If you’re thinking about entering into the world of photography, welcome!
You’ll get advice telling you to buy a DSLR with heaps of attachments. A word to the wise: Don’t buy them. At least, not yet. Go for Mirrorless Cameras for Beginners.
Mirrorless Cameras, compared to DSLRs, are rather newborns but promising indeed. Since you’re just starting in this field, I would like to start from scratch. So, kindly bear with me.
In the following paragraphs, I will briefly discuss the history of mirrorless cameras. Also, how does it work and why is this phenomenon is different from a DSLR. If you’re already familiar with these, then you can simply skip the following paragraphs.
How Does A Mirrorless Camera Work in Particular?
Simply put, a mirrorless camera is a digital camera that accepts different lenses but works without a reflex camera. Instead, it lets the light pass through the lens directly to the digital sensor, which is then displayed to the digital sensor.
After that, it displays the image on the camera’s LCD screen and allows the user to adjust settings and preview the image before its shot.
This type of camera was introduced in 2008 and they became instantly popular with amateur photographers migrating from point-and-shoot cameras.
With the advancement of technology, the sensor size increased and more high-end features are being added as you’re reading this article. This is why mirrorless cameras are giving the bulkier digital SLRs a run for their money.
Due to the subtraction of mirrors, they’re lighter and more compact. Despite known as faster and better for video recording, they do the disadvantages of having a slightly less quality optical viewfinder and less battery life.
Top-Rated Mirrorless Cameras for Newbies
For travel and street photography, a mirrorless camera can become the ultimate tool in your photography arsenal. This article, as the title suggests, is solely for amateur photo enthusiasts.
Hence, to begin your journey, I’m going to mention top mirrorless cameras that are well-priced and have the potential to become your companion while taking memorable shots out there.
1. Sony Alpha A6100
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Display: 3" tilting, 922k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 11fps | 4K Video: Yes
To kick-off my list, I present to you is the Sony Alpha A6100. This little camera is aimed at novice users. It's a versatile feature-set with a compact design.
Although its predecessor, the A6000 still remains a bargain for anyone looking for a budget mirrorless camera, the A6100 is well worth spending the extra on. Why? Well… let us find out.
Starting with the build and design, some would argue that Sony could’ve done better with aesthetics. But it’s very light, weighing in at a mere 396 grams. It's a little more than Canon’s M50. It has a compact body which fits nicely in hand. When you hold it, you’ll fill the sturdiness all right.
As with the interface, it’s pretty simple. Although the novice buyers tend to stick to one of the automatic modes, the menu system could be a little obvious. It lacks logic. That’s why it’s easier to forget where things are. However, you have to control everything with your thumb.
Being manufactured for beginners, it would be nice to offer touch menu controls. The "Auto-Focus" thing can be controlled by only the touch. While the menu and quick menus can only be operated using the dials. You can also use this touch screen for immediate focus point selection. As a result, selecting a focus point when you’re looking into the viewfinder feels smooth and easy.
On the bright side, the 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD touchscreen can be tilted 180° upward or 74° downward. It makes it easier to work from high and low angles. The A6100 also has the White Magic technology with an RGBW pixel structure for increased brightness that lets you use it with ease in brighter conditions.
Not to mention, the SVGA Tru-Finder 1.44m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder offers a bright, high-resolution means for eye-level monitoring.
It could cause some irritation for a few users while video recording. Especially, when you’re vlogging. The integrated 3.5mm microphone port does grant you greater control over audio recording. If people want to use a hot shoe microphone, it’ll block the view.
In terms of lens, the A6100 comes with a versatile E PZ 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS. To be honest, this isn’t the best kit lens. Although it offers a 24-75mm equivalent focal length range, you might want to splurge for better glass since Sony has an outstanding APS-C mirrorless lens line up.
Still, the power zoom control that has been incorporated along with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization will handsomely minimize the appearance of camera shake.
Let’s explore its other features. Starting with the 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor, it generates a better image with minimal noise even in low-light conditions. It also has thin copper wiring, enhanced circuit processing, and an enhanced front-end LSI.
These features boost light-gathering abilities, reduce noise and increase readout speeds to benefit video recording. Also, the sensor and BIONZ X processor combination allows a top continuous shooting rate of 11 fps with AF and AE and permits 14-bit raw file output for a wide tonal and color scale.
As for recording video, you’ll be pleased to know that UHD 4k recording is possible with frame rates of up to 30 fps. You can also record in full HD 1080p with a frame rate that goes up to 120.
Besides the high-resolution internal recording, there’s an HDMI output. This lets you use an optional external recorder for clean 4k recording.
Moving on, the Sony Alpha A6100 has a powerful 4D FOCUS system. It has 425 on-chip phase-detection points along with 425 contrast-detection areas for precise focusing.
Thanks to this high density of focusing points, the A6100 can track moving subjects in any lighting conditions. It’s known as High-density Tracking AF Technology.
To add to that, the Real-time Eye AF is great for taking portraits. This option is available for both AF-S and AF-C modes. Using this, you can even take portraits of your beloved pet... let alone a human subject.
By incorporating Lock-on AF and Expand Flexible Spot, you don’t lose focus on moving subject as it will employ neighboring focus points even if the main point loses focus.
As I said, the A6100 is pretty versatile. It has built-in Wi-Fi that enables you to share your works instantly to mobile devices for direct sharing. Not only that, once you connect it with your android, you can see the live view image on its screen and even remotely control the camera’s shutter!
The A6100 uses the same batteries as before…NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion. However, this product is more efficient than A600s’. You can get 420 shots on a charge and power this via a USB connection to a computer or mobile battery. It can be used to charge the battery as well.
The camera comes with a battery, AC adapter, Sony ALC-B1EM body cap for 3-mount cameras, a Micro-USB cable, a shoulder strap, accessory shoe cap, and an eyepiece cup. However, the memory card is not included in the box.
Despite being over 5 years old, Sony A6100 still wears the crown of one of the best mirrorless cameras. While the specs have aged, for a beginner... there are still tons of features to play around with. The six years of price drop makes the A6100 even more affordable.
2. Canon EOS M50
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-M | Display: 3" fully articulated, 1,040k | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 10fps | 4K Video: Yes
Primarily aimed at newbies, the Canon EOS M50 is a simple camera that’s packed with powerful features. This small and "Amazingly Light" device has the latest photo and video technology. It will surely kindle your photography spirit as it’ll help you bring your memories back to life.
The M50 is an incredibly small, compact, and capable camera. It weighs less than a single pound (387) grams. With a stylish design, it fits comfortably in your hand. This versatile device features 4K video, a Vari-Angle touchscreen, 24.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and the latest DIGIC 8 processor.
Canon did everything in its power to make this camera friendlier for beginners. It has a dedicated guide mode. This mode gradually walks you through all the menus. This makes the interface both simple and straightforward.
Also, the M50 has a customizable ‘My Menu’ tab. This will help you access your specific shooting style and other controls in a flash. Also, the large 3.0” touchscreen LCD works really well and makes navigation really easy for novice users.
While the touchscreen of Sony Alpha A6100 only supports touch focus, the M50’s touchscreen supports "Touch Focus," "Drag Focus," and navigating menus. As for the LCD, you can flip out the screen and use touch focus even when composing through the viewfinder.
Speaking of viewfinder, Canon integrated a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder. It permits bright, clear eye-level monitoring and provides a resolution of 2.6 million dots. It’s pretty quick, responsive and the OLED makes it easy to work in bright sunlight.
You get a versatile standard zoom EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens out of the box. It can provide a 24-72mm equivalent focal length range. They also optimized the lens placement to minimize flare and ghosting. There are fewer chromatic aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range. This is thanks to the three aspherical elements.
Let’s talk about image and video quality. As already mentioned, it has a 24.1-megapixel sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. The M50 is well known for its amazing contrast, color reproduction straight in-camera, and the excellent results it delivers.
People can also shoot in compressed raw format if they want to spend more time in post-production.
As for shooting video, you’ll be glad to know that it shoots video at 720p at 120 fps, 1080p at 60 fps, and 4K at 24 fps. However, you can record for a maximum of 30 minutes. It is a standard duration.
Besides, not many cameras have the feature of adjusting the exposure while filming but the M50 has. It's handy.
If your Android or iPhone isn’t cutting well in low-light anymore, switch to the Canon EOS M50. Its low-light performance is sublime. A flexible ISO 100-25600 range can be extended up to ISO 51200 setting. It works quite well in several lighting conditions.
Not to mention, the processing capabilities, thanks to the DIGIC 8 processor, reduces noise and affords Auto Lighting Optimizer for notable clarity…no matter what the shooting situation is.
Now, the focus system is hands down the best comparing with its competitors. It offers 99 selectable AF points, increasing to a maximum of 143 depending on the lens used. It covers roughly 80% of the frame and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF gives a seamless and fast focusing performance.
You can also do cool stuff like rack focusing while filming. It’s made possible with the combination of the Touch AF system and DPAF. As a result, with simple-several hand gestures, you can create a dramatic transition between focus points and make focus pulling while filming second nature.
In terms of shooting stills, the focusing system works fast and accurately that it can track moving subjects quite easily. Also, you can use the Eye Detection AF for taking portraits. It helps to prioritize focus on a subject’s eyes.
To be honest, DPAF is currently the best AF system on the market and the Canon EOS M50 upholds that reputation. The reason I’m saying this because, as a beginner, you might as well be using this mirrorless camera as a point and shoot device rather than going neck-deep in the manual settings.
In this age of sharing the M50 doesn’t stay behind. The Camera-to-Connect app supports the full remote control of the camera both in photo and video modes. You can even adjust pretty much anything through your mobile device.
Despite the slight latency, this feature works seamlessly. Besides, it can automatically transfer images once you pair your smartphone or PC using Canon’s Image Transfer Utility II or Camera to Connect app.
Now, the battery. Well, this camera is fueled by rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12. Once charged, it gives you 235 shots. In Eco mode, you can take 370 shots. You can charge this battery using the Canon Battery Charger LC-E12 that comes with the camera.
In the box, you also get a Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, an R-F-4 camera cover, an EM-200DB neck strap, and a terminal cover.
Even if we leave all the juggernauts out of the equation, the top-notch autofocus system and excellent low light performance can make photo enthusiasts drool over this camera. Besides that, the relatively low price point makes the M50 unarguably the best mirrorless camera for a beginner out there.
3. Fujifilm X-A7
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24MP | Lens mount: Fujifilm X | Display: 3.5" Fully articulated, 2,760k dots | Viewfinder: None | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 6fps | 4K Video: Yes
The X-A7 from Fujifilm offers the much-needed ground for beginners and intermediate-level photographers to grow and cultivate their skills. This is perhaps the best Fujifilm mirrorless camera it has on offer.
This product has a wide range of applications from casual snapshots of everyday scenes to travel photography and full-fledged artistic creations.
Let’s talk about its body first. At the very first glance, it’ll strike you like a sleek camera. As expected from Fujifilm, it’s retained its classic and retro style. Some might argue that the body feels plasticky and it doesn’t give off a premium feel.
But, come on… for an entry-level camera it’s more than enough. Besides, because of the plastic body, the weight has been reduced. It weighs just 320 grams! Hence, carrying this stylish little around camera won’t feel like a chore, at all.
What makes the design more practical and wanting is the huge 3.5” 2.76m-dot LCD touchscreen on the back. Having a 16:9 aspect ratio makes this camera better suit for video recording applications. The screen, however, has a swivel design and you can flip it 270°. So, you’ll have no problem working from any angle.
The backside of the screen has the same leather texture as the rest of the camera which adds a real touch of finesse. Also, the interface is very minimalistic since there’re very few buttons. The right side of the camera now has a joystick instead of navigation buttons.
On top of the camera, you’ll get just three dials and three buttons. These include power and shutter buttons. It also has a built-in mic. Stereo to be exact. Under the logo and there’s a built-in pop-up flash. It will provide extra illumination when shooting in low light.
The user-interface is touch-operated. It’s customizable as well. You can assign the function you frequently use to quick access software buttons. To make the navigation and user experience smoother and easier for inexperienced users, Fujifilm integrated a Smart Menu option.
However, the X-A7 comes with an XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. This camera has a focal length of 22.5-67.5mm. You can easily make it work and produce stunning everyday photos.
As for features, the copper wiring in the X-A7’s sensor makes the data readout much faster than the X-A5’s. As a result, it features about 8.5 times more phase-detection pixels than the current A5 model. They also enhance the AF speed and accuracy.
Brand new 24.24 MP APS-C sensor combining with Fujifilm’s trademark color reproduction, produces vibrant colors and premium image quality. At high ISO (51200) sensitivity, the sensor delivers clear images with minimum noise. It also comes in handy when shooting moving subjects.
In terms of video, back then, the A5 could only shoot 4K ones in 15 frames per second. But the X-A7 can shoot 4K videos at up to 30 frames per second. You can also shoot slow-mo in 100 fps that is in 720p. For shooting stills, a generous rate of 6 fps is possible for working with moving subjects.
The hybrid autofocus system with 117 selectable points, uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods. As a result, you get quick and precise AF.
Besides that, it also enables both Face and Eye Detection. These work miracles while shooting portraits.
To add to the pile of features, it has Advanced SR Auto mode, film Simulation mode, and Portrait Enhancer settings. Depth Control, Advanced filter modes such as Toy Camera, Miniature, Pop Color… well... the list goes on. But my most favorite one is the Light Trail mode.
Using this, you can play with long exposures with bright light trails. Without worrying about the technical jib-jabs.
The X-A7 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity built-in. Bluetooth pairing is easy. Once you do it, you can easily browse and download images. Just like Sony’s A6100 and Canon’s EOS M50, you can remotely control the camera.
Now, the battery. In the box, there’s an NP-W126S rechargeable Lithium-ion, 8.4 VDC, 1260 mAh that lets you take 270 shots per charge or approximately 440 shots in Eco mode.
The camera also comes with a USB cable, a 3.5mm Microphone adapter, a shoulder strap, and a Fujifilm Body Cap for Fujifilm X-Mount Cameras.
You have to live with the fact that an entry-level mirrorless camera within an affordable budget won’t have every feature in it. It has to make some sacrifices. For the A7, it’s the absence of a viewfinder.
Other than that, it’s a feeling of joy shooting through the X-A7 as it enables you to capture and create stunning photos.
4. LUMIX GX85
Sensor: Four Thirds | Megapixels: 16MP | Lens mount: MFT | Display: 3" tilting, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 8fps | 4K Video: Yes
Now we’re going to talk about an all-around Micro Four Thirds camera from Panasonic, the Lumix GX85. The product is designed for photographers and videographers. This camera features a compact build, intuitive layout, a crisp EVF, fast autofocus, and 4K video capture.
Size-wise, the GX85 is similar to the GX7. It’s quite small, measuring just 2.8 by 4.8 by 1.7 inches (HWD), and weighs about 15 ounces without a lens. There’s a built-in flash. It pops up from the top. A hot shoe is available if you want to add a more powerful flash system.
Moving on, there’s a 2.76m-dot electronic viewfinder. It offers bright, clear eye-level means so that you can easily compose images. This has a 0.7x effective magnification.
As for the rear LCD, it’s a 3.0" 1.04m-dot rear OLED monitor. This thing can be tilted to support viewing from several angles. The only issue is that you can’t articulate it all the way forward for selfies. However, the monitor is very sharp and sensitive to touch.
Since it’s a touchscreen, it lets you navigate the menus system and settings control with ease. You can also tap to focus, fire the shutter or move the active focus point using the rear LCD when the camera is to your eye.
In terms of the kit lens, the Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 ASP is quite versatile if you ask me. Three aspherical elements and one extra-low dispersion element help to minimize both spherical and chromatic aberrations. End result…? top-notch image clarity and tack-sharp photos.
Not to mention, the internal focusing system and stepping motor pairs with the GX85’s contrast-detection AF for quick and accurate focusing performance.
Panasonic also included a telephoto zoom Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 ASPH. MEGA OIS lens, which provides a 90-300mm equivalent focal length range. Besides the UHR and two aspherical elements, it has a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance.
The cherry of the pie of this camera is its MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer). You’ll find it extremely useful as it will reduce the camera shake for sharper imagery whenever you’re handholding the camera in difficult lighting conditions.
Also, to ensure that your photos look extremely sharp even when you’re handholding the GX85, the Dual I.S. combines the 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization technology with lens-based image stabilization. This feature renders sharper and crystal-clear images.
Let’s take a peek into its sensor. The GX85 uses a 16MP Live MOS sensor. It takes stunning, high-resolution stills as well as UHD 4K video.
An optical low-pass filter is integrated to create an ultra-sharp photo and the high sensitivity range of ISO (200-25600) is adequately suitable for working in a variety of lighting conditions.
Now, there’s a trio of still shooting modes available for recording continuous 8MP stills at a 30fps rate. They are 4K Burst, 4K Pre-Burst, and 4K Burst (S/S).
They also incorporated the Depth-From-Defocus to accelerate autofocus performance and the contrast-detection type focus method plays a huge role in increasing the quality of both still and video.
Besides the subject tracking applications, it has the Starlight AF feature that enables accurate AF performance down to -4EV.
This camera isn’t just stacked with camera-alike features only. It keeps you connected to your preferred networks too. The GX85 has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity that allows for wireless image sharing. Just like the previously mentioned cameras, you can also control it from your smartphones or tablets.
However, the battery they included is the Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1025 mAh. Now, according to Panasonic/CIPA test results, the GX85 lets you take approximately 290 shots in a single charge. If you come to think of it, the number is a bit disappointing.
Along with the camera, you get two lenses which we’ve already mentioned. You also get an AC Adapter, USB connection cable, shoulder strap, and a hot shoe cover.
If you ask me, the short battery life is hardly a deal-breaker. On the other hand, this camera has a very reasonable price point with a lot to offer. To be fair, if you’re looking for a mid-range interchangeable lens camera then this should have a place in your wish list.
5. Sony Alpha A6000
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 24MP | Lens mount: Sony E | Display: 3" tilting, 922k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 11fps | 4K Video: Yes
First announced on February 12, 2014… Sony released a small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, namely the Alpha A6000. At that time, it was advertised featuring the ‘world’s fastest autofocus’ with a lag of 0.06 seconds and 11 fps continuous shooting with tracking AF.
It's aimed at pros and photography enthusiasts alike. Sony has still been producing this beautiful little camera due to its functionality and timeless quality. Let’s see what this device has up its sleeve…
Despite its size, the metal body feels really sturdy and solid. Also, you’ll find the rubber grip very useful and comfortable to hold. With expert features, it has customizable buttons, manual controls, a built-in pop-up flash, and a Multi-Interface Shoe that are all perfectly placed.
The OLED Tru-Finder EVF offers real-time data for planning and previewing shots even before shooting. It also has focusing aids like MF Assist and the Peaking function. Considering its age, the EVF is quite adequate even for using it in 2021.
Moving on to the LCD screen is a 3.0" 921k-dot rear Xtra Fine monitor. It lends extra assist for you to make more accurate compositions and not to mention, navigating the menu system. The screen, however, can be tilted 90° upwards and 45° downwards.
Sony made the A6000 compatible with several lenses and lens adapters due to the Sony E-mount. However, as a kit lens, they provided the tiny 16-50mm power zoom. The electronic power zoom is a nice touch. However, the lens doesn’t have the power to bring out the full potential of its sensor.
Speaking of the sensor, the A6000 has the APS-C size sensor and the BIONZ-X processor. By working together, they generate images and videos that have outstanding quality. Not only that, but they also provide a wealth of speed throughout the camera system.
That includes a Fast Hybrid AF, a top-notch continuous shooting rate, and Full HD 1080p video recording in various frame rates. Let’s dig in a little bit deeper for the sake of this focusing system.
While the Fast Hybrid AF enables you to focus more scenes via phase-detection, the ultra-precise 179 AF points give greater coverage. On the other hand, the system also provides AF tracking when shooting up to 11 fps in a continuous high mode without compromising the results.
The quality of A6000 not only excels in terms of still photos but also in capturing amazing videos. Here, the phase-detection works the same way it works with stills and ensures fast focusing and smooth tracking while filming your subject.
This mirrorless camera doesn’t shy away from having loads of capturing modes. It has auto object framing, clear image zoom, picture effect, photo creativity, superior auto, anti-motion blur, hand-held twilight mode, multi-frame NR, dynamic range optimizer, auto HDR, creative style, and many more!
Yes, it does have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. So, sharing your works directly to your mobile devices isn’t certainly an issue. As a matter of fact, it’s also NFC supported. No complex set-up is required. You’re just one touch away from connecting your camera with your device and remotely controlling it.
The A6000 supports USB charging which allows you to charge the lithium-ion battery in-camera from either an AC or PC source. The battery, NP NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh does come with the box, and with one charge you can take up to 325 shots.
It’s quite obvious that older camera costs less. So, by buying this after considering its fat portfolio of features, you’ll be getting so much camera for so little money!
6. Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 33MP | Lens mount: Canon EF-M | Display: 3" tilting, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 14fps | 4K Video: Yes
Now, this one is my personal favorite. The EOS M6 Mark II from Canon is an affordable machine. This extremely versatile and portable camera blends high-quality optics into a compact, mirrorless design.
Packed with numerous pragmatic features, it can become your ultimate go-to camera for creating mesmerizing images and superb 4K videos.
Without further ado, let’s look at the build and the body design. First of all, as Canon declares, when you’ll use this camera, you’ll feel like it has been designed just for you. You can compose your subject from any angle using the articulated touchscreen.
Using this handsomely large touchscreen, you can control focusing points and the controls. These are customizable too for the convenience of the user. Besides that, the included EVF-DC2 auxiliary viewfinder offers a nice shooting experience even in bright light with high-resolution eye-level viewing.
The camera body comes with a standard zoom EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens that provides a 24-72mm equivalent focal length range.
It's a collapsible design so that when you're not using the lens, it remains compact. You’ll experience fewer chromatic aberrations and distortion and a bare minimum of irritating flare and ghosting.
There’s more…in this camera Canon has integrated an Optical Image Stabilizer that minimizes camera shake while you’re shooting it from the hand. Not only that, but it also has an STM that gives you a relatively fast, seamless, and almost silent autofocus performance.
The M6 II has an impressive high-resolution 32.5 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Along with this sensor, the DIGIC 8 processor makes sure that you enjoy a flawless smooth experience while operating this machine.
The broad sensitivity range of ISO and the low noise support will help you to work in various lighting conditions. On the other hand, due to the powerful processor, you can shoot continuously at up to 14 fps with AF/AE tracking, record UHD 4k video, or even record high-speed Full HD 1080p video at 120 fps.
As for the autofocus system, Canon stands tall. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF system covers almost the entire frame. It can track fast-moving subjects and produces amazing portraits. By tweaking the speed of focusing, you can make some smooth dramatic transitions too.
Thanks to an always-on Bluetooth link and built-in Wi-Fi, the EOS M6 Mark II works hand-in-hand with your smart devices. Just like its competitors, it lets you connect your camera with your devices enabling the remote shooting feature.
Not only that, but you can either share your work with the world or you can review them on your phone or tablet on the go as it will be synced with them.
You can easily charge your camera via USB cable. Speaking of which, the battery life is pretty decent if you ask me as the battery that comes with the camera is an LP-E17 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1040 mAh battery.
You can take up to 305 shots and 410 shots when working in Eco mode. With a "Full" charge, of course. In the box, you’ll also find a Canon EVF-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder, a Canon LC-E17 Charger for LP-E17 Battery Pack, a Canon R-F-4 Camera Cover (Body Cap), a Canon EM-200Db Neck Strap, and a nice Terminal Cover.
Despite the lack of in-built image stabilization, the EOS M6 Mark II is a capable and compact-sized camera. It's ideal for travel photography. However, EOS MS Mark II offers stunning results while taking landscapes, portraiture, action, and sports photos.
You’ll find very few numbers of mirrorless cameras that can deliver photos the way the Mark II does. With an affordable price point and that sweet high-resolution sensor delivering images with magnificent colors, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is unarguably the best mirrorless camera out there.
7. Nikon Z50
Sensor: APS-C | Megapixels: 21MP | Lens mount: Nikon Z | Display: 3.2" tilting, 1,040k dots | Viewfinder: EVF | Wi-Fi: Yes | Touch Screen: Yes | Maximum continuous shooting: 11fps | 4K Video: Yes
This list of best mirrorless cameras for beginners won't be complete if I didn’t include at least one Nikon product. So here it is, the Nikon Z50. This camera may not be as good as the other cameras mentioned here, but it does bring more joy in taking photos.
First of all, the build quality won’t disappoint you. The chassis is made of magnesium alloy that is dust and weather-resistant. It has a very good handgrip that extends towards the front of the camera. The buttons are intelligently arranged so that you can operate them without any hassle.
A prominent 3.6m-dot electronic viewfinder offers eye-level viewing and a 1.02x magnification. The 3.2" 1.04m-dot LCD screen can be tilted 180°. The screen is bright enough so that you won’t find any difficulties working in overly lit conditions.
This touchscreen is quite functional too. Besides navigating the menu system and settings control, you can use it to move the AF point or initiate tap-to-track autofocus. However, you can’t move the AF point while the camera is being held up to your eye.
Nikon added the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens as the kit lens. It can work as a 24-75mm lens that can cover wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. It has a pretty decent portfolio of reducing the variety of aberrations and camera shakes. As a result, your photos will be sharper and clearer.
On top of it, there’s a stepping motor that provides fast, quiet, and precise autofocus performance. This works for both stills and video applications which makes this camera quite versatile too.
As for the sensor, Nikon used the DX-format 20.9MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 6 as the image processor. These two combined, the camera works like a miracle. No matter what the lighting situation is, sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-51200. It can also be extended to 204800, can produce fantastic results.
The combination of resolution and sensor size goes way ahead and add a generous amount of speed throughout the camera system. Because of this, you get a continuous shooting rate of 11 fps as well as 30 fps shooting at 8MP.
Besides lifting the image quality, the sensor has a 209-point hybrid autofocus system. It uses both phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure that the focus is accurate and fast enough whether you’re shooting stills and videos.
Speaking of videos, the Z50 is quite capable of recording UHD 4K video at up to 30 fps and Full HD recording at up to 120 fps. You can also shoot time-lapse and use slow-motion effects to spread your wings of creativity.
Nikon went a little ahead and added tons of video modes for you to get real creative. For example, there’s Multiple Exposure mode, Special Effects Modes, Creative Picture Controls, and In-Camera Image Editing modes.
You can experiment and play around with these fun modes to add a different touch to your works. Due to the built-in SnapBridge connectivity and Wi-Fi, you can share your photos with the world as well as remotely control the camera through your device.
The Z50 has an EN-EL25 rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lets you capture at least 300 shots per charge. It’s also in-camera charging supported only when you’re using the optional EH-73P charging AC adapter.
Even if you don’t get that additional adapter you do get a Nikon Nikon MH-32 Battery Charger, a Nikon UC-E21 USB Type-A Male to Type-B Micro Male Cable, a Nikon AN-DC20 Camera Strap, Nikon BF-N1 Body Cap, and a DK-30 Rubber Eyecup.
To be honest, the Nikon Z50 might be a good mirrorless camera but it’s no exceptional comparing its other competitors. It does offer good quality photos but few issues should have been dealt with.
Like the weird articulation of the LCD screen which tilts from the bottom of the camera. So, you can’t use it with a tripod. Even though it works fine for taking selfies, vloggers might find it a bit irritating. The viewfinder’s quality is good. Not great.
Besides those issues that are not cardinal sins, the Nikon Z50 still has a lot to offer. If you consider all the features it has, and the reasonable price point, I don’t see why you shouldn’t give this camera a chance.
Things to Remember when Buying Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera
Choosing the perfect mirrorless camera is a difficult chore, especially for a beginner. First of all, they don’t have enough relevant information. Second of all, they end up with a pile of information that can be pretty strenuous to process.
Besides that, the number of available options can be bewildering for someone who is just starting to get into mirrorless camera photography. This is where I come with a mission to lessen that burden off you and help you choose your next or probably the very first mirrorless camera.
What Do You Want to Use It for?
Before we begin, you just have to ask yourself: what exactly is your intention with it… and what is the purpose of your purchasing? Once you sort that out, searching for the ideal product becomes easier.
Are you looking for a bit of travel photography? Trying your hands-on Sports Journalism? Do You want the best mirrorless camera with a viewfinder to shoot from a distance? You need to figure these things out before jumping in the pool and spending money around like crazy.
Different Aspects You Need in Your Product
Now, what to look for in a mirrorless camera in this age of technological advancement when even good smartphones can punch above their weight and even compete with DSLR? Well... for starters, you want it to be compact and portable that has a good zoom range to work with.
Almost all cameras have a built-in flash and a viewfinder that will help you compose your shots. Hence, look for quality in them.
How is the build quality? Does it have a good grip and feel comfortable maneuvering it? Next thing you’re going to be considering the interface layout and whether it’s versatile enough?
Can it shoot anything from mesmerizing portraiture and stills to action sports and wildlife? Or breathtaking landscapes? What is its strongest suit and are you okay with it? Do you want more than just to shoot stills and record videos with it?
My Rant on Camera Lenses
Let’s be more definitive about the features. The mirrorless cameras have interchangeable lenses. This is a game-changer. Now, if you’re happy with the kit lens that they come with, fine. Some cameras like LUMIX GX 85 have more than one kit lens.
My point is, if your camera is compatible with a variety of lenses, you can really spread your wings of creativity. But as a beginner, you might be thinking of sticking with the kit lens. It is fine. So, choose a camera that has a good kit lens and also compatible enough to work with other lenses too.
Sensors Are Important As Well
The next thing you want to look closely at is the whereabouts of sensors… As it happens, most mirrorless cameras have APS-C sensors. This can really pull its weight in terms of low-light photography. Especially the A6100 from Sony’s 24.2MP Exmor CMOS creates stunning images even in a low-light situation.
When you buy a new mirrorless camera, it’s often the case that, you hit the streets. Since they’re lightweight and easy to carry around then why shouldn’t you test it out in the open… and what is street is the best option. So, you go out and start to shoot.
But the thing is, the outside world doesn’t stop for you to shoot.
Here the fast autofocus system comes to play. The faster and more accurate your autofocus is, the better your image quality and composition would be. The new generation of mirrorless cameras has gotten quite better at this too.
So, make sure to check whether the camera you’re going to buy has a hybrid focusing system or not. Having this system that uses phase - and contrast-detection methods just like the DSLRs, can really lift up the quality of your works. It also delivers better results in low-light capturing fast-moving subjects.
Look For Viewfinders In Your Products
Viewfinder, another crucial thing that can decide the game. While most mirrorless cameras incorporate an electronic viewfinder, some cameras use the optical viewfinder. As a matter of fact, EVF does have some disadvantages, but let me tell you otherwise…
EVF has focus peaking. By using this you can manually set focuses for your video. It also possesses the ability to give you an accurate depiction of any exposure, color balance, or other camera-setting adjustments even before shooting.
By manually tweaking the settings and the real-time feed offered by an EVF, you can really unleash your potential or just fool around with your camera. On the other hand, an OVF will simply display the subject as it is.
Speaking of the disadvantages of an EVF, some cameras tend to have a lag time between the moment that something is actually happening and the time you see the feed in the EVF. But don’t worry, with the advancement of technology, the lag time is getting shorter by the minute.
Other than some battery-draining which is pretty normal and that lag, EVF really doesn’t fall in the category of real-concern. Just look for a good viewfinder that has a high resolution, offers eye-level monitoring, and a minimum amount of lag time.
Video Quality is Important!
As for video quality, if you’re moving from a point-and-shoot camera to a mirrorless, get ready to be surprised. They usually have a tradition of producing great videos. So, your choice should have the ability to control the depth of field and manually focusing your shot.
You want as much control over your video as well as high-quality results. The amazing performance of recent day devices has upped the game so far that, pretty much every mirrorless camera now offers UHD and 4K video quality.
This has opened a lot of opportunities for vloggers. Who doesn’t want to vlog in UHD, right? Also, they have interesting features like slo-mo and time-lapse. Given the fact that you want to shoot quality videos, your camera should and must meet those standards.
Buy An Entry-Level Camera That Has Good Wireless Connectivity
Nowadays, having a good camera doesn’t cut it. It should keep you connected to the world also. You want to share your work instantly, not after you’ve returned from your trip. You should be able to share your work on the go.
That’s why good wireless capabilities are a must. Speaking of which, pretty much every mirrorless camera manufacturer has included these features on their devices. In most cases, cameras with Wi-Fi have partner apps.
Using that, you can easily gain full control over your camera through your smart device. You can see the live feed on your mobile device. From there you can tweak any settings you want that you would normally need to adjust on the camera.
Not only that, many cameras let you transfer photos and videos directly to your smart device from your camera. You just pair your phone with your camera, keep it in your pocket and keep capturing.
They will be shared on your phone automatically. From there you can easily share them with your friends without zero hassle.
So, next time when you hit the market try to remember these things and sync them with you and your desire only. Hopefully, you’ll find a camera that will bring joy to your life and photography as well.
My Two Cents at the End
First of all, if you’ve made it all the way down here, bravo, and thank you for your patience. It’s rare these days. This fast-moving economy has us searching for something that will add meaning and bring some sort of satisfaction. Too bad it alludes to us all the time.
We have forgotten to take a moment just for ourselves. We aren’t really satisfied with what we have. We lack patience. It may sound like cheap philosophy, but it is something that needs to be attained even when you’re looking, for example, for a mirrorless camera.
Choosing the perfect camera needs nothing but patience and having a clear mindset about what you want. Keep looking for one that meets your standard. Don’t get drawn in by tons of features instead pinpoint the basic stuff and then the secondary features.
Well, for someone who’s just stepping in to make a mark for himself in the photography world or just to create memories, go for a compact camera that keeps you connected with the world, has a good image and video quality, versatility, and most important of them all, a camera that makes you whole while holding it.