Best Mirrorless Cameras 2017

For a long time, mirrorless cameras played second fiddle to their DSLR cousins. However, over time, they have grown into a distinct category with several advantages over DSLRs. Size is a major benefit: A mirrorless camera will always be smaller than a DSLR of the same capability, because unlike a DSLR, it doesn't need a mirror to reflect an image onto the camera's sensor. The simpler mechanics often allow mirrorless cameras to shoot faster than DSLRs, too. 

Size and ability to frame shots on the rear screen make mirrorless models a natural upgrade from smartphone and compact point-and-shoot cameras. Even for advanced shooters, the screen adds the flexibility to frame shots from odd angles and to interact with their subjects instead of hiding behind an eyepiece. Many mirrorless cameras offer electronic viewfinders, as well; the best of them are suitable replacements for optical eyepieces.

Our favorite mirrorless camera for beginners is the Sony a6000, which costs just under $600, yet shoots at a blazing-fast 11 fps, takes great pictures in all conditions, and has a compact body. More advanced photographers might prefer its successor, the Sony a6300 ($950), which takes even better photos in low light, and can record video in 4K. If you want to wait—and splurge a bit more—Sony has also unveiled the a6500 ($1,400), which also has 5-axis image stabilization. Regardless of which one you choose, you should check out our guide for taking great pictures with Son's line of A6000 cameras.

If you prefer mirrorless cameras not made by Sony, check out Olympus' OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which at $899, is a great camera for both stills and video. Some of its most noteworthy features include 5-axis image stabilization, a sturdy weather-resistant body, and a super high-resolution 40-MP mode.

Here are the top mirrorless cameras for a variety of users, from beginners to pros. 

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  • Rui Soares
    I´m sorry but the olympus camera is far from being the best camera for video from that lot, a camera like the samsung nx1 or the sony a7rII or the best mirrorless camera for video is prob the sony a7IIs but certainly not the olympus.
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  • Leroy_kthx
    The nx is Lister for 2017 But that camera system is completely dead. While the fujifilm x-t2 gets no mention (even with all the love its been getting from the photography world), not does the sony a7RII ( probably the most loved pro mirrorless camera in the wild right now )
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  • professionalcamerastore
    up with their amazing autofocus and interchangeable lenses, really give the usual dominance of DSLR cameras a run for their money. Today we wanted to take the time to review, compare and contrast the best
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  • pauldiamond
    Sam!
    You've decided that "mirrorless SLR" is the answer to any question. A reviewer must overcome personal bias. Doing so means that what the camera is used for and the output quality for that use is the #1 issue. If you review cars that can drive to the grocery store for apples, every one can suffice. If you want top quality handling in the curves and a 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds, the field narrows considerably.

    For me, the sharpest and best lenses used with a higher 36 MP sensor in my Nikon gives better "pro" quality pictures of landscapes, product photography, weddings/portraits, action, etc. My Nikon D800E/D810 can take pictures comparable to my old 35 mm film cameras and medium format size too.
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  • Hrunga_Zmuda
    That is far from the best Olympus camera. That would be the OMD E-M1 Mark II which does 4K. Panasonic's GH5 is about the same. The Olympus for is you lean towards stills overall, or the GH5 if you lean towards video. The cool thing is, both cameras can use any MFT lens.

    Sony's A9 or A7S mark II would also be good choices. Any mirrorless from Canon? Do not even consider it.

    You did say 'high end" cameras. The E M-5 Mark II is old, there's a Mark III now. Plus, the M1 Mark II is the best MFT camera in existence.
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