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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Fujifilm XT2 review - buy it from, B&H, Adorama, Amazon UK or Park Cameras UK. Thanks!


The XT2 shares top-billing of Fujifilm's X-series with the X-Pro2. Both are flagship cameras, but while the X-Pro2 attracts street photographers shooting with standard or mildly-wide lenses, the XT2 is more of an all-rounder that's equally at home with ultra-wides, big telephotos and everything inbetween. Both share a number of things in common including Fujifilm's latest 24 Megapixel X-Trans III (APS-C) sensor which delivers superb images straight out-of-camera, twin memory card slots, an AF joystick, 1/8000 shutter and the lovely ACROS monochrome style. These alone are enough for existing XT1 owners to consider an upgrade, but the XT2 also becomes the first X-body to feature 4k video and a screen that flips sideways as well as vertically. The optional VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster also goes beyond basic battery grips by tripling the life, extending 4k recording times, boosting AF performance, shortening shutter lag and accelerating the top mechanical burst speed from 8 to 11fps while also providing handy headphone and DC jacks. The only things missing are a touch-screen and built-in image stabilisation, although the latter is unlikely to ever arrive on an X-body given the lens mount specifications. All-in-all, a highly satisfying and very capable camera for all styles of photography.

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.

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. It takes the compact 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 (admittedly strict) 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 cameras for tracking subjects approaching or receding at speed, but for everything else, it's hard to beat for the money.

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 higher-end 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 similarly-priced Lumix cameras. The continuous autofocus also struggles with faster subjects, so if sport and action photography are your thing, you'll find Sony's Alpha A6000 (or its successors) 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 GX80 / GX85 review - buy it at, Adorama, B&H, Amazon UK or Amazon DE!


The Lumix GX80 / GX85 is one of Panasonic's most compelling cameras to date. It takes the fairly compact flat-topped body of the earlier GX7 and packs it with a wealth of innovation and upgrades. The highlight is the built-in stabilisation which, with the right lenses, matches the performance of Olympus bodies. Like many Lumix bodies, the GX80 / GX85 also sports a touchscreen and 4k video that's exploited in a multitude of cunning modes to shoot still photos at 30fps or adjust the focus after the event by simply tapping the area you'd like to be sharp. The sensor may 'only' have 16 Megapixels, but by removing the low-pass filter, the images are genuinely a little crisper than before; I also love the new high-contrast L Monochrome style. There's still no phase-detect autofocus, but Panasonic's DFD system has steadily improved to a point where you can capture action better than any Micro Four Thirds camera I've tested to date, plus the single AF remains one of the fastest around while also working in very low light. Annoyingly there's no microphone input nor an official cable release, but there's little else to complain about and a great deal to like - especially when you consider its affordable price. If you're looking for a mid-range interchangeable lens camera, there's little that'll match its overall feature-set and performance for the money.

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


The Sony Alpha A6000 may have been superceded by the A6300 and A6500, but remains a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to capture high resolution images and fast action with a mid-range mirrorless camera at an affordable price. 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. 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. If you want even better AF performance, 4k video, a weather-proof body and a more detailed viewfinder, consider the newer A6300 or its successor the A6500 which is even faster still and adds a touch-screen.
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