6 Mirrorless Cameras Under $1,000 and Perfect for Enthusiasts

All of these Mirrorless cameras can help you produce stunning images, and they’re easy on the wallet.

Looking back just a few short years ago at the cameras aimed at enthusiasts makes you realize just how far Mirrorless cameras have propelled us into the future. Now, Mirrorless cameras under $1,000 have many of the same features as those aimed at pros. Fantastic EVFs? You bet! Great sensors that capture a ton of detail? Absolutely! IBIS? Weather Sealing? Insanely fast autofocus systems? That’s a solid yes to all of those. Really, this camera segment is nothing short of amazing, but how do you know which Mirrorless cameras under $1,000 are worth it? Well, roundups like this help. If you have $1,000 to spend on a new camera, the ones we have listed after the break are the models worth a closer look.

captured with the Nikon Z50

Honestly, the cameras listed below are more than what most enthusiast photographers will ever need. Sure, you can step up to pro-level cameras, and you can pay significantly more for them, but unless you will be making money back that can help justify the extra expense, there is really no need to spend more. All of the cameras listed below offer excellent build qualities, they feature face and eye autofocus capabilities (some even have animal AF), they are small, lightweight, and have fantastic sensors. Unless you absolutely must have dual-card slots or faster max shutter speeds, the Mirrorless cameras under $1,000 listed below will do everything you need them to do.

Fujifilm X-T30

lightweight mirrorless cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Solid construction that we’ve come to expect and love about Fujifilm cameras
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Almost everything that made the X-T3 such a hit

Cons

  • Lacks in-body image stabilization and weather sealing
  • Rear touchscreen only tilts up and down, unlike the X-T3 which also tilts to the right as well
  • Perhaps a tad too compact, particularly for photographers with larger hands
  • The new joystick is awkwardly placed on the rear of the camera body, making single-handed operation challenging and increases the risk of accidentally dropping the camera due to its diminutive size
  • Unremarkable battery life

Buy now: $899

Canon EOS M6 Mk II

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Beautiful colors
  • The sound of the shutter will appeal to long-time photographers
  • It feels like a solid, impressive camera
  • Canon’s implementation of the Touch and Drag AF system is the best it’s ever been with the Canon EOS M6 Mk II.
  • Pretty stellar battery life
  • You’ve got more megapickles than you need. U DONT NEED MOAR MEGAPICKLES!!!!

Cons

  • We really wish it was weather sealed
  • An integrated viewfinder would have put this over the top

Buy now: $849

Olympus OMD EM5 Mark III

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Beautiful retro styling
  • Excellent image quality
  • Robust weather sealing
  • Reliable image stabilization
  • Accurate autofocus
  • Compact form factor
  • Built-in Live Composite and 50 MP High Resolution shooting modes are highly effective

Cons

  • Form factor can be too compact for some, particularly for photographers with larger hands or when mated with larger lenses
  • Plasticky build quality
  • Single UHS-II SD Card slot
  • Lacks dedicated joystick
  • Poor battery life
  • Convoluted menu systems
  • No major innovations after over four years

Buy now: $999

Pro Tip: No matter what camera you use, you’re going to need a way to transport your camera from a to b. Cameras bags are an accessory that don’t get as much time in the spotlight as cameras and lenses, but they are incredibly important. Fortunately, we have reviewed many, many bags over the years, so if you need a new one for any of these Mirrorless cameras under $1,000, check out our bag review section.

Sony a6400

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Fast and accurate autofocus
  • Excellent image quality
  • 11 FPS continuous shooting with AF & AE tracking (mechanical shutter only)
  • Improved Real-time Eye AF
  • Real-time Tracking
  • Real-time Animal Eye AF
  • 4K video recording without 30 minute limit
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Lacks in-body image stabilization
  • External battery charger not included
  • Single SD card slot with support for only up to UHS-I speed cards
  • The rear screen flips up into where the hot shoe is located and becomes essentially useless if you’ve got any attachments mounted onto the camera

Buy now: $898

Canon EOS RP

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • This isn’t Canon innovating on the inside, but instead on the outside
  • This is the smallest and lightest ILC full frame camera on the market
  • Goes well with a wrist strap and a light prime lens
  • Weather sealing
  • The autofocus isn’t bad, and it’s quite usable in a number of working conditions
  • Pretty good image quality

Cons

  • Could have done better with a joystick

Buy now: $999

Nikon Z50

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • The best ergonomics of any APS-C Mirrorless camera
  • Weather sealing
  • Nice image quality
  • A nice touchscreen interface (including menus)
  • Capacitive controls make good use of some otherwise dead real estate
  • Simply astonishing high ISO performance
  • Good all-around autofocus and tracking performance
  • Great battery life
  • A nice, clean menu system
  • The screen does a poppy thing (folds out from the body and down)

Cons

  • The Z mount looks hideously huge on this camera
  • The large Z mount lenses make you lose anything you gained in the size and weight department
  • The touchscreen is not fully articulating, an odd choice for a hybrid camera that’s for video and stills
  • The Z50 is limited to 30-minute captures when filming and has no IBIS, nor a dedicated headphone jack. Again, some odd choices for a hybrid camera
  • Ony one UHS-1 card slot

Buy now: $856.95