A mirrorless camera offers the best of both worlds: a smaller size closer to that of a point-and-shoot, with the large sensor and interchangeable lens flexibility of a DSLR. That's why mirrorless cameras are one of the main growth areas for innovation in the camera industry, with new models frequently upping the ante for what these cameras can do.
The downside of these small cameras is that you generally loose some of the features that their bigger DSLR cousins can offer. While DSLRs all have optical viewfinders (which are much easier to see in both low light and in bright sun), mirrorless cameras tend to offer only LCD screens for framing shots. Some mirrorless cameras offer electronic viewfinders, but of varying quality. And mirrorless cameras generally provide fewer controls on the camera body, leaving some controls buried in on-screen menus.
But recently, more sophisticated mirrorless cameras are emerging on the high end that are finding their way into the hands of advanced hobbyists. Even pro shooters are looking more closely at mirrorless cameras as a lightweight alternative to DSLR bulk.
Here are the top mirrorless cameras for a variety of users, from beginners to pros.
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