‘What’s the best camera?’ That’s a question we hear a lot at DPReview, not only from readers but also from friends and family. And it’s impossible to give a definitive answer because the question is very subjective. The best camera for you might come down to any number of personal preferences, unique to your priorities and the kind of photography you prefer to do.

That being said, a lot of people – especially people just getting into photography – want to know which cameras stand out in the market, relative to competitive products. Even if you don’t necessarily end up using all of a camera’s features, it’s always good to know your options and avoid models which may not meet your needs in the future.

In this guide we’re looking at the best of the current crop of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, with DSLR alternatives also listed in case you prefer an optical viewfinder, or you already have a large investment in a DSLR system. If you’re more interested in DSLRs in general, click here.

In this article we’ll break down your options roughly by price, and our rankings are based on all-round capability. For more precise recommendations, tailored to the photography you want to do, we’d recommend looking at our buying guides based around specific types of photography.

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Best mirrorless camera around $500: Canon EOS M200
($500 with 15-45mm lens)

The Canon EOS M200 is a nicely designed entry-level mirrorless camera aimed at beginners and smartphone upgraders. Canon hasn’t messed too much with the essential design principles of the original M100 (you still won’t find an EVF, or a handgrip on the M200) but the addition of Eye Detect autofocus and 4K video mode make the M200 more competitive, and more useful to keen photographers just getting into picture-taking.

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DSLR alternative:

Canon EOS Rebel SL3
$600 with 18-55mm lens

The EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D) features a 24 Megapixel sensor, fast Dual Pixel autofocus when using live view or taking video, a fully articulating touchscreen LCD and a ‘Feature Assistant’ that makes adjusting complex settings easy. It can capture 4K video and has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easily sharing photos.

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Best mirrorless camera around $1000: Canon EOS M6 Mark II
($1000 with 15-45mm lens)

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II does just about everything right for a camera in its class and at this price-point. With sensible, enthusiast-friendly ergonomics, solid image quality from its 32MP APS-C sensor, and up to 14fps continuous shooting, the M6 II is a great camera for stills photography. It also offers full-width 4K video, and an excellent Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system. If you buy the M6 II in a kit with a lens, you’ll also get an electronic viewfinder in the box.

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DSLR alternative:

Nikon D7500
$800 body only

The Nikon D7500 offers a 20 Megapixel sensor, advanced metering system, tilting touchscreen LCD, weather-sealing and 4K video. While the live view experience isn’t as robust as some competitive models, the D7500 is a great value option at this price-point.

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Best mirrorless camera around $1500: Fujifilm X-T3
($1699 with premium 18-55mm lens)

The Fujifilm X-T3 excels at both still photography and video. Fujifim’s current fast-action flagship camera, the X-T3 is a fast and reliable tool for shooting everything from portraiture and lifestyle to wildlife and sports. Photos look great and video features (including 4K/60p) and quality are top-notch. The weather-sealed body has an ultra-high-res viewfinder along with a clever 3-axis tilting LCD.

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DSLR alternative:

Canon EOS 90D
$1599 with 18-135mm lens

The EOS 90D features an all-new 32.5 Megapixel sensor that produces excellent image quality. The camera can capture 4K video with no crop, and the 90D also features a fully articulating touchscreen LCD and both mic and headphone sockets.

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Best mirrorless camera over $2000: Sony a7R IV
($3500 body only)

The Sony a7R IV has a whopping 61MP full-frame sensor, plus in-body IS, a state-of-the-art AF system, 4K video capture, dual card slots and above average battery life. Occupying the top position in Sony’s stills-focused a7-series lineup, the a7R IV is packed with technology, but also manages to be one of Sony’s most photographer-friendly mirrorless cameras released to date. Both image and video quality are top-notch, and the a7R IV pairs well with Sony’s range of high-quality ‘GM’ lenses.

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DSLR alternatives:

Nikon D850
($2800 body only)

The tough, weather-sealed Nikon D850 is a high-end DSLR with a 46 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, top-of-the-line autofocus system, a huge optical viewfinder, a tilting touchscreen LCD and dual memory card slots. Image quality is excellent and the D850’s 4K video isn’t bad, either.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
($2500 body only)

Ergonomically refined and very reliable, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is built around a 30MP full-frame CMOS sensor and offers a 61-point AF system with advanced Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus in live view and movie modes. Stills image quality is excellent and 4K video capture (with a crop) is also available.

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