Best Mirrorless Cameras For Travel Photography

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Looking for the perfect mirrorless camera?

Good, because this is exactly where you need to be if that’s the case.

Right now I’m going to show you nine of the best mirrorless cameras on the market. Three for beginners, three for intermediate and three for advanced photographers.

Let’s get to it.

These are the cameras you’ll find out about in this article:

Finding the best mirrorless camera for travel photography can seem like a daunting task…

Of course, the best mirrorless camera for you is a personal choice. A camera that meets all of your needs might not be the best option for someone else.

And that’s fine, we are all at different stages in our photography journey. Some of you might be thinking about becoming a professional travel photographer, others might just be doing it for fun.

So we’ll be going over a range of options from different brands to help you decide.

In each section I will tell you which one I would personally pick from that category.

Best mirrorless cameras for travel photography aimed at the budget conscious or beginner photographer

A budget mirrorless camera doesn’t have to mean a bad camera if you know what to look for.

The best thing you can do when it comes to choosing the right camera for you is think of your needs. Not the features you’d like to have, but the things you’ll actually need.

Are you going to be making large prints? Are you going to be shooting a lot of video footage?

These are all things you should ask yourself beforehand to make the process easier. It might be nice to have an enormous 40+ megapixel sensor, but if you’re not going to get the most out of it then can you really justify the extra cost?

Sony a6000

If you want the most bang for your buck, then the Sony a6000 is the way to go.

Sony a6000
Sony a6000

You can generally pick one up with a basic lens for under $600. It’s without a doubt the best mirrorless camera you can get for around that price.

Some important specs:

Processor: Bionz X

Sensor Format: APS-C

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 24.3

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: No

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 100 – 25600

Duel Card Slots: No

Autofocus: 179 phase detection points + 25 contrast detection points

4K Video: No

Click here for a great in-depth video review of the Sony a6000.

Canon EOS M50

The Canon EOS M50 makes for a great beginner mirrorless camera if you have a little more money to play with.

I was debating if I should include the cheaper entry-level mirrorless camera from Canon, the EOS M3. But to be honest it’s not a great camera, it doesn’t even have a viewfinder.

I did say that “a budget mirrorless camera” doesn’t have to mean “a bad camera” after all. You can read more about the Canon M50 here.

Canon M50
Canon M50

If the M50 is out of your price range and you wanted something around the price of the cheaper Canon EOS M3, then I would suggest getting the camera I mentioned above, the Sony a6000, over the cheaper Canon EOS M3. That’s why I decided to against recommending it.

Some important specs:

Processor: DIGIC 8

Sensor Format: APS-C

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 24.1

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: Yes

Native ISO Range: 100 – 25600

Duel Card Slots: No

Autofocus: 143 phase detection points + 99 contrast detection points

4K Video: Yes

Click here for an in-depth video review of the Canon EOS M50.

Fujifilm X-T20

My personal choice out of these three beginner mirrorless cameras would be the Fujifilm X-T20.

The reason why that is, despite it being the most expensive out of the three beginner cameras I’ve mentioned, is that it’s more than worth the extra money.

Fujifilm X-T20
Fujifilm X-T20

With the Fujifilm X-T20 you won’t need to upgrade the minute you get comfortable with it and your photography improves.

Another great thing about it is the manual dials. It’s very tactile and easy to use without having to go into the settings menu.

Fujifilm also makes extremely good lenses and if you do eventually upgrade to one of their higher end X-Series mirrorless cameras, you won’t need to buy new lenses as you’ll still be able to use the ones you have.

Some important specs:

Processor: X-Processor Pro

Sensor Format: APS-C

Sensor Type: X-Trans CMOS III

Megapixels: 24.3

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 200 – 12800

Duel Card Slots: No

Autofocus: 91 hybrid points

4K Video: Yes

Click here for an in-depth video review of the Fujifilm X-T20.

Best mirrorless cameras for travel photography that are a happy middle ground between specs, and not breaking the bank

If you’ve got a little more of a budget to play with then you’re in luck. The market for cameras that are a happy medium between features and cost has become very competitive.

The main brands have all been competing in this area which has lead to some really impressive cameras being released at a reasonable price when you consider the features they are packing.

Personally, I think it’s because the big brands didn’t really innovate and got comfortable over the last few years. Especially when it came to mirrorless cameras.

Enter Sony.

They started producing mirrorless cameras packed full of so many features and all at an affordable price. Now they are completely dominating the full frame mirrorless camera market.

The competition got a wake-up call and started producing better and better cameras. And that’s only a good thing for all of us consumers.

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm saw that the future was mirrorless before most did. And because of that, they have been perfecting their X-Series line of mirrorless cameras for quite some time now.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is one of their flagship models and for good reason.

Best mirrorless cameras for travel photography Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T2

This is the older brother to the Fuji X-T20 I talked about earlier in this article. It actually carries a lot of the same features, which bodes well for it’s younger brother.

But it does beg the question, why would you pay over $500 extra for this when you could get much of the same in a smaller body? They both have the same 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor.

Well, the X-T2 does have some distinct advantages over the X-T20 like weather resistance, a faster maximum shutter speed, duel card slots and better ergonomics.

Some important specs:

Processor: X-Processor Pro

Sensor Format: APS-C

Sensor Type: X-Trans CMOS III

Megapixels: 24.3

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: No

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 200 – 12800

Duel Card Slots: Yes

Autofocus: 91 hybrid points

4K Video: Yes

Click here for an in-depth video review of the Fujifilm X-T2.

Panasonic Lumix G9

Admittedly I don’t know too much about Panasonic cameras from first-hand experience, but I have a lot of friends who rave about them especially when it comes to video.

After being persuaded by a fellow photographer that the Panasonic Lumix G9 deserves a spot on this list, and after doing my research, I decided that I will include it.

Panasonic Lumix G9
Panasonic Lumix G9

One thing I do love about the G9 after picking one up and playing with it for a short time is the massive grip on it. I’m a big fan of mirrorless cameras but one thing I miss about DSLRs is the ergonomics.

Sometimes mirrorless cameras can be so small and uncomfortable to hold especially with large lenses attached, not the G9.

Some important specs:

Processor: Venus Engine 10

Sensor Format: Micro Four Thirds

Sensor Type: Live MOS

Megapixels: 20.3

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: Yes

Native ISO Range: 200 – 25600

Duel Card Slots: Yes

Autofocus: 225 points

4K Video: Yes

For an in-depth video review of the Panasonic Lumix G9 click here.

Sony A7ii

The Sony A7ii is the predecessor to the new A7iii but is still a really, really great camera. In fact, it’s such a great camera that it is my personal choice out of the three intermediate cameras I’ve mentioned.

It’s the first full frame camera to feature in this article and, in my opinion, it’s one of the best mirrorless cameras for travel photography out there.

Sony A7ii
Sony A7ii

Look at that big beautiful sensor…

The A7ii got photographers the world over excited. Packing a full frame sensor into a mirrorless body and producing stunning images, Sony really hit the ball out the park with this one.

Just because the A7iii has recently been released doesn’t make this any less impressive. And you can pick one up at a great price now because it’s no longer the latest model.

Some important specs:

Processor: BIONZ X

Sensor Format: Full Frame

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 24.3

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: No

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 100 – 25600

Duel Card Slots: No

Autofocus: 117 phase detection points + 25 contrast detection points

4K Video: Yes

For an in-depth video review of the Sony A7ii click here.

Pro level mirrorless cameras

When money isn’t an issue, or a when you won’t let a mere price tag stand in between you and your passion, there are three mirrorless cameras that come to mind.

The next three cameras are expensive, very expensive, and by no means necessary if you want to become a good photographer. But if you are already pushing the boundaries and feel ready to take the next step, this is what I would recommend you take a look at.

You’re going to see a pattern forming. I’m about to talk about two more Sony cameras. That’s because they really have cornered the market when it comes to making the best mirrorless cameras for travel photography.

I’m not biased, I personally shoot with Fujifilm cameras because they are also one of the market leaders, and I’ve bought too many of their lenses to fully change over. But every time I use a Sony mirrorless camera, especially one of the two below, I’m blown away.

Sony A7Riii

The Sony A7Riii would be my personal choice out of these 3 pro-level cameras.

Before Sony released the A7Riii people weren’t sure that its predecessor, the A7Rii, could be topped. Never ones to disappoint, Sony raised the bar to a whole new level with the 3rd generation of the A7R.

Sony A7Riii
Sony A7Riii

This beast is packing a huge 42.4 megapixel full frame sensor, an unbelievable 15 stops of dynamic range, 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, improved AF performance and a whole load of other nice extras that the A7Rii lacked. Maybe one of the most notable upgrades that makes it usable by pros is the dual card slots. No pro is going put their trust in a single SD card and risk losing a day’s worth of work.

This is exactly what I think of the A7Riii.

Some important specs:

Processor: BIONZ X

Sensor Format: Full Frame

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 42.4

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 100 – 32000

Duel Card Slots: Yes

Autofocus: 399 phase detection points + 425 contrast detection points

4K Video: Yes

For an in-depth video review of the Sony A7Riii click here.

Hasselblad X1D-50c

The exotically named Hasselblad X1D-50c isn’t just a mouthful to say, it’s painful on the wallet. You could buy the other two pro cameras on this list for the price of the Hasselblad X1D-50c and still get some change back.

Hasselblad X1D-50c
Hasselblad X1D-50c

Hasselblad saw how Sony had cornered the market by putting full frame sensors into mirrorless cameras, and proceeded to beat them at their own game by putting a monstrous 50 megapixel medium format sensor in the X1D-50c.

Admittedly, the price of the Hasselblad X1D-50c has curbed its popularity. You could buy a decent family car for the price of this camera, but nevertheless it’s a masterpiece in itself.

Some important specs:

Sensor Format: Medium Format

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 50

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: No

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 100 – 25600

Duel Card Slots: Yes

Autofocus: 35 points

4K Video: No

For an in-depth video review of the Hasselblad X1D-50c click here.

Sony A9

So when it comes to studio work, the Sony A9 might not be your first choice. That award would probably go to the Sony A7Riii with its 42.4 megapixel sensor and its ability to capture extremely fine details.

Sony A9 best mirrorless camera for travel photography
Sony A9

Where the A9 really comes into its own is for shooting action, especially fast-paced sports. It only has 24.2 megapixels, although it’s still able to produce very crisp images. However, it’s the A9’s blazing fast 20 FPS and autofocus that blows the competition out of the water when it comes to shooting sports.

Some important specs:

Sensor Format: Full Frame

Sensor Type: CMOS

Megapixels: 24.2

Viewfinder: EVF

Touchscreen: Yes

Articulating Screen: Yes

Flip-Out Screen: No

Native ISO Range: 100 – 51200

Duel Card Slots: Yes

Autofocus: 693 phase detection points + 25 contrast detection points

4K Video: Yes

For an in-depth video review of the Sony A9 click here.

Conclusion

Choosing the best mirrorless camera for travel photography is down to personal preference. Before you considered anything you should think about your needs. If you are just starting out, or have just outgrown your first camera, then you probably don’t need to break the bank by purchasing a camera that costs the same as a family car.

Once you’ve thought about what your needs are then, and only then, should the second factor come into play. Budget.

Expensive camera gear won’t make you a great photographer. It’s a cliche saying, but it’s true.

I hope this guide to the best mirrorless cameras for travel photography has helped you narrow down your options. If you have any more questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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