Best Mirrorless Cameras iMore 2020

Mirrorless cameras are quickly replacing bulky DSLRs. With optical viewfinders, lighter bodies, and frequently updated software, it's not hard to see a day when mirrorless makes DSLRs obsolete. If you're looking for the best digital camera today, start here. These are the top seven mirrorless cameras on the market this year.

Innovation at your fingertips: Sony a7 III

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Sony has innovated faster than any brand in the mirrorless space. The Sony a7 III is their latest iteration, and it features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, 693 phase-detection points, image stabilization, a silent and mechanical shutter, and a bright LCD monitor. The Sony a7 III is ideal for a variety of shooting styles and an affordable way to move from crop sensor to full-frame. There are also loads of high-quality Sony camera accessories waiting for you.

Lots of megapixels: Nikon Z7

If you're looking for a camera brand that's earned its stars and stripes, you can't do much better than Nikon. The Z7 is a 45.7-megapixel powerhouse, and one of the best mirrorless cameras put out in recent years. This lightweight model shoots 4K video, has a customizable menu, and colors so accurate you won't believe your eyes.

A beatiful crop sensor: Fujifilm X-T4

Fujifilm's newest flagship is one of the best mirrorless cameras we've tested. It looks like an old school film camera, complete with dials and knobs, but operates as one of the most tech advanced mirrorless cameras on the market. X-T4 is a crop sensor model with IBIS, 26.1MPs, and it shoots video at 60fps in 4K.

Superb eye tracking: Sony alpha a6400

A new update to the Sony APS-C line comes in the form of the Alpha a6400. With real-time autofocus and superfast eye tracking, this next-gen camera is a superb choice for portraits and videographers. The tiltable LCD screen makes this one of the best vlogging cameras available today. This Sony bundle includes a 16-50mm walkabout lens.

Beginner model: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus is known for its stellar image stabilization, and this model shines in that department. The OM-D M10 Mark V has a micro four thirds (MFT) sensor that helps to keep weight down, 20-megapixels, plus five-axis stabilization. The Olympus is easy to learn yet has enough manual control to keep more advanced photographers happy.

Total creative control: Canon EOS R5

Adjust your high-speed focus and AF coverage on the fly, plus have complete creative control with the 40.5-megapixel Canon EOS R5! This highly-rated mirrorless camera is designed with a new RF mount and is compatible with a variety of older lenses. The Canon EOS R5 is a cult favorite amongst professional and amateur photographers alike for a good reason.

A consistently cool classic: Panasonic Lumix G9

The 20.3 megapixel Lumix G9 has a rugged splash and freezeproof magnesium alloy body. Photos can be stacked in-camera to produce 80-megapixel high-resolution JPEGs or RAW files. With class-leading image stabilization and 4K video, the Lumix is a micro four-thirds camera that's earned its excellent reputation.

If you want our recommendation

Should you buy a digital camera in 2020? That depends on what you're shooting and where. Mirrorless cameras are the future and they are some of the best digital cameras you can buy, and each year they get more impressive.

The camera we think is tops is the Sony a7 III. This full-frame camera with IBIS works well for landscape, wedding, and event photographers. With all the contributions Sony has made to the mirrorless field in the last few years, we still think they're leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.

Fujifilm is another brand that's paving new paths in mirrorless, and the Fujifilm X-T4 is one of their best offerings in recent years. The colors Fujifilm outputs are so good that many photographers choose to shoot in JPEG instead of RAW! And the glass in Fujifilm's lineup is outstanding!

If you're just getting your feet wet, start with the highly-regarded Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark V. A micro four-thirds camera, this one is a great all-around shooter that's small enough to take anywhere.

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