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Top 25 Best Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras 2020

Here are the Premium Mirrorless Compact System Cameras (CSCs) with an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), we think, are the best 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 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.


 

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Here we highlight the best Premium Compact System Cameras, starting with Number 1:

 

1. Sony Alpha A7R Mark II 

Sony Alpha A7R II (2)

 

The 42.4 megapixel Sony Alpha A7R Mark II offers a backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation, ISO50 to ISO102400, 5fps continuous shooting, and a tilting 3inch screen. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), and built-in Wi-Fi. 

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2. 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 is much cheaper than any alternative 36mp+ camera and 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. 

You may also want to consider the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III which we are in the process of reviewing. 

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3. Panasonic Lumix GX80 

Panasonic Lumix GX80 Black (1)

 

The Panasonic Lumix GX80 has a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 5-axis in-camera sensor-based image stabilisation, 4K video recording and a sensor without the optical low pass filter, for improved resolution, contrast and colour reproduction. The Panasonic Lumix GX80 offers a compelling set of features and delivers images with very good colour and is capable of producing images with excellent detail, although does benefit from the use of high-quality lenses to get the best out of the camera.

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4. Fujifilm X-T20 

X T20 Black Front+XC16 50mm

The 24.3 megapixel Fujifilm X-T20 offers a tilting LCD touchscreen and 4K video capability. It has a premium build, with top and bottom plates made out of die case magnesium alloy and dials made of aluminium. It has an updated menu system and offers Wi-Fi with the ability to control and trigger the camera with your phone. 

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5.  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 or the price, but apart from these cons, there's nothing not to like about the Lumix G9.

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6. 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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7. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

Olympus OMD EM10 MarkII (11)

 

The 16 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II is the entry level Olympus OM-D model, yet features the same 16-megapixel sensor as the E-M5 Mark II, as well as 5-axis image stabilisation, and built-in Wi-Fi, at a competitive price. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, 8.5fps continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi. Although the camera is not weather-sealed, it does have a tilting touch-screen. 

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8. Sony Alpha A9 

Alpha 9 (ILCE-9)

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A9 offers high-speed continuous shooting at 20fps, a backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording, 5-axis sensor-based image stabilisation, ISO50 to ISO204800, and a tilting 3inch screen. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (3.69m dots) with no blackout, built-in Wi-Fi, and professional connection options, including Ethernet. 

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9. Panasonic Lumix G80 

Panasonic Lumix G80 G85 (8)

 

The 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix G80 offers 4K video recording, 5-axis image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting, a vari-angle touch-screen, a weather-sealed camera body, and DSLR styling. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), ISO100 to ISO25600, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. 

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10. Fujifilm X-E3 

Fujifilm X E3 OL Hands On (1)

 

The 24.3 megapixel Fujifilm X-E3 offers a 3inch touchscreen, 4K video capability and a compact rangefinder style camera body. It has a premium build, with top and bottom plates made out of die case magnesium alloy and dials made of aluminium. It has an updated menu system and offers Wi-Fi with the ability to control and trigger the camera with your phone. 

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11. Fujifilm X-T30 

X-T30

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.

Image quality is excellent as is the high-speed continuous shooting and rapid focus response. There's a good looking 3inch touch-screen that tilts up and down, plus a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. 

In fact, there's not much not to like about the X-T30. 

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12. 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 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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13. Panasonic Lumix GH5 

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Leica 12 60mm Lens (1)

The Panasonic Lumix GH5 has a new 20-megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, and a 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen. The GH5 is capable of shooting in 6K at 30fps and offering 18 megapixel still images from this, as well as 4K video at 60fps. There is also 12 fps continuous shooting.

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

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14. Fujifilm X-H1 

Fujifilm X-H1

 

The Fujifilm X-H1 competes with some of the best cameras available offering in-camera IS, improved high ISO performance, excellent colour reproduction and rapid focus. The electronic viewfinder is good, there's a 3inch multi-angle tilting touch-screen and numerous film simulation modes are available for those who like to replicate the look of film. Battery life is a little short without the added battery grip and some may not like the overall size but there's not much else to complain about with the X-H1. 

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15. Fujifilm X-T2 

Fujifilm X T2 (4)

 

The 24 megapixel Fujifilm X-T2 gives excellent image quality, high-speed continuous shooting at 8fps (or 11fps with the battery grip), and records 4K video. There is a large, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (2.36m dots), a tilting 3inch screen, ISO100 to ISO51200, built-in Wi-Fi, and a weather-sealed camera body. The X-T2 updates the X-T1.

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16. Olympus PEN-F 

Olympus PEN F Black (3)

 

The Olympus PEN-F features a 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), which has a high resolution of 2.36million dots, and a vari-angle touch-screen. Beyond the stylish design, and rangefinder position of the EVF, the Olympus PEN-F features the same premium camera technology as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, with a 5-axis image stabilisation system. The camera also offers 10fps continuous shooting, full manual controls and raw shooting. Overall, the Olympus PEN-F offers a unique shooting experience, which is difficult to match without spending significantly more money.

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17. Panasonic Lumix G90 

Panasonic Lumix G90 G95

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. 

 If you don't need to shoot at high ISO speeds, and want a camera with excellent external controls, and great handling, then the Panasonic Lumix G90 offers a great weather-sealed option. The built-in image stabilisation system works well, meaning you can shoot at slower shutter speeds, and therefore keep the ISO speed down. 

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18. Sony Alpha A6500 

Sony Alpha A6500 With Lens Angle
 

The Sony Alpha A6500 offers a number of upgrades from the previous model including built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, a tilting touch screen and improved grip to name a few. It features a 24-megapixel sensor, weather sealing and 4K video with 8-megapixel stills. It's also Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth capable.

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19. Fujifilm X-Pro 2 

Fujifilm X Pro2 (7)

 

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is the evolution of the X-Pro 1 and includes a 24-megapixel sensor, new processor, faster AF, better operability, better performance, improved feel, better weather sealing, and improved design. FullHD video is included, but not 4K video recording.  If the rangefinder camera is your preferred style, then the X-Pro 2 gives excellent results and is well worth considering. 

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20. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II 

Olympus OM D E M1 Mark II (6) (Custom)

 

The 20 megapixel Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II has 5-axis image stabilisation, 4K video recording and an improved battery. It has a dual SD slot and a weather-sealed body, enabling you to use it in any weather. The camera boasts super-fast autofocus with 18fps continuous shooting. 

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21. Panasonic Lumix GX9 

1 sec | f/5.6 | 21.0 mm | ISO 100
 

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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22. 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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23. Olympus OM-D E-M1X 

Olympus OM-D E-M1X


For the professional photographer, who needs a tough high-speed DSLR shaped camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X offers something different but its price and size (compact it is not) might put some off. 

There are so many features, not everyone will find a need for them but for those who simply can't live without them, the Olympus OM-D E-M1X is a must-buy as there are options you can't find on other cameras like this. Some of the impressive features include the superb image stabilisation system, a pro-capture mode that shoots at up to 60fps, and a hand-held high-res shot gives you up to 50mp images, or 80mp if you want to use a tripod.  

Image quality is very good, with Olympus's excellent colour reproduction, and excellent JPEG quality straight from the camera and those who shoot video will be happy to say that CINE4K video is built-in. 

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24. 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've 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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25. Fujifilm X-Pro3 

Fujifilm X-Pro3

 

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 updates the X-Pro2 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-Pro3 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 

For more mirrorless compact system camera reviews, have a look at our latest mirrorless reviews. Don't forget to pick up a bag for it to protect it - have a look at our complete guide to bags. If you want a memory card for your camera, have a look at our complete guide to memory cards

 

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Comments


Cynog 8 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2020 10:29AM
Wow, is this list out of date!
When did you compile this list, was it before the release of the Nikon Z system cameras? I can't believe you haven't included the Z50 at least in the top 10..! Nikon release a revolutionary new camera and mount system and it doesn't get a mention... Shame on you.
joshwa Plus
10 923 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2020 2:21PM
Hi, the Z (6/7) series features in our Best Full-Frame mirrorless list:
https://www.ephotozine.com/article/top-14-best-full-frame-mirrorless-cameras-2020-33037

We'll be updating this as soon as possible.
Thanks
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crockers 10 2 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2020 8:31AM
Olympus?? What about the OMD E1 mk3.
7 Oct 2020 9:21AM
Some of the links to Amazon UK just take you to the wrong page.

I can’t follow the reasoning behind the choice. I don’t think this list reflects at all well on the integrity of ephotozine. It leads one to think that the list is an expression of covert sponsorship.

Iím not sure this list has done anyone any favours.

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