The Best Mirrorless Cameras You Can Buy For Around $2,000

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Mirrorless cameras in and around the $2,000 price range offer outstanding value for money.

It still blows my mind that you can buy feature-packed cameras, including Full-Frame options, for around $2,000. In the past, cameras that were considered to be ‘for pros’ would cost double this amount. They weren’t as feature-rich as today’s Mirrorless cameras either. If you need a new camera and have around $2,000 to spend, this roundup is for you. After the break, we’ll look at eight Mirrorless cameras to spring for if you’re a professional photographer or hybrid shooter.

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© 2020 Pauleth Ip / PI Creative – Captured with the Fujifilm XT4

All the Mirrorless cameras listed below will amaze you. Thanks to their modern sensors, features such as IBIS, eye AF, incredible tracking, and excellent build qualities, it’s hard to go wrong. When you look at what you’re getting for your money, it’s impossible to deny that these Mirrorless cameras are absolute bargains. If you’re a professional photographer who needs a camera with all the bells and whistles, take a closer look at the Mirrorless cameras below.

Fujifilm XT4

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and weather sealing
  • Upgraded autofocus performance
  • Articulating touchscreen, finally!
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Some of the best in-camera image stabilization we’ve seen
  • Deeper grip
  • New Bleach Bypass film simulation
  • Larger battery (can be tripled when using the VG-XT4 vertical grip)
  • A lot of technology for the money

Cons

  • Some of the menus in the Fujifilm XT4 still aren’t touch compatible
  • Inconsistent high ISO performance

Buy now: $1,699

Canon EOS R6

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Fantastic ergonomics have returned to Canon cameras
  • Great build quality which includes excellent weather sealing
  • Incredible autofocus system that’s on par with Sony offerings
  • Plenty of 4K video options for those need them
  • Easy to use touchscreen menu system
  • Excellent image quality
  • Incredibly effective IBIS
  • Two UHS-II SD card slots
  • Incredible buffer performance (over 180 RAW and over 1,300 JPEGS)
  • The EVF and vari-angle LCD are of high quality

Cons

  • No top LCD panel
  • It’s priced a little high at $2,499

Buy now: $2,499

Panasonic S1

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Weather sealing is great
  • Very reliable
  • Decent image quality
  • Very versatile RAW files
  • Cleaner high ISO output than the S1R, but not by much when editing
  • Nearly up there with Canon for having the easiest menu system to use and navigate
  • Animal tracking AF works surprisingly well. It’s almost on the level of Canon and Sony
  • Incredibly clean ISO 6400
  • When it nails focus, it’s surprisingly good at tracking. But Panasonic needs to be better
  • When it hits and tracks, it’s on par with Fujifilm and Canon’s offerings.

Cons

  • The autofocus isn’t that awesome even after the latest update
  • Really big
  • Autofocus isn’t nearly that of a modern camera
  • Low light AF outdone by pretty much every other brand

Buy now: $2,497.99

Sony a7 III

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • The best battery life of any Sony or mirrorless camera we’ve ever tested
  • A fair amount of resolution and versatility in the RAW files that can be realized with Capture One
  • Nice feel to it
  • Consistency with all the other cameras in terms of menu system
  • Autofocus can acquire a target in near darkness
  • Essentially feels like a scaled down Sony a9 and Sony a7r III
  • Not a bad price point

Cons

  • Mount and certain lenses may allow for dust to get in onto the sensor. It isn’t as tight as the a7r III’s

Buy now: $1,998

Captured with the Olympus E-M1 III

Pro Tip: Chances are you’re going to be taking these cameras into scenarios that will get your gear dirty. If you want your investment in a camera to last years, you need to clean it often. Clean before you leave the house. Clean while you’re on sent, and give it a good, deep clean every could of weeks. Doing this will ensure top performance for many years. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a cleaning kit either. This one has everything you need for under $15.

Olympus OMD EM1 III

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Feels nice when shooting for a long time
  • We like the shutter sound
  • Good continuous autofocus which does tracking
  • The processor is fantastic
  • The art filters continue to make Olympus unique amongst other camera brands
  • Live composite is so incredibly pleasant, along with Starry AF
  • It survived sand and saltwater
  • Continuous AF+Tracking works well with wide angles
  • The custom shooting mode switch on the back is something every adventure brand should have
  • This is the foundation for an Olympus camera we’d want to bring with us everywhere
  • Handheld high res shot continues to be one of the best things ever

Cons

  • Battery life in the heat and the cold
  • Still no rating system in the playback menu. Why?
  • C-AF + Tracking is useless with telephoto lenses
  • Why no touchscreen menus?
  • Olympus’s menu system continues to give headaches
  • Some of the parts seem very dated. Like the EVF, the sensor, and some of the dials
  • A top screen LCD could have made shooting easier
  • Why couldn’t it have Dual UHS-II Card slots
  • Above ISO 1600, you really need the art filters to take the most advantage of the otherwise too grainy sensor
  • Could really use no blackout in the EVF

Buy now: $1,699

Nikon Z6

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Comfortable hand grip
  • Excellent Electronic Viewfinder with 100% frame coverage
  • EVF protrudes from the camera body, minimizing contact between your nose and the rear LCD
  • Top display shows you all of your settings at a glance
  • Intuitive touchscreen rear LCD
  • Solid battery life when using newly designed EN-EL15b batteries
  • Robust weather sealing
  • Works with most existing Nikon F mount lenses using the Nikon FTZ adapter

Cons

  • A single XQD card slot may be a deal-breaker for photographers with certain workflows
  • Colors on the rear LCD were inconsistent when compared to EVF
  • Autofocus performance, while better than the Nikon Z7, still leaves much to be desired
  • Certain settings were oddly organized within the menus
  • There is way too much settings information displayed on the rear LCD, often getting in the way of you framing your shot

Buy now: $1,796.95

Panasonic GH5s

Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Weather sealing
  • Great autofocus in most situations
  • Focus peaking for manual focus lenses
  • High ISO output is great
  • Because this is a 10.2MP Four Thirds sensor, the pixels are more densely packed and therefore give off pretty detailed images
  • Tactile things on the buttons that make you realize what they are

Cons

  • Detail loss above 6400 is a bit too much

Buy now: $1,997.99

Canon EOS R

Here are the pros and cons from our full review:

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Weather sealed like crazy
  • Autofocus is good
  • Protects the sensor when off
  • Canon’s menu system is still simple
  • Ergonomics feel nice
  • With a lightweight lens, it feels just as nice as a Sony camera
  • These are some of Canon’s best RAW files in years
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi transfers

Cons

  • Needs Dual SD cards
  • Needs a joystick
  • The magic touch bar is odd and could use refinement
  • Optimizing the way the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed dials work, such as the automatic metering for ISO, not cool
  • Canon needs to improve or change their face and eye detection
  • Bigger than Sony, but the L lenses are about on par with their G Master glass

Buy now: $1,799