In 2022, many manufacturers have updated their mirrorless camera lines, which means it’s time to update the old ratings! In priority, we will have fresh models, however, one hundred percent hits of past years cannot be bypassed. We understand the best mirrorless cameras for photos and videos together.
Best budget mirrorless camera 2022
Let’s start with the most popular category — budget cameras. Manufacturers this year did not please us with cheap models, so the leaders of past years will be here.
The X‑T200 is Fujifilm’s latest truly budget-friendly offering: today, the model can be purchased for about 50,000 rubles.
The camera appeared in 2020, and after it the company released only one model aimed at beginners — the Fujifilm X‑E4, but it will no longer be possible to call it a budget one (90+ thousand).
However, despite its entry-level camera status, the X‑T200 is by no means a cheap hack. It creates cool JPEGs with Fujifilm’s proprietary film photography simulation modes. It has a large and bright display with a friendly interface. There is a viewfinder, thanks to which it is convenient to shoot in bright sunlight.
Unusually for the class, the camera is equipped with a headphone jack. Plus, she can shoot video in 4K, which means that this is a good option for beginner videographers.
Given the price, the model does not have many disadvantages: a weak battery for 270 shots (fixed by recharging on the go from USB) and not very detailed 1080p video (shoot in 4K).
Canon EOS M200
An even more budget option is the Canon EOS M200. A miniature device today can be found for 40 thousand rubles, and this is perhaps the lower limit for cameras that are not outdated morally and physically.
Despite its super-compact dimensions, the Canon EOS M200 has a full 24-megapixel APS‑C sensor that takes amazing photos. A convenient touch interface is suitable for everyone who decides to try a full-fledged camera after a smartphone.
Unfortunately, Canon has stopped developing native lenses for the EF‑M mount, but recently a lot of high-quality Chinese “glasses” have appeared on the market at attractive prices.
The camera has two cons:
1. It does not have a viewfinder, which many photographers find more convenient for framing shots than a screen.
2. This is not the best option for video shooting. In 4K, she shoots with a lot of cropping (1.7x crop), which makes it difficult to shoot wide-angle video (exactly the kind of video that bloggers need *).
*from budget cameras for bloggers, we recommend the Sony ZV‑1. This camera for content makers has not lost its relevance in 2022. You can read our review here.
Best APS‑C Mirrorless Camera 2022
Of course, the giants of the industry still put a lot of effort and investment into the development of full-frame cameras, arranging a real “arms race” (about it in our last nomination). But practice shows that interest in more compact advanced APS‑C cameras has not disappeared, but, on the contrary, has even increased. Obviously, realizing this trend, Canon released two APS‑C cameras with a full-frame RF mount in 2022, but first things first.
Fujifilm is still the flagship manufacturer of crop mirrorless cameras, and so far no one has managed to surpass the masterpiece of two years ago — Fujifilm X‑T4.
This is an almost perfect hybrid camera, equally well suited for photo and video shooting. It is equipped with built-in stabilization, shoots cool 4K video with all the professional tools for videographers. High-speed shooting at 15 fps (and 30 fps with electronic shutter) is available. And the autofocus system is only slightly inferior to the top-end full-frame mirrorless cameras from Sony and Canon.
And for a long time, the X‑T4 really had no competitors in its class, but the year 2022 has arrived.
Canon EOS R7
Canon recently surprised everyone by releasing two APS‑C crop mirrorless cameras at once: the Canon EOS R10 and R7.
The Canon EOS R10 is a simpler model and rather competes with the cheaper Fujifilm X‑S10. The R10 has a 24-megapixel sensor and 4K/60p with cropping. Canon EOS R7, in turn, received a 32-megapixel matrix and 4K / 60p video without cropping the frame. It can become high-speed (15 fps with a mechanical shutter, 30 fps with an electronic shutter) with cool autofocus, which makes it an interesting option for shooting wildlife and sports. Overall, the R7 has similar specs to the X‑T4, so choosing a camera is more about your preference.
Canon has an impressive portfolio of RF lenses, but they are designed primarily for full-frame cameras, so they can sometimes be oversized for the more compact APS‑C bodies. At Fujifilm, on the contrary, all lenses are designed specifically for the crop matrix and perfectly match the format.
But Canon has its own ace up its sleeve: a huge number of SLR lenses for any purpose and for any budget, which can be connected to the Canon R7 via an adapter. So if you already have a collection of Canon lenses, you know what to do.
The best Canon RF lenses for photography and videography
Best mirrorless camera 2022 for advanced users
Moving on to more advanced full-frame mirrorless cameras. Full frame is especially good for photography: more light, more detail, and a wider format. In this nomination, we will consider models for advanced enthusiastic photographers, which, however, cannot be classified as flagship devices.
Sony A7 IV
The Sony A7 IV is another great hybrid camera on our list, capable of capturing both cool photos and good video. Thanks to the full-frame sensor in terms of photography, it bypasses all the models presented above. Especially if you work in low light.
Perhaps the main selling point of all Sony cameras is the incredibly efficient autofocus system that gets better every year. When shooting with the Sony A7 IV, you don’t have to worry about keeping your subject in focus: the automation does everything for you.
Excellent dynamic range in RAW files will delight photographers, while 4K/60P and 10-bit video will appeal to videographers of all levels.
At the same time, the camera has no significant disadvantages. We can only recall the slowdown in continuous shooting in uncompressed RAW format from 10 fps to 6 fps, which can upset professional sports photographers.
Canon EOS R6
The main competitor of the Sony A7 IV in this category is the Canon EOS R6, which was released a year earlier. It is a little faster in continuous shooting (12 fps versus 10 fps), but at the same time it loses in detail: 20 megapixels for Canon versus 33 megapixels for Sony.
In terms of video, Sony offers a little more professional tools like a full-fledged HDMI connector and “focus breathing” compensation for native lenses (an unpleasant effect when a zoom effect appears when focusing from minimum to infinity).
In general, the choice between these two advanced full-frame cameras again comes down to personal preference. If you already have old Canon SLR lenses, you can use them with the Canon EOS R6. And if you have previously shot with a simpler Sony APS‑C camera (like the a6400), then most of the company’s lenses are equally suitable for both crop and full-frame models.
Best mirrorless camera 2022 for video
Both Panasonic itself (for example, the legendary GH5) and Sony (Sony a7S III) have a lot of contenders for the title of the best video camera, but we tried to prepare a list of newer models. And in 2022, there is a camera that has already won the hearts of many videographers — the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6.
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6
Despite the fact that this is an MFT-format camera (its sensor is half the size of a full-frame one), in terms of video quality it is in no way inferior to the flagship full-frame cameras. After all, most videos are still shot at 4K resolution, and an MFT matrix will be enough for you. In addition, most films are still shot on APS‑C cameras (called super 35 in the film industry). And between APS‑C and MFT, the difference is very small.
What does the GH6 offer to videographers:
- video in 5.7K up to 30p, 4K up to 120p;
- built-in stabilizer;
- professional codecs: ProRes HQ 4:2:2 in 5.7K and 4K, 12-bit ProRes RAW video output to an external recorder.
The camera is equipped with a cooler, so it does not overheat when recording at maximum settings. Plus, all ergonomics are tailored for video shooting, including an additional video button on the front panel (bloggers will appreciate it) and a rear screen that turns sideways and spins around its axis.
Of the minuses — a huge weight for the MFT format (820 grams). Although, when compared with full-frame competitors, this is not too much: the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H, for example, weighs more than a kilogram.
Another drawback is the proprietary Panasonic contrast autofocus, which loses to the latest developments from Sony and Canon. Although, if you are a true filmmaker, why do you need autofocus?
In addition to the GH6, another top video mirrorless camera came out in 2022, and again not in a full-frame format. This is the Fujifilm X‑H2S*, which could well compete for the title of the best APS‑C camera in general. We added it to this block because the model’s strongest points are in the video format.
The camera offers:
• 4K at 60p, 4K at 30p with minimal rolling shutter (distortion when panning and shooting a moving object) and 4K at 120p;
• 6.2K at 30p with an aspect ratio of 3:2, which is useful for further cropping during post-processing;
• built-in stabilization;
• internal recording in Pro Res and RAW-video output to an external recorder.
The X‑H2S also has excellent autofocus, although there is no tracking mode for any objects in video mode (there is face recognition). As a separate accessory, a cooling fan is sold, which, however, “buzzes” quite noticeably.
Of the minor shortcomings — the stabilizer in the video sometimes tries to deal with deliberate movements in the frame, which reduces the smoothness of the material.
*At the time of writing, Fujifilm’s new flagship X‑H2 has been announced and early reviews of the model have been rave. But until we include it in the top — wait for a special review!
Best mirrorless camera 2022 for professional photographers
In this section, we’ll take a look at the flagship full-frame mirrorless cameras focused on high-speed photography. Primarily suited to professional sports and wildlife photographers, they are also good for a wide range of genres from portraits to landscapes.
The first Nikon in our top! Believe me, this is not because we do not like the manufacturer, it’s just that recently Nikon has not been particularly active in releasing new items, preferring to demonstrate various variations of the cropped Nikon Z50 (Z fc for fans of vintage style and Z30 for bloggers).
But Nikon Z9, announced at the end of last year, made a lot of noise and took pride of place in many tops and bags of professional photographers. It’s a big camera, more like a pro DSLR, with an integrated vertical grip and a full range of physical controls.
At its heart is a full-frame 45.7‑megapixel multilayer sensor. It provides high readout speed, which allows high-speed continuous shooting and high frame rate video recording. The high resolution also means the camera is suitable for megapixel-demanding genres like landscapes and commercial fashion photography.
The main feature of the model is the absence of a mechanical shutter. By the way, a complete transition to a high-speed electronic shutter is predicted for all mirrorless cameras of the future.
With this most electronic shutter, the camera demonstrates impressive high-speed shooting performance:
- 20 fps at 45.7 megapixels in RAW;
- 30 fps at 45.7 MP in JPEG;
- 120 fps at 11 MP.
And all this with an almost infinite buffer. Only in RAW is it limited to 1000 frames.
In addition, Nikon Z9 can shoot video in 8K up to 30 fps and 4K up to 120 fps. It has built-in stabilization and autofocus with advanced AI-assisted object recognition.
Competing with Nikon are two other monsters. One is more sharpened for high-speed shooting, and the second simply decided to bring all the characteristics to the maximum values. We’re talking about the Canon R3 and our favorite from last year, the Sony Alpha 1.
Canon R3 and Sony a1
Canon R3 is a more specialized camera. It has the same vertical grip form factor as the Nikon. However, the matrix is less detailed — 24.1 megapixels.
Fewer pixels means faster reading of information, so the camera can quickly shoot with both electronic and mechanical shutters. With the first one, the camera shoots at 30 fps, however, the buffer in RAW is limited to 150 frames. With a mechanical shutter, it runs at 12 fps with a buffer of up to 1000 frames.
The mechanical shutter has a plus compared to the electronic one — the absence of the rolling shutter effect (distortions when panning and shooting a moving object). Therefore, theoretically, the Canon R3 is better suited for scenes with fast movement — sports and wildlife. But keep in mind that it has fewer pixels, which means it will cope worse with landscapes.
She does not shoot video in 8K, but there is 6K. The rest of the camera specifications are similar to Nikon.
And finally, “full-frame mirrorless on steroids” — Sony a1. It has a 50.1‑megapixel sensor, 30 fps continuous shooting with an electronic shutter (buffer 155 frames) and 10 fps with mechanical, 8K video, a powerful battery for 530 shots.
In general, she has no minuses, except for the price of $ 6,500. Competitors are cheaper: the recommended price of Canon EOS R3 is $6000, Nikon Z9 is $5500. Although in Russia the prices for Sony and Canon are now equal, and Nikon simply disappeared from all stores. A detailed comparison of the three models can be found here.