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Top five best cheap mirrorless cameras for 2020

By Hollie Hennessy

We’ve pulled out the budget-friendly mirrorless cameras that won’t have you compromising on image quality.

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Mirrorless cameras, like DSLRs, have interchangeable lenses, meaning you have an extra level of control over your photos, but this also means they’re an investment – we have picked out the cheapest cameras that are worth investing in, so you don’t have to worry about committing to a system that doesn’t deliver.

Once you decide on a mirrorless camera, you are likely to use the body for years to come – simply upgrading lenses as you go. A step-up from bridge and premium compact cameras, you’ll be getting the very best picture quality. 

There are plenty of mirrorless cameras on the market – from entry-level kits through to those aimed at advanced photographers. Mirrorless cameras also very often support 4k video recording, making them a favourite among filmmakers as well as still photography enthusiasts. Although some of the most expensive models have scored excellently in our tests, that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget cameras which are worth buying and have earned their places among some of the best and most-expensive cameras. We’ve chosen the top five for less than £500.

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Best cheap mirrorless cameras


This model promised to be an alternative to your smartphone’s camera, and it's a better one at that. As a starter model, you won’t find it difficult to use, but it offers great picture and video quality, plus plenty of features.


This brand's lightest interchangeable lens camera. It's a very good stills camera, though its video quality doesn't set the world on fire. But it's also one of the cheapest mirrorless cameras we've reviewed.


This is an outstanding price for a high-performing, compact mirrorless camera. Picture and video quality is impressive (although, video is far better when shooting in good lighting) and we had no real issues apart from the zoom, which could be smoother. It’s a great choice if you want the option to change lenses, at the price you might pay for a compact model.


A great all-rounder, this model is impressive in spite of its low price. It has good video and photo quality, doesn’t suffer too much in low lighting and is really comfortable to use. You won’t find a viewfinder and it hasn’t got the fastest shutter, but they’re the only real problems. Overall, it’s good at everything.


If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera that takes good photos, this does the job. At a low price, it’s an entry-level model, which is easy to use, but it’s not first class. The video quality isn’t great, so if you want to record often, look elsewhere. It’s worth a look if you want an inexpensive step up from basic digital cameras.

If you want to check out all of our mirrorless camera reviews, browse them here.


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