Best Mirrorless Cameras For Beginners

If you’re easygoing with your photography, smartphones and compact cameras do more than just the job. But they’re also usually limited by small sensors and fixed lenses that don’t provide the kind of next-level control you need if you want to take your photography a step further. This is where cameras with interchangeable lenses come into play. In this guide, we’ve selected the best mirrorless cameras for beginners that should fit your budget, not be too bulky, and hopefully won’t be too confusing when you learn how to use them.

Best Mirrorless Cameras For Beginners

Many of the mirrorless cameras in this list have APS-C sensors, but some of our favorites have slightly smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors. Both offer such a huge improvement over smartphones and compact devices that you really have little choice.

1. Fujifilm X-T200

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Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras not only look fantastic with their cool retro styling, which has been a hit with photographers for over a decade, but they are also among the best shooters on the market. The Fujifilm X-T200 is one of the newer models designed for beginners who want to expand their skills and shoot high-quality images and videos. Its improved sensor produces a wide dynamic range and pleasantly low noise, and this combines well with Fuji film simulation modes to produce images with real pop.

The X-T200 captures 4K video in stunning quality, and its movable touch screen lets you get creative with your shooting angles. Access to the sturdy, razor-sharp Fujifilm X-Mount lenses isn’t a bad thing either, ensuring you’ll have plenty of room to grow and explore as you shoot, no matter which way you turn it. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

2. Panasonic GX9

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The Lumix GX9 from Panasonic offers excellent value for money. Its small size and light weight make it ideal not only for newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras but also for travel photography. The wide range of functions includes a built-in viewfinder and a 5-axis dual image stabilization. One of our favorite features of all Panasonic cameras is the 4K video and 4K photo mode. With the latter, you can extract still images from a movie to freeze the perfect moment.

As standard, the GX9 comes with a 12-32mm lens, which is a good start. Another good news is that there are dozens of different lenses in the Micro Four Thirds mount, so this is a camera you can really grow with. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

3. Sony Alpha A6100

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Sony’s A6000 was one of the most popular mirrorless models in recent years, and although you can still buy it, the brand has refreshed it in the form of the A6100. This brings a host of new features to Sony’s entry-level model, including enhanced video capabilities, now including 4K. In addition, you now get a touch-sensitive screen and advanced autofocus options, including the very good working Eye AF (for humans and animals).

A wide range of different lenses is available for the Sony mount, so you can be sure that you are investing in this system. In its current form, the A6100 is one of the most expensive models on this list – but the good news is that if you are satisfied with older technology, the A6000 is still very readily available and is a real bargain at the moment.

4. Sony A6000

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Although it is now almost six years old, the A6000 is still one of Sony’s best mirrorless cameras for beginners. Sony still manufactures it, so it will not disappear in the foreseeable future. It also undercuts the newer models A6100, A6400, and A6600 in price. With the design of the compact camera in APS-C format and access to Sony’s interchangeable lenses, it is a small body that makes a big impact. The resolution of the 24.3MP image sensor is very good, although the 1,440k dot resolution of the electronic viewfinder is somewhat weak by today’s standards, and the tiltable 921k dot screen also feels quite cramped.

It lacks the ability to record 4K movies, and it doesn’t have the high-tech AF of Sony’s latest A6000 series cameras, but if you can live without it, the solid build quality, image quality, continuous shooting, and autofocus performance are better than you would ever expect from its price.

5. Canon EOS M50

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The Canon EOS M50 packs a lot of technology into its compact body, and the fact that it has a viewfinder – whereas so many competitively priced mirrorless cameras don’t – is a big selling point. However, the retractable 15-45mm kit lens is a bit cumbersome to use, and the 4K video mode has some unexpected limitations. Nevertheless, this is a big step in the right direction for Canon’s M-series EOS cameras. This is a cute and easy to use camera that is really quite versatile, and it is a great mirrorless alternative to the Canon Rebel SL3/EOS 250D, which offers similar features in a smaller camera. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

6. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk III

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One of the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system cameras is that they are usually quite small and lightweight. This certainly applies to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, which is now in its third generation. Although it is small, it is impeccably well built and beautifully designed in a classic retro style. The 14-42mm EZ kit lens is similarly small, with a retractable design that allows for compact storage.

Nevertheless, it has a built-in motor that allows for continuous zoom while shooting video. The maximum burst rate for still images is a fast 8.6 fps, although the autofocus may be slightly slower than many competing cameras, making it difficult to follow fast movements. The recording of 4k UHD movies is a bonus. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

7. Fujifilm X-A7

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We have long been big fans of Fujifilm’s entry-level X-A cameras, which are the cheaper and easier alternative to Fujifilm’s mirrorless X-Mount cameras. And the X-A7 is their best yet, with a redesigned rear lens and improved autofocus performance. Especially the large touchscreen LCD screen makes it a great choice for those upgrading from their smartphones, while the new 24.5 MP sensor produces razor-sharp photos and now supports 4K / 30p video recording.

Its autofocus is also a big selling point, with a strong face and eye-tracking that makes it particularly suitable for people shots, if not for action and sports shots. If you can overcome the somewhat cumbersome ergonomics, which are still one level higher than on a smartphone, then it is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

8. Olympus PEN E-PL10

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As an attractive option for beginners, the PEN E-PL10 combines a number of entry-level modes with an elegant housing to create a competent camera that is perfect for smartphone upgraders. The polycarbonate housing sits comfortably in the hand and the tiltable touchscreen makes handling a breeze. Even though the 16.1 MP sensor doesn’t change the game, the PEN E-PL10 still produces JPEGs with beautiful color reproduction. Add 4K, plus image stabilization and the ability to edit RAW images in the camera, and you have a powerful package for mirrorless beginners – provided they don’t need a viewfinder. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

9. Fujifilm X-T30

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The X-T30 is a compact and lightweight retro camera with similar performance as the Fujifilm X-T3 but in a smaller and lighter body. It is a camera for photographers. It is equipped with a 26.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a tiltable touch screen LCD, face detection, 4K recording with eye recognition, integrated WiFi, and NFC. It uses a phase-detection AF system that covers the entire image. This coverage results in both fast and accurate AF performance, even at -3.0 EV.

For video, it records 4K at 30 fps and 1080p up to 120 fps. Battery life is adequate, and it produces about 380 still images and 45 minutes of 4K shots. It has a newly revised electronic viewfinder that is brighter and sharper than previous models. It has 16 film simulation options, perfect for those who want to recreate the film in the digital age. These film simulations apply to both photos and videos. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

10. Olympus PEN E-PL9

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The Olympus E-PL9 and E-PL10 are technically very similar, but the E-PL9 is not available everywhere, and the E-PL10 will cost more if it is – annoying! However, the E-PL9 is a high-performance street, vlogging, and fashion camera that comes with a 180-degree selfie/vlogging screen and 4K video, although we were a little disappointed at the release that Olympus stuck with its older 16.1-megapixel sensor instead of using the latest 20.4MP sensor.

Despite its compact, lightweight design, the Olympus E-PL9 has an excellent build quality; the tiny size is ideal for travel photography, especially when the body is combined with Olympus’ remarkably small Olympus 14-42mm EZ “Pancake” kit lens. Better yet, this camera is a thing of beauty in itself and also delivers beautiful image quality. With the 14-42mm EZ pancake lens of the Olympus 14-42mm EZ kit, you can achieve this whenever you can. Overall, this is one of the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

Originally posted 2020-10-14 13:27:36.

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