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The 6 Best Mirrorless Cameras - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2024 at 10:31 am
Best Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras have all but won the camera technology wars. For some, that may mean there's no better time to get a DSLR as their prices drop. But if you want to enjoy the best that camera tech has to offer today—and tomorrow—it's clear that mirrorless cameras are here to stay.

While we firmly believe that you don't need the latest or greatest camera to take good photos or enjoy photography—and we even think DSLRs can be some of the best cameras for beginners—mirrorless cameras have a few advantages. They're typically more portable than traditional DSLRs, feature precise and responsive autofocus systems, and have electronic viewfinders that let you preview your exposure in real-time. They've come a long way in a short period, with a constantly expanding market that caters to a range of budgets and experience levels.

We've bought over 100 cameras and tested them in our lab to help you narrow down your options. Below, you'll find our top mirrorless camera recommendations for most people. If you're specifically looking for a full-frame model, check out the best full-frame mirrorless cameras we've tested instead. Alternatively, if you're buying your first camera, you might also want to look at our top mirrorless cameras for beginners or the best budget mirrorless cameras we've tested.

  1. Best Mirrorless Camera

    The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is the best mirrorless camera we've tested. This enthusiast-level hybrid camera can handle a wide range of photography and video work, whether you're a hobbyist or a pro. It's fitted with a high-resolution full-frame sensor with plenty of dynamic range and good low-light noise handling, not to mention in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for steadier handheld shots. Its highly effective autofocus system and 40 fps e-shutter burst rate make it a great fit for faster subjects. On top of that, it has advanced video features like 10-bit 4:2:2 4k recording at up to 60 fps without a crop.

    The biggest downside here is that Canon is still building out its RF lens lineup, and third-party options are only just in the works. If you'd prefer to invest in a more established lens ecosystem, the Sony α7 IV is a no-brainer alternative. It's very evenly matched with the R6 Mark II, with a slightly higher-resolution sensor and an AF system that's just as, if not more, reliable. However, it has a slower max burst rate, particularly when shooting uncompressed RAW files, and it can only record 4k 60 fps video with a heavy crop. But we're really splitting hairs here. Either of these cameras will suit you well, depending on your ergonomic and lens preferences.

    See our review

  2. Best Mirrorless Camera For Video

    The Panasonic LUMIX S5 II is one of the best mirrorless cameras for video work, thanks to high-end video specs like internal 10-bit 4:2:2 color and support for a wide range of recording formats. The original Panasonic LUMIX S5 still offers incredible value for its price, so it's a great alternative if you need to save some money, but the S5 II improves upon the formula with a new phase-detection AF system that offers quicker and smoother autofocusing for those that need it.

    The camera also has a fantastic IBIS system and a full-frame sensor well-suited to shooting in less controlled lighting situations. The Panasonic LUMIX GH6 offers some extra features for even more advanced filmmaking, like internal ProRes codecs and external RAW video output right out of the box. It's part of the Micro Four Thirds system, so there's also a wider range of affordable lens options. However, the S5 II's cheaper body price, larger sensor, and overall feature set make it a fantastic option for the money.

    See our review

  3. Best APS-C Mirrorless Camera

    If you prefer the portability and smaller lenses offered by the APS-C format, the Fujifilm X-T5 is the best enthusiast-oriented APS-C camera. It has the highest-resolution APS-C sensor on the market, with a 40.2-megapixel resolution that captures stunning detail and gives you more leeway to crop your images. The camera's relatively portable design, tilting screen, and dedicated exposure dials are great for street photographers and make it easy to change settings on the fly. It even boasts impressive video features, like 10-bit internal recording and 4k capture at up to 60 fps.

    If you can stretch your budget and don't mind giving up some portability, the Fujifilm X-H2S is another fantastic APS-C option. It's a more expensive camera, so the X-T5 is a better deal for most shooters, but the pro-centric design of the X-H2S and its stacked sensor make it a great fit for high-level action photography and video work. It has slightly better internal video recording specs, including support for ProRes formats, and suffers much less rolling shutter distortion. However, the X-T5 is a bit cheaper and more portable.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Mirrorless Camera

    The Sony α6700 is the best mid-range model we've tested. It's an impressive upgrade from Sony's older APS-C cameras like the Sony α6600, with a new sensor and processor, including a new AI-powered chipset that gives the α6700 one of the most effective AF systems on the market. The camera is also relatively portable, has IBIS, and includes some fairly advanced video features, including 4k at 120 fps (albeit with a significant crop) and internal 10-bit 4:2:2 recording.

    Another great choice in this price range is the Fujifilm X-S20. Its autofocus system isn't quite as reliable as the Sony's, and it can't record 4k video at 120 fps. However, it's still a very impressive hybrid camera, with 4k 60 fps recording. Unlike the α6700, it even supports open gate 6.2k video capability and RAW video output to an external recorder. Those who prefer a more hands-off approach to editing will also love Fuji's JPEG colors and film simulation profiles, but Sony's extensive lens options and ultra-reliable AF make the α6700 a better overall pick.

    See our review

  5. Best Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera

    The Canon EOS R10 is one of the best entry-level cameras you can buy. If you're looking for a well-rounded model that's accessible enough for newcomers but still offers more advanced features, the R10 nails that balance. It has great ergonomics, an intuitive user interface, and highly effective autofocus, plus quick burst shooting and excellent image quality for its class. Vloggers and video shooters can take advantage of 4k recording at up to 60 fps (with a crop), as well as a dedicated high frame rate mode for slow-motion recording at up to 120 fps in 1080p.

    The Fujifilm X-S10 is another great choice at around the same price point. Unlike the R10, it features IBIS, which can help smooth out camera shake when shooting handheld. The X mount also has a more established lens lineup than Canon's RF mount. That said, the Canon camera has a significantly better autofocus system and more frame rate options. The X-S10 has also been discontinued, so you'd have to find one used.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Mirrorless Camera

    If you're on a tighter budget, the Canon EOS R50 is one of the best bang-for-your-buck mirrorless cameras you can get brand new. Sitting below the Canon EOS R10, this is a great entryway into "serious" photography for those who've never used a camera before. It has a highly portable body that makes it easy to grab and go, along with simple controls and easy-to-use auto modes for beginners. Plus, its APS-C sensor captures excellent image quality, and this camera has a great autofocus system and video specs for the price.

    Lens options for Canon's RF mount are still limited, but on the upside, the camera is compatible with both APS-C and full-frame RF lenses, which makes it easier to upgrade to a full-frame body down the line if you want to. If you'd like a more compact camera kit with more lens options, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is a great alternative with a Micro Four Thirds sensor. However, its autofocus system isn't as reliable, and its ergonomics are somewhat lacking.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon EOS R7: The Canon EOS R7 is a fantastic mid-range camera and a great fit for sports and wildlife photography, with better ergonomics and faster burst shooting than the Sony α6700. However, it's also a bit pricier and has fewer lens options overall. See our review
  • Fujifilm X-H2: The Fujifilm X-H2 is an incredible APS-C camera with the same high-resolution sensor as the Fujifilm X-T5. It offers more advanced video capabilities, including 8k recording, but it's pricier and less portable. See our review
  • Nikon Z 6II: The Nikon Z 6II is a well-rounded hybrid camera with a full-frame sensor. It boasts excellent ergonomics and quick burst shooting, but it lags behind cameras like the Canon EOS R6 Mark II when it comes to video capabilities. See our review
  • Nikon Z f: The Nikon Z f is a full-frame camera with a vintage-inspired design. It captures excellent image quality and has a very reliable autofocus system. However, its internal video recording capabilities fall a bit behind the Canon EOS R6 Mark II, and its ergonomics can take some getting used to. See our review
  • OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II: The OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II is one of the best Micro Four Thirds cameras we've tested. It's a great choice if you need something more rugged and portable than the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. However, it isn't as well-rounded for video work and has less advanced internal recording capabilities. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 26, 2024: We included some additional information to clarify that the Fujifilm X-S10 has been discontinued and brushed up some existing text for accuracy.

  2. May 29, 2024: We touched up the article throughout for clarity of text.

  3. Apr 30, 2024: We replaced the OM SYSTEM OM-1 with the OM SYSTEM OM-1 Mark II as a Notable Mention. We also re-ordered the picks slightly so that similarly-priced products are closer together.

  4. Apr 02, 2024: We've replaced the Sony α7 IV with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II as the best overall pick since the Canon is on sale at the time of writing and offers a few small advantages over the Sony. We also renamed the Fujifilm X-T5 to 'Best APS-C Mirrorless Camera' to better reflect its market position and added both the Nikon Z 6II and Nikon Z f to the Notable Mentions.

  5. Mar 04, 2024: We've reviewed the article to ensure that the picks and text are up to date.

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.