The Best Mirrorless Camera

The Best Mirrorless Camera

Our pick

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The best mirrorless camera for most people

The Olympus E-M10 III’s vast lens selection, easy portability, built-in stabilization, and excellent autofocus and exposure performance make it easy to capture reliably great images anywhere.

Buying Options

$600 from Amazon

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III doesn’t represent the absolute pinnacle when it comes to image quality, but it does capture great-looking images, and it excels in other areas that matter more when you want to get the perfect shot. It’s compatible with more than 100 Micro Four Thirds lenses that all work with its effective built-in image stabilization, which minimizes the effects of shaky hands for clearer images. And its small size means you’re more likely to bring this camera with you than a bulky DSLR or even a larger mirrorless camera. The camera’s autofocus (AF) system locks on to subjects quickly and accurately and remains accurate even in dimly lit situations that cause any AF system, including this one, to slow down.

Although the auto modes are reliably great, the E-M10 III also has manual control knobs and buttons and a tilting touchscreen, which make this model one of the better-handling cameras in its class. Its built-in Wi-Fi lets you transfer images to your phone to share with your family, friends, and Instagram followers. You can also use the Wi-Fi to trigger the shutter and change most of the settings from across the room using your smartphone. And despite its great performance and advanced features, it typically costs a couple hundred bucks less than its closest competitors.

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Fujifilm X-A7

Fujifilm X-A7

The best mirrorless camera for beginners

Great image quality, an impressive auto mode, and easy connectivity make this model an excellent mirrorless camera for new shooters.

Buying Options

$500* from Amazon
$500 from Adorama

*At the time of publishing, the price was $700.

If you’re stepping up from a smartphone or a point-and-shoot, the Fujifilm X-A7’s intuitive controls and menus, along with its Scene Recognition (SR+) Auto mode, let you start snapping right away without learning anything technical. Its DSLR-size, 24-megapixel sensor and its 425-point hybrid autofocus system keep most shots sharp. Plus, full manual mode gives you room to grow when you’re ready to learn more. The 15–45mm electronic zoom lens gives you a useful range for everyday shooting, and the camera works with more than 40 lenses—from Fujifilm and other manufacturers—as you progress. The X-A7 is smaller than any DSLR, and it offers smartphone control, easy sharing of images over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and a wide variety of filter functions.

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Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3

The best mirrorless camera for serious photographers

The retro-styled, weather-sealed, pro-worthy Fujifilm X-T3 is the best APS-C mirrorless camera you can buy, offering advanced autofocus, excellent 4K video, and outstanding images even in very low light.

Buying Options

$1,700* from Amazon
$1,700 from Adorama

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,790.

If you’re serious enough to spend nearly $2,000 for a camera and lens bundle, we think the Fujifilm X-T3 is the best choice to bring your photography to a higher level. The sensor puts out surprisingly clean, detailed, color-accurate images even when you shoot in very dim lighting. The camera is rugged and weather sealed, it has one of the best electronic viewfinders you can get, and it can capture some of the best 4K video of any mirrorless camera right now.

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Sony α7 III

Sony α7 III

The best full-frame mirrorless camera

If you want to step up to a full-frame camera, this model offers the best image quality and battery life you can get in a mirrorless camera at this price, along with a tilting touchscreen, dual SD card slots, and a 693-point AF system that covers nearly the entire frame.

Buying Options

$1,818* from Amazon
$2,000 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,200.

Whether you want to adapt old manual-focus lenses, shoot often in very dimly lit situations, or just want the cachet of telling your friends that you shoot with a full-frame camera, the Sony α7 III delivers images with the sharpest detail and the least noise (tiny speckles that aren’t supposed to be in the image), especially at higher ISOs, of any mirrorless camera in its price range. Its tilting touchscreen, comfortable grip, and easy-to-use controls make shooting pleasant. Plus, its battery life (710 shots per charge) and dual SD card slots are meaningful improvements over any other full-frame mirrorless camera under $2,500. Add its weather sealing, its 10-frames-per-second burst mode, and an autofocus system that covers 93 percent of the frame and performs as well as or better than systems found in cameras that cost twice as much, and we’re comfortable saying that the α7 III is the best full-frame camera for your money—if you’re willing to spend this much on a camera. Most people don’t need to.

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Our pick

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The best mirrorless camera for most people

The Olympus E-M10 III’s vast lens selection, easy portability, built-in stabilization, and excellent autofocus and exposure performance make it easy to capture reliably great images anywhere.

Buying Options

$600 from Amazon

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Fujifilm X-A7

Fujifilm X-A7

The best mirrorless camera for beginners

Great image quality, an impressive auto mode, and easy connectivity make this model an excellent mirrorless camera for new shooters.

Buying Options

$500* from Amazon
$500 from Adorama

*At the time of publishing, the price was $700.

Upgrade pick

Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-T3

The best mirrorless camera for serious photographers

The retro-styled, weather-sealed, pro-worthy Fujifilm X-T3 is the best APS-C mirrorless camera you can buy, offering advanced autofocus, excellent 4K video, and outstanding images even in very low light.

Buying Options

$1,700* from Amazon
$1,700 from Adorama

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,790.

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Sony α7 III

Sony α7 III

The best full-frame mirrorless camera

If you want to step up to a full-frame camera, this model offers the best image quality and battery life you can get in a mirrorless camera at this price, along with a tilting touchscreen, dual SD card slots, and a 693-point AF system that covers nearly the entire frame.

Buying Options

$1,818* from Amazon
$2,000 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $2,200.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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