Best mirrorless camera 2019: 10 top models to suit every budget

If you want to find out what’s the best mirrorless camera you can buy in 2019, you’ve come to the right place. 

Since Panasonic launched the first mirrorless camera in 2008, the genre has grown massively, with models to suit every budget and ability. 

Mirrorless cameras allow you to swap and change lenses like a DSLR, but because the mirror inside the camera has been removed (hence the name, with mirrors used to bounce light from the path of the lens up into the optical viewfinder of a DSLR), it has allowed designers to make mirrorless cameras much more compact than DSLRs. 

No mirror means that instead of optical viewfinders to frame your subject, mirrorless cameras rely on electronic viewfinders instead. Be aware, too, that most cheaper mirrorless cameras don’t come with viewfinders at all – instead, you compose the photo on the rear screen, just as you do with most compact cameras or smartphones.

You’ll find that mirrorless cameras are also known as compact system cameras (or CSCs for short), with models ranging from the simple to use beginner models to sophisticated full-frame monsters that rival the very best DSLRs out there. Is a mirrorless camera better than a DSLR then? There are still quite a few pros and cons to both designs, so if you want to find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences 

Why choose a mirrorless camera over a DSLR?

The DSLR market is huge, but there’s only really two main players in the shape of Canon and Nikon. If you opt for a mirrorless camera, the choice is much broader, with the likes of Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus and Leica all offering a wide range of cameras to suit most budgets. 

Things got really interesting in the last half of 2018, with big announcements from Canon and Nikon in the shape of the EOS R, Z6 and Z7. In fact (spoiler alert), the Z6 is so good that we reckon it’s the best mirrorless camera you can buy right now. 

2019 has already seen both Sony and Olympus announce new mirrorless cameras in the shape of the Alpha A6400 and OM-D E-M1X, while we can expect some more camera news very soon from both Panasonic and Canon

While it would be very easy to pick 10 high-end models to make up our best mirrorless camera buying guide, we’ve tried to pick out some more affordable options as well. These models might not be dripping in features, but they represent great options for new users and those on a budget. That said, if you’re looking specifically for a budget mirrorless camera, take a look at our best mirrorless camera for beginners buying guide

So whether you’re after a better camera than the one featured on your smartphone or are looking for an advanced, high-end model to push your creativity even further, read on to find out what are the best mirrorless cameras you can buy right now. 

Great value option: Sony Alpha A7 II

A superb camera for the price

Sensor size: Full-frame | Resolution: 24.2MP | Viewfinder: 2,359k dots | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle screen, 1,228k dots | Autofocus: 117-point AF | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 5fps | Movies: Full HD at 50p | User level: Intermediate/expert

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