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Mirrorless cameras are the weapon of choice for both photographers and video makers alike, if you want to learn more about the top options available, you're in the right place.

No matter whether you're snapping an elusive bird out in the wilderness or shooting a music video for the next big band, the mirrorless world has a camera just for you.

With so many options available, offering so many lens mounts and sensor sizes, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we've painstakingly sought out the best mirrorless cameras available today and presented all the facts, to help with your buying decisions.

If you still can't decide, we've got a short guide at the bottom with a few things worth considering when picking out a mirrorless camera.

Nikon Z8 (3)
Nikon Z8
1. Best mirrorless camera overall

The Nikon Z8 is the complete package, offering impressive speed and high resolution for both video and photography.

  • Up to 8K60 / 4K120 video recording
  • Up to 20fps burst shooting in RAW
  • Internal ProRes options
  • Artificial shutter sound is pretty bad
  • Tilting screen means it's no good for vlogging
  • Expensive

The Nikon Z8 is a true jack of all trades, and more unusually, it's a master of all. It basically has the internals and feature set of Nikon's pricier flagship, the Z9, but in a more compact and affordable package. Sure, it's not cheap, but compared to the competition, it actually offers a lot for the money.

For photographers, you get wonderfully detailed shots from the 45.7MP full-frame sensor, and despite having such high-resolution capture, it brings plenty of speed, too. You can shoot up to 30 JPEGs per second, or 20 RAW images. If you drop it down to 11MP, you can shoot at a blistering-fast 120fps.

When it comes to video, the Z8 continues to impress. It's one of the only cameras on the market that can capture 8K 60fps RAW video, and if you shoot in 4K, you can push it all the way to 120fps. There are all the pro-level features you could need, too, including internal ProRes recording and 12-bit N-RAW.

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Sony A7 IV
2. Best mirrorless camera for autofocus

The Sony A7 IV is a truly great all-rounder. It shoot fantastic video, takes great photos and is well built.

  • High bitrate/frame rate 4K recording
  • Great stabilisation
  • Fast and accurate AF and real-time tracking
  • Not the cheapest
  • No ProRes support
  • Flippy out screen blocks ports

The Sony A7 IV offers a huge range of professional capabilities. And while it's not exactly cheap, it's still considerably less expensive than the flagship A1.

What you get with the A7 IV is 4K video up to 120fps, support for a huge number of picture profiles for colour grading/correction, including a few different HLG profiles. It also features a CFExpress Type A slot for high bitrate recording included in the first of two SD card slots.

It's fast, features powerful real-time tracking and autofocus, and performed really well in all of our still and video tests. If you're looking at getting into full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, we think the fourth-generation 'standard' A7 is the sweet spot.

Panasonic Lumix S5II (2)
Panasonic Lumix S5II
3. Best value full-frame mirrorless camera

With the introduction of reliable phase-detect autofocus, Panasonic's full-frame master becomes an easy recommendation.

  • Phase detect autofocus (finally!)
  • Best-in-class image stabilisation
  • Excellent value
  • No options for 4K slow motion
  • Slightly limited lens selection
  • ProRes support costs extra

We've always been big fans of Panasonic's cameras, but it's no secret that poor autofocus performance was holding them back. Thankfully, that's changed with the S5II, which uses phase-detection to pull focus like the best of them.

Combine this with some of the best in-camera image stabilisation around, along with a very reasonable price point, and you've got yourself a bit of a winner.

It's definitely more optimised for video performance, but it's still a massively capable stills camera, so it's perfect for those who dabble in both. The burst shooting rate is over triple that offered by its predecessor, so you'll never miss that decisive moment.

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Fujifilm X-H2S
4. Best mirrorless camera for speed

Fuji's hybrid APS-C speedster is perfect for sports and wildlife.

  • Speedy burst shooting
  • Excellent 4K 120fps slow motion
  • Great lenses
  • Pricey for APS-C
  • 1080p 240fps videos are poor quality
  • Middling IBIS and AF performance

Fujifilm's X-H2S is all about speed, whether you're shooting photos or videos. It uses an innovative stacked CMOS sensor to deliver burst shooting at up to 40fps and zippy high frame rate video.

Fuji has typically favoured the photographic side of the market, but when it comes to the X-H2S, video is well represented. You can even record in 10-bit ProRes codecs internally, something that's still very rare outside of professional cinema equipment.

If you're into shooting sports or wildlife, you can't go wrong with the X-H2S. It's a little pricey for an APS-C body, but for the right person, the results will more than justify the outlay.

Panasonic Lumix G9ii (17)
Panasonic Lumix G9ii
5. Best Micro Four Thirds camera

The Panasonic Lumix G9ii brings the brand's phase detection autofocus to the compact world of Micro Four Thirds, and the results are superb.

  • Reliable phase detection autofocus
  • Exceptional video specifications
  • Best-in-class IBIS
  • Bulky for an MFT body
  • Small sensor
  • No CFexpress slot

If you don't like the idea of carrying around lenses that weigh 3 kilos each and cost more than your car, then Micro Four Thirds is the system for you. It offers compact and relatively affordable glass, and with a camera like the Lumix G9II, there's no compromising on performance, either.

This camera can do everything, it shoots bursts at up to 60fps with autofocus and can boost that to 75 frames in manual mode. It also shoots video at up to 5.3K60 or 4K120 in 10-bit 4:2:2. There's internal ProRes recording, too.

The best part, though, is that it inherits the S5II's exceptional autofocus capabilities and combines it with some of the most impressive in-body image stabilisation that we've ever come across.

Canon EOS R6 mark II (20) Prime Day Camera Deals
Canon EOS R6 Mark II
6. An exceptional mirrorless camera

Our favourite camera in the Canon full-frame lineup, the EOS R6 mark II offers excellent video features as well as speedy burst shooting

  • 4K 60fps video with no crop
  • Excellent dual-pixel AF
  • 40fps burst shooting
  • Not the highest resolution for stills
  • IBIS causes edge warping
  • A little pricey

Canon has a robust full-frame ecosystem with some of the nicest lenses around, it also has a number of excellent bodies to choose from, but we reckon the Canon EOS R6 Mark II is the most compelling of them all.

Whether you're into video, photography, or a healthy mix of both, this camera can do it all, and do it well. On the photo side, you get lightning-fast burst shooting at up to 40fps with the electronic shutter, or 12fps with the mechanical shutter. While excellent autofocus and IBIS keep images looking tack-sharp.

For video, there's 4K 60fps recording with no crop (still a rarity), 180fps slow motion at 1080p and 4:2:2 10-bit colour along with CLOG3 - perfect for matching with Canon's cinema line.

The bottom line: Best mirrorless camera

We think the Nikon Z8 is one best mirrorless cameras on the market today. It offers an impressive blend of professional features for both photographers and video makers alike. It's an expensive camera, but compared to the competition, it offers a lot for the asking price.

Nikon Z8
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Nikon Z8

You don't need to choose between resolution and speed with the Nikon Z8, it does everything, and it does it brilliantly.

The Nikon Z8 certainly won't be the right choice for everyone, though. If you want a feature-packed full-frame body at a more accessible price, we'd recommend looking at the Panasonic Lumix S5II instead. And if you need something more compact, the Lumix G9II is a lot like the S5II, but it utilises smaller and lighter lenses.

How we chose these mirrorless cameras

We've had hands-on experience and conducted in-depth testing on every model that you see featured on this list. We try to include a wide range of models that includes APS-C, full-frame and Micro Four Thirds options that appeal to a variety of different users.

We factor in photographic performance, video features, reliability, build quality and lens selection. We also consider the value for money and user experience. It's impossible to include everything, there are so many options on the market today, but we've selected models that we think will appeal to the widest range of consumers, hobbyists and professional shooters.

How to choose a mirrorless camera

The range of mirrorless options spans pretty much the entire camera market at this point. Understandably, it can be hard to narrow down which one is right for you. Here are a few things worth thinking about before you invest.

What will you be using the camera for?

This will be the crux of the decision for most people, as different cameras are geared toward different shooting styles. If you'll mainly be taking videos, a heavier camera body might be better for keeping your shots stable. For street photography or holiday snaps, a lightweight, smaller camera will be ideal.

Ultimately, the answer will be in the specs. If you need to shoot 4K videos, then clearly you'll want a body that supports that. If you're shooting stills of fast-moving sports, then you will want to consider the burst rate.

Hooking things up

Especially for video, there's a wide range of ports to think about. Will you want to hook up an external monitor? If so, you'll want a body with an HDMI output. Need good quality audio? Then you'll be looking at the microphone inputs (not all cameras have them).

A lot of modern camera bodies offer USB charging functionality, which can be incredibly handy when you're on the go. Where previously you would have needed to carry spare batteries or a cumbersome charging dock, now you can plug into any old power bank and keep your camera topped up.

A quick lesson in lens mounts

First things first: cameras don't work in a one-size-fits-all kind of way. Brands like to keep their own heritage and, as such, manufacturers tend to have individual lens mounts. The exceptions are Micro Four Thirds, which is supported by Panasonic Lumix, and OM-system models; and the Leica L mount, which will offer S lenses from Panasonic and lenses from Sigma.

Elsewhere there are a whole host of considerations, each tied to their respective manufacturers: it's RF mount for Canon's full-frame models and RF-S for its APS-C models; its E-mount for Sony cameras of all sizes, but the full-frame lenses are called FE models. Meanwhile, most Fujifilm models are APS-C and use X-mount XF lenses.

Finding the focal length equivalent

Each lens will have "mm" marking on it, such as 12-24mm, to convey the angle of view it will deliver. The lower the number the wider the angle of view, so more will "fit in" to a given scene.

It's a bit more complex than that, however, as different camera systems have different sensor sizes that give different focal length equivalents, but stick to that rough rule above and you'll have an approximate understanding of what you're getting.


As you likely well know, mirrorless camera pricing ranges anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand. There's a model for every budget, but it's important to factor in the cost of lenses. After all, a camera is nothing without some good glass in front of it.

Full-frame bodies tend to be on the pricier side, but the same is true for their lenses. So if you're on a tighter budget, it probably makes more sense to go with an APS-C sensor. It's not uncommon for keen photographers to spend more on a lens than a body, so be sure to take a look at what's available before you commit.