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.

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Best Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 review

The Panasonic Lumix GX800 / GX850 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that's aimed at anyone upgrading from a phone or compact camera. It features a 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, interchangeable lenses, the ability to record Full HD or 4k video, has built-in Wifi and a touchscreen that flips up by 180 degrees for selfies or vlogging - and like all recent Lumix cameras, the GX800 / GX850 boasts Panasonic's array of cunning 4k Photo modes which let you shoot 8 Megapixel stills at 30fps and refocus images after the event. On the downside, there's no electronic viewfinder and the use of smaller Micro SD cards is a little unusual. More importantly, if you're unlikely to ever fit a different lens from the kit zoom, you could enjoy similar quality and features from one of the many premium compacts around with 1in sensors - such as Panasonic's own LX10 / LX15 - and these will also better squeeze into a pocket. But if you are wanting to swap lenses at some point, the Lumix GX800 / GX850 represents one of the most affordable points of entry around and comes recommended.

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Fujifilm XT20 review

The Fujifilm XT20 is a highly compelling mid-range body, delivering the fabulous out-of-camera image quality, not to mention much of the autofocus, burst shooting and video capabilities of the flagship XT2 in a smaller, lighter and much more affordable body. It may lack the XT2's weather-proofing, twin card slots, AF joystick, larger viewfinder and screen that angles sideways as well as vertically, but it boasts features absent from the flagship including a popup flash and touchscreen. Compared to rivals, it lacks built-in stabilisation, 4k movie clips longer than ten minutes, video above 60fps, a decent geo-tagging solution, and a card slot that can exploit UHS-II card speeds, while the focus-pulling in movies isn't as confident as the best. But as a general-purpose body, the XT20 remains a great choice, not just against new rivals but also as an upgrade for the earlier XT10 and XT1. An easy camera to recommend and one that manages to edge into my Highly Recommended category.

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

Panasonic's Lumix GH5 is a worthy flagship body, greatly extending the quality and capabilities of the earlier GH4. A more detailed viewfinder, twin SD slots which both support the full speed of UHS-II, effective continuous AF at 9fps, and built-in stabilisation all make it a powerful stills shooter and the improved sensor and image processing delivers the best-looking images from a Lumix body to date. Panasonic's unique 4K Photo modes now operate at twice the speed or at 6K for extracting higher resolution stills from video clips. Unsurprisingly it's the movie modes which really impress with unlimited 4K video internally at 60p or in 10-bit at 30p (or both if you're using an external recorder), and a wealth of features including vectorscope and waveform displays, anamorphic capture, programmable focus transitions, optional XLR inputs and very flat output (especially with the V Log L update), all making it one of the most portable and professional movie solutions for the money. The GH5 is a no-brainer for video pros but also becomes a highly compelling stills camera too - Highly Recommended.

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Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review

Panasonic's Lumix G80 / G85 is a feature-packed camera that stacks-up very well against its rivals. As a mid-range mirrorless camera, you'll enjoy the usual features including a decent viewfinder, articulated touch-screen, loads of manual control and built-in Wifi, but the G80 / G85 goes the extra mile with great quality 4k video, built-in stabilisation that rivals industry leader Olympus, and a weather-sealed body and kit zoom. Panasonic's unique 4k Photo modes let you extract stills from video, refocus and even adjust the depth-of-field after the event, and while continuous autofocus during fast bursts is bettered by some rivals, it'll still track action at 3-6fps with big zooms, and the single autofocus remains one of the best around. Overall I find it hard to think of a better general-purpose all-rounder at this price point - highly recommended!

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Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II review

The Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II takes the popular weatherproof Mark I, deepens the grip, adds twin memory card slots and employs the most generous battery of any mirrorless camera. It improves the already amazing stabilisation, adds a minor boost in resolution and offers a cunning composite mode which under the right conditions can increase the resolving power up to 50 Megapixels. The major upgrades though concern video and autofocus. The EM1 Mark II shots great quality 4k and Cinema4k video which work a treat with the stabilisation, while a new embedded AF system can genuinely track moving action at up to 18fps; switch to Single AF and it'll even shoot up to 48 RAWs at 60fps. It all adds up to a supremely confident and capable camera that can capture images where others can't, but you'll really have to need the 4k and or burst capabilities to justify the professional price tag. There's a lot of very compelling rivals for the same or less money. But if you'll exploit the feature-set, the EM1 Mark II becomes one of the most powerful and desirable cameras in its class and justifies its asking price regardless of format.

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Sony Alpha A6500 review

The Alpha A6500 is Sony's best all-round mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor to date. The original A6000 was the first mirrorless to confidently take-on sports and fast action. The A6300 then improved the focus and live feedback even further, while adding weatherproofing and great quality 4k video. Now the A6500 gives it broader appeal by adding built-in stabilisation, a touch-screen, deeper buffer and Bluetooth for hassle-free low-power location tagging. The built-in IS may not be quite as good as Olympus, but greatly improves composition, still shooting and movie filming with unstabilised lenses, and while the touch capabilities are under-used, you can at least tap to reposition the AF area or pull-focus while filming. While it's the continuous autofocus and fast bursts that continue to set it apart from rivals, the upgrades have made it a much more compelling camera overall than its predecessor. Sony needs to do some work on its controls and user interface, not to mention updating some features that should be standard at this price, but they don't hold it back from a highly recommended award.

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Fujifilm XT2 review

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.

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Panasonic Lumix GX80 GX85 review

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.

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Fujifilm XT10 review

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.

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Olympus OMD EM10 II review

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.

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Sony Alpha A7r II review

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.

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Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II Review

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.

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Sony Alpha A6000 review

If you're looking for a mirrorless camera that's great at sports and action shooting, as well as delivering superb video, look no further than Sony's Alpha A6000 series. There's three models, the original A6000, the recent A6300 (which adds 4k video, weather-proofing and even better AF), and the latest A6500 (which takes the A6300 and adds a touch-screen and built-in stabilisation). All three are great choices, but if you don't need 4k video or weather-proofing, the original A6000 is simply hard to beat for value. 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 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

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