Mirrorless cameras are often compared to DSLRs, with the key difference being their lack of a mirror. Instead, they have a sensor and, when a picture is taken, the light hitting the sensor is captured. This means that instead of an optical viewfinder used by a DSLR, you either look through an electric viewfinder or a display monitor. Though traditionally mirrorless cameras have often been more compact and struggled to reproduce the quality of the best DSLRs, this has changed in recent years. Many are still smaller but some mirrorless cameras are larger, so those looking for a bigger grip have the choice. And many are now indistinguishable or better from DSLRs in the image quality department. The biggest advantage mirrorless cameras have is superior video capability, as DSLRs were not conceptualised for video and, being newer technology, mirrorless cameras have been able to develop with the challenges of video focus in mind.
Canon is a household name for good reason, with a long track record of quality products and their EOS range extends to mirrorless systems. For professionals, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a good pick, especially for filming video. Check out our Canon mirrorless cameras.
You'll find Nikon mirrorless cameras in our collection as well. The Nikon Z50 is a highly rated all-rounder and, for serious hobbyists, the Nikon Z6 is a great pick, introducing in-body image stabilisation which you can benefit from with any compatible lens.
Sony mirrorless cameras include the A6000, which is still a go-to budget option for those looking to try mirrorless systems. As it was released in 2014, it doesn't benefit from recent advances in video filming, but it still takes incredible pictures. At the other end of the scale is the Sony Alpha 7R range, perfect for videographers and photographers alike.
Camera lenses can also be used on mirrorless cameras. Nikon and Canon users can make full use of the lenses for DSLRs through mount adaptors. Meanwhile Sony, Panasonic, FujiFilm and Olympus have native lens ranges available.
No matter which brand you choose, don't forget to have a quality primary camera battery and make sure you always have a spare at the ready.