Top Rated Mirrorless Cameras – Best Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners

When it comes to gadgets like the mirrorless cameras, we always wanted to make sure that we purchase the right product based on our needs!

  • Some people may prefer to own the most expensive and top rated mirrorless cameras of any brand.
  • Some people would be happy to have the cheapest mirrorless camera of any brand.
  • Some people would only look at the brand name and buy mirrorless camera made by Canon or Nikon or Sony or Panasonic or Fujifilm or Olympus or Pentax and so on.
  • Some people would just look at the features and performance while others may only consider the aesthetic part of the mirrorless camera.

One way or the other, we have tried our best not to be an impulsive buyer nor have been pushed by our instinct without really realizing the consequences once decision is made!

These factors are the most common consideration that needs profound self-examination especially by beginners before deciding what to purchase to avoid being sorry later on. And for that reason we will be covering what are the top rated mirrorless cameras for beginners to give you some insights on what’s the top of the line!

Best Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners and Amateurs

Here are some of the best entry level mirrorless cameras to consider for 2022!

Nikon Z50

Featured key specs:

  • Type: Mirrorless with support for interchangeable lenses l Lens mount: Nikon Z mount l
  • Effective pixels: 20.9MP l Sensor: APS-C (CMOS) l Viewfinder: OLED EVF l WiFi function l Bluetooth l HDMI l
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 11 frames per second l ISO sensitivity: 100-51,200 in steps 1/3 or 1/2 EV l
  • Monitor type: 3.2″ Tilting TFT (Touch-sensitive LCD) l Monitor resolution: 1.04M dots l
  • Still image format: RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG (single photograph recorded in RAW & JPEG) formats l
  • Movie: 4K UHD (up to 30fps), Full HD (up to 120fps) l Movie format: MOV, MP4 l
  • Storage media: SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC, SDXC memory cards l Built-in Flash l
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL25 l Battery life: 300 shots per charge and approx. 75 mins of movie recording l
  • Approx. dimension (WxHxD): 126.5 x 93.5 x 60 mm l Approx. weight: 395g (body only)

Notable reviews:

  • Very good image quality
  • Impressive and sharp image quality at higher ISO levels
  • Good video quality (at low light video quality may have different results)
  • Good dynamic range and noise handling capability (lens based Vibration Reduction system)
  • Excellent build and ergonomics, ample body grip and well-placed buttons and dials
  • User friendly interface – a guide mode to walk beginners to the main settings.
  • Good explanatory guide text when “?” is pressed
  • USB power charging

Fujifilm X-T200

Featured key specs:

  • Type: Mirrorless with support for interchangeable lenses l Lens mount: Fujifilm X mount l
  • Effective pixels: 24.2MP l Sensor: APS-C (CMOS with primary color filter) l Viewfinder: OLED color viewfinder l
  • WiFi function l Bluetooth Ver.4.2 (Bluetooth low energy) l Max. continuous shooting speed: 8 frames per second l
  • ISO sensitivity: Standard- Auto 1, Auto 2, Auto 3, ISO200-12800 in steps 1/3 l Extended- ISO100, ISO25600, ISO51200 l
  • Monitor type: 3.5″ TFT color LCD l Monitor resolution: 2.76M dots l USB type C l HDMI l ⌀3.5mm mini jack l
  • Still image format: RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG (Design rule for camera system compliant, DPOF- compatible) l
  • Movie: 4K, Full HD, HD, High speed movie l Movie format: MPEG-4 l
  • Storage media: SD (2gb), SDHC (32gb), SDXC (256gb), UHS-I memory cards l Built-in Flash l
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion NP-W126S l Battery life: 270 standard shots and ~80 mins of continuous movie capture l
  • Approx. dimension (WxHxD): 121.0 x 83.7 x 55.1 mm l Approx. weight: 370g (including battery and memory card)

Notable reviews:

  • Excellent image quality
  • Reliable face and eye detection
  • Good quality 4K video
  • Updated sensor has low noise levels and wide dynamic range
  • Portable and lightweight retro design- easy to bring along as everyday camera
  • Well designed interface- easy to use touch menus
  • Large 3.5″ flip-out touchscreen
  • Mic input and headphone terminal jack (headphone via adapter accessory)
  • USB power charging

Sony Alpha A6100

Featured key specs:

  • Type: Mirrorless with support for interchangeable lenses l Lens mount: Sony E-mount l
  • Effective pixels: 24.2MP l Sensor: APS-C type (Exmor CMOS sensor) l Viewfinder: 1.0cm (0.39 type) color EVF l
  • WiFi function l Bluetooth Ver.4.1 l Max. continuous shooting speed: 11 frames per second l Built-in Flash l
  • ISO sensitivity: ISO100-32000 (ISO number up to 51200 can be set as Expanded ISO) l
  • Monitor type: 3″ tilting touch TFT l Monitor resolution: 0.9M dots l HDMI l ⌀3.5mm mini jack l Micro USB port l
  • Still image format: RAW (33 frames), JPEG (76-77 frames), RAW+JPEG (31 frames) l
  • Movie: AVCHD, XAVC S HD, XAVC S 4K l Movie format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 l
  • Storage media: Multi slot for Memory Stick Duo, SD memory card l
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion NP-FW50 l Battery life: 380 (viewfinder) shots per charge and approx. 75 mins of continuous movie capture (LCD monitor) l
  • Approx. dimension (WxHxD): 120.0 x 66.9 x 59.4 mm l Approx. weight: 396g (with battery and memory card)

Notable reviews:

  • Excellent image quality (JPEG, RAW)
  • Outstanding Auto Focus Tracking
  • Good video quality
  • NFC connectivity for easy image transfer
  • Wide option of features for customization
  • Easy to use controls
  • Good battery life
  • USB power charging

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

Featured key specs:

  • Type: Mirrorless with support for interchangeable lenses l Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds mount l
  • Effective pixels: 20.3MP l Sensor: Micro Four Thirds (4/3 Live MOS sensor) l Viewfinder: Eye-level OLED EVF l
  • WiFi function l GPS function via smartphone l Bluetooth Ver.4.2 (Bluetooth low energy) l Built-in Flash l
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 8.7 fps l USB Micro-B l Micro HDMI type-D l
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto- LOW (approx.100) ‐ 6400, Manual- LOW (approx.100), 200 – 25600
  • Monitor type: 3.0″ tilting monitor (electrostatic capacitance touch panel) l Monitor resolution: 1.037M dots l
  • Still image format: JPEG, RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG+RAW l
  • Movie: 4K, Full HD, HD, High speed movie l Movie format: MOV (MPEG-4AVC / H.264) l
  • Storage media: SD, SDHC (UHS-I / II), SDXC (UHS-I / II) l
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion BLS-50 l Battery life: 360 shots and approx. 80 mins of continuous movie capture l
  • Approx. dimension (WxHxD): 121.7 x 84.6 x 49 mm l Approx. weight: 383g (335g body only)

Notable reviews:

  • 5 axis in-body-stabilization (good for low light shooting)
  • Good image quality and resolution (JPEG, RAW)
  • Excellent quality 4K video
  • Compact and lightweight- easy to bring along as everyday camera
  • Excellent handling and control
  • User friendly interface- helpful aids for beginners
  • 3.0″ flip-down touchscreen LCD
  • USB power charging

Panasonic Lumix GX9

Featured key specs:

  • Type: Mirrorless with support for interchangeable lenses l Lens mount: Micro Four Thirds mount l
  • Effective pixels: 20.3MP l Sensor: Micro Four Thirds (Live MOS sensor) l Viewfinder: LCD Live View Finder (Tilting) l
  • WiFi function l Bluetooth Ver.4.2 (Bluetooth low energy) l Storage media: Support SD, SDHC, SDXC (up to 128gb) l
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 9 frames per second l USB 2.0 Micro-B l Micro HDMI type-D (Viera link) l
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, Intelligent ISO,100 (Extended), 200 – 25600 (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) l
  • Monitor type: 3.0″ TFT LCD tilting monitor (static touch control) l Monitor resolution: 1.24M dots l
  • Still image format: JPEG (DCF, Exif 2.31), RAW l 4K photo- MP4 l Built-in Flash l
  • Movie: 4K, Full HD, HD, High speed video (when selected creative video) l Movie format: MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 l
  • Battery: Rechargeable Li-ion DMWBLG10 l Battery life: 260 shots per charge and approx. 90 mins of continuous motion picture (rear monitor) l
  • Approx. dimension (WxHxD): 124.0 x 72.1 x 46.8 mm l Approx. weight: 450g (body including battery, SD card)

Notable reviews:

  • Effective in-body-stabilization (Dual IS system works great)
  • Very good dynamic range
  • Fast accurate auto focus
  • Good image quality and resolution (pleasing JPEG color)
  • Good quality 4K and Full HD video
  • Solid build and comfortable ergonomics
  • New electronic shutter mechanism is claimed to limit ‘shutter shock’
  • Tilting EVF (offers accurate coverage)
  • Responsive 3.0″ tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Good wireless connectivity
  • USB power charging

*Notes: Images used are for reference purposes. Kit lenses may vary according to offers provided by each retailers!

What is the Best Entry Level Mirrorless Camera Then?

This question is often asked when we are presented with different choices of products that we aim to own! But we need to understand the fact that there’s no such as “perfect product” in one offering. Manufacturers will only develop a better version of what is currently offered by its competitors and will upgrade its own version to offer new options for the consumer!

This means that we (the consumers) are forced to upgrade somewhere down the road!

This has been the case and will remain the same, unless of course someone would ask camera manufacturers to create a personalized/customized product for them with all the coolest features ever imagined put into one product. But that will translate to a huge amount of money and whether there will be manufacturer whom will be willing to invest and buy in the idea!

What Is The Best Entry Level Mirrorless Camera To Buy?

For beginners this question is always answered by how much is your budget or do you have any preferred brand?

While all the models mentioned in this article are all capable entry level cameras, it will all depend on how much you can spend on a mirrorless camera that will be yours for several years of usage before an upgrade will be considered as you improve on your skills!

Please note that each model have its own upside and downside as I mentioned earlier. The deciding factor will be- will it fit your own need as a beginner or as an amateur photographer?

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