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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.

The highest rated MILC

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Sony A1

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 Sony A1 is currently the top-ranked MILC with a Camera Elo of 3199, followed in second place by the Nikon Z7 II with a rating of 3171. 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.
 
Sony A1Sony E 319998 Full Frame 49.88k/30p Jan 2021 6,499 i
2.
 
Nikon Z7 IINikon Z 3171100 Full Frame 45.44K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i
3.
 
Canon R5Canon RF 315895 Full Frame 44.88k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i
4.
 
Nikon Z6 IINikon Z 314694 Full Frame 24.34K/60p Oct 2020 1,999 i
5.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100SFujifilm G 3136- Medium Format 101.84K/30p Jan 2021 5,999 i
6.
 
Leica SL2-SL Mount 313595 Full Frame 24.04K/60p Dec 2020 4,895 i
7.
 
Panasonic S1HL Mount 3135- Full Frame 24.06K/30p May 2019 3,999 i
8.
 
Panasonic S1RL Mount 3127100 Full Frame 46.74K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i
9.
 
Sony A7R IVSony E 312599 Full Frame 60.24K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i
10.
 
Leica SL2L Mount 3085- Full Frame 46.74K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i
11.
 
Panasonic S1L Mount 308595 Full Frame 24.04K/60p Feb 2019 2,499 i
12.
 
Sony A7CSony E 306795 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Sep 2020 1,799 i
13.
 
Canon R6Canon RF 306490 Full Frame 20.04k/60p Jul 2020 2,499 i
14.
 
Panasonic S5L Mount 305794 Full Frame 24.04K/60p Sep 2020 1,999 i
15.
 
Sony A7R IIISony E 3051100 Full Frame 42.24K/30p Oct 2017 3,199i
16.
 
Sony A7S IIISony E 304786 Full Frame 12.04K/120p Jul 2020 3,499 i
17.
 
Nikon Z5Nikon Z 3044- Full Frame 24.24K/30p Jul 2020 1,399 i
18.
 
Sony A9 IISony E 304193 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Oct 2019 4,499 i
19.
 
Fujifilm GFX 100Fujifilm G 3018- Medium Format 101.84K/30p May 2019 9,999 i
20.
 
Fujifilm X-T4Fujifilm X 3014- APS-C 26.04K/60p Feb 2020 1,699 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 100SFujifilm G 101.8 3136- Medium Format4K/30p Jan 2021 5,999 i
    2.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 100Fujifilm G 101.8 3018- Medium Format4K/30p May 2019 9,999 i
    3.
     
    Sony A7R IVSony E 60.2 312599 Full Frame4K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i
    4.
     
    Sigma fp LL Mount 60.2 2900- Full Frame4K/30p Mar 2021 2,499 i
    5.
     
    Hasselblad X1D IIHasselblad XCD 51.3 3009- Medium Format- Jun 2019 5,750 i
    6.
     
    Hasselblad X1DHasselblad XCD 51.3 2378102 Medium Format1080/25p Jun 2016 8,995i
    7.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 50RFujifilm G 51.1 2898- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2018 4,499 i
    8.
     
    Fujifilm GFX 50SFujifilm G 51.1 2700- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2016 6,499 i
    9.
     
    Sony A1Sony E 49.8 319998 Full Frame8k/30p Jan 2021 6,499 i
    10.
     
    Panasonic S1RL Mount 46.7 3127100 Full Frame4K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i
    11.
     
    Leica SL2L Mount 46.7 3085- Full Frame4K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i
    12.
     
    Nikon Z7 IINikon Z 45.4 3171100 Full Frame4K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i
    13.
     
    Nikon Z7Nikon Z 45.4 299299 Full Frame4K/30p Aug 2018 3,399i
    14.
     
    Canon R5Canon RF 44.8 315895 Full Frame8k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i
    15.
     
    Sony A7R IIISony E 42.2 3051100 Full Frame4K/30p Oct 2017 3,199i
    16.
     
    Sony A7R IISony E 42.2 244898 Full Frame4K/30p Jun 2015 3,199i
    17.
     
    Sony A7RSony E 36.2 220795 Full Frame1080/60p Oct 2013 2,299i
    18.
     
    Canon M6 Mark IICanon EF-M 32.3 2809- APS-C4K/30p Aug 2019 849 i
    19.
     
    Canon RCanon RF 30.1 293489 Full Frame4K/30p Sep 2018 2,299 i
    20.
     
    Samsung NX1Samsung NX 28.0 261783 APS-C4K/30p Sep 2014 1,499i

    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 231 g 98 x 60 x 32 g 2199 1-inch 20.7 Apr 2015 399i
    2.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 266 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2007 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2015 499i
    3.
     
    Panasonic GX800Micro FT 269 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2209 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2017 549 i
    4.
     
    YI M1Micro FT 281 g 114 x 64 x 34 g 2282 Four Thirds 20.2 Sep 2016 349 i
    5.
     
    Samsung NX500Samsung NX 287 g 120 x 64 x 43 g 2464 APS-C 28.0 Feb 2015 799i
    6.
     
    Canon M200Canon EF-M 299 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2460 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 549 i
    7.
     
    Canon M10Canon EF-M 301 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2100 APS-C 17.9 Oct 2015 499i
    8.
     
    Canon M100Canon EF-M 302 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2427 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2017 499i
    9.
     
    Fujifilm X-A7Fujifilm X 320 g 119 x 68 x 41 g 2851 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 499 i
    10.
     
    Fujifilm X-A10Fujifilm X 331 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 2323 APS-C 16.0 Dec 2016 399i
    11.
     
    Olympus E-P7Micro FT 337 g 118 x 69 x 38 g 2590 Four Thirds 20.2 Jun 2021 799 i
    12.
     
    Fujifilm X-E3Fujifilm X 337 g 121 x 74 x 43 g 2590 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2017 899 i
    13.
     
    Fujifilm X-A3Fujifilm X 339 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 2398 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2016 399i
    14.
     
    Sony ZV-E10Sony E 343 g 115 x 64 x 45 g 2869 APS-C 24.0 Jul 2021 699 i
    15.
     
    Fujifilm X-E2SFujifilm X 350 g 129 x 75 x 37 g 2245 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2016 699i
    16.
     
    Fujifilm X-A2Fujifilm X 350 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 1999 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2015 399i
    17.
     
    Panasonic G110Micro FT 352 g 116 x 83 x 54 g 2744 Four Thirds 20.2 Jun 2020 649 i
    18.
     
    Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 357 g 115 x 67 x 38 g 2261 Four Thirds 15.9 Sep 2016 549i
    19.
     
    Fujifilm X-A5Fujifilm X 361 g 117 x 68 x 40 g 2656 APS-C 24.0 Jan 2018 399i
    20.
     
    Fujifilm X-E4Fujifilm X 364 g 121 x 73 x 33 g 2777 APS-C 26.0 Jan 2021 849 i

    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 2282- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 i
    2.
     
    Fujifilm X-A5Fujifilm X 399 2656- APS-C 24.04K/15p Jan 2018i
    3.
     
    Fujifilm X-A3Fujifilm X 399 2398- APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2016i
    4.
     
    Fujifilm X-A10Fujifilm X 399 2323- APS-C 16.01080/30p Dec 2016i
    5.
     
    Nikon 1 J5Nikon CX 399 219965 1-inch 20.74K/15p Apr 2015i
    6.
     
    Fujifilm X-A2Fujifilm X 399 1999- APS-C 16.01080/30p Jan 2015i
    7.
     
    Fujifilm X-A7Fujifilm X 499 2851- APS-C 24.04K/30p Sep 2019 i
    8.
     
    Canon M100Canon EF-M 499 242778 APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2017i
    9.
     
    Canon M10Canon EF-M 499 210065 APS-C 17.91080/30p Oct 2015i
    10.
     
    Panasonic GF7Micro FT 499 2007- Four Thirds 15.81080/60p Jan 2015i
    11.
     
    Canon M200Canon EF-M 549 2460- APS-C 24.04k/25p Sep 2019 i
    12.
     
    Olympus E-PL8Micro FT 549 2261- Four Thirds 15.91080/30p Sep 2016i
    13.
     
    Panasonic GX800Micro FT 549 220973 Four Thirds 15.84K/30p Jan 2017 i
    14.
     
    Canon M50 Mark IICanon EF-M 599 2765- APS-C 24.04K/24p Oct 2020 i
    15.
     
    Fujifilm X-T100Fujifilm X 599 2708- APS-C 24.04K/15p May 2018i
    16.
     
    Olympus E-PL10Micro FT 599 2573- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Oct 2019 i
    17.
     
    Olympus E-PL9Micro FT 599 2501- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Feb 2018i
    18.
     
    Panasonic G110Micro FT 649 2744- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 i
    19.
     
    Olympus E-M10 IIIMicro FT 649 2455- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Aug 2017i
    20.
     
    Panasonic G7Micro FT 649 2278- Four Thirds 15.84K/30p May 2015i

    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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