Most DSLRs are big and bulky, even for professional photographers so mirrorless cameras are a great alternative. There's more choice if you opt for a mirrorless camera. You're pretty much limiting yourself to Canon and Nikon if you go for a DSLR. You can get good quality mirrorless cameras from recognized brands including Canon and Panasonic for less than $200 so a $1,000 budget opens you up to the very best cameras on the market today. Choose from brands like Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Fujifilm. Whether you're looking for a camera that's better than your smartphone or you want the look and feel of a camera rather than using your smartphone or tablet, these are the best ones on offer today.
Sony Alpha a6000
The Sony Alpha a6000 isn't the best overall mirrorless camera but it's the best for beginners. This mid-range has loads of great features and offers continuously fast performance. It's also ideally priced as you'll only spend around half your $1,000 budget on the a6000. If you want to capture HD video and realistic photographs, you won't be disappointed. The 24.3-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and 16–50mm lens are a couple of the camera's best features.
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
This Canon has a hi-resolution 32.5MP MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 Image Processor that can shoot video at 14 frames per second. It shoots UHD 4K at 30P and you operate the camera from a 3.0-inch Tilting LCD Touchscreen. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so you can link to other mobile devices allowing you to control the camera remotely. You'll need $850 to buy the camera and a further $150 to get the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
Fujifilm's X-T100 is a great camera at a great price. You can get it for $600. It has a 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and can record UHD 4K video at 15FPS. The 3.0-inch 1.04m-dot LCD Touchscreen is a great feature as are the advanced filter modes. The X-T100 has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Grain Effect and Scene Recognition modes, and comes with a detachable grip. If you want a camera that looks like old analog cameras used to, you'll like the retro stylings of the Fujifilm X-T100.
The Nikon Z6 is the best cameras overall but you won't get one for less than $1,000. The Sony a64000 is the best mirrorless camera for under $1,000. You won't get much change as you can expect to spend $998 but for that money, you get a sleek magnesium-bodied camera with CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor and 24.2MP APS-C-format camera. You can shoot video in UHD 4K 3840 x 2160P at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second. You can also record at 120 frames per second for those artistic super slow-motion home movies.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Mirrorless cameras drain their batteries faster than DSLRs so do you need an additional battery pack?
- The Canon EOS M6 Mark II has a stepping motor for superior video performance.
- The Fujifilm X-T100’s film simulation mode is one of its best features.
- The Sony a64000 supports custom color and Hybrid Log Gamma
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“I'll just say that as a novice photographer, this camera has everything I could want and more.” (E. Thompson reviewing the Sony a6000 on Amazon)
“I whole heartedly recommend this camera.” The Bearded Artist reviewing Fuijifilm X-T100 on Amazon)
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