Best Mirrorless Cameras to Buy in 2018

With each passing year, the number of mirrorless cameras on the market keeps increasing and that is a great thing for us consumers as we get many more options to choose from.

Some people are more into photography while others are into videography. Whatever the case may be, we’ll try to help out with our list of best mirrorless cameras of 2018. If new list-worthy cameras come out later in the year, we’ll make sure to update this list so feel free to check back in the future.

Sony A7III – Best Mirrorless Camera of 2018

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During the release of A7III, Sony executives called it their “basic” camera, however, there is absolutely nothing basic about it. In fact, for the price it is the best mirrorless camera on the market right now. The full-frame 24MP sensor is stunning during the day and offers great performance in low light conditions as well. 693 AF points paired with 10 fps burst shooting are making sure you won’t miss many shots.

On top of that, Sony A7III is a great choice for filmmakers — it shoots incredibly sharp 4K video (downscaled from 6K), as well as 120fps video in 1080p resolution. For the price, there’s simply no better option at the moment! If you’re interested in Sony A7III, make sure you check out our guide for best SD cards for Sony A7III.

Sony A7III Pros

  • Amazing autofocus
  • Very detailed 4K video
  • Good quality 120fps video
  • 10fps burst shooting
  • Very good battery life

Sony A7III Cons

  • Limited touchscreen controls
  • Menus could be better

Fuji X-H1 – Best APS-C Mirrorless Camera of 2018

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There’s a lot to love about the X-H1. It is Fuji’s first camera with in-body image stabilization and they did it well, but at the expense of size and portability. X-H1 is the biggest camera in Fuji’s APS-C lineup, however, it feels really good during use, especially if you have bigger hands. It is also the first Fujifilm mirrorless camera that offers a lot of features for videographers, making it one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market if you’re a hybrid shooter.

Fuji X-H1 features the same 24MP sensor found in X-T2, and shoots 4K video up to 30 fps as well as DCI 4K video at 24 fps. It is also one of the rare hybrid cameras (besides the GH5) that shoots at a bitrate higher than 100 Mbit/s. It can shoot up to 200 Mbit/s across all resolutions and frame rate modes. X-H1 is definitely a great camera, although somewhat pricey since you only get an APS-C sensor. On the other hand, Fuji has some truly amazing APS-C lenses in their lineup.

Fuji X-H1 Pros

  • Good in-body image stabilization
  • Feels good in hand
  • Good menu system

Fuji X-H1 Cons

  • A bit bulky for a mirrorless camera
  • Pricey for an APS-C camera
  • 120fps video quality is somewhat disappointing

Sony A7RIII – Best Resolution

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Pretty much everything that we’ve said about the A7III is also true about the Sony A7RIII except it has an even better 42MP sensor aimed at photographers who need bigger resolution photos (landscape and portrait photographers) and are willing to pay more for this feature. The A7RIII also has a better EVF and rear screen, for example.

When it comes to autofocus though, A7III actually has more AF points (693) that cover 93% of the sensor surface, while the A7RIII has fewer points (399) that cover 68% of the sensor area.

Sony A7RIII Pros

  • Amazing 42MP sensor
  • 10fps shooting at 42MP
  • Good autofocus
  • Very good battery life

Sony A7RIII Cons

  • Limited touchscreen controls
  • Menus could be better
  • Very pricey

Sony A6500

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The A6500 features the same excellent APS-C sensor found in the Sony A6300 (this camera is also on our list, you can read about it later on in this article). However, Sony A6500 has some pretty big advantages over the A6300 like the in-body image stabilization, better menu system as well as more customizable buttons.

It shoots great photos, has the best autofocus out of all cameras in its price range, and shoots great 4K video at up to 30 fps. It can also shoot slow motion video in 1080p at up to 120fps, but cameras like the A7III and A7rIII offer much sharper video in this mode. Overall, it is one of the best choices, if you’re an enthusiast photographer/videographer.

Sony A6500 Pros

  • Great autofocus
  • Good EVF
  • Decent in-body image stabilization
  • Very compact for the sensor size

Sony A6500 Cons

  • 120fps video quality is not the best
  • No headphone jack

Panasonic GH5

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If you mainly shoot video, then Panasonic GH5 is probably one of the best options for you, but that also depends on your needs and level of expertise. This camera may not have amazing autofocus like the A7III, but it does have some great features no other camera on this list offers — it shoots 4K video at up to 60 fps and 1080p at up to 180fps, making it very versatile. On top of that it can shoot 10-bit video at 400 Mbit/s!

Panasonic GH5 also shoots pretty good photos, but since it has a micro 4/3 sensor, you can’t expect the level of performance you get from larger sensors, especially when shooting in the dark.

Overall, it is a really good camera for video that also shoots pretty decent photos, but may not the best choice if you’re mainly into photography.

Panasonic GH5 Pros

  • Great 4K video at up to 60 fps
  • Good-quality slow motion video up to 180fps
  • Amazing 3.68 million-dot EFV

Panasonic GH5 Cons

  • Large body for the sensor size
  • Battery life could be better

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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Olympus’ top-of-the-line offering still has a micro 4/3 sensor, which may turn away certain people, but the new sensor offers excellent image quality, camera body is weather sealed, and OM-D E-M1 Mark II features the best in-body image stabilization on the market.

Autofocus is pretty good (better than on Panasonic cameras), although not up to par with Sony’s latest cameras. As you might expect from a flagship camera, it shoots 4K video, as well as 1080p at up to 60fps. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is also good for action shooting, as it can capture at 18fps via the mechanical shutter.

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Pros

  • Weatherproofing
  • Good viewfinder
  • Decent autofocus

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Cons

  • Expensive for the sensor size
  • Menus could be better

Fuji X-T2

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Fuji X-T2 is a great (also cheaper and smaller) alternative to the X-H1, and it is a great option if you don’t need the 5-axis in-body image stabilization. Video shooters may prefer the X-H1 because of the stabilization, but most photographers will be content with the X-T2. With that said, Fuji X-T2 also shoots 4K video at up to 30 fps (although at 100 Mbit/s vs 200 Mbit/s on the X-H1), as well as slow-motion video at 120 fps thanks to the latest firmware update.

If you want a smaller, but still very capable Fuji camera, and want to save quite a bit of money, then the X-T2 is the way to go.

Fuji X-T2 Pros

  • Good image quality and autofocus
  • Nice and tactile physical controls
  • Good handling

Fuji X-T2 Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • Battery life could be better

Sony A6300

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Back when this camera was released in early 2016, A6300 was arguably the best mirrorless camera under $1,000. It’s now even more affordable, and it is still a great option, especially for up-and-coming photographers and videographers.

The camera features excellent 24MP APS-C sensor that provides great image quality and very good ISO performance, considering this isn’t a full frame camera. It has great autofocus, with one of the best subject tracking systems out there. Like we previously mentioned, Sony A6300 is also great for videographers since it records 4K video at 24 or 30 fps, as well as 1080p at up to 120 fps! No other interchangeable lens mirrorless camera in this price range has these features.

Keep in mind that A6300 has it quirks as well. It writes files to SD cards relatively slowly compared to most modern cameras (make sure to check our guide for best SD cards for Sony A6300), it has clunky menus, and sometimes it overheats while recording 4K for extended periods of time.

Sony A6300 Pros

  • Great autofocus
  • Good EVF
  • Very compact for the sensor size

Sony A6300 Cons

  • 120fps video quality is not the best
  • No headphone jack
  • Overheats while recording 4K for a long time

Canon EOS M50

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Canon EOS M50 is the newest camera in the company’s lineup of APS-C mirrorless cameras and it falls in right between the EOS M100 and EOS M6.

It features a 24MP sensor, which is quite decent, as well as famed Dual Pixel AF, which allows for accurate and smooth autofocus in photo mode as well as video. Unfortunately, it isn’t enabled when shooting 4K video. Speaking of 4K video, this is the first Canon consumer camera capable of shooting in this resolution. 2.36-million dot EVF with magnification of around 0.62x is decent, but not the best.

Canon EOS M50 is a good camera for beginners, but photo and video enthusiast will not be pleased with the lack of native lenses. However, if you’re just stepping up from a smartphone, this is a great camera to consider.

Canon EOS M50 Pros

  • Features Canon’s Dual Pixel AF, which gets a lot of praise
  • Compact size
  • Good image quality
  • Flippable screen

Canon EOS M50 Cons

  • Small number of native EF-M lenses
  • No Dual Pixel AF in 4K

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

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OM-D E-M10 Mark III is one of the best small mirrorless cameras on the market today. It may not have Olympus’ latest 20MP sensor found in Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, but it still has a powerful processing engine, great in-body image stabilization, and it shoots 4K video! The only thing that may deter you from buying this camera is the fact that it uses old 16MP sensor. It is the same sensor found in the last generation of this camera. Other than that, this is an impressive little camera, great for beginners and enthusiasts.

Olympus E-M10 Mark III Pros

  • Compact size
  • Good image stabilization
  • Solid price

Olympus E-M10 Mark III Cons

  • Uses old 16MP sensor