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Top 13 Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras 2019

With small camera bodies but no loss of image quality, full-frame mirrorless cameras are incredibly popular pieces of kit so we thought it was about time we counted down our top favourites.

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Some consider the full-frame sensor to be the perfect sensor size and when it's combined with a mirrorless camera, you get smaller camera bodies, without any reduction in image quality, all without the size of a large full-frame DSLR

Sounds good, right? Well, if you agree, we've put together a list of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras currently available so you can make a more informed choice when parting with your hard-earned cash. 

As a number of older full-frame mirrorless cameras are still available, we've included quite a few older models and you'll notice there are quite a few Sony ones as they've actually been making full-frame mirrorless cameras since 2013. In fact, the original A7 is still available for under £1000 and that includes a lens! 

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1. Sony Alpha A7 Mark III 

Sony Alpha A7 MarkIII (6) (Custom)
 

Sony had the clever idea of telling everyone, that this was "the basic model" in the Sony Alpha range. The Sony A7 III is anything but basic, easily beating other full-frame DSLRs for specifications and features (at this price). 

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark III, on specifications alone, offers everything you could possibly want from a camera, including low noise at higher ISO speeds, high-speed continuous shooting, rapid focus, and numerous focus points. 

Thankfully the camera also performs as well - with excellent image quality, thanks to reliable exposure, excellent lenses, great dynamic range and rapid focus performance. High-quality 4K video recording is just icing on the cake.

The camera body offers good handling - although the menus can seem a little long and slightly disorganised. With a compact prime lens, the camera system can be quite compact, however, most lenses, such as the excellent FE 24-105mm f/4 G lens are quite large, which makes the system fairly large. 

In terms of this camera being a "basic" model, the Sony Alpha A7 Mark III is hardly what we'd call "basic" - and quite easily makes everything else look slower, larger, heavier, less innovative, and more expensive. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 710 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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2. Sony Alpha A7R Mark III

Sony A7R MIII (1)
 

The Sony Alpha A7R Mark III delivers excellent image quality with good colour and very good noise performance. Levels of detail in images can be improved by using the Pixel shift multi-shot mode, for still subjects, although this does require further processing on your computer to produce the final image. It's a shame that the images aren't merged in the camera as found in other cameras with this feature. The new software, Imaging Edge, offers tethered shooting with live view, as well as image viewing, and editing.

You can also adjust further settings, including setting the JPEG quality when shooting RAW+JPEG and tethering as well as a USB3 connection are provided - both which are important for professional use, and the 10fps continuous shooting mode makes this camera much more useful for sports or other high-speed shooting requirements. Plus, with 650 shots possible, the battery gives near DSLR levels of battery life.

Without a doubt, Sony has another winner on their hands, as the Sony Alpha A7R Mark III does practically everything you could possibly want, and does it extremely well. 

Key Features: 42mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 650 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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3. Sony Alpha A7R Mark II 

Sony Alpha A7R II (10)
 

The Sony Alpha A7R Mark II has got pretty much everything right. With a high resolution, 42.4-megapixel backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, a shutter system with no vibration as well as reduced noise and a 5-axis image stabilisation system, the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II certainly packs the features and also ensure shots are sharp even when shooting hand-held. 

The A7R-II has an impressive tilting screen, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), 5fps continuous shooting, good AF tracking, and 4K video recording, along with a good sized and comfortable body. This makes it an enjoyable camera that you want to use. Although it may not meet everyone's needs as some may wish to shoot at a quicker speed than the 5fps continuous shooting on offer.

If you're in the market for a high-resolution full-frame camera, then the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II should be very high on your list.

Key Features: 42mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 340 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC built-in, Single SD card slot.

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4. Nikon Z6 

Nikon Z6 With 24 70mm (2)
 

You could look at the Nikon Z6 as an upgrade or replacement for the 24mp Nikon D750, however, with 12fps continuous shooting, it offers speeds nearer to the Nikon D5 (with 12fps or 14fps with mirror up), and more focus points (273 vs 51 and 153 respectively). In terms of size, it's smaller and lighter than both of these. You also have the benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder, an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

The nice thing about the Nikon Z system is the introduction of a number of compact lenses, and in addition to this, Nikon has published a lens roadmap, so that you can see if future lenses are what you're looking for. However, there are currently only three lenses available, so for anything else, you will need to use an adapter.

It's a shame the battery life isn't better, and there will be people who will find one memory card slot an issue. There will also be those that prefer SD cards due to the wide support for them (for example, built-in card readers in laptops), but with the purchase of an XQD card reader, this is quite easily resolved.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus points, although the lack of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits.

With the choice of a 24mp Z6 or a high-resolution 45mp Z7, Nikon is offering a very good line-up of cameras, with the Z6 offering very good value for money, particularly when you consider that the camera offers 12fps continuous shooting, beating the full-frame competition at this price point. We expect Nikon to have great success with the Z series, and as new lenses (and camera bodies) are introduced the appeal of the system will grow. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 12fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card slot.

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5. Sony Alpha A9 Alpha 9 (ILCE-9)

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A9 is a brilliant camera - fast, responsive and delivering superb results.

However, it looks as though Sony's intention is to take on the fast shooting that previously had been the sole purview of the DSLR. The “big guns” from Canon and Nikon are more expensive, much bulkier and definitely much heavier. 

Looking at what the A9 can do, it is likely that the DSLR, with its mechanical constraints, can never surpass what might be possible with a mirrorless camera. The only issue with the Sony A9 is the price. 

Overall, the Sony Alpha A9 is a fast and responsive camera, with some cool features and delivers superb results. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 20fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 650 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, Ethernet socket, Dual SD card slots.

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6. Sony Alpha A7 

Sony Alpha 7 (2) (Custom)
 

The first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony Alpha 7, launched in 2013, is an appealing camera, available at a relatively low price, at under £1000 with lens. The A7 features a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor, a compact body, full HD video with microphone, headphone and HDMI sockets. The camera delivers impressive image quality with the lenses we've used so far and has impressive noise performance for excellent low-light performance. There are a few niggles, including the shorter than ideal battery life, the lack of built-in flash, and the lack of provided external battery charger, but putting these issues aside, the Sony Alpha 7 is a great camera, with the price continuing to drop over time, making it one of the cheapest FF mirrorless cameras.

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO25600, FullHD video recording, 270 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Single SD card slot.

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7. Nikon Z7

Nikon Z6 Z7 In Hand (4)

The Nikon Z7 offers a top of the range full frame Mirrorless camera, with the benefits of a more compact camera body (than a similar specification Nikon DSLR such as the D850), as well as benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder. You'll also find fast continuous shooting (9fps from the Z7 and 12fps from the Z6), an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

Image quality is excellent, easily matching the D850, with good noise performance, and Nikon's tried, tested (and loved) colour reproduction.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, much improved compared to a DSLR, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus points. The lack of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits, such as having every single portrait photo correctly focused on a subjects eye.

With a camera this good, it's clear to see that the Nikon Z series is the future direction for Nikon's full-frame cameras - and one we'll be watching with close interest.

Key Features: 45.7mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting, ISO32 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 330 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card slot.

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8. Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix S1R

 

The Panasonic Lumix S1R has it all excellent image quality, excellent video quality, great handling, weather sealing, fast performance, and an easy to use menu system. The biggest negative, is the camera’s size and weight, being easily the same size and weight as a full-frame DSLR, but without the long battery life of a DSLR. But the camera size is very much a personal thing, and what’s too big for one person, will easily be just right for another. Perhaps the Panasonic Lumix S1R will be just right for you?

Key Features: 47mp full-frame sensor, 187mp High-Res Multi-shot mode, 4K 60fps video recording, good menu system, in-camera IS, weather sealed, USB charging, part of the L-mount alliance 

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9. Sony Alpha A7S Mark II

Sony Alpha A7S II (5)

 

For the hardcore low-light video fan, the Sony A7S Mark II would be a dream camera, as long as you don't need 4K DCI CINE (4096 × 2160) resolution video, as the A7S Mark II records as 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840 × 2160. For the low-light photographer who relies on auto-focus the case for the A7S Mark II is less clear-cut, with the A7R Mark II offering phase detection focus on the sensor. If you need images with more than 12 megapixels, then the A7S Mark II isn't going to satisfy you. Although, the A7S Mark II has a very wide ISO range, even if it has been surpassed by other cameras now. 

There are a number of improvements over the previous model, including improved handling and controls, additional focus points, as well as the excellent 5-axis image stabilisation system, and internal 4K video recording. However, as competitors (and Sony) have increased megapixels and began offering 4K video, the case for the A7S has become slightly less clear. For those that own the original A7S, the A7S Mark II is going to make an excellent upgrade. The range of FE lenses available has also increased, and if you can look past the 12-megapixel resolution, then the A7S Mark II is capable of producing excellent images.  

Key Features: 12mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO409600, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Single SD card slot.

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10. Sony Alpha A7 Mark II

Sony Alpha A7II (3)
 

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark II might be old now but it has 5-axis image stabilisation that works with any lens used with the camera, which will be of appeal to anyone who has been using the Sony Alpha A7 series cameras with alternative lenses using an adapter.

Whether used with Sony lenses or using an adapter, the camera is set up for accurate and easy manual focus thanks to focus peaking and other display options, as well as a clear and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. 

The A7 Mark II feels comfortable in use and the finish on the weather-sealed magnesium alloy body has a design/style more similar to a Digital SLR, and the larger hand-grip will help when using the camera with larger lenses. The 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers excellent results, the tilting screen looks great and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC makes transferring images easy. 

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO25600, FullHD video recording, 350 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC built-in, Single SD card slot.

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11. Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL Typ601 (5)

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a 24-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera with weather-sealing, 11fps continuous shooting, and 4K CINE video recording.

The SL has an impressive electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 4.4million dots and a large view (0.8x magnification). There's also a good touchscreen, with a good resolution, although there are limits to how much you can control the camera using just the touch-screen. 

Whilst there are many bold claims made about the Leica SL, it does not match the focus speeds of the fastest cameras in our tests, although is still very quick. Continuous shooting is very quick at 11fps but does not match the high speed of other cameras available. That's not to say that the Leica SL isn't an extremely quick camera, it is.

The Leica SL is a very good representation of what's possible with mirrorless technology, with a smaller camera body than most professional Digital SLRs, and the extremely high-resolution electronic viewfinder is excellent, without a doubt. However, it's quite clear when using the EVF that it is not the same as using an optical viewfinder, a bold claim made by Leica. 

As a camera that will meet a large number of needs, the Leica SL (Typ 601) delivers excellent performance, with advanced features and controls, and for those with the financial backing to invest in the camera, it should provide many years of highly satisfying results. Since 2018, it's also part of the Leica L-Mount Alliance, which means Panasonic and Sigma will also be releasing lenses for the system. 

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 11fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO50000, 4K (CINE) video recording, 400 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, GPS built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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12. Canon EOS RP 

Canon EOS RP

 

The Canon EOS RP offers a cracking price point for a new full-frame mirrorless camera, compared to the competition, which already seems to be dropping in price, with the competition being around the £2000 price point. 

Image quality is excellent, with Canon's reliable colour reproduction, and Canon's RF lenses delivering high image quality. Care needs to be taken at times to monitor the exposure, but there are a number of ways to avoid over-exposure. You'll also need to buy a second battery, as the battery life is disappointingly short, at just 250 shots. 

The Canon EOS RP is the cheapest full-frame camera that you can buy that is capable of recording 4K video, and results are good. There is a noticeable crop factor of 1.6x, when recording 4K video, so this is definitely something to bare in mind. 

The screen and electronic viewfinder may not be as large or as high-resolution as other mirrorless cameras on the market, but for the price, the EOS RP offers an excellent combination of features and technologies. If you are happy with the lens range available, or have Canon EF lenses available to you, then the Canon EOS RP offers a great alternative to a (larger) DSLR. 

Key Features: 26.2mp full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video, ISO12800/ISO25600, 2.36m dot OLED EVF, 0.70x magnification, 3inch touch-screen, 1.04m dots, 5fps continuous shooting speed

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13. Canon EOS R 

Canon EOS R Hands On (9)

The Canon EOS R is a great camera with a great kit lens, capable of delivering excellent image quality. There are minor operational, and design quirks that will make the camera feel awkward compared to a DSLR such as the 5D Mark IV, but for the most part, the EOS R does the job efficiently and is a pleasure to use. Professional photographers, or those used to Canon EOS DSLRs, may be disappointed by the lack of dual card slots, and the shorter battery life of this camera.

The EOS R is mostly well thought out and will fit with Canon DSLR user's existing lenses and cameras (with an adapter). One slight snag is the lack of a lens roadmap so we don't know when, or how long, we'll have to wait for favourite lens choices specifically designed for the EOS R to appear but if you're happy to use current lenses with an adapter, then this may not be an issue for you.

Key Features: 30mp FF CMOS sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 370 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Single SD card slot.

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Looking For More Mirrorless Top Lists? 

If you're looking for other options, have a look at the 'Top Premium Mirrorless Cameras' we recommend or if you want to spend a little less cash, the 'Best Budget Mirrorless Cameras' round-up could be of interest. 


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rhody 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2018 9:59AM
I own a Sony FF Mirrorless and I am very pleased with it. I think the mirrorless or DSLR waters have been muddied over "size" issues.
SLR's and DSLR's have been honed ergonomically for decades to provide a balanced feel with quality lenses and I speak as a current Canon 5D & 7D owner.
If you are looking at the FF mirrorless market, please do not make "size" your only reason for changing horses.
A FF mirrorless body and a quality lens are hardly any less weighty or bulky in the field.
Personally, I wouldn't mind if FF mirrorless ended up the same size as DSLR's because the fit of my 5D in the hand and in the field is perfect for me.
I am using my Canon EF lenses on the FF Sony at the moment via a Metabones adaptor as I still can't bring myself the sell the Canon bodies yet.
Best wishes and Seasons Greeting to anyone looking to change.

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