.

In the video world, the Sony a7 III’s 4K video footage comes out impressively detailed, even with frame rates up to 30 fps.

At 24 fps the Sony a7 III uses oversampled 6K video to downsize to 4K with no crop. Add to that the low light performance and ISO range, and you get beautiful footage every time.

There are also plenty of video capture features, including HLG and Log footage, slow motion capture, and zebra warnings for exposure and focus peaking. The headphone and mic jacks are a nice touch, as well.

If you’re a handheld shooter, you’ll be pleased to note that the a7 III has excellent 5-axis sensor-shift image in-body stabilization that works as well in the field as the specs claim. It makes shooting at night handheld a doable undertaking, and allows you take advantage of lower ISOs than you’d normally have to use.

Still photos, video, studio, landscapes, action photography, long exposures – this camera is amazing no matter what use you put it to.

If you need any more reassurance, the Sony a7 III been the camera of choice of Mark (Shotkit’s founder) for over 2 years now, and he has no intention to change anytime soon!

👍🏼: Great value | Wide dynamic range | Small & light | Fantastic image quality | 5-axis IBIS | Dual SD slots | Good battery life | Wi-fi + NFC connectivity

👎🏼: Expensive lenses | Non-intuitive menu system |Limited touchscreen control | Tilt-screen doesn’t allow for vlogging

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2. Fujifilm X-T3

best mirrorless camera APS-C Fuji xt3

Sensor: APS-C | Resolution: 26 megapixels | Viewfinder: 3.69M dots | Monitor: 3-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1.04M dots | Autofocus: 425-points | Max frame rate: 30fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 539g (1.18 lb) | More Info: Fujifilm X-T3 Review

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You don’t have to be a Fujifilm fan to fall in love with the Fujifilm X-T3. It does just about everything, and everything it does, it does well.

Want to just shoot and go? The JPEGs that come out of this little beauty are killer and need next to no processing.

Want full RAW control? The X-Trans 4 sensor captures more information than any other Fujifilm mirrorless camera, allowing ample room for recovering shadows or pulling back highlights.

The Fujifilm X-T3’s new 26-megapixel X-Trans 4 sensor is able to gather considerably more light than the sensor on the X-T2 or any other APS-C Fuji mirrorless camera. It’s even allowed the camera to drop its native ISO to 160.

The autofocus of some of Fuji’s X-series lags a bit, but not the X-T3. The 425 selectable AF points really nail it, even in continuous shooting mode, making this the best Fuji camera for sports photography, and anything involving a fast moving subject.

The manual dials and analog look of the X-T3’s camera body really make for a unique, tactile shooting experience in this digital age.

There’s something deeply satisfying about the feel of a physical dial when adjusting settings like aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. It certainly beats having to dig into a menu.

best mirrorless camera fuji x-t3

Fujifilm X-T3 + 23mm f/2 | © Bhagi Siva

While the Fujifilm X-T3 is a great all-rounder with stills, it really hits home when it comes to video. You’ll be hard pressed to find more video recording options on on any other mirrorless camera.

The 4K video is lightning fast at 60Fps, and if you don’t want to do your own color grading, the new Eterna colour mode turns out fantastic footage.

The only real issue with the video is that the LCD screen doesn’t flip around for vlogging. Everything else is just fantastic.

Other features include dual memory card slots and a headphone and mic jack. Fujifilm also has an impressive lens line-up (see our guide to the best Fuji lenses), with many stabilized lenses to choose from, making the lack of IBIS not really a huge issue.

If you’re looking for an excellent stills-video hybrid, it’ll be difficult to out-do the Fujifilm X-T3. Oh, and we didn’t even mention the incredible weather-sealing yet either – check the video below ofa n X-T2, which has much the same water-sealing as its successor.

It’s is small enough for travel and street photography, high enough resolution for landscapes and portraiture, and unbeatable for video. Sure, it has an APS-C sensor that will immediately exclude any full frame ‘snobs’, but the features are really hard to beat!

There are certainly more expensive full-frame mirrorless cameras that provide better still image quality, but no other camera offers such an excellent balance of still image and video quality.

👍🏼: Fast autofocus | Weatherproof, ergonomic body | Up to 30 fps continuous shooting | Incredible video | Dual UHS-II SD card slots |Extremely customizable | Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

👎🏼: Battery life could be better | No IBIS | Noise after ISO 6400 | Rear LCD doesn’t allow for vlogging

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3. Sony a7R IV

enormous megapixel sensor on a7r iv

Sensor: Full-frame | Resolution: 61 megapixels | Viewfinder: 5,760K dots | Monitor: 3-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 21,400K dots | Autofocus: 567 Phase + 425 Contrast | Max frame rate: 10fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 665 g (1 lb 7.5 oz)

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If you’re looking to get the utmost in image quality, the new Sony a7R IV is where it’s at, and the pinnacle in the current Sony Alpha range.

The only place you’ll find higher resolution is in a medium format camera, and few of those can match the Sony a7R IV in features.

At a whopping 61 megapixels, the a7R IV comes out as the highest-resolution full-frame camera on the market, mirrorless or not. If that’s not enough for you, the a7R IV has a Pixel Shift mode that lets you create images up to 240 megapixels!

On top of the impressive megapixel count, the Sony a7R IV’s Exmor R CMOS sensor offers 15 stops of dynamic range.

This, along with its standard ISO range of 100-32000 makes it an excellent performer in low-light conditions, turning out low noise images even with the higher pixel count.

As far as autofocus is concerned, the A7R IV’s 567 autofocus points literally blow the competition out of the water. All the other high resolution cameras have fewer than 160 AF points, DSLRs, medium format, and mirrorless cameras alike. It even outdoes the Sony a7 III.

Despite its high resolution, the Sony a7R IV reaches up to 10fps in burst shooting. The new tracking algorithm is also quite impressive – once the autofocus locks onto a subject, it follows it everywhere.

Like the Sony a7 III, the a7R IV comes with excellent 5-axis image stabilization. Other features include a more rugged build and better weather sealing than its predecessor, the a7R III. There’s also more refined controls and a much-needed larger grip.

When shooting video, the a7R IV offers full-width and APS-C crops for both 1080p and 4K. The AF tracking during 4K video capture is quite impressive and the level of detail in the footage is best in its class.

There are also plenty of video capture tools, including zebra exposure warnings, focus peaking, and a variety of Log modes.

One downer is that the footage is only 8-bit, but this is unsurprising considering how difficult it is for a sensor to capture high resolution and read out quickly enough to produce good video footage. Still, that’s literally the only limitation.

In the end, the high resolution and portability of the a7R IV make it one of the best cameras for landscapes, portraits, and weddings – anywhere you require the best image quality for print, or the ability to crop heavily and not lose quality.

The extraordinary performance overall and all-around amazing-ness make it an awesome camera for just about everything else as well.

👍🏼: Stunning image quality | Best autofocus performance in the industry | Large, high-res electronic viewfinder | Great battery life | Excellent customization options | Wi-fi + NFC connectivity

👎🏼: Slightly noisier files than its predecessor | Exposure settings carry over between video and stills | 8-bit 4K video files | Pixel Shift workflow is cumbersome

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4. Nikon Z6

best mirrorless camera Nikon Z6

Sensor: Full-frame | Resolution: 24.5 megapixels | Viewfinder: 3,690K dots | Monitor: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100K dots | Autofocus: 273-points | Max frame rate: 12fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 675 g (1 lb 7.9 oz)

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Nikon’s answer to the amazing Sony mirrorless cameras came out last year with the launch of the Nikon Z6 and the 46MP Nikon Z7.

While the Z7 is more of a landscape and portraiture camera, the Z6 is – like the Sony a7 III – an impressive, more affordable all-rounder.

The Nikon Z6’s full-frame 24.5-megapixel sensor ensures high resolution images without going overboard in file size, while the native ISO range of 100 to 51,200 to (expandable 50 to 204,800) gives it a dynamic range that rivals the class-leading Sony a7 III.

The Z6’s build quality is top of the line, with the ruggedness we’ve come to expect from Nikon bodies. In fact, it’s quite likely the best-built mirrorless full frame camera on the market right now, with great ergonomics and match.

Nikon aficionados will find its controls and menus quite familiar, as they mirror Nikon’s DSLR line. There’s even a top plate LCD that DSLR shooters will readily appreciate.

One thing that is quite different, though, is the lens mount. Nikon ditched the old F-mount in lieu of the new Z-mount, which is designed to let in more light to the Z-series sensors. In fact, a new manual-focus 58mm f/0.95 S lens is expected very soon. Talk about a fast lens!

At the moment though, there aren’t many native lenses available for either the Z6 or Z7. Luckily most F-mount lenses will work just fine with the new FTZ mount adapter, although at around $250 it’s not cheap.

Another thing that stands out in the build of the Nikon Z6 is the fantastic electronic viewfinder. It’s crisp, clear and boasts an exceptionally high resolution.

The downside of this is that the 60Hz refresh rate is is a bit slow, especially when shooting in burst mode. The touchscreen is also quite beautiful, but for some reason lacks touchscreen autofocus while you’re looking through the viewfinder.

Speaking of autofocus, the Z6 keeps up with the Sony a7 III in most situations, although loses out in low light. It also does a reasonably good job of tracking subjects, both at 5.5 fps (with live view) and 9 fps (no live view).

best mirrorless camera nikon

The tilting LCD screen makes it easy to compose from above or below.

As far as movie footage is concerned, no disappointments here. The Z6’s 4k movie footage is simply stunning, with frame speeds up to 30p for 4K UHD, as well Full HD video in 60p and 120p slow-motion in HD.

As expected, the Nikon Z6 also comes with plenty of capture tools, including 10-bit Log output.

Like the Sony a7 line, the Nikon Z6 comes with effective 5-axis image stabilization, allowing you to handhold it in low light and still achieve steady shots, even at 0/5~1 second shutter speeds!

One thing of note is that Nikon opted to go with a single XQD card slot rather than dual card slots. That’s a bit of a gamble, as at the moment there aren’t a lot of XQD cards available, and not having an immediate card backup like the Sony a7III will deter many professional photographers.

Still, if you’re a Nikon lover and especially if you’ve already invested in Nikon glass, the Nikon Z6 is a great mirrorless option. It keeps up with the Sony a7 III in many respects, and exceeds it in build quality and EVF quality.

The Z6’s autofocus system lags a bit behind the a7 III’s and the battery life isn’t quite up there, but in general it’s still a solid full-frame mirrorless camera that every Nikon lover should consider.

👍🏼: Excellent resolution | High ISO performance | Excellent build quality | 5-axis image stabilization | 12fps burst shooting | super his-res EVF | Stunning 4K video

👎🏼: Limited buffer | Limited native lens selection | XQD card format has limited support

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5. Canon EOS RP

best budget full frame mirrorless camera

Sensor: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 26.2 megapixels | Viewfinder: 1,040,000 dots | Monitor: 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen | Autofocus: 5,655-point AF | Max frame rate: 5fps | Video: 4K | Weight: 485g (1.07 lbs)

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If you’re looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera that won’t break the bank, the Canon EOS RP might be for you. Its feature set is relatively modest compared to the other models on this list, but it’s well built, turns out excellent JPEGS, and it affordably priced – see latest price here.

We left out its big brother the Canon EOS R from this list, since the RP offers much better bang for the buck. Image quality is marginally better with the R, notably in low light, and video features are more advanced, but for the money, the RP is the best option for most photographers.

Weighing it at only 1 lb (485g) and retailing for less than $1,300, the Canon EOS RP is both the lightest and the least expensive full-frame mirrorless camera available right now.

Despite being so light, the build and handling is excellent and it feels great in the hand. The front and rear dials allow you to adjust shutter and aperture settings. The other dials and settings all seem to be in the perfect place, and everything is customizable.

The Canon EOS RP‘s small size does lend to a few limitations, however. For example, there’s only a single UHS II card slot (same as the EOS R), and the tiny battery only offers around 250 shots per charge.

Performance-wise the Canon EOS RP does well, though. Its Dual Pixel autofocus system (which isn’t available in 4K video) performs admirably.

It’s also the king of low-light shooting at the moment. In fact, many say it’s the best low-light shooting camera out of all the sub-$2,000 camera models.

The 26.2 megapixels in the Canon EOS RP’s sensor ensure plenty of detail and make it a great beginner full-frame for landscape and portrait photographers.

The high resolution gets in the way of the camera’s burst speed, though, with only 5 fps in single-shot autofocus mode and 4 fps in continuous mode.

Strangely, the Canon EOS RP’s dynamic range leaves much to be desired. Images taken in RAW are noisier than they should be, especially when compared to the camera’s peers. That undoes a bit of the low-light shooting excellence.

Unlike many full-frame mirrorless cameras, the LCD screen flips fully around. This is great for vlogging, as long as you don’t need anything very complicated from the footage – the video features on the Canon EOS RP are a bit mediocre, and the rolling shutter, cropped 4k video, and 8-bit recording leave much to be desired.

Another limitation is the lens selection. At the moment there’s only one affordable RF lens option. The other two options are about twice the price of the camera body. Of course, you can always invest in an EF lens adapter for around $100, and Canon is famous for their amazing lens selection – see the best Canon lenses.

Should you buy the Canon EOS RP? If you’re a casual user looking to try out a full-frame mirrorless camera for the first time, then yes.

Its size makes it a great street photography or walk-around-town camera, and its resolution and face/eye tracking make it great for portraits.

It’ll also make a great compact second camera if you already use a Canon as your primary camera, and with the adapter, you can take advantage of all the amazing Canon EF glass.

However, if you’re looking for video, long battery life, or stellar dynamic range, though, you’ll be better served by some of the other cameras on this list.

👍🏼: Great handling | Fast autofocus | Excellent low-light performance | Super light | Excellent eye/face detection | Great color | Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity

👎🏼: No in-body stabilization | Mediocre 4k Video | Low dynamic range | No weather-sealing | Short battery life | Silent shutter only works in “scene” mode

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6. Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm x-t30 best mirrorless camera

Sensor: APS-C | Resolution: 26.1 megapixels | Viewfinder: 2,360K dots | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen display, 1,040K dots | Autofocus: 425-points | Max frame rate: 30fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 383g (13.5 oz) | More Info: Fujifilm X-T30 Review

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If you’re looking for a well-performing mirrorless camera under $1,000, the Fujifilm X-T30 is a fantastic option. It has the same 26-megapixel sensor and many of the same features as the awesome X-T3, but is smaller, lighter, and much less expensive.

For around $600 less than its big brother the X-T3, Fujifilm X-T30 with the you’re getting impressive image quality, beautiful 4k video, and all the manual dials that make Fujifilm cameras a pleasure to use.

Build-wise this camera is tiny, which ups its portability factor quite a bit. For some, the ergonomics will be a deal breaker (especially those with large hands), but for those needing something small and light with awesome image and video quality, the Fujifilm X-T30 will be a dead ringer.

It’s such a ‘palmable’ size in fact, that many photographers don’t even use a camera strap, or at least, use something very minimal – see our best camera straps for mirrorless guide for slimline options that suit this body well.

The X-T30’s autofocus is easily as fast and accurate as the X-T3. The burst shooting is also impressive, with speeds up to 30 fps in sports mode. There is a 1.25x crop when you do this, but there’s no blackout in the viewfinder and the continuous autofocus stays impressively locked on.

On the video front, the X-T30 only allows for 4K video in 10-minute intervals. That will be a deal breaker for some.

On the other hand, the 4K video quality is down-sampled from 6K and looks fantastic. It also records 8-bit video directly to the SD card or 10-bit to an external recorder. You also get Fujifilm’s suite of film simulations, which are beautiful in themselves.

One thing that’s lacking for both video and stills is IBIS (image stabilization). That being said, Fuji has a number of excellent lenses that offer stabilization, so you’re covered there.

Honestly, this a lot of camera in a compact, lightweight body. Its nearest competitor, the The Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/90i comes with IS and a nicer EVF, but the X-T30 has better autofocus, crop-free 4K video, and better battery life.

The Fujifilm X-T30 is also less expensive, and has a much better lens selection, with options to cover the entire focal range needed for 99% of photographers.

All in all, the X-T30 is tremendous value for the money, especially for those looking to get into the X-system without having spending a lot of cash.

👍🏼: Superb out-of-camera Jpegs | Excellent autofocus | Same sensor as the X-T3 | Compact size | Great burst rate | High quality 4k video | Strong eye/face detection | Wi-fi + Bluetooth connectivity

👎🏼: Ergonomics could be better | No IBIS | Rear LCD doesn’t articulate | Short battery life | Single SD card slot (UHS-I only) | 4K video only 10 minutes at a time

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7. Sony a6600

sony a6600 on table - best aps-c camera

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Sensor: APS-C | Resolution: 24.2 megapixels | Viewfinder: 2,359K dots | Monitor: 3-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 922K dots | Autofocus: 425-points | Max frame rate: 11fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 539g (1.18 lbs) | More Info: Sony a6600 Review

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If you’re looking at the Sony a7 III but find it a bit too expensive, the Sony a6600 has a number of similar features packed into a much more affordable price.

It also offers that all-important feature for vloggers and fans of the selfie – the front-flippable LCD screen. Being able to compose with yourself in the shot is currently very difficult with any of the full frame Sony camera lineup, but this little APS-C option fills the gap nicely.

Sony’s top APS-C mirrorless camera comes with 24MP of resolution and excellent 4K video capture. It’s pretty similar to its forebear – the a6500 – but comes with a bigger grip and the best battery life in the mirrorless world – over 800 images per charge!

The a6600 also features Sony’s state-of-the-art autofocus system, which tracks both human and non-human subjects with the tenacity of a pit bull.

As far as image quality is concerned, the Sony a6660 uses the same sensor as the a6500. Luckily the a6500 produces great images as well, so while an upgrade would have been appreciated, the a6600 can still hold its own.

Sony’s color output is some of the best in the industry and images comes out sharp, crisp, and clear, whether you’re shooting JPEGs or RAWs.

For action shots, the 11fps burst rate is quite competitive. There’s also in-body image stabilization, which is still fairly rare in APS-C cameras, and helps when you shoot video too.

One main limitation, though, is the single UHS-I SD card slot – a hint that Sony wants to keep pros on their full frame line up. For a top-of-the-line APS-C camera this is a little disappointing, especially since the slow write times can get in the way of the buffer clearing.

Its primary competitor, the Fujifilm X-T3, has a more modern sensor, faster burst speeds, better video, twin UHS-II card slots, and better ergonomics… but Sony’s autofocus still has everyone else beat.

Add to that the IBIS, the front-facing LCD screen and the supreme battery life and the Sony a6600 is still a top contender.

👍🏼: Fantastic autofocus | Excellent image quality | Image stabilization | Best battery life in the mirrorless market | Weather sealing | Wi-fi + NFC connectivity | Nicely customizable | Front facing screen

👎🏼: Ergonomics are lacking | EVF not improved | Clunky menu system | Single UHS-I card slot

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8. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

best mirrorless camera from Olympus with a micro four thirds sensor

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Sensor: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.1 megapixels | Viewfinder: 2,360K dots | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,037K dots | Autofocus: 121-points | Max frame rate: 8.6fps | Video: 4K at 30p | Weight: 410g (.9 lb) | More Info: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is a bit different to the other mirrorless cameras in this list in that it has a micro four thirds sensor.

Micro four thirds sensors are a bit smaller than APS-C sensors. Normally that would be a strike against it, but Olympus pulls off the micro four thirds sensor with one of the best in class.

Not only does the smaller M4/3 sensor size make for an extremely compact and lightweight build, the lenses are lighter and more compact as well – even the zoom lenses. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III can literally fit in your pocket, lens and all – try that with your bulky DSLR…

While it’s true that larger sensors work better in low-light situations, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III does well in the lower ISO ranges and its 5-axis IBIS helps keep shots sharp in low light.

The 16 megapixels may seem a bit low, but Olympus has a number of best micro four thirds lenses that pair extraordinarily well with low-megapixel sensors. The resulting images are crisp, sharp, and beautifully contrasty. You’ll honestly be surprised at the image quality.

Its predecessor – the OM-D E-M10 Mark II – became famous for some of the best image quality, IBIS, and other advanced functions packed into a camera that fits in a pocket.

The OM-D E-M10 III adds to these features with more autofocus points, 4K video, and the TruePic VIII engine taken from the more advanced OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

For such a small micro four thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III handles beautifully. Aperture and shutter speed can be easily adjusted with manual dials. The touchscreen has both a lightning-fast touch-shutter and touch-focus, so is an easy upgrade for smartphone users and tons of fun to use.

Overall, it feels nice in the hand and is fun to work with, both in auto and in manual, with autofocus speeds that rival much more expensive cameras.

The 4K video on the M10 III is particularly superb. It comes with a combination of both mechanical and digital stabilization, creating almost gimbal-like footage.

Video recording options include 30, 25 and 24fps. There’s also IPB compression recording at 102Mbps.

The one thing that can sometimes get in the way is the inconsistent autofocus. It often performs well, but can at times be rather indecisive in lower light.

While the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is considered an entry level mirrorless camera because of its low price (under $500), it functions much more like a mid-level camera.

It might not have the specs of any rival mirrorless camera, but image quality is right up there with other comparable cameras.

Additionally, its weight, size, and especially the size of its lenses makes it exquisitely portable and easily one of the best mirrorless cameras for those who need to travel light. It’s also ideal for smartphone upgraders looking for a compact, DSLR-like experience.

👍🏼: Stylish, compact body | Weather-sealed | 5-axis image stabilization | Incredibly smooth video footage | Surprisingly good ergonomics | Wi-fi connectivity

👎🏼: Only 16 MP | Harsh JPEG sharpening | No USB charging | Autofocus could be better

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Mirrorless Camera FAQ

Why are Mirrorless Cameras Better than DSLRs?

These days, many mirrorless cameras perform as well or better than DSLRs in just about every category.

DSLRs still outperform most mirrorless options in battery life and a few other areas, but in autofocus, burst speeds, and overall read times, many mirrorless cameras are far superior.

Another bonus is that the mirrorless format generally much smaller and lighter bodies and lenses than their DSLR counterparts, yet have image quality that is definitely comparable (if not better). They’re also often more affordable as well.

Mirrorless cameras also have an electronic viewfinder, which can display a lot more information than an optical viewfinder. The image on the screen is what the camera will capture, so you can easily dial in your exposure settings. This makes shooting in manual a total breeze!

For wedding photographers and other event photographers, there’s also the option of totally silent shooting, something likely to become the industry standard.

Lastly, mirrorless cameras, being newer on the market, often have more features than DSLRs. The newer models are some of the best cameras out there right now, with even medium format options available.

Overall, mirrorless is definitely the way of the future – see more in our mirrorless vs DSLR guide.

Are Mirrorless Cameras Good for Beginners?

Mirrorless cameras are excellent for beginners. Shooting in manual mode is especially easy, as the LCD screen and electronic viewfinder show you what each change in exposure will do to your image.

With DSLRs there’s a lot more guesswork, even with a histogram and light meter.

Another way mirrorless cameras are good for beginners is that many have LCD touch screens that have similar controls as smartphones, so if you like pinching and swiping you’ll have an easier time getting used to your new camera.

Also, the smartphones that are best for photography can often cost more than $1,000. You can buy a good entry level mirrorless camera for half of that, begin building your lens system, and then upgrade cameras when you’re ready.

All the time you’ll be learning how to take pro photos while getting image quality unmatched by your smartphone.

Which Mirrorless Camera Takes the Best Pictures?

All of the mirrorless cameras in this list take excellent pictures. For the best image quality though, you’ll want to pay attention both to the sensor size and the quality of the lens you’re using. (The megapixel count isn’t as important as most people think.)

The larger the sensor size, the more information gathered by your camera and the better the image quality.

That’s why cameras with full frame and medium format sensors take such amazing pictures, especially in low-light conditions (in this list that’s the Sony a7III, Sony a7RIV, Nikon Z6, and Canon EOS RP).

On top of that, it’s also important to pay attention to the quality of the lenses you’re using. Here’s where you usually get what you pay for.

In fact, if you have a mirrorless camera with a super high megapixel count (i.e. greater than 24MP) but are using a cheap lens, you’ll often have a hard time getting your photos super sharp.

Other things to look out for are what kind of photos you want to take. For example, if you’re doing sports photography, you’ll want a camera with fast autofocus that performs well in burst mode.

If you’re doing mostly landscapes, a camera with a high megapixel count – like the Sony a7RIV – will get you the best results.

In the end, it will depend mostly on your budget and what you want the camera for.

Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.

Usnea Lebendig

Usnea Lebendig is a travel and landscape photographer who loves trekking in the wilderness, exploring other cultures, and using photography for social activism.

119 Comments

  1. Amy on February 14, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    This information is great. Thank you.
    For a first camera would you recommend the Sony a6000 or the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III?

    • Mark Condon on February 15, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Hmm tough one, but I’d say the Olympus as it’s newer!

  2. Free Hosting on January 30, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Yes, The only dilemma for me is that working with light, ie. flashes and strobes, is not yet “up to speed”. When this comes around, I’ll jump in with a Sony for sure. I need to be able to bounce light around at weddings, Thanks again buddy.

    • Mark Condon on January 31, 2020 at 11:05 am

      What do you feel is lacking, Aman? I use Sony with flash at every wedding…

  3. Wliam on January 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    As you recommended, I bought Sony a7III. Its really a cool camera. Your choice is perfect for me. Thanks for sharing a valuable information.

  4. Volen on January 7, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Hey Mark, nice video on Sony a7 III. Thanks. I would rather slow down and stay with a Canon 5d mk3. Who needs a perfect camera, when the fun from the shooting is gone? It is exactly like riding a Tesla, no motor sound, no gears, everything so perfect. Who needs that? Although I find Sony very interesting offer for changing the system. Cheers mate, thanks.

    • Mark on January 11, 2020 at 8:04 am

      I agree with you Volen, the Sony does make the job much easier, akin to driving a Tesla… but some of us still crave the roar of a V8 ;-)

  5. Jessica on September 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    These cameras look awesome. Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic looks great. Good post.

  6. Mayur on September 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Really helpful for who are love to click photos during traveling …thanks to tell about the mirror less camera by this article.

  7. Sggreek on July 25, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Mirrorless cameras are always on demand and professional photographer take best photo by them, i read your opinion and i sure said that you have excellent knowledge about it… thanks

  8. Saikat on July 24, 2019 at 2:29 am

    What a lovely content and photos. Thanks for share very good information

  9. oriental on July 4, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Good information. Lucky me I ran across your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have bookmarked it for later!

  10. variancetv on May 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the great article.

    • Andy Leslie on June 1, 2019 at 12:30 am

      No Olympus Omd Em1 mark ii – lots of us use them. Amazing camera with some fantastic lenses.

      • Mark Condon on June 1, 2019 at 6:50 am

        Yeah we’ll be having a review of that one on the site soon. I’m a fan of the EM5 and EM10, personally.

  11. Tech blog on April 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for! Good informative article

  12. Frederic Hore on April 20, 2019 at 1:27 am

    A superb review and assessment of the current popular mirrorless cameras on the market Mark.
    With a heavy investment in Nikkor glass, from 12mm to 500mm, I personally did a comparison between the Nikon Z7 with the FTZ adaptor and the Nikon D850, and found that the Z7 was lacking, and worse, was more expensive than the D850, which had more features!

    You were right on the money when you wrote:
    “Would I recommend it to a pro who’s coming from a Nikon D850 (or superior) camera? Probably not.”

    My big complaint with all the mirror less cameras is that bright EVF. As one who pursues a lot of night photography, the EVF IMHO is a great way to wreck your night vision, and appreciation of the night skies. When I need critical focus, I have found the live view works fine on my Nikon DSLR’s for when I need it in challenging situations.

    Will I eventually change over to mirrorless? Perhaps. Right now, I am playing the wait and see game, much as I did in 2006 when I finally made the switch from 35mm film to FF digital. I certainly won’t turf my Nikon system for another brand, especially when the range of lenses and quality optics are not there yet in mirrorless world.

    Like everything these days, change is in the wind, and no doubt mirrorless will progress and get better. I’m just not ready to plunk down the hard dollars and switch… yet!

    Cheers from Montréal.
    Frederic Hore
    https://www.instagram.com/frederic_hore/

    • Mark Condon on April 20, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Glad to hear you agreed, Frederic! Thanks for the long comment :-)

  13. David Wilkins on April 5, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Excellent review thanks for sharing

    • Silky on June 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      I agree, your review was thorough and detailed. Lots of information for a potential buyer of a mirrorless camera.

  14. Rey Colón on April 5, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Awesome! This blog is very usefull! Thanks for provide great information.

  15. Nikul on January 31, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    This is an awesome list of mirrorless cameras. I am very appreciative of your writing! I learned so much about the various Mirrorless Camera.

    • Mark Condon on February 3, 2019 at 5:23 am

      Glad to hear it, Nikul.

      • Daniel Frick on March 30, 2019 at 7:23 am

        Where is the Leica CL?
        Dan

  16. Martin Ellard on January 22, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I have been using the Sony A7/A9 series cameras for a few years off the back of 15 years with Canon and I’m so happy with them I’ve not felt the need to try any of the new offerings from other manufacturers and with the news of some impressive firmware upgrades to the Sony system this year the cameras I have are basically going to be upgraded to the next level without me having to wait for a new model.

    • Mark Condon on January 22, 2019 at 4:47 am

      Exactly, Martin! Exciting times ahead with Sony and it’s great to see them adopting more of a ‘kaizen’ approach to updating existing bodies with firmware, similar to Fujifilm.

  17. mike on December 28, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I completely agree that mirrorless cameras are very good for travellers

  18. james on December 28, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    First time here on your blog and it’s amazing! Really had a great time! Keep up the good work.

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  21. Frame Camera on October 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    This advice is just what I needed! I am struggling with grainy pictures and I have been shooting with 800 ISO. I’m going to bring it down and see how that makes my pictures better. Thanks for sharing all the resources also!

  22. Nowshad Rahman on September 16, 2018 at 5:49 am

    First time here on your blog and it’s amazing! Really had a great time! Keep up the good work.
    Is it sony a5100 best mirrorless camera for beginners?

    • Mark on September 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Thanks! I’d recommend the a6000 – see here

  23. tonykakkar on July 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I completely agree that mirrorless cameras are very good for travellers but due to low sunlight, they can’t compete with DSLR.

    • Mark on July 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

      hmm I don’t agree with the statement about sunlight Tony! There are several that are easily on par with DSLRs

  24. Techmen on July 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Actually, i was looking for the best mirrosless camera.. thanks for this post…

  25. Techmen on June 25, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Very useful post with full information about product…i really enjoyed reading and will suggest other camera geeks as well…

  26. Aaron Hank on May 23, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve heard mirrorless can’t compete with DSLR’s in situations of low light and moving subjects such as children indoors. Is this really true?

    • Mark on May 24, 2018 at 6:20 am

      It depends on which mirrorless and which DSLRs you are comparing, but as a blanket statement,, I haven’t found that to be true with the mirrorless cameras I own, Aaron. Obviously if you’re comparing with a flagship DSLR like the D5, no, a mirrorless won’t compare with AF in low light.

  27. Nowshad Rahman on April 26, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Your selected cameras were too good.
    This blog is unique.I just like it!
    Thanks for the insightful article.
    Sony a9 is most interesting one.

  28. SSS809 on April 21, 2018 at 1:37 am

    I enjoyed reading your reviews. I am strictly an amateur, I make no money off photography. I love shooting portraits and have taken senior pics for my nieces & nephews. I am no considering going mirrorless as I am losing the desire to haul a dslr and lenses. Please recommend a camera and 2 lens setup for portraits. The vast majority of my photos are taken outdoors. Thanks

    • Mark on April 22, 2018 at 7:20 am

      Any of the camera in this list are suitable for portraits. As for lenses, I’d recommend a 35mm, 50mm or 85mm.

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  30. Carrie on April 6, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Now that the Sony a6500 is out, and updated with IS amongst other things, how do you think it rates compared with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II? I’m looking for a decent quality interchangeable lens camera with low-weight lenses as well as a low-weight camera body?

  31. martine on February 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Matt!
    I just bought the Sony A6000, and am curious, do you ever take prime lenses when travelling? I’ve seen some amazing travel pictures taken with Sony primes. Amazing blog, keep up the great work!

    • Mark on February 13, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      I always take only primes with me when traveling! Mark- not Matt ;-)

  32. Kerilou on February 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the informative article, Mark. I am thinking of upgrading from the Olympus OM-D E-M10, as I am getting more interested in bird photography. I already have 4 lenses for this camera, incl. the M.Zuiko 75-300mm. So I am considering purchasing the Oly O-MD E-M1 Mk II, but am concerned that the image quality is not sharp enough when you crop in post editing. Do you have an opinion? And what would be your top mirrorless choice for bird photography? Thanks

    • Mark on February 12, 2018 at 6:28 am

      Hey Kerilou, I think you’ve made a good choice with the Micro Four Thirds format for bird photography – those sensors really provide some useful reach to your lenses. If you can avoid cropping in post, it’s always a good thing, but the 20.4MP sensor of the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mk II will allow for some adequate crops so I wouldn’t worry too much. The burst mode on that camera is amazing too – perfect for fast moving birds. Here’s a post I did recently on recommended micro 4/3 lenses you may find useful too: https://shotkit.com/best-micro-four-thirds-lenses/ All the best with the birdies ;-)

      • Kerilou on February 12, 2018 at 11:36 am

        Thanks so much for that confirmation, Mark – and your prompt reply. Good luck with your business. Cheers

  33. Sara on February 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    The camera for beginners part was insanely helpful. Actually, this entire website is, which ive been reading for the past two hours. Is there a section where you talk about the settings when you first get your Sony A6000 camera? You had mentioned once you get it programmed or settings right then its pretty easy.

    • Mark on February 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      haha thanks Sara, glad you’re finding it useful! I’m writing a full review on the a6000 at the moment – if I get a chance I’ll add a section in about the settings. This post should help you too: https://shotkit.com/sony-a6000-lenses/

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  36. Gus on January 25, 2018 at 12:05 am

    I come from DSRL and really tried whit the Fuji Xpro-1, but all the fuji´s (and the new ones) have that shutter lag that is very annoying. The Sony´s havent that problem.

  37. Emezie on January 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Please, what is the best on-camera speedlight I could use on a Sony A7R III? Is there something as good as the SB 910 on my Nikon?

    • Mark on January 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      I’d go with this Sony HVL-F45RM, Emezie! Pretty similar performance to the Nikon SB-910 in a much smaller, lighter package ;-)

  38. Eddie on January 2, 2018 at 5:16 am

    I’m a professional wedding photography and very heavily invested in a pro Nikon setup (2x D810s, Nikon Primes, Nikon 70-200mm) along with lots of speed lights and off-camera speedlight equipment.

    I’d love to go mirrorless – the saving in weight, the silent electronic shutters, the less ‘in your face’ photography using smaller cameras – all great, but like many others here there is not only a lot of dependence on low light photography at weddings but the sheer unpredictable nature of a wedding means you need a camera ready for action, capable of working instantly for perhaps 12 hours straight and for now only a full frame DSLR can do this for me.

    There is also the matter of battery life. I can get though a whole wedding with my 2 x D810s with battery grips on them without a single battery change.

    Last year I supplemented my setup with a Fuji X-E2 and a prime which was occasionally used remotely and occasionally used when I thought the electronic silent shutter was needed. Sadly I was unimpressed with the image quality in really low light (and especially disappointed with the banding which appears using the electronic shutter in some lighting conditions). Also unimpressed with its battery life and just it’s general lack of responsiveness when things became demanding.

    It’s an odd thing. When I use a mirrorless for fun / holidays they seem brilliant, fast and handle everything I through at them. As soon as I use one at a wedding it just falls apart. Weddings are so demanding on the photographer and therefore their kit that a full frame DSLR, for now is, in my opinion, still an essential.

    • Mark on January 2, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Hey Eddie thanks for the comment. It’s worth mentioning though that the limitations you describe aren’t unique to the mirrorless format, but rather, to APS-C sensor cameras like the Fuji X-E2. I’m sure that if you used the full frame mirrorless options mentioned above, the results whens shooting at higher ISOs would be similar or better than your D810… although those bodies are still a bit more pricey!

      • Eddie on January 2, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Good point Mark. The X-E2 was very similar in terms of image quality to the APS-C Nikon D7000 I still have in my bag along with the D810s – as a third backup body – typical paranoid wedding photographer!

        I am still convinced mirrorless will become a real option for me in the mid-term future – ideally full frame – and I am watching the market with interest and will be holding on to the Nikon system in the meantime. The Sony A7 III now has dual memory card slots now and so is even more viable already. Later this year I may rent one for wedding to see how it goes.

  39. Sarah on December 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I loved the article but I’m currently losing sleep over deciding between the XT-20 vs the E3… thoughts?

    They’re both around the same price and have similar tech, it seems to be a bit nitpicky in relation to the differences (assuming the XT-20 gets the firmware upgrades that the E3 apparently is already rocking) and being a noob I was hoping to get your spin on what those differences actually mean.

    Cheers,
    Sarah

    • Mark on December 15, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Hi Sarah, yep they’re very similar – Fuji likes to do that! I’d say go for the one that feels best in your hands as the body shapes are quite different.

  40. Allison on December 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I have been slowly getting into photography over the past two years, and finally purchased a Sony A6000 mirrorless last week. I consider myself really lucky; I have been able to use my dad’s Canon point-and-shoot extensively and have also been “borrowing” my mom’s Canon DSLR with three lenses for almost three months and have been able to try out my interests and abilities somewhat before investing in a camera system myself.

    My only regret, really, with the A6000 is that I bought the body with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens. As much as I dislike the weight/feel/menu of the DSLR, I REALLY REALLY REALLY miss manual zoom and manual focus. I’ve been getting the feeling that with the DSLR cameras, most people stick to the same company’s lenses, whereas mirrorless users seem to branch out a lot more. I still don’t know enough to know what kind of lenses will make me happy or what kind of lenses will challenge my photography skills in a good way versus frustrating me.

    I’m overwhelmed and excited about the options that this camera presents me. There’s so many different kinds of photography I can play with, and different equipment I can experiment with. Just… where do you start?!? haha

  41. Lucie on November 13, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Hi Mark. I’m a beginner/ enthusiast and looking to switch from a dslr to a mirrorless. I mainly use the camera for sports photography. Could you recommend a camera and a prime and zoom lenses respectively (need to capture at least 400ft away)? This article is packed with great information!!
    Warm regards,
    Lucie

    • Mark on November 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Lucie, it’s a bit of a broad question, but I’d recommend the Fujfilm X-T2 (reviewed here), due to several reasons but most notably its high frame rate, excellent image quality, and the fact that it’s a APS-C (which will give you more reach on your lenses for those sports that require it). As for the lens, check out the zooms in this post: https://shotkit.com/best-fuji-lenses/ Hope that helps!

  42. Sylvia Panico on November 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hi Mark. Looking at your last comment regarding Canon M series.. I well can read between the lines. Canon has launched their EOS M6. Any change of heart or mind. Not sure why they skipped the 4k. Price is pitched at a more inclusive market.
    I notice Sony ans OLympus have released new cameras in their series. Impressed?
    I am an enthusiast, enjoy street /portrait, macro for garden plants, bugs and birds (Hope to do some timelapse photography on the latter).
    Would sincerely appreciate your recomendation regarding which mirrorless camera and lenses you would recomend. This will be my 1st digital camera. Still have my 20yr old Nikon slr!
    Thank you very much.
    Kindest regards
    Sylvia

    • Mark on November 9, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Hi Sylvia, it’s such a broad question with so many variables! I’d say start with one of these Fuji X Series cameras since they give great bang for the buck. You can see the best lenses here.

  43. YY on September 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I’m curious to know how you would rate Canon EOS M series of mirrorless cameras against those you mentioned in this article. Would love to hear your insights! :)

    • Mark on September 23, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Let’s just say that I’m looking forward to seeing what Canon does with their next era of mirrorless cameras!

  44. Jamin on September 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Several of the cameras listed have the incorrect weights posted. I think you’ve posted the “packaged weight” instead of the actual weight of the camera body.

    • Mark on December 31, 2017 at 5:43 am

      Thanks for the heads-up Jamin – I’ve updated the whole post now for 2018, and all the weights should be correct this time.

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  46. Manuel rodriguez on August 21, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this excellent article! After researching cameras ( these particular cameras) for a week , I have never seen such a comprehensive comparison of all the features that make a difference. I am very appreciative of your writing!

    • Mark on August 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Glad to hear that Manuel! Thanks for letting me know.

  47. Meghna on August 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Hi guys
    Would like to buy a camera(mirrorless or Dslr), i am unable to decide.
    I am a beginner, love Photography and would one day get professional.
    Could someone suggest me which one should i buy ?!!
    I travel a lot (national parks, islands,etc).
    I want to buy something perfect for a low light cave photography to a bright sunny day beach photography (landscape & portraits).
    Thought initially of sony A7 r II, but read of Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II reviews.
    It’s really confusing, i was thinking of mirrorless because i am not used to carrying lot of stuff while hiking.
    Well I would like to use the first camera i buy for atleast few years initially, don’t want to buy something & regret, so plz help.

    • Mark on August 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Hey Meghna, if you’re a beginner, I’d go for something a lot cheaper than the 2 you have in mind – they are for pros or serious enthusiasts. You can upgrade to something like that as and when you go pro. Look around the $1-1500 mark, so maybe the Fuji XT20 which is an excellent all round mirrorless camera.

  48. Gabriel on July 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Hi everybody! I really enjoyed the article and I’m getting more interested in the mirorless system. I really love the look and feel of Fuji and seariosly thinking about making a change in my gear. I would really appreciate an advice for my situation:

    – Mostly wedding photography
    – I have a fast shooting style ( not into arranging and posing the “perfect” shot )
    – I have 2 Canon 5D mk 3, 35 mm 1.4, 135 mm 2.0, 85 1.2
    – all my gear is old and kinda used up so it needs some maintenance and defiantly need some new lenses. Plus I have big issues with autofocus which I think it might be from the usage and age of the gear ( haven’t given them much maintanance lately )

    So I’m reading all these good things about Fuji but also that mirorless are still not a serious competition for DSLRs… is it worth it to start changing to Fuji? I feel that I need a fresh start or at least something new to be exited about but business is kinda slow and I’m on a very tight budget… so for example should I buy a 70-200 2.8 or sell everything and start building on Fuji?

    Thank you and I hope you can understand my English. :)

    • Mark on July 19, 2017 at 12:28 am

      The main benefits are size/weight, EVF and the great lens options (https://shotkit.com/best-fuji-lenses/). I wouldn’t say one is better than the other, but rather, you have to evaluate your own personal needs. If you need the maximum dof, dynamic range and high ISO, a full frame sensor will always ‘beat’ Fuji’s APS-C offerings. If you don’t need to rely on these things, the Fuji system can be a real game changer.

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  50. p nelson on March 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I agree with all the advantages of mirrorless cameras. But I have a huge investment in a dozen Nikon lenses for my (three) Nikon DSLR bodies – mostly top-of-the-line pro lenses, all full-format, many fast primes, not kit zooms. If one of these mirrorless body makers really wanted to crack the “serious” market they should make a body that takes Nikon lenses. I assume it’s only a matter of time before Nikon comes out with a pro or prosumer mirrorless body with a full-format sensor that takes their family of lenses.

  51. Dan on February 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

    This is great information. It seems like the debate over DSLR vs Mirrorless is still raging. DSLRs are definitely more common but who knows, maybe mirrorless will become the new standard similar to how digital has all-but replaced film.

  52. Mark Edin on December 21, 2016 at 6:43 am

    This has all been a massive help to me. Thanks for sharing this.

  53. Warren on August 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Mark, interesting comments from Constantine and although I totally appreciate what he says I think the clue is in the title “Shotkit- The camera GEAR of the worlds best photographers”. Glad to hear you are making a living from it, great site I have enjoyed it for some time and wishing you every success. Just one from me is all the links take you to Amazon.com where I am on Amazon.co.uk not sure if I get kicked back to .co.uk your affiliation will work? Good luck and best wishes…

    • Mark on August 6, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Thanks for your kind words of support, Warren. Hopefully the UK purchases help to support Shotkit too! Cheers

  54. Constantine Loskutnikov on August 2, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t want to be rude, I’m sorry if you’ll think so, or I’ll be looking so.
    My point is. There is no specific theme in this article. There are four main mirrorless cameras and you just said this. You were started like japancamerahunter.com telling about different photographers and their gear. But photographers were different, not just film lovers.
    I was hoping to read ypur own articles about photography as an art, to get some inspiration in the future, but you just told me about four main mirrorless cameras…
    Please, let me read an interview with interesting persons, with camera makers and other art people.
    I’d like to donate this kind of work, not just books about fundamentals of everything and nothing.

    p.s.
    I know, someome might say, “Go to another blog or start your own” But I was in the begining of your journey and it is a harm to see content like this.
    Don’t be like phoblographer.com(3 lenses for this; 5tips about that, etc)

    Thank you.

    • Mark on August 3, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Hi Constantine

      Thanks for your comment and helpful feedback.

      I understand where you’re coming from and know my content won’t be for everyone.

      I did start out that way, and appreciate you being there from the launch.

      However, Shotkit is now my full time job, so I rely on the income for my family. I’d love to write articles about photography as an art, but to be blunt, these things don’t pay the bills.

      Instead I need to focus on things that help people, interest the majority and also allow me to maintain the site/support my family if someone finds the info useful and chooses to make a purchase.

      I hope you understand, and sorry to disappoint you!

      Mark

      • Constantine Loskutnikov on August 3, 2016 at 4:08 pm

        Oh I’m so happy you understood me (Russia English is far from English English)

        To my mind you should play with different forms of writings…
        I was shocked, when I saw a New Yourker like article on the website about games. It was like a thunder strike. I think you should write more of your own feelings or something on your mind.

        Btw, the most important thing, that you and your blog forcing me to start my own blog for my clients. I’m happy to thank you for this!

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  56. DE Moore on April 22, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Thank you! I learned so much about the various Mirrorless systems with the excellent article of the Pros and cons of each.
    I am trying to decide when & what Wireless system I want.

    • Mark on April 22, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Glad you found it useful. What do you mean by ‘Wireless system’?

  57. Peter on January 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Nice article. A couple of years ago I would never have bought a mirrorless camera because of their earlier flaws. Today I’ve got both the Fujifilm X-T1 and X100T and they’re great cameras. They’re small, lightweight and have great image quality (Fujinon lenses ar excellent), but they’re still not for every task. My Canon 5D MkIII still destroys them when it comes to autofocus speed for example, but I use my Fujifilm cameras probably 90% of the time.

    • Mark on January 2, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Totally agree Peter – those Fujis are excellent cameras, but they still have their limitations. dSLRs are still leagues ahead for auto focus. Thanks for the comment!

  58. John on December 3, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Just made the switch from Nikon to Fuji X-system. After years being a staff photojournalist, I left that world and opened up a documentary photography wedding/event studio. Fuji x-system is ideal for this task. If I was a fashion photographer, or did studio work exclusively, or shot professional sports… this is not the system. However, for straight photojournalist photography, I believe there is nothing better out there.

    • Mark on December 3, 2015 at 5:11 am

      I’m sure many would agree with your comment John. Expect to see bigger advancements in Mirrorless cameras in 2016 ;-)

  59. Ben Russell on October 16, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Thanks for those insights Mathieu, they’re really helpful. I’m an enthusiastic E-M1 user, and it’s good to keep things in perspective. It’s nice to see that your reservations about the E-M1 are being addressed in the Nov 2015 firmware upgrade — silent mode and extended video capabilities, as well as focus stacking for macro, are all coming our way. Olympus are hyping that up with the slogan ‘Download your new camera’, but it’s not too far from the truth. I’ve put together a page to compare the current Olympus models (including the Nov 2015 firmware upgrades) here: https://bit.ly/1VUot9k.

  60. Hilmar Kieskemap on January 29, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I always enjoy your articles by different people. I certainly respect you for the photography I have seen from you. Thanks for this synopsis of mirror less cameras. Personally, I still have my rather ancient Canon 7D with all the three lenses. (24-70mm f:/2.8; EF-S lens 10mm-23mm f:/ 3.5-5.6; 70-200mm f:/4).
    Someone hacked my computer and I am missing my early photos from 2006-2009. These all were taken with my G2 and my Canon 20D. It is with great sorrow that they are gone as I am a person that gets attached to the pictures that I have taken. I keep all the good ones, and it is with sadness that I will continue to plug on and get others that I will enjoy greatly.

  61. yin on January 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    which mirrorless camera is fast enough to focus in low light? I shoot a lot of wedding and during the reception, it’s always indoors with very dim light. When people are moving and dancing, I’m worried that they are not fast enough to get the focus right. any suggestions? thanks!

    • Mathieu on January 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      I used with success the E-M1 for dancing moments with the Fl-600r flash and the AF illuminator turned on. It is the camera I have most experience with so it certainly the one I feel to recommend. The A7s also works well in low light.

    • Steve Solomon on February 21, 2015 at 6:27 am

      Greetings! I’m Very impressed with your article on Mirrorless Systems, as I’m on the fence between the Fuji XT-1, Olympus EM-1 Mark II, and the Sony A7 II. My primary concern is maintaining high sharpness and detail when printing large (20×30), as well as having a weather-resistant system for shooting marathons in the Pacific Northwest. I like the Fuji XT-1 ergonomics and excellent Fuji optics, but have read about issues of “mushy” detail in green foliage, perhaps being related to the particular raw processing software. The Oly system is intriguing, but the smaller 4/3 sensor gives me concern when printing very large. The Sony A7 II sounds exciting, except not many weather-resistant lenses available. Based on all this, your expert opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

  62. Andrew on January 9, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Thank you very much for the feedback!The M1+Grip+12-40mm f/2.8 will be delivered tomorrow! :)

  63. Andrew on January 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    That is a nice article, thanks for your time!
    I am so in love with the Olympus E-M1 OM-D with 12-40mm f/2.8 lens !
    Right now, I shoot with a D610 + 24-70mm f/2.8 lens but I am thinking a lot about moving to a mirrorless camera. I am not a professional photographer, I mean, I am not doing this for living, but still, I spend a lot of time taking with my camera and I also enjoy post processing – I wish I had someone saying “go, sell your D610 and lens and flash and triggers and and and…and get the Olympus E-M1 OM-D as you won’t regret it!!!” – I shoot portraits and landscapes, will this camera work for me ?

    • Mathieu on January 4, 2015 at 7:17 am

      For portraits and landscapes the E-M1 works really well. There is a nice selection of lenses for portraits, same for landscapes. Colour rendering is really nice as well. If you like to travel and walk a lot for your landscape work, it can make a difference.

    • Ben Russell on October 16, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Hi Andrew — I was going to say ‘go sell your D610 etc, and get an E-M1 and 12-40, you REALLY won’t regret it’, but I see that task has been crossed off the list a long time ago! How are you getting on — have you any regrets? I’m so confident when I’ve got that combo in my hands.

      Best regards, Ben Russell

  64. V. Opoku on December 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Good read. I have been Mirrorless for the past two wedding seasons. I shot you my kit a little while ago, Fujifilm X-Pro 1 & X100S.

    Happy holidays,
    V.

    • Mark on December 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks V. I’m getting there with your submission ;-)

  65. Stuart Marshall on December 24, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I keep trying mirrorless and love the size and weight and retro feel most have.
    I instantly fall in love until I use the them.

    To put it simply they are just not fast enough for me yet. Not talking about specs I am talking mainly about auto focus, menus and ergonomics.

    Pro level DSLRs still ‘just work’ how I want and in the instant I want.

    • Mark on December 26, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I know what you mean Stuart, and I have to say I agree. I guess everyone has a different concept of ‘fast’ though. I guess you have to decide what is appropriate for your style and genre of photography.

    • Mathieu on January 4, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Cameras like the OM-D E-M1, Lumix GH4, Sony A6000 and the recent Samsung NX1 are proving mirrorless cameras can do well with autofocus and overall speed. DSLRs have still an advantage also because all DSLR cameras have good AF while with mirrorless, only certain models really excel in this. But I believe that in a few years MILCs will equal DSLRs to say the least.

      • Kharrahou Qumag on June 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm

        I beg to differ from the claim that all DSLR cameras have good AF. Basically, what you see on the viewfinder of DSLRs is often not the actual focus on the sensor. That is because the focus showing on the viewfinder often is not the actual level of focus on the imaging sensor. DSLRs indicate focus using a different set of sensors below the mirror box, and often there is a discrepancy of the indicated focus from the actual focus on the imaging sensor behind the mirror and shutter. And entry-level DSLRs don’t allow for AF micro-adjustment. With higher-end DSLRs, you can adjust focus in individual camera units to prevent front-focus or back-focus. Contrast this with mirrorless, which uses no mirror box and the imaging sensor itself is also the focusing sensor. That’s why focus with mirrorless cameras is usually bang on, tack sharp right on the subject you intended. There is no discrepancy from tiny misalignments or imprecise assembly. Lucky for you if your particular DSLR is a perfectly assembled unit, because usually there are minute variations within the same production batch.

        • Kharrahou Qumag on June 12, 2017 at 7:13 pm

          I have an aging Canon EOS 550D that probably has suffered from all that mechanical flip-flopping and it is probably no longer in its correct angle for viewing focus manually. The images I get with manual focus as well as with AF are now noticeably soft. However, when I use Live View, I always get excellent focus.

  66. joe pyle on November 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

    The only dilemma for me is that working with light, ie. flashes and strobes, is not yet “up to speed”. When this comes around, I’ll jump in with a Sony for sure. I need to be able to bounce light around at weddings.

    • Mathieu on January 4, 2015 at 7:10 am

      I agree, flash units can be better especially with Fuji cameras.

  67. Jack Danyaloff on October 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    great article, very interesting and useful. but I have one question that u didn’t touch in your article, what about using mirrorless cameras for wedding? I’m using Nikon DSLR and Fujifilm X-M1 as a second body and I’m very impressed with the image quality of X-series and the convenience by using small body and now I wanna fully switch to X-series.

    P.S. sorry for my English :)

    • Mathieu on January 4, 2015 at 7:09 am

      Many photographers, including people that I know personally, started to use mirrorless cameras for wedding. Some of them switched totally.
      Fuji cameras are the most popular among wedding photographers because the mix of quality and portability works really well. Also the kind of colour rendering the X-trans sensor has suits those weddings and portraits looks.
      Also the E-M1 from olympus, the Gh4 from Panasonic or the Sony A7s work well.
      In september I did a wedding with a mix of cameras: A7s, E-M1, E-M10 and X-T1 plus a GH3 in a photo corner where people could take selfies with a remote. It worked like a charm.

    • Warren on August 4, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Jack, we are currently on a train on our way to Tuscany, Italy to shoot a wedding this weekend with a Fuji XE2 and XT1. They are both excellent cameras for weddings but the big factor in all this for weddings are the lenses. Fuji glass is pretty bloody good and when you are in a dark reception or church with a F1.2 56mm or f1.4 23mm fitted we have found the image quality is great. We have shot about 12-15 weddings using purely Fuji and have no complaints so far. Back Sunday then off to Toronto Canada for another Fuji wedding ???? Can’t wait for the XT2 though!

      • Tim Whiting on February 9, 2017 at 3:31 am

        Really interesting to hear your views on mirrorless weddings Warren. Thank you.

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