Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2018

By Staff

Capturing life's most important moments is a task worth taking seriously. Whether you're on the vacation of a lifetime, celebrating the birth of a child, or just looking to preserve the memory of a perfect day, a quality camera pays for itself in no time. But when it's impractical to drag along a bulky, full-sized DSLR, what's a budding photographer to do?

Mirrorless cameras combine the image quality of traditional DSLRs with the portability of point-and-shoots. They're less exhausting to carry, easier to store, and in many cases more intuitive to use than their old-school competition.

If you're ready to jump on the mirrorless bandwagon, here's some great news: We've assembled a list of our favorite mirrorless cameras available today. If a particular model catches your eye, just click through to read our full review.

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Updated January 03, 2018

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Panasonic Lumix GH5

Panasonic's been putting out great cameras for awhile, but the GH5 is the best we've ever tested. For stills, it's pretty good. But if you shoot video, this is some bleeding-edge technology—you can shoot 4K/60p and even 4K/30p 10-bit to an SD card. Improvements over previous GH cameras go a long way to improve the pricey new GH5, making it feel like it's worth its $2,000 price. If 4K is your jam, get a GH5.

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Sony Alpha A7R II

The Sony A7R II builds upon its predecessor's incredible promise, combining a high-resolution full-frame sensor with a beautifully compact mirrorless design. But where the original was often slow, unresponsive, and unreliable, the sequel is fast, dependable, and far more responsive. Sure, the battery life is still terrible, but no camera is perfect. Ultimately, the A7R II comes closer than any Sony camera before it.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Without a doubt, the GH4 exists to satisfy video shooters, but that's not all it can do. 4K video captures an incredible amount of detail, sure, but stills also look great and sports fans will appreciate the speedy burst mode. Ultimately, there are plenty of features here to please virtually any sort of user, and the performance to match. If you want the ultimate all-in-one Micro Four Thirds body, this is it.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

We've got to hand it to Olympus: The E-M5 II takes cutting-edge imaging technology and brings it down to a price point mere mortals can afford. Equipped with a high-res viewfinder, a tilting rear screen, and full weather sealing, it also offers great performance and a compact design that's easy to carry around all day. It's a camera that seriously underscores the great value proposition Micro Four Thirds represents.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85

Our in-depth review of the Lumix G85, the new enthusiast option from Panasonic. Slotting in beneath the venerable GH4 is no small task, but this camera does just that with aplomb. Featuring a 16-megapixel sensor, 5-axis in-body image stabilization, and a weather sealed body, it's ready to take on just about anything. The only drawbacks of this model are its mediocre battery life and lack of a headphone jack.

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