Best mirrorless camera


If you're shopping for a mirrorless camera, you've come to the right place! At Camera Labs I write in-depth reviews of cameras but understand you're busy people who sometimes just want recommendations of the most outstanding products. So here I'll cut to the chase and list the best mirrorless cameras around right now.

On this page you'll find the best mirrorless cameras on the market today from entry-level options to models aimed at tempting pros away from their traditional DSLRs. Technically speaking all point-and-shoot cameras are mirrorless, but on this page I'm talking about models with bigger sensors which can rival DSLRs for quality, control and handling. I'll be including system cameras with interchangeable lenses along with models with fixed lenses. But again what they all have in common are big sensors, great optics, lots of control and decent handling - and of course the absence of a mirror! I strongly believe these cameras represent the future of photography for all but the most specialist owners, so if you're thinking mirrorless is the way to go, you're in the right place! Note by definition this category excludes Sony's SLT range, which you'll instead find in my other buyer's guides.

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Gordon's favourite mirrorless camera right now: Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II

Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II review - buy it at Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE!


The Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II is one of the most satisfying all-round cameras I’ve tested to date. It takes the charm of the original EM5, adds a bunch of features from the flagship EM1, complements them with a few new ones and even manages to improve some core capabilities too. It inherits the large viewfinder of the EM1, along with its built-in Wifi, PC Sync port and 1/8000 shutter. The control dials and buttons have been greatly improved, feeling much more tactile than the original EM5. It becomes the first OMD to feature a fully-articulated screen which nicely complements a greatly improved movie mode. Amazingly the already superb built-in stabilization is now even better, and a new High Res Shot mode exploits it to deliver composite images which, under ideal conditions, can contain 40 Megapixels of detail. The EM5 Mark II also has a quieter shutter than its predecessors, is the first OMD to boast a completely silent mode, and offers even more customization than the EM1. It's not perfect: there's better options for tracking subjects approaching or receding at speed, but for everything else, it's hard to beat for the money. If your budget is tighter, consider any of the four mid-range models below.

Highly recommended alternatives

Fujifilm XT10 review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama or Amazon UK. Thanks!


Fujifilm's XT10 brings the superb image quality of the flagship XT1 to a smaller, lighter and much more affordable body. The combination of Fujifilm's unique sensor, faithful image processing and superb lenses makes it easy to capture great-looking images straight-out-of-camera without modification. It also boasts an excellent OLED viewfinder, 3in tilting screen, built-in Wifi, a silent electronic shutter option and embedded phase-detect AF for surprisingly respectable continuous AF (at least in the middle of the frame). Look amongst its key rivals and you'll find superior movie quality, smaller (albeit sometimes lower quality) kit zooms, in-camera timelapse videos, deeper bracketing, and on specific models, touch-screens, built-in stabilisation or better continuous shooting. But while the XT10 lacks these features, it delivers the best photo quality in its class and remains the mid-range camera for those who prioritise stills over movies and other frills.

Olympus OMD EM10 II review - order it from Amazon US, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE!


The Olympus OMD EM10 Mark II is in many ways the perfect mid-range camera. With decent image quality, interchangeable lenses and stacks of shooting options, it offers sufficient control for those who want to pursue sophisticated photography, but its compact body, snappy focusing, built-in stabilisation and fool-proof processing means anyone can pick it up and start getting great results straightaway. This makes it ideal for beginners and ambitious enthusiasts alike. Don't get me wrong, the EM10 II is not without its weaknesses. The movie mode remains below what Panasonic offers on the similarly-priced Lumix G7. The continuous autofocus also struggles with faster subjects, so if sport and action photography are your thing, you'll find Sony's Alpha A6000 far superior. I also feel that when it comes to ultimate image quality in this bracket, Fujifilm's XT10 pips all these models to the post. But for general day-to-day photography, the OMD EM10 Mark II is hard to beat. It's an attractive camera that's enjoyable to use and delivers great results in most situations with ease, while offering plenty of room to grow.

Panasonic Lumix G7 review - order from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


The Lumix G7 is a very capable mid-range camera that should be considered by anyone wanting a step-up from budget models, whether DSLR or mirrorless. It has well thought-out controls, a large and detailed electronic viewfinder and the flexibility of a fully-articulated touch-screen. It's responsive, focusing quickly even in low light and firing-off bursts up to 8fps at the full resolution. It's feature-packed with built-in Wifi, timelapse, silent shooting up to 1/16000, and up to seven-frame bracketing. It's innovative with 4k video allowing you to capture movies with four times the detail of 1080p, and the chance to grab 8 Megapixel photos from footage at 30fps. Plus as a Micro Four Thirds camera, it enjoys access to the broadest range of native mirrorless lenses. In all these respects it takes the baton of the earlier G6 and runs with it, making it one of the best mid-range cameras around, and one which even treads on the toes of higher-end models. Indeed for many, the video capabilities approach that of the flagship GH4, making it an ideal budget option for film-makers or a backup body for B-roll. It's a lot of camera for the money.

Sony Alpha A6000 review - order it from Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


The Sony Alpha A6000 is a mid-range mirrorless camera that represents terrific value right now. It packs a 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor, electronic viewfinder, tilting screen, Wifi with NFC, 1080p movies up to 60fps and a hotshoe / accessory mount into a tiny body. Arguably most exciting of all though is the hybrid AF system which embeds phase-detect AF points across almost the entire sensor area, allowing it to confidently track fast-moving subjects wherever they may be. It really works too, both when shooting stills at up to 11fps, and when pulling focus during movies; impressively you can even choose the speed and response of the movie AF. As an older model the viewfinder size and detail is looking a little dated compared to its latest rivals and you'll need to upgrade the kit lens to exploit the 24 Megapixels, but the overall handling and feature-set arguably make it an upgrade to these models, not to mention one of the most compelling cameras at the price. It's especially recommended if you shoot or film subjects in motion: sports and action shooters, not to mention parents of active kids, should have it in their shortlist.

Sony A5100 review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


Sony'a Alpha A5100 is an entry-level mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor, tilting touch-screen and built-in Wifi. It goes head-to-head against entry-level DSLRs, sporting a similarly-sized sensor and the chance to swap lenses, but unlike most DSLRs at this price point, adds an articulated screen for easy self-portraits and built-in Wifi that supports wireless image transfer, smartphone remote control and downloadable apps. As a mirrorless camera, the A5100 is also a lot smaller and lighter than even a budget DSLR, and its full-time electronic composition means it supports technologies like face and scene detection to help you nail the shot quickly and easily. The embedded phase-detect AF points also do a great job at tracking action, which coupled with 6fps shooting makes it good for shooting active kids and pets. Downsides? There's no viewfinder, nor any means to connect one as an optional accessory, but for the money I still reckon Sony's made the right choices and delivered a camera that's highly compelling for the target market. If you're looking for an upgrade in quality, flexibility and control over a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone, I'd strongly recommend it.

Sony A7r Mark II review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama or Park Cameras UK. Thanks!


Sony's fifth full-frame mirrorless camera is its most impressive to date, an unashamedly high-end model aimed directly at buyers of Nikon's D810 and Canon's EOS 5DS(r). It features a 42 Megapixel back-illuminated full-frame sensor, 4k video, built-in stabilisation, an electronic viewfinder with a huge image, tilting screen, Wifi with NFC and a powerful embedded phase-detect AF system with 399 AF points. The real-life resolution and noise essentially match the EOS 5DS(r), the 4k video, especially in the cropped Super-35 mode, looks great, and the new AF system with its broad and dense array is fast, works well in low light and can confidently track moving subjects. Meanwhile the combination of built-in IS, an improved grip, electronic first-curtain shutter and improved damping means the A7r II gives you a much better chance of enjoying its high resolution than typical DSLRs. The buttons and dials may be a little small, the IS compensation modest and it could have been even better with a touchscreen, but ultimately the A7r II is one of the most impressive digital cameras to date. PS - if movies are your absolute priority, the A7s Mark II has the edge for video and extreme low light performance.

Panasonic Lumix GM5 review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


Panasonic's Lumix GM5 is one of the smallest mirrorless system cameras around, yet packs a great deal into its tiny body. It shares the 16 Megapixel resolution and 3in touch-screen of its predecessor, the original GM1, but manages to also squeeze-in an electronic viewfinder, hotshoe and rear thumb wheel, making it a much more practical camera in use. Oh, and with its Micro Four Thirds lens mount, it enjoys access to the broadest and most established catalogue of native lenses of any mirrorless format. If you're after a small but high-performance camera, it's really between models like the GM5 and those with fixed lenses like Sony's RX100 III or Panasonic's own LX100. But again the GM5 enjoys the trump card of being able to switch lenses, making it a highly compelling proposition.

Fujifilm XT1 review - order it from Amazon USA, B&H or Amazon UK. Thanks!


The XT1 is Fujifilm's sixth X-mount camera, but the arguably the first where all the company's goals and technologies come together in a truly coherent and desirable product. The XT1 takes everything good about the series so far, including a great quality sensor and retro controls, adds a huge viewfinder with clever display modes, a tilting screen, continuous autofocus that actually works and repackages the lot into the increasingly popular mini-DSLR form factor; the body also features built-in Wifi and as the icing on the cake is sealed against dust and inclement weather. The result is a very impressive camera that's a joy to use and delivers superb results. There are some downsides including basic AE bracketing, no RAW at 100 ISO, the viewfinder becomes noisy in low light, and the face detection / single AF speed isn't as slick as some rivals. But it's testament to the things that work, that coupled with the growing and excellent range of lenses makes the XT1 one of the most satisfying cameras at its price point, whether mirrorless or DSLR. PS - if you don't need the weather-sealing or PC Sync port and are happy with simpler controls, consider the cheaper XT10 above.

Panasonic Lumix GH4 review - order from Amazon USA, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Amazon DE!


The GH4 is Panasonic's flagship camera, and like earlier GH models places equal importance to high-end video and stills photography. The headline feature is being record 4k video (either in the UHD or slightly wider Cinema 4K formats) internally to a sufficiently fast SD memory card; many rivals require exotic storage or external recorders. 1080p Full HD video is also well-catered for with bit rates up to 200Mbit/s and 96fps options for slow motion. Focus peaking, zebra patterns, timcode and adjustable luminance and master pedestal levels round-off the professional video features. The GH4 is also great for stills with a weatherproof body, wealth of customizable controls, fully-articulated touch-screen, high res EVF, fast 12fps continuous shooting and quick AF even in very low light. As you'd expect for the sensor size, the GH4 inevitably suffers from noise at high sensitivities, and while Panasonic has improved continuous AF, it's still not as confident as a hybrid system with PDAF assistance. But you if you can shoot at lower ISOs, you can't argue with a camera that can shoot ultra crisp 4k video for the money. For movie makers on a budget it's a game-changer, but if your budget is tight, consider the cheaper Lumix GX8 or G7. If you have a higher budget and want the best movie quality in extreme low light, go for the Sony A7s Mark II.

Olympus OMD EM1 review - buy it from Amazon USA, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE. Thanks!


The OMD EM1 is the flagship mirrorless camera from Olympus, taking the concept of the original OMD EM5 and upgrading it in several important aspects. Like the EM5 it offers a fully weather-sealed body with a built in viewfinder, tilting touch-screen and highly effective built-in image stabilisation that works with any lens you attach. The body's been beefed up a little with a more comfortable grip and extra controls, but remains more portable than a DSLR of this class. Olympus has greatly upgraded the viewfinder size and resolution, added Wifi, doubled the maximum shutter to 1/8000 and offered interval timer facilities and focus peaking, albeit only for stills not movies. The sensor quality in RAW may be no different to the EM5 or indeed the Lumix GX7, but it's as good as any APS-C model and the addition of embedded phase detect AF points allow the EM1 to better focus continuously and support faster AF with older Four Thirds lenses, further expanding the 'native' selection. The video capabilities remain basic compared to Panasonic or Canon, but in every other respect the EM1 is a triumph. Do compare closely with the newer OMD EM5 Mark II, also in this guide, and if your budget is tighter, consider the EM10 II.
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