Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

1. Panasonic DC-FZ80K Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"Plenty of features."

Low Light video is very well done. Secondly the EVF is amazing amazing amazing. The Panasonic DC-FZ80K is an awesome camera as most already know. The focus speed in general is so much faster and more reliable. Switching back and forth between photo and video is cumbersome.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera : 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zoom DC Vario lens (20 1220millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight.Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance : Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note : Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and WiFi Connectivity: Enjoy Travel Ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to Your favorite devices; Max resolution:4896 x 3672
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
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Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"Love this guy."

It is light and easy to carry with you. Only gripes are slow focus and short battery life. Mirrorless has come into it's own. The Panasonic DC-FZ80K was with me at all times. I will be upgrading to a better lens when finances allow.

Overall Score
4.3


(1466 Points)

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2. Sony Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"Fast shipping!"

Extra batteries are very handy. The focus speed in general is so much faster and more reliable. Camera takes beautiful pictures. So having a backup battery is what I would consider a must. Especially for astrophotography.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3 MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black) with Soft Carrying Case and 32GB Memory Card
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor ISO 100-25600 and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F28 lens attached)
  • Operating temperature:32-104°F / 0-40°C.Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Designed for Handycam camcorders, Cyber-shot cameras, and Alpha NEX cameras.
  • Stylish soft-sided case provides extra protection
  • Great for compact-to-mid range point-and-shoot digital cameras and camcorders
  • Twice As Fast As Ordinary SDHC Cards, Allowing You To Take Pictures And Transfer Files Quickly
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Ridiculous!"

Users need to be open-minded and find new ways to use the Sony . The digital age is here time for RF lenses. The kit lenses in the bundle are more than adequate. The Sony 's build quality is excellent. Especially for astrophotography.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

3. Sony ILCE6000/B Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony ILCE6000/B First Impressions

"I'm OCD like that."

I expect features to improve and prices to fall. It is getting plenty of use taking pictures of our new little one. I have used the camera for some time now. Switching back and forth between photo and video is cumbersome. With its kit lens, there are several focusing aids.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3 MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD - Body Only (Black)
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor ISO 100-25600 and Focus Sensitivity Range: EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F28 lens attached)
  • Operating temperature: 32-104°F / 0-40°C.Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Up to 11 FPS continuous shooting, Compatible OS:Windows Vista SP2-8, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 81, Mac OS X (v106-v109)
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots compatible with Sony E Mount lenses
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 14 million dots
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC and Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo memory
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony ILCE6000/B
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Sony ILCE6000/B Final Thoughts

"Just what I want."

Needed to get it in time to experiment & get used to it. There's just so much more to say about the Sony ILCE6000/B. Sony mirrorless system has been advancing rapidly. They're a good choice for all around work. I wouldn't trade this camera for anything!

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

4. Sony Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"Its a tool."

So I bought this for my California vacation. A shame since the video quality is very good. I just absolutely love this Mirrorless Camera. Users need to be open-minded and find new ways to use the Sony . Great battery life, about 300 shots in cold weather.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Silver Interchangeable Lens Camera (Body) with 55-210mm Sony E-Mount Lens
  • Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera - Body only (Silver)
  • Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras (Black)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Camera snobs."

The longer you have it, the more small issues you find. The availability of the control dials makes a huge difference. Great camera and bundle from this deal. The Sony was with me at all times. I can't recommend the Sony enough.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

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5. Sony Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"Love this Mirrorless Camera!"

I use it for vlogging, photoshoots, and pictorials on Instagram. That's why I replaced the stock lens caps with Sony equivalents. An amazing Mirrorless Camera when paired with the right lens. The range of settings is impressive. The digital age is here time for RF lenses.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, LCSU21 Soft Carrying Case, BCQZ1 Z-Series Battery Charger and SanDisk Ultra 32GB Memory Card
  • 24 MP APS C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Designed for Handycam camcorders, Cyber-shot cameras, and Alpha NEX cameras.
  • Quick-charging battery charger for the NP-FZ100
  • Great for compact to midrange point and shoot digital cameras and camcorders
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Very good option!"

Still getting used to the buttons. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. I chose to shoot most outdoor shots with an aperture of + or - f/5. The digital age is here time for RF lenses.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

6. Sony Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony First Impressions

"I love it!"

Everything about the Sony is amazing. The Sony is a great light weight mirrorless camera. The Sony 's build quality is excellent. I love this combo and I must say I am thrilled with the Sony . There's just so much more to say about the Sony .

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Body) with 55-210mm Sony E-Mount Lens
  • Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera - Body only
  • Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras (Black)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Ridiculous!"

It has the best image quality of any Mirrorless Camera I have ever owned. Does wonderfully with night shots handheld. I've added some sample photos taken with this camera and a 50mm f1. I love this combo and I must say I am thrilled with the Sony . Secondly the EVF is amazing amazing amazing.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

7. Sony ILCE6000/S Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 75 6

Sony ILCE6000/S First Impressions

"Truly impressive."

Lots of new options in Menu to learn. Dynamic range on this camera is also very impressive. The second problem is the focusing controls. Only gripes are slow focus and short battery life. I might be a dreamer though, probably won't ever see this.

  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD - Body Only (Silver)
  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Focus Sensitivity Range :EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continuous shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots.Versatile E-mount interchangeable lens system
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage and 1.4 million dots.Wireless & Network Capabilities:Downloadable Camera Apps NFC One-touch functionality Wi-Fi
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony ILCE6000/S
  • Battery Life
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Sony ILCE6000/S Final Thoughts

"Excellent Mirrorless Camera!"

Right now, this is the best of the breed. This really shouldn't stop you from buying this Sony ILCE6000/S. I've only touched in certain points there's so much more. That being said I just love to travel and taking pics as a hobby. Let me talk about them briefly.

Overall Score
4.5


(1055 Points)

8. KODAK AZ421 White Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 64 13

KODAK AZ421 White First Impressions

"Excellent Mirrorless Camera!"

It is getting plenty of use taking pictures of our new little one. It is light and easy to carry with you. My husband and I love the KODAK AZ421 White so much. The digital age is here time for RF lenses. I expect features to improve and prices to fall.

  • Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ421-WH 16MP Digital Camera with 42X Optical Zoom and 3" LCD Screen (White)
  • Powerful 16. 1-Megapixel CCD sensor gives you room to enlarge, zoom and crop to your heart's content without losing out on life-like clarity or quality.
  • 42x optical zoom and a 24mm wide angle lens Moves you closer to the subject and fit more into every frame.
  • Face/Cat/dog detection detects facial features and enhances it for true subject highlighting, even your four-legged Cat and dog friends. Blink/smile detection helps you to capture the perfect moment.
  • Face Beautifier mode and loads of built-in touch-up features allow you to reduces facial flaws, enhance skin tone and the eyes of your portrait subjects instantly. Operation Environment : Temperature: 32° – 104°F / 0° – 40°C, Humidity: 0 – 90%
  • Use the Panorama mode to create a seamless panoramic picture to 180-degree easily by panning the camera across your subject.
  • The az421 takes a standard SD/SDHC memory card that is at least Class 4 and no larger than 32GB
  • The az421 is not compatible with Micro SD, micro/adapter, Ultra, Ultra plus, Extreme, extreme Plus, Extreme Pro, or SDXC cards
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The KODAK AZ421 White
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KODAK AZ421 White Final Thoughts

"This isn't one of them."

And I wish the KODAK lenses were a bit cheaper. I still can tolerate that by just working on selected photos. Still getting used to the buttons. you will love this Mirrorless Camera! Simply because they just use the kit lenses the cameras come with.

Overall Score
4.1


(620 Points)

9. Canon Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 80 4

Canon First Impressions

"Fast shipping!"

Especially for astrophotography. And I wish the Canon lenses were a bit cheaper. Definitely best camera on the mirrorless market. Lots of new options in Menu to learn. Low light is extraordinarily good.

  • Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Body and EF-M15-45mm + EF-M 55-200mm Lenses with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and 4K Video and 32GB SDHC UHS-I Card - Black
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
  • 24.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning range
  • Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD has a flexible tilt range ideal for high-angle and low-angle shooting, and reviewing your photos
  • Built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder features approximately 2,360,000 dots to see high amounts of detail when capturing
  • Automatically transfer your files to your compatible device for easy backup and online uploading with automatic image transfer
  • Connect to the Camera Connect app to transfer images to your smart device, then share directly to various social sites or print directly to compatible printer
  • Optical Image Stabilizer technology helps reduce camera shake, and achieves a level of sharpness equivalent to a shutter speed 3.5 settings faster
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon
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Canon Final Thoughts

"Enter the Canon ."

Wonderful color, clarity and detail. The kit comes with so many things! And I wish the Canon lenses were a bit cheaper. So, when Canon came, I purchased it immediately. Several things keep it from getting 5 stars, however.

Overall Score
4.6


(530 Points)

10. Canon Mirrorless Camera

User Ratings: 80 4

Canon First Impressions

"Creamy bokeh."

Great camera and bundle from this deal. Since this is a new camera not all Canon accessories will work. But I like to see a Canon GM lenses. This review will focus on the components/items in the bundle. So, when Canon came, I purchased it immediately.

  • Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Body and EF-M15-45mm Lens with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and 4K Video and 32GB SDHC UHS-I Card - Black
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
  • 24.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning range
  • Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD has a flexible tilt range ideal for high-angle and low-angle shooting, and reviewing your photos
  • Built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder features approximately 2,360,000 dots to see high amounts of detail when capturing
  • Automatically transfer your files to your compatible device for easy backup and online uploading with automatic image transfer
  • Connect to the Camera Connect app to transfer images to your smart device, then share directly to various social sites or print directly to compatible printer
  • Lens retraction mechanism helps shorten the length of the lens and a compact, lightweight design allows easy portability
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon
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Canon Final Thoughts

"The tripod."

I doubled down and ordered a second body. But, for the cost this thing is incredible. Overall, I am very satisfied and glad I made the switch. I have other tools for different situations. This is very comfortable, especially during long shoots.

Overall Score
4.6


(530 Points)

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