What’s the latest camera that’s mirrorless? That will depend on what kind of photographer you are, so we have provided a selection of cameras that are ideal for beginners, amateur vloggers, filmmakers, photography lovers, and experienced photographers.
You’ll find some amazing mirrorless cameras under the $1500 price range if you’re getting serious about photography and don’t mind investing a little more cash. There are excellent sensors (some full-frame), improved autofocus technologies, and 4K video capture for these cameras. Expect a lot of clear and adjustable controls and, in some examples, weather-sealed bodies.
You can find that the new mid-range mirrorless models will equal or exceed the best DSLRs for features and performance if you are an enthusiast looking to upgrade from an older or more limited DSLR. Thanks to the rise of influencers and vloggers, the video has become increasingly relevant, and many of the best cameras for vlogging are in this group. The cameras have a wide variety of features in this segment and respond to a broad spectrum of subjects and shooting modes.
The best mirrorless cameras under $1500 have all of the advantages (such as better image quality) of larger DSLRs. Still, they are typically much more lightweight, making them easy to bear for amateurs and professionals alike.
Mirrorless cameras run a little bit differently than DSLRs. The latter has a mirror that flips up from the camera’s lens to expose the sensor to light. Mirrorless cameras lack this feature, as their name implies, which makes them more portable. This also suggests that they do not have a conventional optical viewfinder like DSLRs because any image you see has been created digitally. This shouldn’t be too much of a big deal for most folks.
1. Sony a6600
Megapixels: 24.2 APS-C CMOS | Lens Type: Interchangeable | ISO Range: 100- 32000 optical (50 – 102400 with boost) | Image Stabilization: 5-axis in-body | Video (Max Resolution): 4K/60 fps | Shooting Speed: 11 fps | Display: Articulating 3-inch touchscreen | Wi-Fi: Yes | Battery Life: 720 shots | Size/Weight: 4.7 x 2.7 x 2.3 inches; 1.1 pounds
- World’s fastest AF at 0 02 sec W/ real-time AF & Object tracking
- 24 2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ front end LSI and ISO up to 102 400
- Wide 425-phase/425-contrast detection AF points over 84% of sensor
- Up to 11fps continuous shooting at 24 2MP RAW w/ AF/AE tracking
The Sony Alpha a6600 is the successor to the older, but still fantastic a6500, and has features such as 5-axis stabilization of in-body images, 4K video capture at 60 frames per second, and a lightweight but solid body of magnesium alloy that is covered from dust and mist.
The a6600 has the same 24.2-MP sensor as its predecessor, but now it has a broader ISO range (100-32,000) with a faster processor and AI-enabled autofocusing of the eye in both still and video. And the rated 720-shot battery life of the a6600 is double that of the a6500; while we also suggest that you pick up a spare battery, it’s nice to know that the a6600’s can last a lot longer.
2. Nikon Z5
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame CMOS | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Nikon Z | Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 4.5fps | Viewfinder: EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage, 0.8x magnification | Max video resolution: 4K UHD at 30p | User level: Enthusiast
- Intensely detailed 24MP full frame images and 4K UHD videos
- VR image stabilization built-in for sharp, stabilized photos and videos
- Superb 273 point autofocus system that can focus near the edges, detect and follow eyes (people, cats and dogs) and...
- Creative features built-in, including time-lapse, multiple exposure, creative picture controls and focus shift...
The Nikon Z5 is the best entry-level full-frame model you can purchase right now despite not being flawless, making it a decent choice for those looking for the first time to switch to the larger sensor. There’s a lot to like about the Nikon Z5, with a 24.3-megapixel sensor that consistently delivers vivid, sharp, clean images, a powerful autofocusing device, and a comfortable and well-built frame. It is a good touch that brings a touch of premium quality to the proceedings by equipping it with the same high-resolution viewfinder as its more sophisticated Z6/Z7 siblings. What makes the Z5 down are factors that others would not even be too worried about – for action gamers, the 4.5fps high frame rate is underwhelming, and the crop added to 4K footage is annoying for vloggers. None of those things, either? Well, happier days.
3. Canon EOS RP
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 26.2MP | Lens mount: Canon RF | Screen: 3in articulating touchscreen, 1,040,800 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Max burst speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
- Lightest, smallest full-frame EOS camera
- RF mount compatible with RF lenses and EF/EF-S lenses
- High image quality with 26.2 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
- Dual pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate auto focus
Canon came up with this smaller, cheaper EOS RP platform only a couple of months after unveiling the EOS R. At first, we were a little lukewarm because the specs seemed unadventurous, but Canon has slowly built up its RF lens range since then. The EOS RP price has sunk below that of many APS-C models. We estimate that the EOS RP’s cute styling, compact size, and multi-angle screen make it a perfect value purchase at today’s rates. If the EOS R has a lot in common with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, the EOS RP is like a mirrorless version of the EOS 6D Mark II variant of Canon’s entry-level full-frame. You get a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor with the EOS RP, 4,779-point Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, 4K video (cropped, admittedly), and the convenient, completely articulated rear monitor. The competitive pricing makes the EOS RP the least expensive full-frame camera that is still a new product on the market, and even with its powerful 24-105mm STM package lens, it is really cheap.
4. Sony A6400
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.3MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting screen, 921k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2.36m dots | Continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Max video resolution: 4K UHD | User level: Enthusiast
- 20.1MP stacked back illuminated 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor w/ DRAM, large aperture 24-70mm1 F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T...
- Enhanced subject capture: wide 425 Phase/ 425 contrast detection points over 84 percent of the sensor
- Fast & accurate: Up to 11Fps continuous shooting at 24.2 MP raw with crisp, clear natural colors
- Multiple movie functions: Make time lapse movies or slow/quick motion videos without post processing
The A6400’s lack of in-body stabilization and headphone jack can make it seem under-equipped when it comes to video capture. But its outstanding picture quality (smooth movement, amazing detail levels), rugged construction of magnesium alloy, inexpensive price tag, and most notably, it’s excellent, technologically advanced autofocus configuration goes a long way to make it a candidate for the most open 4K camera round. The autofocus, which requires excellent real-life eye and face monitoring, takes a great deal of the work out of both videos and still work, particularly whether you shot other people or yourself regularly. The step-up variant in the series, the Sony A6600, retains much of the specifications and features of the A6400 but adds in-body stability, a headphone jack, and longer battery life. We’ll be testing this soon to see if the premium is worth it, but the A6400 is our Sony choice for now.
5. Canon M50 II
Megapixels: 24.1 | ISO: 100-25600 | Built-in Flash: Yes | Shooting Speed: 7 fps | Body Size/Weight: 4.58 x 3.47 x 2.31 inches, 12.35 ounces | Viewfinder: Yes | Screen: 3-inch LCD | Battery Life (CIPA): 320 with LCD on
- 24.1 megapixel (aps-c) cmos sensor with iso 100-25600 (h: 51200).
- digic 8 image processor with auto lighting optimizer.
- improved dual pixel cmos af and eye detection af (still/movie servo af support).
- 4k uhd 24p and hd 120p for slow motion.
The EOS M50 Mark II from Canon is their newest entry-level mirrorless camera. And it’s a camera that they’ve catered primarily to content producers or hybrid shooters. But even so, in the EOS M lineup, it is their most flexible and well-rounded choice. Possibly their most successful and best-selling entry-level camera is its ancestor, the EOS M50. So it would make sense to see them try to refresh the line finally, double down, and continue their success. Yet the Mark II continues to be quite a trivial refresh on paper over its predecessor.
6. Nikon Z50
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 20.9MP | Lens mount: Nikon Z | Screen: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Continuous shooting speed: 11fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
- Compact, lightweight and durably constructed mirrorless camera
- First DX-format mirrorless camera to use a large 55mm lens mount, offering advantages in high image quality and low...
- 20.9 MP sensor with robust 4K UHD video features
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for simple pairing to a smartphone
Looking for a smaller, more affordable variant for travel and general shooting of the full-frame Nikon Z6? The Z50 fits the bill and is a perfect entry into Nikon’s mid-range, APS-C cameras. It is especially ideal for those looking to switch from a Nikon DSLR to mirrorless as it prioritizes handling thanks to its wide, deep grip, unlike more petite rivals such as the Fujifilm X-T30. The Z50 produces fantastic images and has the same outstanding autofocus system as the Nikon Z6, which performs very well for static subjects. Still, when it comes to sports and motion, it can’t quite equal the output of anything like the Sony A6400. However, the Z50 is a decent camera for travel and general shooting with an excellent viewfinder and tilting touchscreen. It is compatible with older F-mount lenses through an optional adaptor, along with Nikon’s new Z-Mount glass.
7. Sony A7S II
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 12.2MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,229k dots | Viewfinder: 2,359k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast/professional
- full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
- fast and effective, enhanced fast hybrid af
- 12.2 megapixels 10 35mm full-frame exmor cmos sensor lens compatibility - sony e-mount lenses
- bionz x image processing engine ; clear image zoom :still/movie: approx. 2x
The A7S II is the best still camera for video recording available at the moment. To allow better light collecting capacity and enhance video quality, the resolution is held to 12 million pixels. It creates video similar to that devoted to the professional stage but is much smaller and lighter and can internally capture 4K videos.
The a7S II is the best still camera for video recording available right now. It has more capabilities at the technical level than any other and works extremely well in low light. Besides, the ability to capture in-camera 4K footage enables users to fly lighter and function more discreetly for greater independence. If you need to take stills daily in low light but do not need to make prints larger than A3, it’s also a fantastic choice (11.69 x 16.53 inches). The 42Mp Sony Alpha 7R II, a very competent all-rounder, is the only significant competition.
8. Panasonic GH5
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.3MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.2-inch vari-angle display, 1,620,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 12fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert
- Professional quality photo and 4K video performance in a durable magnesium alloy body.
- Includes the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 Lens (Power O.I.S. / 62mm Filter Tread / 4 ASPH / 2 ED)
- 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter.
- 5-Axis photo/video Dual I.S.. 2.0 up to 5 Stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus In-body stabilization Support for...
The Panasonic Lumix GH5 is a much more balanced piece of equipment, whereas the last couple of GH-series cameras have looked a bit like video cameras masquerading as stills. Before you start considering dedicated professional video cameras, it’s definitely one of the better 4K camera options out there. If not, the still photographer backs up the best, and that video capability by a decent collection of features.
The Panasonic GH5 is a video camera with features found on more costly video equipment. It records video at up to 4K/60p resolution, including 4:2:2 10-bit color up to 4K/30p, and has valuable resources to help with filmings, such as waveforms and a built-in LUT monitor. The body is compelling, has many custom function buttons, and an excellent EVF, while a video can search for autofocus a little. It also shoots stills, delivering powerful images for a camera with Micro Four Thirds.
9. Fujifilm X-T3
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: : 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X mount | Monitor: : EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage | Continuous shooting speed: : 11fps | Viewfinder: : EVF | Max video resolution: : 4K | User level: : Enthusiast
- New 26.1MP X Trans CMOS 4 sensor with X Processor 4 image processing engine
- 4K movie recording internal SD card 4K/60P 4: 2: 0 10bit recording and the first Mirrorless digital camera with APS C or...
- 2.16M phase detection pixels across entire frame and low light phase detection limits has been increased over X T2 by 2...
- 3.69 million dot OLED color viewfinder with 0.75x magnification and blackout free burst shooting
The X-T3 is a nice upgrade to one of our favorite APS-C cameras as a still camera, greatly upgrading the autofocus. It’s knockout, however, if you’re involved in stills and films. The lack of stabilization keeps the video in touch, but it’s impressive as a compact, reasonably inexpensive do-everything camera.
In too many fields, the X-T3 is so fantastic that you almost need to scratch the barrel to find something bad to tell about it at all. Yeah, in continuous shooting mode, a greater buffer depth would have been good, and it’s a shame there’s no in-body stabilization, but if you look at the price and what this camera can do, it outweighs all these tiny niggles. The newer X-T4 has IBIS, a multi-angle display, and a larger battery, but the standard stills and video specs of the X-T3 are the same, so it’s a nice buy.
10. Sony A7R II
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: Full frame | Megapixels: 42.4MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Screen: 3in tilting touchscreen, 1,229k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,359k dots | Continuous shooting speed: 5fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast/professional
- World’s first Full-frame 5-axis in-body image stabilization optimized for 42.4MP full-frame, 4K movie recording with...
- 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder w/ZEISS T- coating, connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/camera apps,...
- Shutter vibration suppression, curtain shutter, silent shutter, Resolution meets sensitivity 42.4MP up to ISO 102,400/4K...
- Fast Hybrid AF with 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points and sensor is 35 mm full-frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor R...
The Sony a7R II provides a thin, lightweight body with 42MP stills and 4K recording. Electronic shutter and in-body image stabilization make it difficult for you to acquire high-quality images and video from equivalent DSLRs if you get it at all. The a7R II class-leading low light efficiency and respectable dynamic range is given by BSI-CMOS. The a7R II also incorporates destructive phase AF detection on the sensor, with the widest coverage of any full-frame camera, accurate eye focus, professional video AF performance, and the potential to target non-native lenses.
It’s crazy to consider that the Sony A7R II goes all the way back to 2015, and yet it still has 4K video and Sony’s super-sharp 42.4MP full-frame sensor in-body image stabilization. Since then, the Sony A7 series has gone on with later versions introducing continuous shooting of 10fps, more advanced AF, and even more pixels in Sony A7R IV. Sony, however, has retained the older A7R II on sale at slowly dropping prices, rendering it an excellent choice for hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to progress to a higher standard of image quality that even now can not match many cameras.
11. Panasonic Lumix G95
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.3MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Monitor: 3-inch free-angle touchscreen, 2.1m dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 9fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
- Four thirds sensor– 20. 3 Megapixel digital live MOS sensor without low pass filter attains maximum performance (is...
- Lumix g MFT camera lens – easy to use Lumix g 12 60mm 3. 5 5. 6 standard focal for Micro Four Thirds lens mount...
- 4K v log L video – 4K 24/30P video capture Plus pre installed v log L offers exceptional flexibility in post...
- 4: 2: 2 HDMI output – Real time image output to an optional external monitor in 4: 2: 2/ 8 bit via an optional micro...
For enthusiasts and vloggers, the Panasonic Lumix G95 is a perfectly still and video camera. In some competitor mirrorless cameras, the Micro Four Thirds sensor is smaller than the APS-C sensors, but this does not seem to hurt its performance. The architecture of handling and control is perfect, and even the autofocus feels really snappy. The price is the only problem. This camera is fine, but it’s not inexpensive.
A decent all-around mirrorless camera is the Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90, although it doesn’t stand out in any specific region. With plenty of direct controls, in-body IS, and an EVF that is far larger than its contemporaries, its build efficiency is excellent. The image quality is outstanding, but it is behind its rivals who use larger sensors. In the daytime, video quality is good but falls behind when visibility is low. In comparison, a 1.25x crop does not limit the range of lenses for wide-angle camera capture while capturing 4K video.
12. Sony a7 II
Megapixels: 24.7 | ISO: 100-25600 | Built-in Flash: No | Shooting Speed: 5 fps | Body Size/Weight: 5 x 3.87 x 2.37 inches, 1 pound 3.6 ounces | Viewfinder: Yes | Screen: 3-inch LCD | Battery Life (CIPA): 340 with LCD on
- World’s first 5 axis in body image stabilization in a full frame camera
- Use your favorite lenses without blur from camera shake; High 50 Mbps bit rate XAVC S21 format recording of Full HD...
- Capture stunning images with full frame, 24.3MP resolution. Lens Compensation: Peripheral shading, chromatic aberration,...
- Fast hybrid AF with phase detection: 30 percent faster than a7
It’s the first full-frame mirrorless camera in the world to bring 5-axis image stabilization in the body, but the Sony a7 II has more than just steady shooting. For easy access to your favorite settings, this petite, sexy camera fits in most pockets, and packs a bunch of customizable buttons and knobs. Also at high ISO light sensitivity speeds, we have liked the vivid, transparent images and relatively low noise (graininess). You’ll be able to beam your shots to your smartphone or device within seconds thanks to powerful wireless capability.
At this time, the Sony a7 II is a few years old, succeeded by the Sony a7 III, which includes full-frame HDR 4K video and increased battery life, to name a few things, but the a7 II is still a powerful camera, and it’s less than $900 now, making it a great buy.
13. Canon M50
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C size | Megapixels: 24.1MP | Screen type: 3.2in vari-angle touchscreen LCD, 1.04million dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,36million dots | Shooting Speed: 7fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
- 241 Megapixel APS C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning...
- Vari angle touchscreen LCD has a flexible tilt range ideal for high angle and low angle shooting, and reviewing your...
- Built in high resolution electronic viewfinder features approximately 2,360,000 dots to see high amounts of detail when...
The Canon EOS M50 loads many innovations into its lightweight shell, and the fact that it has a viewfinder is a major selling point while so many similarly priced mirrorless cameras do not. However, the retracting 15-45mm kit lens is a little difficult to use, and there are some unforeseen drawbacks to the 4K camera mode. Nevertheless, for Canon’s EOS M series, this is a major jump in the right direction.
As a still camera, the EOS M50 is a solid option for photographers who, without going crazy, want something more sophisticated than an entry-level camera. The consistency of its graphic, upgraded AF system, and wireless networking are all excellent, and a nice bonus is the latest C-Raw format. If 4K video is what you’re after, due to its high crop factor, rolling shutter, and mediocre AF results, the M50 is not the camera for you.
14. Sony a6100
Megapixels: 24.2 | ISO: 100-51,200 | Built-in Flash: Yes | Shooting Speed: 11 fps | Body Size/Weight: 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9 inches/14.25 ounces | Viewfinder: Yes | Screen: 3 inch touchscreen LCD | Battery Life (CIPA): 420 shots
- World’s fastest AF at 0.02 sec. W/ real-time AF & Object tracking
- Wide 425-phase/425-contrast detection AF points over 84% of sensor
- 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ front end LSI and ISO up to 51,200
- Up to 11fps continuous shooting5 at 24.2MP RAW w/ AF/AE tracking
Since its introduction five years ago, the entry-level Sony A6000 has proved itself to be a hugely successful mirrorless camera. The A6100, its replacement, takes the new formula and makes some tweaks that help it cope with today’s mirrorless pack. The A6100 is lightweight and capable, mixing a beginner-friendly construction with a feature set that will not disappoint the more ambitious. It can take time to grasp the potential of the camera, but there’s plenty of it. The APS-C sensor is the same 24.2MP chip used in more premium Sony cameras, while the Sony A6600 flagship shares the autofocus system. The effect is outstanding continuous tracking capability and photographs with lots of detail and generally correct colors, combined with a decent lens. The battery life is still good, and the tilting screen is now touch-sensitive, but it is relatively minimal in scope. Auto ISO does not suit fast-moving topics, for instance, but these are more forgivable on an entry-level model, especially such a sturdy all-rounder as the A6100. Certain efficiency and handling quirks are shared with its more expensive relatives. It needs to be as famous as its forerunner.
15. Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Megapixels: 32.5MP APS-C CMOS sensor | ISO: 100-51,200 | Built-in Flash: Yes | Shooting Speed: 14 fps | Body Size/Weight: 4.71 x 2.76 x 1.94 inches, 14.4 ounces | Viewfinder: No (optional add-on) | Screen: 3.0-inch tilt touchscreen; 1.04 million dots | Battery Life (CIPA): 300 shots
- High image quality with 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
- High-speed continuous shooting of up to 14 fps with AF/AE tracking
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5, 481 manually selectable AF positions, and eye AF Servo support
- 4K UHD 30P/ Full HD 129P video
It has a 32MP APS-C sensor, the highest resolution of its class, and shares a range of features with the Canon EOS 90D, its DSLR siblings, such as the image processor, 4K video, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. And it comes in a slightly more compact box, coming in at 14.4 ounces with the battery. Canon’s second-generation EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera has a lot to like.
Canon lost a built-in viewfinder, though, and although the M6 Mark II has an impressive 3-inch touchscreen, you’ll want to buy this camera as part of a kit or be able to pay out an additional $200 for the extra electronic viewfinder that fits into the hot shoe of the camera. However, if you can live with this compromise, crisp pictures, and fast shooting speeds will reward you.
16. Fujifilm X-T30
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 26.1MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots | Viewfinder: Electronic | Continuous shooting speed: 30fps (electronic shutter, 1.25x crop), 8fpt (mechanical shutter) | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
- Advanced Image Sensor Technology: The 26.1MP BSI APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor and X-Processor 4 quad-core CPU...
- Accurate Auto-Focus Tracking and Face Detection: he new X-Processor 4 Quad Core-CPU offers fast and accurate...
- Superior video and image effects: The ex-t30 offers the ability to record 4K video at 30 frames per second or capture of...
- Intuitive Design with Comfortable Controls: Offers 3. 0-inch touch LCD with 2-way tilting and improved touch screen to...
This little gem remains our favorite compact, strong mirrorless camera, despite its age. Although we are big fans of its bigger sibling, the X-T4 (position number 1), the combination of travel-friendly size and excellent efficiency of this model makes it a perfect alternative for those who like something a little less voluminous. Despite its arrival in February 2019, it is no longer brand new. The flipside of its generation, though, is that you can pick it up for some decent rates, and it’s still a really modern camera with few drawbacks. As with the Fujifilm X-T3, you get the same 26.1MP APS-C sensor and processing engine, making it suitable for anything from sports snaps to landscape photography. This is aided by a phase-detect AF device spanning almost the entire frame, plus the normal selection of excellent Fujifilm Video Simulation modes that subtly ape the brand’s old film looks. This is a wonderful, charming little all-rounder.
17. Panasonic Lumix G9
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.3MP | Lens: Micro Four Thirds | Monitor: 3-inch free angle touchscreen, 1.04-million dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 60fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Enthusiast
- Professional photo and video performance 20 3-Megapixel (Plus 80-megapixel high-resolution Jpeg/raw in-camera image)...
- Rugged splash/freeze proof design Durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use out in the field and is freeze proof...
- Class-leading dual image stabilization 5-axis Dual image stabilization corrects all lenses including classic lenses not...
- 4K 60P video 4 2 2 10bit & slow-motion effects silky-smooth 4K 60P recording (QFHD 4K 3840 x 2160/MP4) in 4 2 2 10bit...
This is not Panasonic’s most video-centric camera, but the Lumix G9 is a great all-rounder for stills and video, especially thanks to a recent firmware update in November 2019. See the Panasonic GH5S and GH5 above. This added to some already delicious camera credentials, pro-friendly treatments such as 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture, which included the ability to film Movie 4K video at a steady 60fps frame rate. The G9 also boasts excellent stabilization of the in-body image, equivalent to 6.5 additional exposure stops, as well as two UHS-II SD card slots. It is also weatherproof, great to handle, and has a wealth of still-focused characteristics, including a burst mode that shoots with autofocus at 20fps and without an impressive 60fps. Overall, we think it’s the best all-around mirrorless camera from Panasonic, especially given its recent drop in price to under $1,500.
18. Fujifilm X-T200
Type: Mirrorless | Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24.2MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Screen: 3.5in vari-angle touchscreen, 2,760k dots | Viewfinder: EVF, 2,360k dots | Max continuous shooting speed: 8fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner/Intermediate
- FUJIFILM X-T200 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Dark Silver) (USA Warranty) 16645864
- SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card, Vivitar SD Card Reader, Memory Card Wallet, Lens Cleaning Kit
- Inside Camera Box: FUJIFILM NP-W126S Li-Ion Battery Pack, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, FUJIFILM Body Cap, 1 Year Fujifilm...
The Fujifilm X-T200 is an elegant camera with an attractive style, decent build quality and a wonderful 3.5-inch display. It can be controlled almost exclusively from the touchscreen, but if you wish to use them, it has plenty of dials. Its picture and 4K video quality are very good, but the quality of 1080 is not so great. It has some cool video features, including mic and headphone sockets and a ‘digital gimbal’ mode.
The Fujifilm X-T200 is a kind of bridge between the fundamental mirrorless versions of the company and its more modern cameras. Fujifilm is perhaps better known for its classically designed X-series cameras, with conventional aperture controls and standard handling. In its X-A line, designed for first-time consumers and smartphone upgraders, it also allows entry-level mirrorless cameras.
How to pick the best mirrorless camera under $1500 for you
When searching for a mirrorless camera, the requirements are pretty much the same as when hunting for a camera of some kind.
What’s your budget, first? You will find versions that are twice as pricey, and their specs are very enticing, while our choices of the best mirrorless cameras all come under $1,500.
Next, what is your level of experience? It is worth considering a lower-priced model with more beginner-friendly features, such as in-camera guides that describe different settings, whether you are new to mirrorless cameras or photography in general.
Last, remember what you want the camera to do. You’ll want a camera that can take a lot of pictures easily, as well as one with in-camera stabilization whether you’re taking sports or wildlife. And while mirrorless cameras are known for their smaller size relative to DSLRs, if you plan to take it on the road, you’ll want one that’s more compact.