Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Beginners Mirrorless Cameras

1. Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm and FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens Bundle

User Ratings: 83 7

Sony ILCE7M3KB First Impressions

"Plenty of features."

That being said I just love to travel and taking pics as a hobby. Something I never realized I needed till I had it. Let me talk about them briefly. They're a good choice for all around work. I love this combo and I must say I am thrilled with the Sony ILCE7M3KB.

  • Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm and FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm Lens, Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens, Koah Simah Condenser Microphone, Sony 64GB M-Series Card, Koah PRO Sony NP-FZ100 Two-Pack Rechargeable 2000mAh Battery and Dual Charger, Koah Weatherproof Hard Case, Koah High Speed Braided Nylon USB-C Cable,Focus Accessories for 260 and Focus Camera Photo, Video, and Art Suite v.3.0 by Corel
  • SONY ALPHA A7 III: Ideal for beginners and seasoned professionals alike, the a7 III has renewed features for everything you need. Improved overall AF performance, high-speed continuous shooting up to 10fps, 4K movie recording capability, and operability that has been dramatically upgraded from the α7 II
  • CAPTURE UP TO 10 FPS: The a7 III is equipped with a refined image processing system that allows it to capture full 24.2MP images at up to 10 fps with continuous and accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 177 Standard JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW images or 40 uncompressed RAW images.
  • FE 50MM f/1.8LENS: The new lightweight FE 50mm F1.8 “normal” prime lens delivers an outstanding blend of performance, compactness and value, making it a perfect choice for hobbyist photographers and videographers looking to experience the benefits of a wide aperture prime lens at an attainable cost.
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony ILCE7M3KB
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Sony ILCE7M3KB Final Thoughts

"Buy this Beginners Mirrorless Camera!"

I was able to get some great shots of my dog running full speed. I'm also really enjoying the Sony film simulation. As an old pro I therefore wanted a second body. Great battery life, about 300 shots in cold weather. It is easy to use and the picture quality is out awesome.

Overall Score
4.6


(23 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Beginners Mirrorless Cameras

2. Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Camera Body (Silver) w/15-45 & XF35mm F2 Dual Lens Accessory Bundle with S...

Fujifilm X-T30 First Impressions

"That is fine for me."

Overall, its a great deal, with the body and lenses alone. Fujifilm mirrorless system has been advancing rapidly. Great camera and bundle from this deal. I doubled down and ordered a second body. So far performance is fabulous.

  • Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Camera Body (Silver) w/15-45 & XF35mm F2 Dual Lens Accessory Bundle with Sandisk 128GB Ultra UHS-I, 2 NP-W126 & Dual Charger, Tripod and Deluxe Photo Software
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Fujifilm X-T30 Mirrorless Camera (Silver) with 15-45F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens (Black) Kitwith Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 WR Lens (Black), SanDisk Ultra 128GB SD Card, Wasabi Battery (2-Pack) and Dual USB Charger for Fujifilm NP-W126, Focus DSLR Accessory Kit, The Corel Photo, Video, and Art Suite v.3.0 and Focus Flexible 12" Spider Tripod
  • FUJIFILM X-T30 CAMERA: Boasting a new 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 Quad-Core CPU, the X-T30 provides beginners, advanced amateurs, and professionals with fast auto-focus, strong face detection, and power to create high-resolution stills with notable sharpness and clarity.
  • XC 15-45MM f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ LENS: The Fujifilm XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens was created for life every day, offering a 23-69mm equivalent focal length in a lightweight and portable design.
  • XF 35MM f/2 WR LENS: Thanks to the 35mm equivalent focal length of 53mm this interchangeable lens is a perfect partner for everyday pictures. It is impressively sharp at large apertures with minimum distortion or chromatic aberrations.
  • Fujifilm Authorized Dealer – Includes USA Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fujifilm X-T30
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Fujifilm X-T30 Final Thoughts

"Beast of a camera."

Great battery life, about 300 shots in cold weather. The Fujifilm X-T30 is by far my favorite camera since the Nikon D700. Fujifilm mirrorless system has been advancing rapidly. The Fujifilm X-T30 is by far my favorite camera since the Nikon D700. I've only touched in certain points there's so much more.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

3. Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera w/ 24-70mm Lens Bundle

Sony First Impressions

"Good job Sony."

The Sony phase and contrast system has it beat. This is very comfortable, especially during long shoots. More megapixels would be nice too when cropping BIFs. The Sony is an awesome camera as most already know. So having a backup battery is what I would consider a must.

  • Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera w/ 24-70mm Lens Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony a7 III Full Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera (Body) with Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Camera Lens, Sony 64GB Card, Koah PRO Sony NP-FZ100 Two-Pack Rechargeable 2000mAh Battery and Dual Charger, Koah Weatherproof Hard Case, Koah High Speed Braided Nylon USB-C Cable, Rode Microphones VideoMicro On-Camera Mic w/ Rycote Lyre Shock Mount, Focus 5-Piece Digital Camera Accessory Kit, Lens Pen Cleaning Tool, Lens Cleaning Pen and Corel Deluxe Photo Software
  • SONY ALPHA A7 III: Ideal for beginners and seasoned professionals alike, the a7 III has renewed features for everything you need. Improved overall AF performance, high-speed continuous shooting up to 10fps, 4K movie recording capability, and operability that has been dramatically upgraded from the α7 II/
  • CAPTURE UP TO 10 FPS: The a7 III is equipped with a refined image processing system that allows it to capture full 24.2MP images at up to 10 fps with continuous and accurate AF/AE tracking for up to 177 Standard JPEG images, 89 compressed RAW images or 40 uncompressed RAW images.
  • 4K RECORDING: High-resolution full-frame 4K movies with full-pixel readout without pixel binning that condenses approximately 2.4 times the amount of data required for 4K movies results in minimal moiré and jaggies.
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"For me, a non-issue."

The availability of the control dials makes a huge difference. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. Overall, I am very satisfied and glad I made the switch. And, the EVF stayed in my bag nearly the entire trip. With its kit lens, there are several focusing aids.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

4. Olympus Pen E-PL9 Kit with 14-42mm EZ Lens, Camera Bag, and Memory Card (Onyx Black) with Step Up Ki...

User Ratings: 63 6

Olympus First Impressions

"Are nice additions."

Really great, even in low light with f/4 lenses. Button feeling and placement is great. Right now, this is the best of the breed. Everything about the Olympus is amazing. Higher ISO produces very usable images, even at ISO 12800.

  • Olympus Pen E-PL9 Kit with 14-42mm EZ Lens, Camera Bag, and Memory Card (Onyx Black) with Step Up Kit
  • Kit contains the E-PL9 camera, 14-42mm EZ Lens, Pen camera case, Special camera strap, and 16GB SD card
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • 3" 180 Degree Flip down touch screen
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1. 8 (50mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • The 25mm F1. 8 is the ideal, all-around lens. Capture tack sharp portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. The perfect combination of power and portability - perfect everyday lens.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
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Olympus Final Thoughts

"Thank you Olympus."

In spite of all the motion on my end, the pictures were sharp. But, for the cost this thing is incredible. Fast or continuous autofocus. Everything about the Olympus is amazing. The case is great to store the accessories in too.

Overall Score
4.3


(29 Points)

5. Panasonic LUMIX GX85 Mirrorless Camera (Black) Bundled with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lenses, 64GB SD Car...

User Ratings: 73 3

Panasonic DMC-GX85WK First Impressions

"Can't complain!"

Even the focus lock button on Panasonic lenses can be customized. Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. I can't recommend the Panasonic DMC-GX85WK enough. Lots of new options in Menu to learn. An amazing Beginners Mirrorless Camera when paired with the right lens.

  • Panasonic LUMIX GX85 Mirrorless Camera (Black) Bundled with 12-32mm and 45-150mm Lenses, 64GB SD Card, and Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic Lumix Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-32mm Lens, Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 45-150mm H-FS45150 Lens with Matte Finish, SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB 95MB/s UHS-1 SD Memory Card, Koah Panasonic DMW-BLE9/BLG10 Two-Pack Rechargeable 1100mAh Battery and Dual Charger, Focus Camera Accessory Kit for Camcorders, 37mm UV/CPL/ND Filter Kit, and Vivitar Mini 12-inch Flexible Tripod with Ballhead
  • DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION: A new 5-Axis in-body sensor stabilizer works in tandem with LUMIX 2-Axis optically stabilized lenses in either video or still capture modes
  • FINE DETAIL PERFORMANCE: The GX85 eliminates the detail-depriving low-pass filter from the sensor. The result is a near 10% boost in fine detail resolving power over existing 16 Megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensors
  • TURN 4K INTO PHOTOGRAPHY: 4K Ultra HD Video provides four times the resolution of HD Video. 4K PHOTO isolates video frames at 30 frames per second as high resolution photos, to ensure you'll never miss that moment again. And with 4K Post Focus you can capture now and refocus later
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Guarantee
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-GX85WK
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Panasonic DMC-GX85WK Final Thoughts

"The bundle is great."

The longer you have it, the more small issues you find. I have other tools for different situations. Great battery life, about 300 shots in cold weather. Switching back and forth between photo and video is cumbersome. In practice, the Panasonic DMC-GX85WK produces superlative images.

Overall Score
4.5


(41 Points)

6. Panasonic GX85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens LUMIX Camera Kit with 12-32mm Lens, Polaroid Filte...

User Ratings: 56

Ritz Camera DMC-GX85KK Ritz Camera Basic Kit First Impressions

"Went with this."

Button feeling and placement is great. The Ritz Camera DMC-GX85KK Ritz Camera Basic Kit is an awesome camera as most already know. I still can tolerate that by just working on selected photos. I might be a dreamer though, probably won't ever see this. I use it for vlogging, photoshoots, and pictorials on Instagram.

  • Panasonic GX85 4K Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens LUMIX Camera Kit with 12-32mm Lens, Polaroid Filter, Transcend 64 GB, Memory Card Wallet, Spare Battery, Ritz Gear Cleaning Kit & Accessory Bundle
  • New 5-axis in-body sensor stabilizer works with LUMIX 2-axis optically stabilized lenses in video and still capture modes using class-leading Dual Image Stabilization.
  • Eliminates the need for low-pass sensor filters while boosting fine detail resolving power by nearly 10% over existing 16-Megapixel MFT sensors
  • Shoot lighter and faster with the modern hybrid photography performance of a Mirrorless camera and nearly half the bulk of most DSLRs
  • Thumbwheel controls, integrated viewfinder and touch control enabled tilting LCD maximize control of the photographic experience.
  • Panasonic LUMIX GX85 RITZ CAMERA BUNDLE INCLUDES 10 ITEMS -- ALL BRAND NEW ITEMS WITH ALL MANUFACTURER-SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES + FULL USA WARRANTIES
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Ritz Camera DMC-GX85KK Ritz Camera Basic Kit
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Ritz Camera DMC-GX85KK Ritz Camera Basic Kit Final Thoughts

"Still no menu fishing."

Prompt delivery and everything in good shape. So far performance is fabulous. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. The Ritz Camera DMC-GX85KK Ritz Camera Basic Kit is by far my favorite camera since the Nikon D700. Secondly the EVF is amazing amazing amazing.

Overall Score
4.1


(8 Points)

7. Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical with 3-Inch LCD with Wide-angl...

User Ratings: 85 5

Sony First Impressions

"Truly impressive."

A small upgrade compared to my trusty little X-T20. With that said, this Beginners Mirrorless Camera rocks. Only gripes are slow focus and short battery life. I works flawlessly with my Sony lenses. The Sony was with me at all times.

  • Sony a7 III Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera Optical with 3-Inch LCD with Wide-angle Zoom Lens
  • Advanced 24.2MP BSI Full-frame Image Sensor w/ 1.8X readout speed Advanced 24.2MP Back-Illuminated 35mm Full-frame Image Sensor Sony test conditions. Compare to the α7 II
  • 15-stop dynamic range, 14-bit uncompressed RAW, ISO 50 to 204,800
  • Designed to achieve 50 Line pairs/mm resolving power
  • Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements w/ high surface precision
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Enjoyable to use!"

The longer you have it, the more small issues you find. I'm also really enjoying the Sony film simulation. The Sony phase and contrast system has it beat. Really great, even in low light with f/4 lenses. Overall, its a great deal, with the body and lenses alone.

Overall Score
4.6


(407 Points)

8. Sony Alpha NEX-C3 16 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Pink...

User Ratings: 45

Sony NEXC3K/P First Impressions

"Camera snobs."

I wouldn't trade this camera for anything! Low light is extraordinarily good. I was able to get some great shots of my dog running full speed. The grip is excellent for medium and large hands. Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7.

  • Sony Alpha NEX-C3 16 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Pink)
  • 16.2 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor has fast response, low noise
  • Sweep Panorama with incredible 23 Megapixel images
  • Six-shot layering with Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur modes
  • Picture Effects provides 11 artistic looks for your photography
  • Photo Creativity provides easy access to image adjustments
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony NEXC3K/P
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Sony NEXC3K/P Final Thoughts

"Creamy bokeh."

I have used the camera for some time now. Mirrorless has come into it's own. The Sony NEXC3K/P's build quality is excellent. The flash can be overpowered rather than the subtle fill. Normally I couldn't care less.

Overall Score
4.4


(13 Points)

9. Sony a6400 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses Ultimate Bundle

User Ratings: 69

Sony First Impressions

"The bundle is great."

Dynamic range on this camera is also very impressive. Since this is a new camera not all Sony accessories will work. And, the EVF stayed in my bag nearly the entire trip. Even the focus lock button on Sony lenses can be customized. I've added some sample photos taken with this camera and a 50mm f1.

  • Sony a6400 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses Ultimate Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony a6400 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Black) with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses with Sony 64GB V60 UHS-II M-Series Memory Card, Vidpro Slinger Digital Storage Aluminum Case, Sony 32GB MicroVault Flash Drive (White), Koah Battery Grip for Sony a6000 and a6300, Koah PRO Two-Pack Rechargeable 1300mAh Battery and Dual Charger for Sony NP-FW50, Sony Soft Carrying Case (Black), Corel Deluxe Premium Photo Software Kit with New Photo Mirage and Fotopro UFO2 Flex Pod Tripod
  • 24.2-MEGAPIXEL APS-C IMAGE SENSOR: Create images of astounding beauty that surpass your expectations with the Sony a6400s newly developed 24.2- megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The same size as most DSLRs, this sensor offers high sensitivity in dimly lit environments and strikingly attractive foreground and background defocusing
  • BIONZ X IMAGE PROCESSOR: Astonishingly fast, Sonys sophisticated BIONZ X image processor reproduces textures and details in real time as seen by the naked eye. The resulting images in the Sony Alpha a6400 mirrorless camera are remarkably realistic with especially rich tonal gradations and a natural three-dimensional appearance. The processor is lightning fast, giving you continuous shooting up to 11 fps
  • 425 AF POINTS: The Sony Alpha a6400 mirrorless has higher-precision contrast-detection AF (Fast Intelligent AF) points, with an improved Fast Hybrid AF system features the world's fastest 425 extremely accurate phase-detection AF points that covers 84% of the entire image area for superior auto focusing
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Truly impressive."

Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. I chose to shoot most outdoor shots with an aperture of + or - f/5. I wouldn't trade this camera for anything! I love this combo and I must say I am thrilled with the Sony . I've only touched in certain points there's so much more.

Overall Score
4.7


(4 Points)

10. Panasonic LUMIX S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 Lens

User Ratings: 71 17

Panasonic First Impressions

"I am glad I did."

Normally I couldn't care less. Start up and shut down is quick. Overall, I am very satisfied and glad I made the switch. Button feeling and placement is great. Love the screen.

  • Panasonic LUMIX S1R Full Frame Mirrorless Camera with Panasonic LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4 Lens
  • FULL FRAME SENSOR: 47.3 megapixel full frame MOS sensor that provides a wide dynamic range and excellent performance at high sensitivity (ISO 25600 Max sensitivity)
  • 4K VIDEO: Up to 4K 60p/50p recording plus 6K Photo functions and HLG Photo
  • LUMIX S PRO CAMERA LENS: 50 millimeter fixed focal F1.4 L mount lens, LEICA certified for LUMIX S Series Full-Frame L Mount mirrorless cameras
  • LENS ELEMENTS : 13 lenses in 11 groups; 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED (Extra low Dispersion) lenses effectively suppress both axial chromatic aberration and chromatic aberration of magnification
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic
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Panasonic Final Thoughts

"The bundle is great."

Overall, I am very satisfied and glad I made the switch. Still getting used to the buttons. They're a good choice for all around work. Something I never realized I needed till I had it. The Panasonic is a great light weight mirrorless camera.

Overall Score
4.2


(10 Points)

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