The best mirrorless camera for 2024: top picks for every budget

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The best mirrorless camera is the one that works for you. We’ve tested a huge range of mirrorless cameras, and one thing is clear: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. That’s why our round-up reflects the variety of the mirrorless market, from entry-level stills cameras to flagship hybrids. In putting it together, we’ve tried to include a top pick for every type of photographer, whatever your skill level and budget.

If we had to select an overall winner from our in-depth testing, we’d choose the Sony A7 IV: with a sharp full-frame sensor and supreme autofocus, it’s all the mirrorless camera that many people could want. It delivers the goods in pretty much any situation, which is why we also rate it as the best camera overall. Then again, it might be more – or less – than you need.

Our guide is designed to give you honest answers in your search for a new mirrorless camera. We’ve spent extensive hands-on time with each model, to get a feel for all the factors that make a camera great: how it feels in the hand, how it performs in different settings, and what the resulting images actually look like. Based on this assessment, we’ve rated and ranked our favorites, explaining exactly how and why we think they excel in their own way.

Written by
Tim Coleman
Written by
Timothy Coleman

Tim is TechRadar's Cameras editor, with over 15 years in the photo and video industry, and most of those in the world of tech journalism. Tim has developed a deeply technical knowledge and practical experience with all things camera related, including mirrorless cameras from the likes of Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm and Panasonic. He notes, "the mirrorless camera market has never been healthier. From entry-level hybrids to high-res workhorses, competition is fierce across all categories. When putting together this list, we've tried to cater to every kind of photographer."

The quick list

The summary below will give you an instant overview of the best mirrorless camera options for every type of photographer. When you find one that ticks the right boxes, you can follow the links beneath each entry to jump down to our full write-ups.

The best mirrorless cameras for 2024

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Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best mirrorless cameras in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted.

The best mirrorless camera overall

The best mirrorless camera for enthusiasts

Specifications

Sensor size: Full-frame
Resolution: 33MP
Viewfinder: 3,690K dots
Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,037K dots
Autofocus: 759-point AF
Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps
Movies: 4K at 60p
User level: Intermediate

Reasons to buy

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Impressive 33MP sensor
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Class-leading autofocus
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Vari-angle screen

Reasons to avoid

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Heavily cropped 4K footage
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Complex for beginners

Sony A7 IV sample images