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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
The camera with the highest Elo: Canon R5

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 Canon R5 is currently the top-ranked MILC with a Camera Elo of 3645, followed in second place by the Panasonic S1H with a rating of 3619. 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.

Best Mirrorless: The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
1. Canon R5 3645- Full Frame 44.88k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i i Canon R5
2. Panasonic S1H 3619- Full Frame 24.06K/30p May 2019 3,999 i i Panasonic S1H
3. Nikon Z6 II 3564- Full Frame 24.34K/60p Oct 2020 1,999 i i Nikon Z6 II
4. Panasonic S1 353395 Full Frame 24.04K/60p Feb 2019 2,499 i i Panasonic S1
5. Nikon Z7 II 3523- Full Frame 45.44K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i i Nikon Z7 II
6. Panasonic S1R 3514100 Full Frame 46.74K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i i Panasonic S1R
7. Sony A7R IV 3511- Full Frame 60.24K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i i Sony A7R IV
8. Leica SL2 3495- Full Frame 46.74K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i i Leica SL2
9. Canon R6 3466- Full Frame 20.04k/60p Jul 2020 2,499 i i Canon R6
10. Panasonic S5 3428- Full Frame 24.04K/60p Sep 2020 1,999 i i Panasonic S5
11. Sony A7S III 3416- Full Frame 12.04K/120p Jul 2020 3,499 i i Sony A7S III
12. Sony A9 II 341393 Full Frame 24.04K/30p Oct 2019 4,499 i i Sony A9 II
13. Nikon Z5 3374- Full Frame 24.24K/30p Jul 2020 1,399 i i Nikon Z5
14. Sony A7R III 3342100 Full Frame 42.24K/30p Oct 2017 3,199- i Sony A7R III
15. Panasonic G9 3335- Four Thirds 20.24K/60p Nov 2017 1,699 i i Panasonic G9
16. Sony A7C 3325- Full Frame 24.04K/30p Sep 2020 1,799 i i Sony A7C
17. Fujifilm X-T4 3307- APS-C 26.04K/60p Feb 2020 1,699 i i Fujifilm X-T4
18. Nikon Z6 329295 Full Frame 24.34K/30p Aug 2018 1,999 i i Nikon Z6
19. Fujifilm GFX 100 3290- Medium Format 101.84K/30p May 2019 9,999 i i Fujifilm GFX 100
20. Hasselblad X1D II 3288- Medium Format 51.3- Jun 2019 5,750 i i Hasselblad X1D II

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.

    Best Mirrorless: The Cameras with the Highest Resolution
        Camera
    Model
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Launch
    Price
    (USD)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. Fujifilm GFX 100 101.8 3290- Medium Format4K/30p May 2019 9,999 i i Fujifilm GFX 100
    2. Sony A7R IV 60.2 3511- Full Frame4K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 i i Sony A7R IV
    3. Hasselblad X1D II 51.3 3288- Medium Format- Jun 2019 5,750 i i Hasselblad X1D II
    4. Hasselblad X1D 51.3 2324102 Medium Format1080/25p Jun 2016 8,995- i Hasselblad X1D
    5. Fujifilm GFX 50R 51.1 3177- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2018 4,499 i i Fujifilm GFX 50R
    6. Fujifilm GFX 50S 51.1 2609- Medium Format1080/30p Sep 2016 6,499 i i Fujifilm GFX 50S
    7. Panasonic S1R 46.7 3514100 Full Frame4K/60p Feb 2019 3,699 i i Panasonic S1R
    8. Leica SL2 46.7 3495- Full Frame4K/60p Nov 2019 5,999 i i Leica SL2
    9. Nikon Z7 II 45.4 3523- Full Frame4K/60p Oct 2020 2,999 i i Nikon Z7 II
    10. Nikon Z7 45.4 327799 Full Frame4K/30p Aug 2018 3,399- i Nikon Z7
    11. Canon R5 44.8 3645- Full Frame8k/30p Jul 2020 3,899 i i Canon R5
    12. Sony A7R III 42.2 3342100 Full Frame4K/30p Oct 2017 3,199- i Sony A7R III
    13. Sony A7R II 42.2 216398 Full Frame4K/30p Jun 2015 3,199- i Sony A7R II
    14. Sony A7R 36.2 185395 Full Frame1080/60p Oct 2013 2,299- i Sony A7R
    15. Canon M6 Mark II 32.3 3058- APS-C4K/30p Aug 2019 849 i i Canon M6 Mark II
    16. Canon R 30.1 319189 Full Frame4K/30p Sep 2018 2,299 i i Canon R
    17. Samsung NX500 28.0 213887 APS-C4K/30p Feb 2015 799- i Samsung NX500
    18. Samsung NX1 28.0 211483 APS-C4K/30p Sep 2014 1,499- i Samsung NX1
    19. Leica S1 26.4 1234- Medium Format- Aug 1996 21,490- i Leica S1
    20. Canon RP 26.2 2991- Full Frame4K/30p Feb 2019 1,299 i i Canon RP

    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.

    Best Mirrorless: The Smallest Models
        Camera
    Model
    Camera
    Weight
    Camera
    Size
    Camera
    Elo
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Launch
    Price
    (USD)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. Nikon 1 J5 231 g 98 x 60 x 32 g 2122 1-inch 20.7 Apr 2015 399- i Nikon 1 J5
    2. Panasonic GF7 266 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 1910 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2015 499- i Panasonic GF7
    3. Panasonic GX800 269 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2316 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2017 549 i i Panasonic GX800
    4. Panasonic GX850 269 g 107 x 65 x 33 g 2316 Four Thirds 15.8 Jan 2017 549 i i Panasonic GX850
    5. YI M1 281 g 114 x 64 x 34 g 2319 Four Thirds 20.2 Sep 2016 349 i i YI M1
    6. Samsung NX500 287 g 120 x 64 x 43 g 2138 APS-C 28.0 Feb 2015 799- i Samsung NX500
    7. Canon M200 299 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2578 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 549 i i Canon M200
    8. Canon M10 301 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2140 APS-C 17.9 Oct 2015 499- i Canon M10
    9. Canon M100 302 g 108 x 67 x 35 g 2603 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2017 499- i Canon M100
    10. Fujifilm X-A7 320 g 119 x 68 x 41 g 3089 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2019 499 i i Fujifilm X-A7
    11. Fujifilm X-A10 331 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 2359 APS-C 16.0 Dec 2016 399- i Fujifilm X-A10
    12. Fujifilm X-E3 337 g 121 x 74 x 43 g 2710 APS-C 24.0 Sep 2017 899 i i Fujifilm X-E3
    13. Fujifilm X-A3 339 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 2386 APS-C 24.0 Aug 2016 399- i Fujifilm X-A3
    14. Fujifilm X-E2S 350 g 129 x 75 x 37 g 2235 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2016 699- i Fujifilm X-E2S
    15. Fujifilm X-A2 350 g 117 x 67 x 40 g 1964 APS-C 16.0 Jan 2015 399- i Fujifilm X-A2
    16. Panasonic G100 352 g 116 x 83 x 54 g 2860 Four Thirds 20.2 Jun 2020 649 i i Panasonic G100
    17. Panasonic G110 352 g 116 x 83 x 54 g 2860 Four Thirds 20.2 Jun 2020 649 i i Panasonic G110
    18. Olympus E-PL8 357 g 115 x 67 x 38 g 2326 Four Thirds 15.9 Sep 2016 549- i Olympus E-PL8
    19. Fujifilm X-A5 361 g 117 x 68 x 40 g 2781 APS-C 24.0 Jan 2018 399- i Fujifilm X-A5
    20. Canon M3 366 g 111 x 68 x 44 g 2109 APS-C 24.0 Feb 2015 679- i Canon M3

    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.

    Best Mirrorless: The Least Expensive Models
        Camera
    Model
    Launch
    Price (USD)
    Camera
    Elo
    DXO
    Score
    Sensor
    Class
    Resolution
    (MP)
    Video
    Format
    Camera
    Launch
    (announced)
    Street
    Price
    (USD)
    Used
    Price
    (USD)
    Camera
    Model
    1. YI M1 349 2319- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Sep 2016 i i YI M1
    2. Fujifilm X-A5 399 2781- APS-C 24.04K/15p Jan 2018- i Fujifilm X-A5
    3. Fujifilm X-A3 399 2386- APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2016- i Fujifilm X-A3
    4. Fujifilm X-A10 399 2359- APS-C 16.01080/30p Dec 2016- i Fujifilm X-A10
    5. Nikon 1 J5 399 212265 1-inch 20.74K/15p Apr 2015- i Nikon 1 J5
    6. Fujifilm X-A2 399 1964- APS-C 16.01080/30p Jan 2015- i Fujifilm X-A2
    7. Fujifilm X-A7 499 3089- APS-C 24.04K/30p Sep 2019 i i Fujifilm X-A7
    8. Canon M100 499 260378 APS-C 24.01080/60p Aug 2017- i Canon M100
    9. Canon M10 499 214065 APS-C 17.91080/30p Oct 2015- i Canon M10
    10. Panasonic GF7 499 1910- Four Thirds 15.81080/60p Jan 2015- i Panasonic GF7
    11. Canon M200 549 2578- APS-C 24.04k/25p Sep 2019 i i Canon M200
    12. Olympus E-PL8 549 2326- Four Thirds 15.91080/30p Sep 2016- i Olympus E-PL8
    13. Panasonic GX800 549 231673 Four Thirds 15.84K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic GX800
    14. Panasonic GX850 549 231673 Four Thirds 15.84K/30p Jan 2017 i i Panasonic GX850
    15. Canon M50 Mark II 599 2924- APS-C 24.04K/24p Oct 2020 i i Canon M50 Mark II
    16. Fujifilm X-T100 599 2850- APS-C 24.04K/15p May 2018- i Fujifilm X-T100
    17. Olympus E-PL10 599 2699- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Oct 2019 i i Olympus E-PL10
    18. Olympus E-PL9 599 2652- Four Thirds 15.94K/30p Feb 2018 i i Olympus E-PL9
    19. Panasonic G100 649 2860- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 i i Panasonic G100
    20. Panasonic G110 649 2860- Four Thirds 20.24K/30p Jun 2020 i i Panasonic G110

    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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