The best mirrorless camera in 2024: get the right camera at the right price!

In this guide

Canon EOS R7 being used by photographer James Artaius

(Image credit: James Artaius)

The Quick List ↩
1. Best overall Canon EOS R7
2. Best professional Nikon Z9
3. Best affordable Olympus E-M10 IV
4. Best vlogging Sony ZV-E1
5. Best travel Fujifilm X-S20
6. Best filmmaking Panasonic S5 IIX
7. Best Canon Canon EOS R5
8. Best beginner Canon EOS R100
9. Best sports & wildlife Sony A9 III
How we test

The "best" mirrorless camera can be different things to different people. Obviously it means one thing if I want to take holiday snaps, and another if I want to film a documentary. So the best tool for the job really depends on the job – which is why this guide is divided into different use cases. 

A mirrorless user since day one!
James Artaius
A mirrorless user since day one!
James Artaius

As a proud owner of the Panasonic G1, the first ever mirrorless camera (launched in 2008), I was an early adopter of the technology. I switched to the trailblazing Olympus cameras in the mid-2010s, and in 2018 I sold my Canon DSLR to join the EOS R system as well. I've been a mirrorless convert since day one, when the tech was still a little primitive, through to today where it's now the industry standard.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.