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The Best Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) have gained substantial market share in recent years. In contrast to DSLR, these digital cameras do not have a mirror in the light path between the lens and the sensor. Instead, they capture the image with their sensor and project it onto an electronic viewfinder or the rear screen.

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There is a wide and growing choice of mirrorless cameras on the market. It is not easy to decide which one is best. Indeed, what does it really mean to look for the best mirrorless? The camera that offers the best imaging experience? The one with the highest sensor resolution? The one that is most portable? The MILC that does not break the bank? The answers to these questions come down to personal preference, but hopefully the listings below will prove to be useful for your camera decision process.

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The highest rated MILC

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Nikon Z7 II

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Nikon Z7 II is currently the top-ranked MILC with a Camera Elo of 3209, followed in second place by the Nikon Z6 II with a rating of 3203. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked mirrorless cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score (as far as these are available), which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Mount
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon Z7 IINikon Z 3209- Full Frame 45.44K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i
2.
 
Nikon Z6 IINikon Z 3203- Full Frame 24.34K/60p Oct 2020 1,999 i
3.
 
Leica SL2-SL Mount 3201- Full Frame 24.04K/60p Dec 2020 4,895 i
4.
 
Panasonic S1HL Mount 3078- Full Frame 24.06K/30p May 2019 3,999 i
5.
 
Canon R5Canon RF 304895 Full Frame 44.88k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i
6.
 
Leica SL2L Mount 3042- Full Frame 46.74K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i
7.
 
Panasonic S1L Mount 303495 Full Frame 24.04K/60p Feb 2019 2,499 i
8.
 
Sony A7CSony E 303095 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Sep 2020 1,799 i
9.
 
Panasonic S1RL Mount 3027100 Full Frame 46.74K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i
10.
 
Hasselblad X1D IIHasselblad XCD 3024- Medium Format 51.3- Jun 2019 5,750 i
11.
 
Panasonic S5L Mount 3019- Full Frame 24.04K/60p Sep 2020 1,999 i
12.
 
Sony A7R IVSony E 301699 Full Frame 60.24K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i
13.
 
Sony A9 IISony E 301293 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Oct 2019 4,499 i
14.
 
Sony A7S IIISony E 3010- Full Frame 12.04K/120p Jul 2020 3,499 i
15.
 
Olympus E-M1 IIIMicro FT 2960- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Feb 2020 1,799 i
16.
 
Canon R6Canon RF 295990 Full Frame 20.04k/60p Jul 2020 2,499 i
17.
 
Sony A9Sony E 295592 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Apr 2017 4,499i
18.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100Fujifilm GX 2951- Medium Format 101.84K/30p May 2019 9,999 i
19.
 
Sony A7R IIISony E 2950100 Full Frame 42.24K/30p Oct 2017 3,199i
20.
 
Nikon Z5Nikon Z 2946- Full Frame 24.24K/30p Jul 2020 1,399 i

You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    The highest resolution MILC

    Perhaps your primary aim is to capture images with great detail, for example in landscape photography, or to have the ability to crop images heavily in post processing while still maintaining good image quality. In this case, the best MILC might be the one with the highest sensor resolution. The following table lists the 20 mirrorless cameras with the highest megapixel count. Again, clicking on the camera's name will reveal further detail.

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    The Cameras with the Highest Resolution
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    Mount
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 100Fujifilm GX 101.8 2951- Medium Format4K/30p May 2019 9,999 i
    2.
     
    Sony A7R IVSony E 60.2 301699 Full Frame4K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i
    3.
     
    Hasselblad X1D IIHasselblad XCD 51.3 3024- Medium Format- Jun 2019 5,750 i
    4.
     
    Hasselblad X1DHasselblad XCD 51.3 2346102 Medium Format1080/25p Jun 2016 8,995i
    5.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 50RFujifilm GX 51.1 2904- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2018 4,499 i
    6.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 50SFujifilm GX 51.1 2813- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2016 6,499 i
    7.
     
    Leica SL2L Mount 46.7 3042- Full Frame4K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i
    8.
     
    Panasonic S1RL Mount 46.7 3027100 Full Frame4K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i
    9.
     
    Nikon Z7 IINikon Z 45.4 3209- Full Frame4K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i
    10.
     
    Nikon Z7Nikon Z 45.4 291299 Full Frame4K/30p Aug 2018 3,399i
    11.
     
    Canon R5Canon RF 44.8 304895 Full Frame8k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i
    12.
     
    Sony A7R IIISony E 42.2 2950100 Full Frame4K/30p Oct 2017 3,199i
    13.
     
    Sony A7R IISony E 42.2 264198 Full Frame4K/30p Jun 2015 3,199i
    14.
     
    Sony A7RSony E 36.2 244995 Full Frame1080/60p Oct 2013 2,299i
    15.
     
    Canon M6 Mark IICanon EF-M 32.3 2734- APS-C4K/30p Aug 2019 849 i
    16.
     
    Canon RCanon RF 30.1 290689 Full Frame4K/30p Sep 2018 2,299 i
    17.
     
    Samsung NX1Samsung NX 28.0 286283 APS-C4K/30p Sep 2014 1,499i
    18.
     
    Samsung NX500Samsung NX 28.0 263787 APS-C4K/30p Feb 2015 799i
    19.
     
    Leica S1Leica R 26.4 657- Medium Format- Aug 1996 21,490i
    20.
     
    Canon RPCanon RF 26.2 2699- Full Frame4K/30p Feb 2019 1,299 i

    The most portable MILC

    In contrast to DSLR, mirrorless cameras do not have a mirror assembly and pentaprism, so that they tend to be more compact. They are, thus, easier to carry around. If portability is important to you, the following ranking will likely be of interest. It lists the 20 lightest MILC that have been released since 2015 in ascending order of their weight.

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    The Lightest Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    Mount
    Camera
    Weight
    Camera
    Size
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    Nikon 1 J5Nikon CX 8.1 oz 3.9 x 2.4 x 1.3 in 2219 1-inch 20.7 Apr 2015 399i
    2.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 9.4 oz 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 in 1964 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2015 499i
    3.
     
    Panasonic GX850Micro FT 9.5 oz 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 in 2103 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2017 549 i
    4.
     
    YI M1Micro FT 9.9 oz 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.3 in 2124 Four Thirds 20.2 Sep 2016 349 i
    5.
     
    Samsung NX500Samsung NX 10.1 oz 4.7 x 2.5 x 1.7 in 2637 APS-C 28.0 Feb 2015 799i
    6.
     
    Canon M200Canon EF-M 10.5 oz 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in 2424 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 549 i
    7.
     
    Canon M10Canon EF-M 10.6 oz 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in 2019 APS-C 17.9 Oct 2015 499i
    8.
     
    Canon M100Canon EF-M 10.7 oz 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in 2261 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2017 499i
    9.
     
    Fujifilm X-A7Fujifilm X 11.3 oz 4.7 x 2.7 x 1.6 in 2757 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 499 i
    10.
     
    Fujifilm X-A10Fujifilm X 11.7 oz 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 in 2247 APS-C 16.0 Dec 2016 399i
    11.
     
    Fujifilm X-E3Fujifilm X 11.9 oz 4.8 x 2.9 x 1.7 in 2495 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2017 899 i
    12.
     
    Fujifilm X-A3Fujifilm X 12.0 oz 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 in 2419 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2016 399i
    13.
     
    Fujifilm X-E2SFujifilm X 12.3 oz 5.1 x 3.0 x 1.5 in 2270 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2016 699i
    14.
     
    Fujifilm X-A2Fujifilm X 12.3 oz 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.6 in 2059 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2015 399i
    15.
     
    Panasonic G100Micro FT 12.4 oz 4.6 x 3.3 x 2.1 in 2893 Four Thirds 20.2 Jun 2020 649 i
    16.
     
    Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 12.6 oz 4.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 in 2124 Four Thirds 15.9 Sep 2016 549i
    17.
     
    Fujifilm X-A5Fujifilm X 12.7 oz 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.6 in 2590 APS-C 24.0 Jan 2018 399i
    18.
     
    Canon M3Canon EF-M 12.9 oz 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.7 in 2124 APS-C 24.0 Feb 2015 679i
    19.
     
    Fujifilm X-T200Fujifilm X 13.1 oz 4.8 x 3.3 x 2.2 in 2877 APS-C 24.0 Jan 2020 699 i
    20.
     
    Olympus E-PL10Micro FT 13.4 oz 4.6 x 2.7 x 1.5 in 2639 Four Thirds 15.9 Oct 2019 599 i
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    The most affordable MILC

    A mirrorless camera is only as good as the lens that is placed in front of its sensor. Thus, the best MILC is one that leaves room enough in the budget to purchase a high quality lens to go with it. The following table displays the 20 least expensive mirrorless cameras that have been released since 2015 in ascending order of their launch prices (camera only). The latter provide a good idea on the market position of the cameras, but it is often worthwhile to check the current pricing, as all except the most recent models might be available at discounts or as great deals on the pre-owned market.

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    The Least Expensive Models
        Camera
    Model
    Lens
    Mount
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    Street
    Price
    1.
     
    YI M1Micro FT 349 2124- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 i
    2.
     
    Fujifilm X-A5Fujifilm X 399 2590- APS-C 24.04K/15p Jan 2018i
    3.
     
    Fujifilm X-A3Fujifilm X 399 2419- APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2016i
    4.
     
    Fujifilm X-A10Fujifilm X 399 2247- APS-C 16.01080/30p Dec 2016i
    5.
     
    Nikon 1 J5Nikon CX 399 221965 1-inch 20.74K/15p Apr 2015i
    6.
     
    Fujifilm X-A2Fujifilm X 399 2059- APS-C 16.01080/30p Jan 2015i
    7.
     
    Fujifilm X-A7Fujifilm X 499 2757- APS-C 24.04K/30p Sep 2019 i
    8.
     
    Canon M100Canon EF-M 499 226178 APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2017i
    9.
     
    Canon M10Canon EF-M 499 201965 APS-C 17.91080/30p Oct 2015i
    10.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 499 1964- Four Thirds 15.81080/60p Jan 2015i
    11.
     
    Canon M200Canon EF-M 549 2424- APS-C 24.04k/25p Sep 2019 i
    12.
     
    Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 549 2124- Four Thirds 15.91080/30p Sep 2016i
    13.
     
    Panasonic GX850Micro FT 549 210373 Four Thirds 15.84K/30p Jan 2017 i
    14.
     
    Canon M50 Mark IICanon EF-M 599 2848- APS-C 24.04K/24p Oct 2020 i
    15.
     
    Olympus E-PL10Micro FT 599 2639- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Oct 2019 i
    16.
     
    Fujifilm X-T100Fujifilm X 599 2637- APS-C 24.04K/15p May 2018i
    17.
     
    Olympus E-PL9Micro FT 599 2437- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Feb 2018 i
    18.
     
    Panasonic G100Micro FT 649 2893- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 i
    19.
     
    Panasonic G7Micro FT 649 2400- Four Thirds 15.84K/30p May 2015i
    20.
     
    Olympus E-M10 IIIMicro FT 649 2363- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Aug 2017i

    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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