10 Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

The mirrorless revolution is well and truly underway. However, just because you’re a newbie who can’t afford to spend $1,000 on your first camera doesn’t mean you can’t obtain one.

That isn’t to say you have to take the short end of the stick and begin your adventure at a disadvantage. Thankfully, there are a plethora of fantastic options that pack a punch without putting a dent in your wallet.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most affordable mirrorless cameras to help you get started

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Our Top Pickup

Olympus OM-D E‑M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E‑M10 Mark IV

  • Updated 20MP sensor
  •  Flip-down monitor
  • In-camera battery charging
  • 4K video recording
  • In-body image stabilization

1. Olympus OM-D E‑M10 Mark IV

The predecessor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV, the Mark III, was a fantastic camera with a lot to offer.

However, its outdated 16MP sensor and contrast AF may be better. 

Fortunately, the Mark IV is an excellent upgrade, with the same 20.3MP sensor as the PEN-F as well as enhanced Continuous Autofocus.

We particularly like the extra-tiltable screen, which can be flipped 180 degrees down to produce the ideal selfie screen.

And, happily, Olympus has brought silent shooting back to manual mode! 

Pros

  • Updated 20MP sensor
  •  Flip-down monitor
  • In-camera battery charging
  • 4K video recording
  • In-body image stabilization

Cons

  • Plastic build
  • No mic port for vloggers

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2. Fujifilm X-T30

The Fujifilm X-T4 is now the most powerful camera in Fujifilm’s X-mount camera lineup, but we think the X-T30 is a superior buy for most photographers.

It lacks the in-body stabilization of Fujifilm’s new X-S10, but it does offer Fujifilm’s signature external exposure settings and the ability to shoot at up to 30 frames per second with its electronic shutter and 1.25 crop mode. 

This is the camera to choose if you want a tiny, cheap, all-around APS-C camera with cutting-edge image quality and functionality.

The X-old-school T30’s external shutter speed dial and exposure settings should also appeal to you.

Hey, Fujifilm, we’re cool with you bringing out the X-T40 whenever you want. 

Pros

  • Small size & traditional design
  • Excellent image quality
  • Proven 26MP APS-C image sensor.
  • Quick, accurate autofocus.
  • Up to 30fps Raw capture.

Cons

  • Autofocus performs well
  • No in-body stabilization

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3. Nikon Z50

The Nikon Z50 is the company’s first APS-C mirrorless camera, and while it is significantly smaller than the full-frame Z6 and Z7, it obviously shares the same design DNA.

The retractable Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is unique for its pancake lens dimensions and its entire performance, despite its small size. 

Nikon may have arrived late to the APS-C mirrorless market, but it has done so with a camera that has so many good features that it’s difficult to know where to begin – but we’ll start with the 4K video and 11fps shooting.

and the fact that its Z mount is identical to that on larger cameras, so you can use dedicated Nikkor Z DX lenses, full-frame Nikkor Z lenses, and regular Nikon DSLR lenses via the Z mount.

Pros

  • 4K video and 11fps shooting
  • No in-body stabilization
  • Good image quality
  • Good dynamic range
  • Great ergonomics

Cons

  • 4K video and 11fps shooting
  • No in-body stabilization

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4. Sony a6400

The Sony A6400 is a mid-range model that sits between the budget A6000 and the new flagship A6600, offering a pleasant and natural feel thanks to generously placed grip regions.

With a zoom, the A6400 comes in just under budget, and it’s a particularly good pick for people who like to capture video as well as stills, as this mirrorless model was designed with vloggers in mind.

Although some of Sony’s other E-mount lenses can appear disproportionately huge on such a slimline camera, the Sony SELP1650 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens (Power Zoom) kit lens is a nice complement for the body.

Optical image stabilization is also included with the 16-50mm lens. That’s good news, considering the A6400 lacks a sensor-shift stabilizer, unlike the A6600.

Pros

  • Conveniently compact build
  • Fast autofocus is good for tracking
  • Great vlogging camera
  • Expanded ISO range up to 102,600
  • 180-degree flip screen

Cons

  • Lacks in-body stabilization
  • Some Sony lenses are large compared with the body

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5. Panasonic Lumix G85

The Lumix DC-G85 looks and feels like a professional camera, with a DSLR-style design that includes a robust handgrip and a huge viewfinder up top.

It’s well-made, having a splashproof and dustproof design that’s weather-sealed.

A 5-axis sensor-shift stabilizer that can work in tandem with optically stabilized lenses is one of the tech highlights.

Focus stacking and ‘Post Focus Simulation,’ which allows you to fine-tune the point of focus after snapping a picture, are common up-market Panasonic features.

If you utilize the 4K Photo mode, the burst rate jumps from 9 to 30 frames per second. A superb viewfinder and fully articulated touchscreen help compose and review photographs.

Pros

  • Very good build quality and handling
  • Clear, high-res electronic viewfinder
  • Fully pivoting touchscreen
  • Excellent external controls
  • Unlimited video recording

Cons

  • Quite big for a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera
  • Noise performance doesn’t match APS-C cameras

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6. Canon EOS M50

Yes, Canon has launched an M50 Mark II version, but the differences are slight, and it isn’t available in all areas, so we’ll continue with the EOS M50, which is still the most generally available model. The EOS M50 crams a lot of technology into its small body, and the fact that it includes a viewfinder – something that many similarly priced mirrorless cameras lack – is a huge plus. 

Although the retractable 15-45mm kit lens is a little hard to use, and the 4K video mode results in a cropped perspective and autofocus limits, this is still a cute and easy-to-use camera that is quite adaptable.

It’s a wonderful mirrorless alternative to the Canon Rebel SL3, but it’s smaller and has similar functionality.

Pros

  • Built-in electronic viewfinder
  • Excellent vari-angle touchscreen
  • Great autofocus
  • Mic input
  • Interchangeable lenses

Cons

  • 4K video limitations
  • Simplified exterior controls

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7. Canon EOS 250D

Even though the Canon EOS 250D has been around for a while, it remains one of our favorites.

Its 24.1MP APS-C sensor produces excellent image quality, and Live View shooting with the LCD screen is so simple and intuitive, with such good Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, that we’d say this is one of the few DSLRs where composing shots with the screen is as simple as composing shots with a mirrorless camera.

Canon also includes a 4K video, and all of this is housed in an ergonomically built DSLR body that is one of the smallest on the market.

The new EOS 850D is a lot more expensive, yet it’s just slightly better.

The EOS 250D is considerably under our £1000 budget restriction, with an 18-55mm kit lens, and it’s worth checking for twin-lens kits that add a telephoto zoom for less than £1000.

Pros

  • A lightweight, intuitive DSLR
  • Superb Live View shooting
  • Good image quality in most situations
  • Fully articulating, touch-sensitive screen
  • 4K video recording (albeit with a crop)

Cons

  • Larger than mirrorless rivals
  • Relatively few AF points

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8. Canon EOS RP

We’re being a little cheeky by including the EOS RP in our guide because it’s now slightly under budget when purchased body just – but we saw prices drop to just under £1000 with a Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens included during Black Friday last year, so keep looking!

Canon’s second full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS RP, is smaller, lighter, and less expensive than its predecessor. 

It’s intended to be a small, low-cost, and simple-to-use entry point into Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system, and it achieves admirably.

However, due to its small size, it can be overpowered by larger lenses, and the 4K video mode comes with some restrictions: the image frame is shrunk by a factor of 1.6, and you can’t use Canon’s fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF system unless you drop the camera.

Pros

  • Size, weight, and low cost
  • Fully articulating screen
  • 4K video
  • Vari-angle LCD
  • Integrated EVF

Cons

  • 1.6x crop and no Dual Pixel AF in 4K
  • Weak battery life

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9. Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

DSLRs and mirrorless cameras aren’t the only options! With the G1 X Mark III, Canon has done an incredible job.

Yes, it’s expensive for a tiny camera, but it has the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensor as Canon’s EOS 80D DSLR and EOS M mirrorless cameras.

This is paired with an even more incredible zoom lens, which spans a 24-72 equivalent focal range while still retracting into the camera body when not in use.

True, the maximum aperture drops dramatically when you zoom in, from f/2.8 to f/5.6, but this is what you get with compact DSLR and mirrorless kit lenses anyhow.

The G1 X Mark III may appear to be expensive, but it isn’t when compared to other APS-C compact cameras, and it is now in a class by itself for a quality compact camera with zoom.

If you’ve ever wished about a future where you could get a DSLR small enough to fit in your pocket, your wish has come true.

Pros

  • Very compact for sensor size
  • Excellent image quality
  • Decent 3x zoom range
  • Weather-resistant body
  • Fully articulating touchscreen

Cons

  • Just f/5.6 at full zoom
  • Weak battery life

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10. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

The problem with large sensors is that they necessitate large lenses, which eliminates any possibility of portability. Usually.

Panasonic, on the other hand, has nailed it with the Panasonic LX100 II.

It combines a Micro Four Thirds sensor, which is similar in size to ASP-C sensors seen in DSLRs, with a miniaturized lens assembly that powers down into a camera body that’s small enough to carry around anywhere. 

The LX100 II is a completely redesigned version of the original LX100, which was beginning to show its age. The new model boasts a 17-megapixel ‘multi-aspect sensor, which means you can shoot in its native 4:3 aspect ratio, the 3:2 aspect ratio used by most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, or a 16:9 ‘wide’ format without losing a lot of megapixels.

Pros

  • Only compact with MFT sensor
  • Fast f/1.7-2.8 lens
  • 4K video, 4K Photo modes
  • Micro Four Thirds image sensor.
  • 11fps burst shooting.

Cons

  • 17MP is lower than some rivals
  • Not quite pocket-friendly

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Buyers Guide

A complete guide covering all of the elements to consider may be found below. This list isn’t ranked insignificance because each photographer will have slightly different requirements. As a result, utilize it as a general guideline to remember.

  • Sensor Size : In this pricing range, you can discover devices with a variety of sensor sizes. However, they will often range from 1/2.3-inches to APS-C. While many people believe that megapixels are the most important factor in image quality, the size of the camera’s sensor is significantly more important. If image quality is crucial to you, an APS-C or 1-inch camera is the best option.
  • Video Capabilities : The quality of a video is mostly determined by the recording resolution. Thankfully, today’s market is flooded with powerful models that provide ever-higher frame rates and resolutions. 4K, on the other hand, is the gold standard. And if you only get a smartphone with 1080p, you’re already behind the times. Soon, 4K uploading will be standard.
  • Inputs : If you’re going to record video, you’ll need a microphone input, so you can connect an external microphone. And, in the long run, this feature is necessary, as a dedicated microphone will vastly increase your audio quality. It will also elevate the quality of your videos to a professional level. So look for devices that have external microphone inputs or that provide this feature through an adaptor.
  • Autofocus : If you plan to film videos, the continuous autofocusing mechanism is something to think about. Not every model, either, comes with a dependable autofocusing technology that rarely hunts or loses focus on the topic. Not to mention the fact that not every gadget has capabilities like Face or Eye-Detection to help increase accuracy. If you’re a newbie and want to record videos, this is something to think about.
  • Wireless Connectivity : You’ll need a smartphone with decent connectivity possibilities if you want to share photographs or videos in real time. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities are included in this case, allowing you to pair them with a phone or tablet and transmit files wirelessly. You can then publish the files online or include GPS data in the metadata for easy retrieval in the future.

FAQs Over the Internet

What is the best mirrorless camera under $1000?

There are several models of different brands that would each represent a good purchase. From my personal experience, I prefer the Olympus OM-D E‑M10 Mark IV. It has a great set of features without being overly complicated to use. The pivoting touch-screen LCD offers an additional level of control and versatility not available on many other cameras in this price range. And as you mention in your question, it comes from one of the bigger names in camera technology – so it can be purchased with confidence knowing it will serve you well for years to come.

What is the best camera under $1000?

If I had to pick just one, it would have to be the Fujifilm X-E2. Excellent autofocus and image quality in a lightweight, weatherproof package. If you are on a budget, then the Canon SL1 is your best bet – expensive but impressive value for money. For DSLRs, I recommend a Nikon D5200 or Sony A57 depending on your preferences and budget. If you enjoy shooting video footage as much as stills then get that camera with the flip-out screen!

What is the best mirrorless camera for the money?

A lot of people who want a mirrorless camera for traveling, hiking or sports will go with a Sony A6000. The new Sony A6300 is also worth considering if you’re looking for faster focus speeds and burst modes. If you’re on the fence between full-frame and APS-C sensors, then really it’s the quality of what matters versus the size of the sensor. Full frames are bigger but allow you to get more depth in your shots so you can blur out backgrounds better. With an APS-C-sized sensor, there’s more potential for high ISO performance at night unless that’s not important to your specific use case (such as taking pictures of your family indoors).

Which brand of a mirrorless camera is the best?

The best mirrorless camera is the one that suits your needs. In other words, the best choice for you will be different from the best choice for someone else.

Do you want a DSLR-style camera or not? A lot of DSLRs have been stepping up to offer full-frame sensors and shallow depth of field lenses, but they’re still larger than micro four-thirds or APSC cameras, making them more expensive as well. Do you need autofocus? The difference between models ranges from menus to AF selection systems; some compromise on settings like ISO range to implement phase-detection AF. 

which is the best mirrorless camera for travel?

The best mirrorless camera for travel may depend on what you need it for. For example, if you are most interested in forward-facing shots and using your time to sightsee then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 is a great choice. The 11X optical zoom lens captures beautiful shots of landscapes during the day and at night. This is very useful if you want to take both landscape and indoor portraits (i.e., baby’s first Christmas).

If, on the other hand, your goal is to get glamorous selfies or pictures of interesting activities such as local cuisine or wildlife then the Fujifilm X-A10 would be a better option because of its compact size.

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Conclusion

Full-frame, APS-C, and micro four-thirds image sensor formats are available in mirrorless cameras. As a result, before you leap, you should familiarize yourself with the camera’s specifications as well as your particular photography requirements.

Photographers looking for a fun and lightweight camera can look at the Fujifilm X-T200 and Canon M50 Mark II, while those looking for rapid AF and excellent image quality should look at Sony models and entry-level full-frame cameras like the Nikon Z5 and Canon RP. 

In the end, recognizing the camera’s limitations will be more important than checking off a list of features.

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