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The Best Mirrorless Cameras in 2024

Our selection of the best mirrorless cameras is based on the user’s experience level: beginners seeking their first mirrorless camera; professional-grade cameras are not included because we are only covering expenses up to about $2,500.


Canon EOS R50

Canon EOS R50

It offers stunning stills, 30p 4K video, natural color reproduction right out of the camera, and Canon’s fierce autofocusing system. The autofocus (AF) is what truly establishes this camera as the best for beginners. Canon has essentially incorporated an epic, albeit slightly reduced, version of its high-end professional bodies’ AF into the R50. Additionally, there’s a flip-out screen for vlogging, a product mode specifically for demos, excellent vlogging options, and beginner kit options.

Like any beginner’s camera, there are some limitations. It’s a little pricey for someone who is just starting, but this is because it’s not meant for absolute beginners. However, we believe that the features that the R50 offers outweigh the additional cost compared to the very basic Canon entry-level body, the EOS R100. The camera did overheat when shooting at maximum resolution, and it could use a couple more direct controls on the body. All these things notwithstanding, this is still an excellent entry-level camera that will serve you well for a long time!

Canon EOS R50 specifications.

Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots
Sensor APS-C
Megapixels 24.2
Max shooting speed15 fps
Max video resolution4K @ 30p
ViewfinderOLED EVF, 2.36 million dots
Screen3.0-inch Vari-Angle, 1.62 million dots
Size/weight4.57 x 3.36 x 2.70 inches; 13 ounces
Good kit optionsHeats up excessively in 4K footage
Excellent for vloggingVery few native RF-S lenses
Beautiful 4K videoScant direct controls
Remarkably good ISO performanceA bit costly for beginners
Excellent autofocus

Sony Alpha a7 II

Sony Alpha a7 II

The Sony a7 II is now a few years old; it was replaced by the Sony a7 III, which boasts better battery life and full-frame HDR 4K video, as well as the a7 IV, which, among other things, has a new 33MP sensor. However, compared to the more recent models, the a7 II is still a much better deal and a fantastic option for intermediate photographers looking to upgrade to their first full-frame camera with professional features.

The Sony a7 II features a wealth of customizable buttons and knobs for easy access to your favorite controls, in-body 5-axis image stabilization, and a small enough size to fit in most bags. The vivid, crisp images and comparatively minimal noise (graininess), even at high ISO light sensitivity settings, were other highlights. You’ll be able to send your photos in a matter of seconds to your computer or smartphone with the help of efficient wireless capability. However, if you can afford one, the A7 III will provide better autofocus and longer battery life.

Sony Alpha a7 II Specifications.

SensorFull frame
Max shooting speed5 fps
Max video resolutionFull HD @ 60p
ViewfinderOLED EVF, 2.35 million dots
Screen3.0-inch Tilting TFT, 1.22 million dots
Size/weight5 x 3.87 x 2.37 inches, 19.6 ounces
Battery Life (CIP)350 shots
Very compact for a full-frame cameraSlow writing to memory card
Bright, clear picturesmotion blur in action videos
Surprisingly smalllack of 4K video

Nikon Z f

 Nikon Z f

The Nikon Z f should be at the top of your shortlist if you’re looking for an enthusiast retro body but prefer the advantages of a full frame over the APS-C Fujifilm X-T5.

The Zf’s design, which is reminiscent of vintage Nikon SLRs from the film era, is beautifully done by Nikon. But the ZF handles incredibly well thanks to its retro layout, so it’s not just about appearances. It’s also really well constructed.

Beautiful images are produced by the 24MP full-frame sensor, and even at slower shutter speeds, shots are kept sharp thanks to up to 8 stops of in-body stabilization. The Z-F features dual card slots for dual writing or a backup of images and videos, and it can record at up to 4K/60p with a crop or 4K/30p without. Additionally, this camera has PD charging to swiftly replenish its batteries.

Nikon ZF Specifications.

sensor full frame
Max shooting speed30 fps
Max video resolution4K @ 60p (crop)
viewfinder OLED EVF, 3.69 million dots
screen 3.0-inch variable angle, 2.1 million dots
size/weight5.7 x 4.1 x 2 inches; 22.9 ounces
battery life430 shots
Good image qualityNo charger is included. The second card slot is Micro-SD
dual card slotno joystick for focus control
PD ChargingModest EVF
Handsome designNo auto-ISO on dial


size and weight: Since mirrorless cameras don’t have mirrors—as their name suggests—they are typically much lighter and smaller than DSLRs.

Viewfinders: The optical viewfinder on DSLR cameras allows you to see the scene as it actually is. An electronic viewfinder (EVF), a tiny screen that displays a live video feed of the scene, is used by mirrorless cameras. Keep in mind that some less expensive mirrorless cameras lack a viewfinder entirely, so your only option is to use the back screen, just like on a smartphone.

speed: When price is considered, mirrorless cameras are nearly always faster, with burst speeds greater than those of many DSLRs. Even faster shooting is possible with an electronic shutter, though the quality of the images is typically compromised.

Battery Life: DSLRs have an advantage here because they can typically operate for a lot longer because they don’t require power for an EVF or, occasionally, an LCD screen.

Choice: Only Canon, Nikon, and Pentax continue to produce DSLRs these days (and even then, not that often). Mirrorless cameras are also produced by Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, and other companies.

Lenses: Because DSLRs have been around for much longer, they have a richer range of lenses to choose from. Plus, second-hand lenses are readily available, often for a low price.

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