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The 6 Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1,000 - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1,000

Mirrorless cameras are an excellent choice for many photographers and videographers. Unlike traditional DSLRs, they tend to be smaller and lighter, with fast autofocus systems and quick continuous shooting speeds. There are also plenty of options to suit different budgets, whether you're buying new or used. The good news is that most modern mirrorless cameras, even entry-level models, are versatile enough for a wide range of photography and video work. With so many models on the market, you can find something that suits your needs without breaking the bank.

We've bought and tested over 80 cameras in our lab, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras under $1,000. If you're looking for something even more affordable, you can also take a look at the best cameras under $500. Or, if you're looking specifically for more beginner-friendly models, try our picks for the best mirrorless cameras for beginners. If you think you'd prefer a point-and-shoot camera with a fixed lens, you can also check out our recommendations for the best compact cameras.

  1. Best Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000

    The Nikon Z 50 is the best under $1,000 we've tested if you want a camera and kit lens bundle. Nikon's entry-level mirrorless model has much going for it, from a sturdy, weather-sealed body to excellent ergonomics and intuitive controls. Though it doesn't have the highest-resolution sensor among its peers, it still performs very well for its class. A quick burst rate and solid autofocus system make it a great choice if you like to shoot faster subjects, too.

    It even has good video specs for its price, with 4k video recording at up to 30 fps and a screen that can flip down for vlogs. That said, lens selection is still somewhat limited for Nikon's Z-mount, especially for APS-C cameras like this one. The similarly-priced Sony a6400 has much better native and third-party lens support, making it a good alternative in this price range if you want more lens options. However, the out-of-camera colors and handling on the Nikon, including its more intuitive user interface, make it our top pick for most users.

    See our review

  2. Best Mirrorless Camera Body Under $1,000

    If you can stretch your budget a little, consider the Fujifilm X-S10. You can get the camera body for just under $1,000, but additional lenses will cost you more. If it's within your budget, this is one of the best APS-C cameras you can get. It's one of the few cameras in this price range to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which can help you get clear shots at slower shutter speeds or record more stable handheld video. It also has simple controls and a fully articulated screen that's handy for video work or vlogging.

    While the X-S10 has many great video features, it's also an excellent photography camera, thanks to a high-resolution APS-C sensor and Fuji's well-loved color science. You have several film simulation profiles to play around with to change up the look of your photos straight out of the camera. Unfortunately, it isn't weather-sealed like the Nikon Z 50 above, but that's a small sacrifice considering how well-rounded this entry-level hybrid model is.

    See our review

  3. Best Compact Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000

    If you need something more portable, the Fujifilm X-T30 II is a great APS-C option that you can find for under $1,000 without a lens. It uses the same sensor as the Fujifilm X-S10, so image and video quality are similar. The big difference is the design of its body—though it sacrifices a roomier handgrip, the X-T30 II is remarkably portable for an interchangeable-lens camera, making it a great option for travel or street photography.

    Unlike the X-S10, this model also has more manual control dials, making it easy to adjust your settings on the fly, though they can take some getting used to if you haven't shot in manual before. Beyond that, it takes amazing photos straight out of the camera, has a nice tilting screen for waist-level shooting, and even boasts some decent video specs if you like to do some video shooting on the side.

    See our review

  4. Best Beginner Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000

    The best beginner model we've tested is the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. This Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera offers a ton of value for its price. It's one of the few cameras at this price point to offer built-in five-axis sensor stabilization, which is great for stabilizing handheld vlogs or taking photos in trickier lighting conditions where you have to use a slower shutter speed.

    On top of that, it's compact and lightweight, and MFT lenses tend to be smaller than those of larger-sensor camera systems, making for a more portable overall kit. Like the Fujifilm X-T30 II, this is a great option for travel, and it includes plenty of creative auto modes that are great for beginner users. That said, its autofocus system lags behind a lot of the competition. You may prefer the Canon EOS M50 Mark II if you want more reliable autofocus and better low-light capability, but it lacks IBIS and has fewer lens options.

    See our review

  5. Best Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Under $1,000

    You don't need to spend a small fortune to get a great vlogging camera, especially with the slew of affordable mirrorless options designed specifically for vlogging. Among those, the best we've tested is the Sony ZV-E10. It's lightweight and portable, and though it doesn't have a viewfinder, it does have a vari-angle screen that makes it easy to monitor yourself while shooting. It also has specialized autofocus modes for vlogging, like 'Product Showcase', which automatically prioritizes objects held up close in the frame without you having to cover your face. Add that all up, and you've got one of the most capable vlogging cams on the market.

    It doesn't have IBIS like the pricier Fujifilm X-S10, and its e-stabilization feature isn't the most effective. However, you can still pair the ZV-E10 with optically stabilized lenses for smoother footage. It's also quite portable for on-the-go vlogging. Ultimately, this is one of the best options for aspiring content creators who don't want to spend a fortune on a video camera.

    See our review

  6. Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000

    Before the Canon EOS RP rolled out, you would have been hard-pressed to find a brand-new full-frame camera for under $1,000. At just under $1,000 for the body, it's one of the cheapest full-frame cameras on the market. Of course, just like the Fujifilm X-S10 above, you'll have to stretch your budget if you still need lenses, but it's still a great entryway into full-frame photography for those who can't afford a higher-end camera body.

    There's a lot to love about the RP, from its relatively portable size to its accessible controls and user interface. There is a trade-off, though. Build quality leaves a little to be desired, and it has disappointingly short battery life. Unlike the X-S10, it doesn't have built-in stabilization and only shoots heavily cropped 4k video, so it isn't the best choice for hybrid or video shooters. Still, the boost in low-light capability and the ability to use full-frame lenses might be worth the trade-off for portrait and landscape photographers.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Nikon Z 5: The Nikon Z 5 is an entry-level full-frame camera that can be found on sale for under $1,000. It has a higher resolution EVF than the Canon EOS RP and in-body image stabilization. However, it's normally priced at over $1,000. See our review
  • Nikon Z fc: For those who like the style and controls of retro SLRs, the Nikon Z fc is designed after a vintage SLR camera but fitted with the latest digital camera technology, including a fully articulated touchscreen, EVF, and high-resolution sensor. Internally, it's very similar to the Nikon Z 50. However, it's more expensive and doesn't feel as sturdily built. See our review
  • Fujifilm X-T200: The Fujifilm X-T200 is an APS-C mirrorless camera that offers excellent image quality, so photos look sharp, detailed, and relatively noise-free. However, its autofocus system isn't as good as the Nikon Z 50. Also, it's tough to find in stock. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 24, 2023: Added the Nikon Z 5 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 29, 2023: Renamed the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV from 'Best Budget Camera' to 'Best Beginner Camera Under $1,000'.

  3. Jan 23, 2023: Replaced the Canon EOS M50 Mark II with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV as the 'Best Budget Mirrorless Camera' and added the Fujifilm X-T30 II as the 'Best Compact Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000'.

  4. Nov 24, 2022: Checked accuracy of article with minor tweaks for clarity of text.

  5. Sep 28, 2022: Restructured article and adjusted picks based on user needs and current market conditions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mirrorless cameras under $1,000 for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability (no cameras that are difficult to find or almost out of stock in the US).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras under $1,000. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There is no single perfect camera. Personal taste, preference, and shooting habits will matter more in your selection.