So you’re on the hunt for a new mirrorless camera? Mirrorless cameras have been growing rapidly in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why. They come packed full of features that often deliver in both the photo department, as well as the video department. You’ll tend to find that for around the same price, mirrorless cameras can match and often beat DSLR equivalents. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the best mirrorless cameras available in 2021!
Nikon Z FC Mirrorless Camera
The new Nikon Z FC Mirrorless Camera is an affordable entry point into Nikon’s popular Z series. The Z FC sports a classic, retro design but is packed full of all the features you’d expect from a modern-day mirrorless camera. Despite having an APS-C size sensor, the Z FC uses the same Z lens mount as Nikon’s range of full-frame sensor cameras. This means that you can utilise the same range of Z branded lenses, but of course, with a 1.5x crop applied due to the smaller sensor.
The Nikon Z FC features a 20.9MP DX CMOS APS-C sensor, paired with an EXPEED 6 image processor making it capable of high sensitivity, great image and video quality, and fast overall performance. With an ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to ISO 204,800) and superb sharpness, detail, and clarity, you can rely on the Z FC to offer great performance, even in less-than-ideal lighting.
The Z FC also offers comprehensive video, vlogging, and streaming capabilities. It records at 4K Ultra HD video at 30p, 25p, or 24p full pixel readout with no cropping. It also has continuous AF tracking for people and animals, ensuring your footage stays nice and sharp. Combined with NIKKOR Z lenses, you can max out the sensor’s resolution and get spectacular depth and clarity in your videos.
The Nikon Z FC Mirrorless Camera is a great choice for the budding photographer. Just keep in mind that there are only a couple of APS-C native lenses available. You can use Nikon Z full-frame lenses but expect the frame to be cropped. Otherwise, it’s a marvelous mirrorless camera for those not ready to go big on the pricier ‘Z’ series models.
Canon EOS M50 II
The Canon EOS M50 II is a great entry-level mirrorless camera for beginners or casual photographers. It’s compact, amazingly lightweight, and easy to use, making it a fantastic camera for taking on adventures or family trips. The M50 MK II features a 24MP APS-C sensor, a Digic 8 image processor, Dual Pixel AutoFocus (that features both eye and face tracking) for both stills and 1080p video, and an ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200).
While the Canon EOS M50 II offers 4K video recording, it does crop the footage and turns Dual Pixel AutoFocus off which isn’t ideal. If you’re happy recording at 1080p, this won’t be a problem and you’ll be able to capture some great footage. With Dual Pixel AutoFocus and digital stabilization on, you’ll get some sharp and steady shots.
All in all, the M50 MK II is a very compelling model considering its price point. It’s compact and lightweight, takes good photos and 1080p video, and offers some other great perks such as an effective OLED touchscreen and excellent wireless. Its ease of use makes it a great choice for beginners or family photographers!
Sony Alpha A7 MK III
The Sony Alpha A7 MK III is a feature-packed camera that’s perfect for camera enthusiasts and professionals. This highly versatile mirrorless camera is one of the best you can get at this price point, packing a 24MP full-frame sensor, lightning-fast autofocus, and 5-axis image stabilisation with 5.0-stop shutter speed advantage. With 10fps burst shooting, it’s also superb for capturing action shots.
It’s equally as impressive with its video recording capabilities. The A7 MK III can record high-resolution full-frame 4K video with full pixel readout. It also features an efficient combination of focal-plan phase-detection AF and contrast-detection AF that accurately locks into moving subjects, tracking them smoothly during video recording. Three AF drive speed settings give you the freedom to use slow focus effects when shooting video too.
If you’re shooting professionally, you’ll appreciate the twin SD card slots, high-speed tethering, and USB power. It also provides great controls with up to 81 functions that you can assign to 11 custom keys, decent battery life, a tilting touch screen, excellent face and eye detection, and WiFi and seamless location tagging over Bluetooth. The Sony Alpha A7 MK III delivers on quality and performance, and is a great choice for those who want the best!
Nikon Z6 II Mirrorless Camera
If you’re after a Nikon Mirrorless Camera, the Z6 II is Nikon’s answer to the Sony A7 MK III, and likewise, is great for both camera enthusiasts and professionals. It features a 24MP full-frame BSI sensor and high-speed shooting with the buffer capacity to match. It has an excellent phase-detect autofocus system, with an AF detection range starting at -4.5EV, providing great autofocus even in low-light.
The Z6 II also has great video capabilities and can record 4K Ultra HD at 60p, Full HD at 120p, 4K time-lapse, and so much more. Thanks to powerful 5-axis VR image stabilization, your photos will be sharp, and your videos steady, making handheld shooting easy. The AutoFocus system has 90% frame coverage allowing you to compose your shot the way you want. You can manually choose one of 273 focus points, or let subject tracking automatically select the focus points for you.
The Z6 II features twin SD card slots, live streaming capabilities, USB Type-C power, and a tough exterior that helps to keep dust, grime, and moisture out. A great choice for Nikon fans looking for a solid mid-range mirrorless that’ll deliver on quality and performance. If you want to go all out, you can even opt for the predecessor, the Nikon Z7 II which has only recently been released in NZ.