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Best Mirrorless Cameras

While mirrorless cameras are still relatively new, they've taken the camera world by storm for their capability within a small size. Defined as interchangeable lens cameras without a pentamirror, mirrorless cameras come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. From cameras with the same size sensor as the average point-and-shoot to those with professional full frame sensors, there's a lot of variety in this popular category. Taking out the mirror means eliminating the optical viewfinder, but many manufacturers have compensated by adding an electronic one. Along with being smaller than DSLRs, they also tend to have faster burst speeds, since eliminating that mirror means there's less to move around to take each shot. Mirrorless cameras have improved tremendously in the past few years and are excellent options. The best mirrorless cameras will be compact yet offer solid image quality along with special features like fast burst speeds.

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Fujifilm X-M1

Classic. Compact. Simple. There's a lot of great words to describe Fujifilm's X-M1—and very few bad ones. Fujifilm has really hit the mark with their 2013 classically styled mirrorless in two big ways—one, with the filterless A...

Grade: B+ Price: $900.00

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Panasonic LUMIX GX7

Dubbed a "street camera" by Panasonic, the GX-7 is a sleek Micro-Four Thirds mirrorless model with plenty of creative control all wrapped up in a retro styled body. An upgrade to the 2011 GX-1, the GX-7 has the same size sensor, but thro...

Grade: A Price: $1,000.00

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Sony Alpha a6000

Mirrorless cameras have been known for lagging behind DSLRs in autofocus speed; Sony is attempting to bridge the gap with a 179 point phase detection autofocus (there's also a 25 point contrast autofocus option). We haven't seen it in acti...

Grade: A Price: $498.00

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Sony Alpha a7S

As if Sony's announcement for a full frame mirrorless camera last fall wasn't enough, the camera giant is now offering the a7S that boasts 4K video and a top ISO of 409600. The a7s cut the megapixels in half to manage the 4K and higher ISO...

Grade: A Price: $1,998.00

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Sony a7II

Sony's product announcements are typically filled with brags like “first ever,” “smallest,” “fastest” and the like, but they really impressed with the first full frame mirrorless in 2013. The Sony a7II is th...

Grade: A Price: $1,298.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

We haven't yet met an Olympus mirrorless camera that didn't live up to expectations, so we're holding the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II to high standards. Improving on an already solid E-M5, the manufacturer appears to make improvements in all...

Grade: A Price: $799.00

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Panasonic G7

4K video is beginning to shrink in price--the new Panasonic G7 wraps up both 4K video and 16 megapixel images into one mirrorless shooter that comes in at a surprising price.Panasonic introduced the first compact camera system with 4K video last y...

Grade: B+ Price: $498.00

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Sony a7R II

Sony's full frame mirrorless lineup just got a new update--and the Sony a7R II looks to even more promising then the original. Of course, there's still a high resolution full frame sensor, but that's now backlit. With all of the circui...

Grade: A Price: $2,398.00

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Panasonic DMC-GX8

With most Micro Four Thirds systems topping off around 16 megapixels, Panasonic's 20.3 megapixel GX8 is intriguing right of the bat. The company's flagship mirrorless model, the GX8 includes Panasonic's best mirrorless specs to date.Al...

Grade: A- Price: $998.00

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Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm's mirrorless line is backed by an excellent sensor design that offers a high level of detail and rich colors. With the Fujfilm X-Pro2, that sensor gets a nice upgrade.Fujifilm was lagging a bit behind in the megapixel arena with their...

Grade: A- Price: $1,499.00

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Fujifilm X-E2S

If there's anyone that can wrap modern camera tech inside of a classically styled camera, it's Fujifilm. While the retro body style has been popular for a few years now, with the X-E2S, Fujifilm has taken a bit different approach, moving t...

Grade: A- Price: $999.00

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Olympus PEN-F

After a number of classically styled options, Olympus seemed to have the retro-styled mirrorless down pat — and then came the Olympus PEN-F and it’s left-sided rangefinder-esque viewfinder. The Olympus PEN-F has much of the same classi...

Grade: A- Price: $999.00

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Sony a6300

The Sony a6300 is making big boasts about speed, and if the earlier model is any indication, should offer pretty good image quality to boot. In Sony's tests, the a6300 locked focus as fast as .05 seconds--a pretty quick focus if Sony's lab...

Grade: A- Price: $848.00

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Panasonic LUMIX GX85

As a manufacturer of both camcorders and cameras, Panasonic is getting serious about making 4K more accessible. Besides adding 4K to a number of compact cameras, Panasonic has now also introduced a 4K capable mirrorless camera. Besides the 4K thou...

Grade: B+ Price: $598.00

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Sigma SD Quattro

Sigma is largely known as a lens company, but their mirrorless cameras boast some pretty unique tech. The SD Quattro (not to be confused with the higher resolution SD Quattro H) incorporates the company's three layer sensor but starts at a low...

Grade: B+ Price: $799.00

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Fujifilm X-T2

Sitting pretty at the top of the company's line-up right alongside the X-Pro2, the Fujifilm X-T2 is a feature-packed mirrorless camera. As a Fujifilm flagship, the camera boasts some of the company's best specs, including new 4K video and ...

Grade: A+ Price: $1,399.00

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Panasonic LUMIX G85

The Panasonic G85 is a mirrorless camera that’s as rugged as it is advanced. The G85 (not to be confused with the GX85) sports a 16 megapixel micro four thirds sensor on the inside and a splashproof body on the outside.While the camera&rsquo...

Grade: A- Price: $24.00

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Canon EOS M5

The Canon EOS M5 certainly isn’t the camera giant’s first mirrorless, but it could very well be the first that packs enough features that it could grab the attention of serious enthusiasts and even some pros.With a 24.2 megapixel APS-C...

Grade: A- Price: $929.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Fast and smooth is the name of the game for Olympus' 2016 flagship mirrorless camera. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II uses dual processors to pack in impressive burst speeds, quick autofocus and 4K video while utilizing the company's five-ax...

Grade: A Price: $1,689.00

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Sony Alpha a6500

The Sony a6500 aims to sway new users with a speedy .05 second autofocus speed paired with a snappy 11 fps burst speed. With Sony being known for their autofocus speed, the a6500 looks to continue the tradition.The a6500 uses an APS-C sensor, the ...

Grade: A Price: $1,198.00

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Fujifilm X-T20

There’s the consumer camera with scene modes and selfie features and there’s the pro-level, high-priced cameras. And then, in between, there’s the Fujifilm X-T20. The Fujifilm X-T20 is a happy medium between the consumer-friendly...

Grade: A- Price: $799.00

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Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm is skipping the full frame and moving straight from the APS-C X-Trans mirrorless to into the world of medium format sensors with remarkable detail, color and low light performance -- and with a price that's actually rather reasonable ...

Grade: A Price: $6,499.00

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Sony a9

The Sony a7 was a landmark camera, bringing a full frame sensor to the mirrorless arena for the first time, though a slow burst speed kept it from joining the ranks of sports, wildlife and action cameras. That's changing with the Sony a9, a fu...

Grade: A+ Price: $4,498.00

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Fujifilm X-E3

Almost nothing goes untouched in Fujifilm's update to the X-E2 and X-E2S, the Fujifilm X-E3. The camera sees a long list of updates almost across the board that should give the already good camera an even better edge.The biggest change is the ...

Grade: A Price: $899.00

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 offers an affordable entry into interchangeable lens cameras and the third installment to the series offers a nice feature upgrade with 4K video, 16 megapixel images and a five-axis stabilization system. The $649 body-only o...

Grade: A- Price: $549.00

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Sony a7R III

The Sony a7R III is a happy medium between the super-fast a9 and the older a7 II, mixing high resolution with a fast burst speed. The camera has the same resolution as the predessor, but offers a significant increase in speed along with sharing a ...

Grade: A Price: $3,198.00

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Panasonic LUMIX G9

Panasonic's earlier mirrorless flagships took several firsts for video with 4K, 60 fps video that can record until the battery dies, but the new Panasonic Lumix G9 is photo focused with several big improvements. The name suggests the G9 is the...

Grade: A+ Price: $1,698.00