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Top 16 Best Premium APS-C MFT Mirrorless Cameras 2021

Here are the best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSCs) with an APS-C or M43 sensor and an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) available. Plus, all have been reviewed by ePHOTOzine so you can click through for a more comprehensive opinion.

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The mirrorless camera, or compact system camera (CSC), lets you change lenses, as well as providing DSLR sized sensors with DSLR image quality in a much more compact camera body. With a rapid refresh cycle, there is a number of new cameras introduced each year, with many offering innovative new features. Here we highlight the best advanced Compact System Cameras with an APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensor and a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Click the camera names to read our full reviews of these cameras to see how they have scored, as well as the pros and cons of each model.

If you're looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera, have a look at our Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras.

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Here we highlight the best APS-C and MFT Premium Compact System Cameras, starting with Number 1:

 

1.  Panasonic Lumix G9 

Panasonic Lumix G9

The Panasonic Lumix G9 offers a wealth of features, including extremely rapid shooting, and a great design that makes the camera enjoyable and easy to use. Winning an Editor's Choice award, the Panasonic Lumix G9 produces great images with good noise performance (up to ISO6400), excellent IS, rapid focus and 60fps continuous shooting. You get in-camera raw editing, Wi-Fi / Bluetooth, 4K video, a large EVF and a design that's comfortable to hold. Some may not like the size, but apart from this negative, there's lots to like about the Lumix G9, including the price, which has come down to make it a bit of a bargain!

You also get access to Micro Four Thirds lenses, and there is a lot to choose from! The Micro Four Thirds lens mounts let you use Panasonic, Olympus, and other lenses using the Micro Four Thrids lens mount.

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2. Fujifilm X-T3  

Fujifilm X-T3

"The Fujifilm X-T3 offers specifications and features beyond what is expected at this price point, and results are equally impressive." That's what we say in our review where the Fujifilm X-T3 received an 'Editor's Choice' award and impressed us with its 4K 60fps video, 26MP BSI CMOS sensor, excellent colour reproduction, high-speed focus and 30fps/20fps continuous shooting. The camera is also solidly built with good ergonomics but the battery life does let it down a little and touch-screen functionality could be better.

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3. Fujifilm X-T4 

Fujifilm X-T4

The camera’s 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and image processing is known to produce excellent image quality, and continue to do so, with exceptional colour reproduction and dynamic range. For those looking to upgrade from an earlier X-T1, or X-T2 camera, the X-T4 offers a compelling set of features, and if you've ever been frustrated with battery life from your camera, then the X-T4 offers a great option for you.

The X-T4, with high-speed continuous shooting (up to 30fps), is up there with the quickest, with only the E-M1 II / III and G9 offering quicker continuous shooting (at 60fps), and in terms of video, it's only the G9 of these that also offers 4K 60fps video. The switch between stills and video is a great idea, and will benefit video and stills photographers greatly.

The camera is well suited to a wide variety of photography, with good noise performance and IBIS making it better in low-light situations, great colour reproduction making it suited to portraits and other photography, and high-speed shooting further expands the camera's appeal in particular for wildlife or sports photography.

For anyone wanting the best the X-Series has to offer, the X-T4 is it, with a great 26mp sensor, great colour reproduction, and high-quality video recording, the X-T4 has it all, including high-speed autofocus and continuous shooting. Add in-body image stabilisation, along with improved battery life, and you have the complete package.

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4. Fujifilm X-T30

Fujifilm X T30 Graphite Silver (10)

The Fujifilm X-T30 offers the same 26mp BSI CMOS image sensor, and image processor, from its bigger brother, the X-T3, meaning you get the same excellent image quality, at a much more wallet-friendly price. Images have great colour reproduction, with low noise levels, even when using higher ISO speeds, and dynamic range performance is very good. Video quality is impressive, offering CINE 4K video and plenty of options. However, the camera does not offer In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS).

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5. Fujifilm X-S10 

Fujifilm X-S10

If you're looking for a great digital camera, with excellent handling, but don't want to spend £2000 on a camera, then the Fujifilm X-S10, with its price of around £1000 (depending on lens choice), would be a great choice. The camera is great value for money, being available for £999 with the 15-45mm lens, although it's worth noting that if you want the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, then the kit price is £1299. You're getting the same excellent image quality at Fujifilm's flagship camera, the X-T4. Albeit without the weather-sealing of the more expensive model, and without 4K 60fps video. You still get in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), 4K CINE video at 30fps, and a high-quality metal body, as well as high-speed continuous shooting options. We are happy to highly recommend this camera, with the only negatives being relatively minor complaints.

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6. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM D E M5 MarkII (2)

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is an impressive camera, with a range of features to suit all aspects of photography, from the video enthusiast, who will benefit from the 5-axis image stabilisation, or someone looking for high resolution (stills) photography, the 40-megapixel mode will be very appealing. The camera produces excellent images, with an abundance of options and settings available. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, a vari-angle touch-screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 10fps continuous shooting, and a weather-sealed camera body. The 16mp sensor has been surpassed by 20mp alternatives, and the lack of 4K video could make this less appealing.

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7. Panasonic Lumix GH5 II

Panasonic Lumix GH5 II (18)

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 II has an updated 20-megapixel sensor, improved 5-axis image stabilisation, and a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen. The GH5 II is capable of shooting in 6K (photo) at 30fps and offering 18 megapixel still images from this, as well as 4K CINE video at 60fps, with V-Log, HLG, and an abundance of video options. There's also 12fps continuous shooting at 20mp. The updated GH5 II offers improved image quality, as well as Live Streaming Support, making this a great choice for anyone passionate about video.

As well as the GH5, and GH5 II, the Panasonic GH5S is also available which is designed for low light video as well as capturing stills. 

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8. Panasonic Lumix G90 

Panasonic Lumix G90

The Panasonic Lumix G90 offers a compelling set of features, combined with excellent handling, and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. In-camera image stabilisation results in sharp photos, and using the Micro Four Thirds system means there’s an abundance of lenses available, both compact and professional. Whilst the battery life is a little short, the power saving option promises to extend this to 1000 shots. 

Overall, the Panasonic Lumix G90 offers compelling video features, and great image quality is possible.

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9. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

If you have a desire for a more compact camera system, compared to the DSLRs and APS-C cameras available, then the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III has a vast range of interesting and appealing features and can deliver excellent images, as well as access to a vast array of relatively compact Micro Four Thirds lenses.

With still subjects, you also have the option of 50mp (handheld) or 80mp (tripod) high-resolution shots. This makes it particularly suited to high-detail product photography, and other still life photography.

The fast, rapid focus and face and eye-detection focus make it suitable for a wide range of shooting scenarios, including street photography, family and portrait photography, and we were impressed by the updated face and eye detection focus being noticeably quick and rapid.

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10. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III 

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

If you’re in the market for a mirrorless camera that you can easily take with you everywhere you go, then the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III is an excellent choice. With weather sealing, a compact camera body, in-camera image stabilisation, 30fps high-speed continuous shooting, and 4K CINE video recording, the E-M5 III offers a compelling, and somewhat unique offering, for the price point. The camera also benefits from the Micro Four Thirds system, which has possibly the widest range of native fit lenses of any mirrorless camera system. 

The camera now uses a plastic construction, which will be off-putting for some, however, this has allowed the camera to be lighter. Time will tell whether the camera will survive the same level of abuse as the E-M5 II and E-M5.

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11. Nikon Z50

Z50

The Nikon Z50 has hit the ground running, so to speak, with a camera body that has excellent ergonomics, a solid design, great handling, and easy to access settings. The body is compact, giving you the benefits of a mirrorless camera system, but not too compact, and not at the expense of handling and ease of use. There's a larger than normal 3.2inch touch-screen, with easy to access zoom controls (for playback), and the electronic viewfinder gives a good view of the scene, with a decent resolution of 2.36m dots.

One thing to be aware of, is the lack of DX (APS-C) lenses available for the system, and we'd always recommend looking at what lenses you want (and whether they are available) before buying into a camera system. If you do go for the Z50, then you'll find a high-quality 20mp APS-C CMOS sensor, that gives excellent noise performance, great colour reproduction, rapid focus, and pretty much everything else you could want from a new camera.

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12. Panasonic Lumix GX9 

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The Panasonic Lumix GX9 updates the GX8, with a more compact camera body, a tilting screen, and smaller electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is most likely unavoidable due to the smaller body size. The 3inch tilting touch-screen has a good resolution of 1270K dots, and continuous shooting speed has been improved to 9fps. In-camera image stabilisation has been updated to 5-axis image stabilisation and can be used in combination with lens-based image stabilisation when using Panasonic lenses. Image quality has been improved with slightly better noise performance, and colour reproduction is now better than ever with Panasonic's latest cameras. 

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13. Fujifilm X-E4 

Fujifilm X-E4

The Fujifilm X-E4 looks like the X100V, but with the added bonus of letting you change the lens to your own personal preferences. With a compact lens like the XF 27mm R WR, the camera is a compact and easily pocketable camera. The looks get instant reactions from anyone who sees it, with the question being "Is that an old camera?"

Handling will be greatly improved with the optional accessory kit, as the camera has no front or rear handgrip without these. Without these, the camera is best suited for use with a compact lens like the XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR, which is offered as a neat kit. It's unfortunate there are not more controls on the camera, and adding the optional grips doesn't help with this.

For video use, the lack of image stabilisation will be of concern, and the X-S10 is likely to be a better option. In fact, the logical choice would be the X-S10, for its better handling, and in-body image stabilisation, but based on looks alone, the X-E4 is hard to ignore. 

With great image quality, thanks to using the same 26mp BSI CMOS sensor and image processor as the flagship X-T4, combined with a compact and stylish camera body, the X-E4 is a desirable little camera, that is also great value for money.

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14. Sony Alpha A6600 

Sony Alpha A6600

If you're looking for something small, with an excellent range of lenses then the Sony Alpha A6600 offers a compelling option, as one of the smaller APS-C mirrorless cameras available. It offers excellent battery life, which would make it a great choice for travel and documentary use. For many, the oddities of Sony cameras will be something worth living with, and for Sony users, it's probably something they're already familiar with. 

"The Sony Alpha A6600 offers a compact 24mp APS-C mirrorless camera, with excellent battery life."

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15. Sony Alpha A6400 

Sony Alpha A6400

The compact size of the Sony Alpha A6400 makes it a great choice for travel compared to a larger full-frame camera. Image quality is impressive, with the camera delivering great image quality, with improved noise performance. The 18-135mm lens performs well for a super-zoom lens, giving very good results, and it makes for a good travel combination

If you have a much older Sony E-mount camera, and you're looking to upgrade, then the A6400, as the most recent APS-C camera makes a lot of sense, particularly if you have a range of lenses to go with the camera. Even if you don't have lenses already, then the Sony Alpha A6400 could make a good option, particularly if you're looking for something compact, with unlimited video recording, and great image quality.

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16. Fujifilm X-Pro3 

Fujifilm X-Pro3

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 updates the X-Pro 2 with the internals from the X-T3, adding a number of new features along the way. Some of these, such as the great new film simulation mode, and additional options will find their way to the other cameras in the range via a firmware update. But for those wanting a digital rangefinder with an optical viewfinder / updated electronic viewfinder, the X-Pro 3 offers a unique shooting experience.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 3 offers a unique shooting experience, one that isn’t designed to appeal to every photographer. In fact, it’s always been about giving a rangefinder experience, and the X-Pro 3 continues to do this.

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More Top Lists & Reviews 

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