The best mirrorless cameras

These cameras are the new big thing in photography - but what are they, and which best budget mirrorless camera should you buy?

The best mirrorless cameras

by Kirk Schwarz |

Photography - it’s great! But, it’s nothing without a camera. Getting the right tool for your picture-taking endeavours is key to success. While you may know about DSLRs, the latest evolution is ‘mirrorless’, and it brings with it some amazing advantages over the older get-up. However, there’s minefield of amazing tech out there to navigate and it’s not just as simple as a trip down to Jessops (trust us, it was a thing).

Not only do you need to decide which format is right for you, from full-frame to APS-C and even Micro Four Thirds, but you need to understand that investing in a system is like investing in a children… one is never enough, you’ll love it more than life itself and you’ll always find yourself needing more cash. We jest of course, it’s a wonderful feeling.

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What is a mirrorless camera?

In essence a mirrorless camera is just a DSLR camera without the mirror. It is also called a digital single lens camera, which features a removable lens and digital display.

What are the benefits of using a mirrorless camera?

Mirrorless, or CSCs, boast electronic viewfinders that show you the effect of your settings in real-time. They generally have a much higher continuous shooting rate and the focus system boasts hundreds of AF points, improved tracking systems and in some cases, outstanding eye tracking AF.

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So, whether you’re looking to upgrade your older kit, or you’re looking for a step up from your previous CSC, these mirrorless cameras are at the top of their class, and represent the best value for money, while helping to create high-quality images. Are mirrorless cameras the future? Whether it's the best full-frame mirrorless camera or the best mirrorless camera for beginners, read more to find out...

The best mirrorless cameras shortlist:

Nikon Z6

Sony A7 III

Fujifilm X-T3

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Sony A7R III

Sony A6400

Sony A9

Are mirrorless cameras better than DSLR?

It all depends on how and where you will be using your camera. Although DSLR cameras are renowned for their high-quality shots and optical viewfinders suited for low light conditions, the advancements in mirrorless technology today is mind-blowing. You can now buy a mirrorless camera that is far lighter, faster, more compact and with much higher video quality. Yes, you may have fewer accessories to choose from, but there are far more lenses on the market than a couple of years ago, and the selection is only growing.

What type of photography are mirrorless cameras best for?

There is no real limitation to what mirrorless cameras can be used for. Despite situations where you would choose your camera purely on its performance in low light conditions, photographers could argue that mirrorless cameras are good and if not better for travel photography or any kind of photography where being fast and lightweight is in your favour.

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Kirk Schwarz is one of our resident tech experts. A tech-addicted photographer with more than a decade's experience, Kirk's used to putting new gear through extreme field-testing.

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