The best Sony cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from high-speed sports shooters to high-resolution bodies to highly compact pocket cameras. So the best one is ultimately the one that’s right for you and your needs!

Here we’ll highlight our top recommendations from across Sony’s entire line-up, including some of the best point-and-shoot cameras from its Cyber-shot offerings, the best vlogging cameras from its APS-C range, and the very best professional cameras from its full-frame catalogue.

Sony was first to the full-frame mirrorless party and established a massive lead over Canon and Nikon – a lead that, in many people’s minds, is an insurmountable one. And looking across the line-up, it’s very hard to disagree.

For raw resolving power, the 61-megapixel Sony A7R IV outpunches everything except medium format cameras that cost north of $10,000. For lightning-fast action, the Sony A9 II sports camera is the tool of choice for many pro photographers. And this summer we’ll be seeing the new Sony A7S III – a camera that will challenge the remarkable Canon EOS R5 for video-shooting supremacy.

These are systems geared towards experts and professionals, but Sony hasn’t forsaken its more affordable APS-C cameras – even though the A6XXX range can be confusing! From the entry-level Sony A6100 to the top-of-the-variety Sony A6600, with specialists like the vlogging-oriented Sony A6400 or Sony ZV-1, there’s something for every photography specialist.

Best Sony Mirrorless Camera For Photography in 2021

1. Sony a7S III

Sony NEW Alpha 7S III Full-frame Interchangeable...
  • 12.1MP1 Exmor R sensor, optimized for 4K, sensitivity and speed
  • New BIONZ XR processing engine delivers 8x more processing power2
  • Low noise images w/ ISO up to 409,6003 and 15+stop dynamic range4
  • Up to 4K 120p5 10-bit 4:2:2 and full pixel readout in all rec. modes

Check Out: Best Sony a7S III Lenses

The Sony a7S III is a video-focused full-frame mirrorless camera with a 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. It uses an all-new dual-chip Bionz XR processor, which offers considerably more horsepower, allowing for faster autofocus/auto-exposure as well as high bitrate video. The camera offers an ISO range of 80-102400, which expands to 40-409600. Sony claims that it captures 15 stops of dynamic range. The autofocus system has 759 on-sensor phase-detect points and supports eye and animal AF.

The camera has in-body image stabilization that can reduce shake by up to 5.5 stops. It has the highest resolution electronic viewfinder on the market (as of July 2020), with 9.44 million dots. There’s also a 3.2″ fully articulating LCD. The camera offers two memory card slots, both of which can accept SD (UHS-II) or CFexpress Type A cards. It provides both USB 3.1/3.2 Type 1 and micro USB ports, and can be powered using an external power bank.

2. Sony a6600 

Sony Alpha A6600 Mirrorless Camera
  • 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

Check Out: Best Sony a6600 Lenses

The Alpha A6600 has 425 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-recognition AF points covering approximately 84% of the image area, with a very fast autofocus acquisition time of just 0.02 seconds. Sony’s latest Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF technologies are also both on-board.

The A6600 can record 4K HDR (HLG) 3840×2160 video at 30fps, along with Full HD 1080p footage up to 120fps, both without any limits on the recording length. There’s also a new integrated microphone input for clearer and crisper audio and also an integrated headphone jack for accurate monitoring of recorded sound.

Other key features include a magnesium alloy design that is dust and moisture resistant, a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system, a 180-degree tiltable, 3.0-inch, 921k-dot LCD touch screen, an XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, an ISO range of 100-32000 (expandable to ISO 50-102400), 14-bit raw file support, 11fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and autoexposure, 720 still image battery life and the ability to charge the camera via its USB port, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.

3. Sony A7R II

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable...
  • 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...

Check Out: Best Sony A7R II Lenses

The Sony Alpha 7R II is Sony’s flagship mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, featuring a 42.4MP image stabilized full-frame BSI CMOS sensor. At the point of the announcement, this sensor is by far the largest backside-illuminated CMOS chip ever to be released, allowing the maximum expanded ISO to rise two stops to 102,400. The a7R II’s 5-axis image stabilization that is rated at 4.5 stops, according to CIPA standard. The a7R II boats a highly advanced 399-point phase-detection autofocus system, which is capable of incredible accuracy when tracking moving subjects. As well as stills, the a7R II can capture 4K (UHD) video at 30p/25p or 24p in the XAVC S 4K format. 4K video can be taken either from the full sensor width or from a Super 35 crop.

4. Sony a6400

Sony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera: Compact APS-C...
  • 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

Check Out: Best Sony a6400 Lenses

The Sony a6400 is a midrange mirrorless camera with a 24.2MP APS-C sensor. The biggest feature is undoubtedly its autofocus system, which offers 425 phase-detect points, ‘Real-time Eye AF’ (that work on animals too, via a Summer firmware update) and ‘Real-time tracking’ for moving subjects. The a6400 can shoot bursts at 11 fps with continuous AF.

The design is largely unchanged from the a6300, with Sony claiming improved build quality. The a6400 has the same OLED EVF as the a6300 as well as a touch-enabled tilting LCD. The camera can shoot 4K/30p video with full pixel readout and no pixel-binning, so we expect quality to be excellent. Three log profiles are supported: S-Log2, S-Log3 and HLG, and the a6400 also offers zebra functionality, gamma display assist and proxy recording.

5. Sony A7s II

Sony a7S II ILCE7SM2/B 12.2 MP E-mount Camera with...
  • 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

Check Out: Best Sony A7s II Lenses

The 12MP Sony a7S II is Sony’s flagship ‘hybrid’ stills and video mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range plus 5-axis image stabilization for greater shooting control, the a7S II is ideally suited to capturing stills and video in challenging lighting conditions. Full-frame 4K video can be recorded internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, and complete HD video can be captured at 120fps at 100Mbps. The a7S II delivers an ISO sensitivity range of ISO 50-4096001 for both stills and movie capture.

6. Sony A7r IV

Sony α7R IV Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable...
  • Stunning resolution: world’s first 61MP full frame 35 millimeter back illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
  • High speed: up to 10Fps continuous shooting at 61MP with AE/AF tracking; 26.2MP in APS C crop mode
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus: 567 Phase detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points to cover more area
  • Advanced subject recognition: real time tracking and real time eye AF for humans, animals and movies

Check Out: Best Sony A7r IV Lenses

The Sony a7R IV is the company’s fourth generation, high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera and is built around a BSI-CMOS sensor that outputs 60.2MP images. Despite its high resolution, it can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with full autofocus and shoot 4K video either from the full width of its sensor or from an APS-C/Super 35 crop. It also gains a 16-shot high-resolution mode that can be used to generate 240MP images of static scenes.

The a7R IV has in-body image stabilization that’s usable for still and video shooting. It has a top-notch autofocus system with face and eye detection that sticks to the subject, even if they look away or are momentarily blocked. It has a large, ultra-high-res electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen display and dual UHS-II SD card slots. The camera body is sealed against dust and moisture.

7. Sony a6100

Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm...
  • 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 shooting at 24 2MP RAW w/ AF/AE tracking

Check Out: Best Sony a6100 Lenses

It features exactly the same 24.2-megapixel sensor as the A6400 and A6600 cameras, along with the latest Bionz X image processor, which enables the Alpha A6100 to record at ISO 51200, one-stop better than the A6000 model.

The A6100 can capture 4K 3840×2160 pixel video at up to 30fps, along with Full HD 1080p content at around 120fps, both without any limits on the recording length.

Autofocus performance has been greatly improved, with the A6100 offering 425 phase detection and 425 contrast detection AF points that cover 84% of the entire image frame.

This helps ensure accurate subject tracking, and with the aid of Sony’s powerful Bionz X image processor, gives the A6100 a claimed focusing speed of just 0.02 seconds, more than twice as fast because the A6000.

The Sony Alpha A6100 also offers real-time Eye AF and real-time AF tracking with AI-based subject recognition, which is instigated by half-pressing the shutter button, rather than via a custom button as on previous models, and the AF works in low-light down to -2EV.

Other key new features compared to the older A6000 model include a 180-degree tilting monitor with touchscreen operation, an improved menu interface, 11fps continuous shooting with constant AF/AE tracking with the mechanical shutter and 8fps with the silent electronic shutter, built-in timelapse mode, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging, a microphone input and support for the 1:1 aspect ratio for JPEGs.

8. Sony a9 II

Sony a9 II Mirrorless Camera: 24.2MP Full Frame...
  • SONY ALPHA A9 II: Compact professional cameras mastered for sports photography and photojournalism
  • SUPERIOR SPEED: Fastest 35mm full-frame 24. 2MP stacked Exmore RS CMOS sensor with integrated memory
  • FASTER AUTO FOCUS: Up to 20fps at full resolution with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
  • ADVANCED SUBJECT RECOGNITION: Real-time Tracking and Real-Time Eye AF for humans, animals and movies

Check Out: Best Sony a9 II Lenses

The Sony Alpha a9 II is the company’s sports-oriented full-frame mirrorless camera. It features a 24MP stacked CMOS sensor which permits 20 fps burst shooting without the ‘blackout’ found on traditional DSLRs courtesy of its electronic shutter (it can shoot at 10 fps with its mechanical shutter). Its 693-point phase-detect covering 93% of the image area and features Sony’s latest Real-Time Tracking system. The camera has an ISO range of 50-204,800 when fully expanded and 14-bit uncompressed Raws can be saved. It can also record oversampled UHD 4K video.

The redesigned magnesium alloy body, reminiscent of the a7R IV, is weather-sealed, has onboard 5-axis image stabilization, and offers two dials plus a joystick for selecting an AF point. The large EVF has 3.7 million dots and the tilting 3″ LCD is touch-enabled. The a9 sports two SD card slots (both support UHS-II media) plus Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.2 ports allowing users to transfer files over FTP (even in the background). Sony has updated its Wi-Fi program to support the 5Ghz band. The camera can store up to seven sets of digital camera and FTP settings, allowing for multiple photographers to use the same body the way they want.

9. Sony Alpha a9

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Sony a9 Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens...
  • World’s first Full-frame stacked CMOS sensor w/ integrated memory
  • World’s first blackout-free continuous shooting up to 20 fps. Battery Life (Still Images) - Approx. 480 shots...
  • Silent, vibration-free, anti-distortion shutter up to 1/32,000 sec.
  • 693 Phase Detection AF points over 93% frame coverage. Operating Temperature - 32 - 104 degrees F / 0 - 40 degrees C

Check Out: Best Sony Alpha a9 Lenses

The Sony Alpha a9 is the company’s flagship full-frame mirrorless camera. It features a 24MP stacked CMOS sensor which permits 20 fps burst shooting without the ‘blackout’ found on traditional DSLRs courtesy of its electronic shutter. Its autofocus system has been improved, with a total of 693 phase-detect points covering 93% of the image area and Eye AF that’s 30% better compared to the a7R II. The camera has an ISO range of 50-204,800 when fully expanded and 14-bit uncompressed Raws can be saved. It can also record oversampled UHD 4K video.

The magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed, has onboard 5-axis image stabilization, and offers two dials plus a joystick for selecting an AF point. The large EVF has 3.7 million dots and the tilting 3″ LCD is touch-enabled. The a9 sports two SD card slots (though only one supports UHS-II media) plus an Ethernet jack allowing users to transfer files over FTP.

10. Sony a6500

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/...
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor sensor w/ advanced processing up to ISO 51.200
  • Wide 425 phase detection AF points, Fast 0.05 sec. AF acquisition
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization steadies every lens. Silent Shooting. Noise Reduction :Long exposure NR: On/Off,...
  • 11fps continuous shooting to 269 frames at 24.2MP w/ AE/AF tracking

Check Out: Best Sony a6500 Lenses

The Sony Alpha a6500 is a higher-end version of the company’s a6300 mirrorless camera. The major additions are a new LSI that greatly improves AF and burst shooting performance, 5-axis image stabilization, and a touchscreen LCD with ‘touchpad AF.’ Sony claims autofocus speeds of 0.05 secs and a top burst rate of 11 fps (8 fps with C-AF) for up to 307 shots. The in-body IS system is CIPA-rated to five stops.

It retains the a6300’s 24.2MP CMOS sensor (APS-C-size), Hybrid AF system, EVF, 4K video capture capability and weather-sealed magnesium-alloy body.

11. Sony a7R III

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera: 42.4MP Full Frame...
  • INCREDIBLE DETAIL: Shoot high speed subjects at up to 10fps with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking
  • OPTIMAL LIGHT: A back illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with gapless on chip lens collects more light. Operating...
  • FASTER IMAGE PROCESSING: An updated BIONZ X processing engine boosts processing speeds up to 1.8x
  • STUNNING HD VIDEO: Sony Alpha 7R 3 mirror less cameras record clear 4K video for editing and viewing.Bluetooth Standard...

Check Out: Best Sony a7R III Lenses

The Sony a7R Mark III is a full-frame mirrorless camera that uses a 42.4MP stabilized BSI CMOS sensor. The Tag III has numerous improvements over its predecessor, many of which are borrowed from the flagship a9. Faster processing and a redesigned shutter allow for 10 fps bursts (or 8 fps with no viewfinder blackout), and a refined autofocus system promises better subject tracking performance. The design hasn’t changed much, with the main additions being a higher resolution EVF, joystick for adjusting the focus point, dual SD card slots and a higher capacity battery. Video can be captured at UHD 4K (30p) using the full-width of the sensor or a Super 35 crop, and 1080/120p option is also available. The a7R III supports S-Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma profiles, among others.

12. Sony a7S

Sony ILCE7S/B Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh)
  • BC-TRW W Series Battery Charger (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro USB Cable

Check Out: Best Sony a7S Lenses

The innovative Sony a7S camera features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 409600 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.

The new model is also the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows 4K video shooters to make use of all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

The camera can be equipped with the same high-precision Fast Intelligent AF system as the a7R camera, with drastically improved low-light AF sensitivity that can go as low as -4EV.

13. Sony a7R

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable...
  • 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...

Check Out: Best Sony a7R Lenses

The Sony Alpha a7R is a full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera. The A7R is very similar to its less-expensive sibling (the A7), except that it uses a 36 megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. The A7 twins are the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market.

While the cameras can use any E-mount lens, there will be a crop factor involved (unless you don’t mind vignetting). Sony is producing a new line of FE-series lenses that take advantage of the larger sensor.

The A7’s use the new Sony Bionz X processor, which produces images with better detail, less noise, and reduced diffraction. Other features include a 3-inch, tilting LCD, XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, Multi-interface (hot) shoe, Wi-Fi with NFC, and 1080/60p video recording.

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