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The 7 Best Mirrorless Cameras - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are a compelling choice for many new buyers, as they tend to be more portable than traditional DSLRs, feature responsive, precise autofocus systems, fast continuous shooting speeds, and electronic viewfinders that let you preview the effect of exposure adjustments in real time. They've come a long way in recent years, even surpassing the DSLR in popularity, with a wide range of models that cater to every budget and experience level.

A note, though: We've divided our list into the best cameras for most users—all crop-sensor cameras—and the best full-frame options, which tend to be higher-end and reserved mostly for pros and enthusiasts due to their more prohibitive price points. Most users, unless you're a freelancer or artist, will find full-frame to be overkill. At the end of the day, photography is less about gear and more about the person behind the camera and their skill. Most modern cameras are technically advanced and can do just about anything you might need. That's the good news. The bad news is that makes it rather difficult to narrow down your options and make a buying decision.

Thankfully, we've bought and tested over 75 cameras and narrowed them down for you, and below, you'll find our recommendations for the best mirrorless cameras to buy. If you're buying your first camera, you might prefer to check out our picks for the top mirrorless cameras for beginners. And if you're more interested in video, you can also check out our favorite cameras for filmmaking or vlogging. Alternatively, if portability is your biggest priority, look at our recommendations for the best mirrorless travel cameras.

  1. Best Mirrorless Camera

    The Fujifilm X-T4 is among the best APS-C cameras out there. Unless you're a pro or serious hobbyist, the advantages of using a high-end full-frame camera will be marginal. An APS-C model like the X-T4 still offers well-rounded performance, but at a more palatable price and in a more portable package. Its weather-sealed body is relatively compact, with physical exposure dials that give you more hands-on control, and the camera is just a blast to shoot with. Add in an excellent in-body image stabilization (IBIS) feature and a solid autofocus (AF) system, plus excellent video specs, including internal 10-bit 4k up to 60 fps, and it's a super likable and well-rounded camera that can do just about everything you need.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Camera

    The Fujifilm X-S10 follows in the footsteps of the Fujifilm X-T4 but with a price tag that falls in the tail-end of the mid-range. If you don't need more advanced features like internal 10-bit recording, weather-sealing, and the longer battery life you get with the X-T4, then the X-S10 is for you. It ditches the dedicated exposure dials that Fuji fans are used to; however, the simpler mode dial is a bit more accessible to newcomers, and the camera has a deeper, more comfortable handgrip than its higher-end sibling. The best part is that you still get IBIS with this camera, a rarity for cameras that fall around the $1,000 mark. All that means that this is one of the best-value APS-C cameras around.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Mirrorless Camera

    If you don't need built-in sensor stabilization, you can save a bit of money with a true mid-range option like the Nikon Z 50. With a kit lens included at a relatively affordable price, this model has a lot to offer for both new users and more advanced users looking for an affordable all-arounder with an APS-C sensor. It has a lower-resolution sensor than the Fujifilm X-S10, so you'll have a bit less leeway for cropping photos, but at 20MP, you'll still see amazing results, and it's well-suited to low-light shooting. What will really make you fall in love with this camera is its handling. It's not the most compact option—for more portability, you might want to look at the similarly-priced Sony α6400—but it feels super comfortable in the hand, and Nikon's intuitive user interface and ergonomics are known to be among the best.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Mirrorless Camera

    If you're on an even tighter budget, you won't find a more affordable mirrorless camera than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II (short of buying a camera secondhand). This portable APS-C option offers a ton of value for its price and makes for a great entry point into the world of mirrorless cameras. While it doesn't feel as well-built as pricier options like the Nikon Z 50, it's super portable, and its intuitive menu system and simple controls make it a breeze to shoot with. It also delivers great overall image quality right out of the box and has a highly effective AF system, so it's perfect for beginner photographers. It's also a popular budget choice for vlogging; just be aware that its 4k video capability leaves much to be desired, so it's best for those willing to stick to 1080p.

    See our review

  5. Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

    Looking for an all-arounder just short of pro-level that can handle all kinds of photo and video work? The Sony α7 IV is the best full-frame mirrorless camera we've tested, barely unseating our previous favorite, the Canon EOS R6. What brings the Sony over the edge is its super-capable 33MP sensor and a few advantages for video work, including unlimited recording times and better heat management, that make it just slightly more well-rounded than the R6. You also get Sony's reliably accurate AF system and a revamped menu with touch navigation that makes it just that much more usable than previous iterations.

    While the clinical, boxy design doesn't feel as good in the hand (and maybe lacks a bit of soul) compared to the Canon, it's sturdy and weather-sealed, and the high-res viewfinder is great. It does have a slower max burst rate than the Canon (just 6 fps when shooting uncompressed RAW), especially for a camera of its caliber, but otherwise, its flaws are few and far between. You can't go wrong with either of these cameras, but the vast selection of native and third-party lenses for Sony's E-mount make the α7 IV hard to beat among enthusiast mirrorless options.

    See our review

  6. Best Mid-Range Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

    If cameras like the Sony α7 IV or the Canon EOS R6 are a little out of your price range, the Nikon Z 6II comes in at a slightly lower price point and still has a lot to offer. It's right up there in build quality, ergonomics, burst rate, and image quality. And while its autofocusing doesn't quite reach the same heights as the Sony or Canon, it's still highly effective and will serve you well in all but the most extreme shooting situations. The only real downside of the Z 6II is its video capabilities, as it's limited to an 8-bit internal recording, while those pricier competitors can record higher-quality 10-bit video. Nikon's Z-mount lens options are also more limited and generally more expensive—though the high-end S-Line is arguably worth the price tag. If these aren't dealbreakers for you, it's an excellent and reliable photography camera that handles remarkably well.

    See our review

  7. Best Budget Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

    "Budget" is a relative term here, as the Canon EOS RP will still run you a fair amount of pocket change, but as far as full-frame cameras go, there isn't a more affordable option than this (unless you buy used, of course). With a decent full-frame sensor packed into a highly portable body, there's a lot to like about the RP. While it's clear Canon skimped on things like build quality and burst rate compared to pricier models, full-frame image quality and lenses have never been more accessible thanks to models like this. As long as your main focus is photography (that 1.74x crop on 4k video is hard to get past), the RP offers a lot of value, simplicity, and portability, along with a truly great AF system. Overall, it's a solid option for those looking to upgrade from APS-C or jump straight into full-frame photography without breaking the bank.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Nikon Z 5: The Nikon Z 5 is a great entry-level full-frame with notably better build quality than the Canon EOS RP. It's more expensive than the Canon, which, along with the release of the Nikon Z 6II, makes the older Nikon Z 6 a more attractive deal for not a whole lot more. See our review
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV: The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a great budget option that's super portable and uses smaller Micro Four Thirds lenses. Unlike the Canon EOS M50 Mark II, it has IBIS, making it a great choice for vlogs and videos. However, it's a bit more expensive and not as easy or comfortable to shoot with. See our review
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-S5: The Panasonic Lumix DC-S5, the brand's first foray into full-frame, proves that there are attractive alternatives to the big three that dominate the market (that is, Canon, Nikon, and Sony). It's an especially good choice if you're after high-end video specs, surpassing the capabilities of the Nikon Z 6II. However, its contrast-detection AF system and slow max burst rate make it less well-rounded for photography. See our review
  • Sony α6600: The Sony α6600 is a great upper mid-range APS-C camera. It has a longer battery life and a more reliable AF system than the Fujifilm X-S10. However, its ergonomics and video capabilities fall a bit short by comparison. See our review
  • Sony α7 III: The Sony α7 III is the predecessor to the Sony α7 IV and comes in at a slightly lower price point, more comparable in quality and price to the Nikon Z 6II. Sony's AF has a bit of an edge, but the excellent ergonomics, build quality, and slightly better video specs give the Nikon an upper hand over the aging α7 III. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 30, 2022: Overhauled article with new picks and structure for clarity and to better represent the camera market to users.

  2. Feb 17, 2022: Verified that picks still represent the best choice for their given categories.

  3. Jan 13, 2022: Renamed the Sony a6400 the 'Best Mirrorless Camera Under $1,000'. Replaced the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II as 'Best Budget Mirrorless Camera' and added the Olympus as a 'Micro Four Thirds Alternative'.

  4. Dec 16, 2021: Replaced the Canon EOS M50 Mark II with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV as 'Best Budget Mirrorless Camera' due to lack of availability. Moved the Sony a6400 from 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Fujifilm X-T4 to 'Alternative With Better Autofocus' to the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Removed the Canon EOS R and the Nikon Z 6 from Notable Mentions.

  5. Nov 16, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy and clarity; no change to recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras 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 U.S.).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras. 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.