Updated on September 2, 2015 10:06 AM

BUYER'S GUIDE / The Best Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras

The 6 best digital cameras of the moment: the best all-rounder, the best-value digital camera, the best budget option, the best choice if money is no object.

Editor's Choice : Panasonic Lumix G7

Let's not beat about the bush; Panasonic's Lumix G7 is nearly the perfect interchangeable-lens camera for the majority of users. It's well-built, fairly compact and light, very fast, takes beautiful photos, is gifted in video (4K/UHD!), offers great customizability... It's hard to think of any flaws! All we'd say is that, because Panasonic was so keen that its G7 should do everything well, it perhaps offers a few too many options... Not much of a criticism, really!

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Store Available Price £
Currys - 549.00 See offer  
WEX Photographic - 549.00 See offer  
Amazon 570.00 See offer  

King of High ISOs : Sony A7S (Alpha 7S)

The Alpha 7S was a bit of a gamble, but Sony's radical choices paid off. By dropping the resolution to 12 Mpx, Sony was able to produce a professional camera that's fast, silent and appropriate in all situations. It's an exploit, one that will win over lovers of photography in all lighting conditions.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 1649.00 See offer  
WEX Photographic - 1699.00 See offer  

Small But Powerful : Nikon 1 J5

All while staying true to the 1 J series, Nikon has rescued the product line by doing a complete about-face with the 1 J5. Everything is better than before: the handling, the speed, the performance, the ease-of-use and the picture quality. This camera is a technological success, one that gives it excellent value-for-money.

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 259.00 See offer  
Amazon 299.00 See offer  
WEX Photographic - 349.00 See offer  
Amazon 362.91 See offer  
Very - 379.00 See offer  
Currys - 399.00 See offer  

Small Budgets : Samsung NX3000

The Samsung NX3000 is a cute little camera that's easy to use, offers great picture quality and has one of the best battery lives of any camera of its kind. It has everything it needs to become your family's pet camera and knock the Sony Alpha 5000 off its pedestal. It's just too bad there's no built-in flash or zoom controls on the body. If you're trying to decide between Samsung's battery life and image quality and Sony's ease-of-use, either way you can't go wrong. You might as well go with whichever is cheapest at your local retailer.

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X-Trans II : Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is an excellent camera. It boasts first-rate picture quality with improved general responsiveness, a slightly reworked set of controls, and a viewfinder that's surprisingly pleasant and comfortable for an EVF. When mirrorless hybrids get this good, it's safe to say that the interchangeable lens compact market has matured, offering credible and serious alternatives to DSLRs. The Fuji X-T1 is living proof of that!

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Store Available Price £
Amazon 844.72 See offer  
John Lewis - 879.00 See offer  
PC World - 879.00 See offer  
WEX Photographic - 879.00 See offer  
Currys - 879.00 See offer  
Amazon 1109.99 See offer  

5-Axis Image Stabilisation : Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

More than a mere evolution, the E-M5 II is more like a culmination. With its 1980s SLR design, pivotable touchscreen, 5-axis stabilisation, excellent electronic viewfinder, epic resolution (provided everything stays very still!) and responsive autofocus, this camera is perfect for demanding photographers looking for a compact hybrid.

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Store Available Price £
WEX Photographic - 899.00 See offer  
Amazon - 899.99 See offer  
Very - 999.00 See offer  
John Lewis - 999.95 See offer  
Currys - 1099.00 See offer  
Amazon 1449.00 See offer  

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