Best Mirrorless Cameras For Under £550 in 2021

Mirrorless are really the latest technology, and you can expect them to be taking over more and more. So if you’re looking for something lightweight yet powerful and with plenty of future opportunities for add-ons and upgrades, mirrorless may be the way to go.


We’ve kept to cameras that can easily be found for less than £550 – and many for a good deal less than that – so expect to see older-generation and beginner-friendly models as we count off the best cheap mirrorless cameras you can buy in 2021.


1. Sony a6000


Sony A6000 is a very versatile mid-level to advanced camera, able to handle everything from high-resolution landscape shooting to family vacations and fast-moving sports. It's easy to carry, a strong performer, a pleasure to use, and it's a pretty fantastic value.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Sony E mount lenses

  • 24 MP, APS-C Sensor

  • 1080/60p Video

  • ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200)

  • Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)

  • 3.0 LCD, 922k dots

  • Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)

  • 11 shutter flaps per second

  • 360 shots per battery charge

  • 120 x 67 x 45 mm, 344 g

Cons:

  • Slow X-Sync speed (1/160s)

  • LCD is not a touchscreen

  • Limited video recording time due to thermal overheat, particularly in 60p mode

  • No standard microphone jack (but can use Sony's proprietary external mic in Multi Interface shoe)


Recommended prime camera lens:

Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS


The E 35mm F1. 8 OSS is a little gem of a lens. Amazing low light performance as well as being compact and light enough to carry around all day long.

2. Fujifilm X-A7


The X-A7 has some pretty impressive specs for an entry-level camera, and has the performance to match, with a significant improvement to the camera’s autofocus performance over its predecessor.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Fujifilm X mount lenses

  • 24 MP, APS-C Sensor

  • 4K/30p Video

  • ISO 200-12,800 (200 - 51,200)

  • No viewfinder, LCD framing

  • 3.5 LCD, 2760k dots

  • Swivel touchscreen

  • 6 shutter flaps per second

  • 440 shots per battery charge

  • 119 x 68 x 41 mm, 320 g

Cons:

  • Omits electronic viewfinder

  • No body-only purchase option

  • Sensor isn't stabilized

  • Small buffer limits burst capture

  • Wi-Fi transfer can be slow


Recommended prime camera lens:

Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR


The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR is compact, sharp, and sealed against dust and moisture. It's a terrific lens for the price.

3. Fujifilm X-A5


Fujifilm X-A5 gives entry-level buyers access to the excellent X-mount lens system and brings very strong image quality to the table thanks to its 24MP image sensor and Fuji's processing engine.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Fujifilm X mount lenses

  • 24 MP, APS-C Sensor

  • 4K/15p Video

  • ISO 200-12,800 (200 - 51,200)

  • No viewfinder, LCD framing

  • 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 6 shutter flaps per second

  • 450 shots per battery charge

  • 117 x 68 x 40 mm, 361 g

Cons:

  • A slight hollow feel

  • Autofocus isn’t as good as expected.

  • Some of the electronics are sluggish

Recommended prime camera lens:

Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR


The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 35mm F2 R WR is compact, sharp, and sealed against dust and moisture. It's a terrific lens for the price.




4. Canon EOS M200


Canon's EOS M200 is an approachable camera that is capable of excellent image quality and will just about fit in your pocket.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Canon EF-M mount lenses

  • 24 MP, APS-C Sensor

  • 4k/25p Video

  • ISO 100-25,600

  • No viewfinder, LCD framing

  • 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 6.1 shutter flaps per second

  • 315 shots per battery charge

  • 108 x 67 x 35 mm, 299 g

Cons:

  • Absence of external microphone port

  • Limited range of Canon EF-M lenses

  • Eye-detection focus off on default settings

Recommended prime camera lens:

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM


Moderate wide-angle lens that's exclusively designed for the EOS M Digital Camera. It features smooth and continuous AF with a built-in stepping motor, as well as a seven blade circular aperture. The lens is lightweight and small enough to carry around with you everywhere.

5. Fujifilm X-T20


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Fujifilm X mount lenses

  • 24 MP, APS-C Sensor

  • 4K/30p Video

  • ISO 200-12,800 (100 - 51,200)

  • Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)

  • 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 8 shutter flaps per second

  • Lens stabilization only

  • 350 shots per battery charge

  • 118 x 83 x 41 mm, 383 g

Cons:

  • AF tracking performance is variable

  • No histogram, face detection (in 4K) or zebra warnings in movie mode

  • Can't access memory card slot while camera is on a tripod

  • Lacks weatherproofing

Recommended prime camera lens:

Fujinon XF27mm F2.8


The XF 27mm F2.8 R WR is an ultra-compact 'normal' prime for Fujifilm's X-system mirrorless cameras, and offers a 40mm equivalent angle of view. It's one of the smallest and lightest X-mount lens available.


6. Panasonic GX9


Panasonic's Lumix DC-GX9 is a compact, rangefinder-styled camera that, in many ways, is especially well-suited for street and travel photographers.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Micro Four Thirds lenses

  • 20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor

  • 4K/30p Video

  • ISO 200-25,600

  • Electronic viewfinder (2760k dots)

  • 3.0 LCD, 1240k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 9 shutter flaps per second

  • In-body stabilization

  • 260 shots per battery charge

  • 124 x 72 x 47 mm, 407 g

Cons:

  • Sluggish buffer clearing (and does not support UHS-II cards)

  • Below average battery life, but ECO Mode can greatly extend battery life

  • RGB artifacts visible in EVF

  • No weather-sealing

  • No headphone or mic jacks

  • 4K video is cropped

Recommended prime camera lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8 Lens


This must‑have prime lens is ideal for a wide range of photography. It offers the best optical performance, with beautiful bokeh at open apertures and impressive close‑focusing capabilities.





7. Panasonic Lumix GX80


GX80 Panasonic is not too big, not too small, and not too expensive either.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Micro Four Thirds lenses

  • 15.8 MP, Four Thirds Sensor

  • 4K/30p Video

  • ISO 200-25,600

  • Electronic viewfinder (2765k dots)

  • 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 8 shutter flaps per second

  • In-body stabilization

  • 290 shots per battery charge

  • 122 x 71 x 44 mm, 426 g

Cons:

  • Default control set-up feels dated

  • Viewfinder isn’t the best

  • No mic socket for video

Recommended prime camera lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17 mm F1.8


It's incredibly sharp, even wide open, and compatible with mirrorless cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

8. Olympus E-M10 II


Olympus has always impressed with its OM-D line of mirrorless cameras. They feature chic, retro-inspired styling, excellent ergonomics, integrated EVFs, and cutting edge features.


Specifications:

  • Mirrorless system camera

  • Micro Four Thirds lenses

  • 15.9 MP, Four Thirds Sensor

  • 1080/60p Video

  • ISO 200-25,600

  • Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)

  • 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots

  • Tilting touchscreen

  • 8 shutter flaps per second

  • In-body stabilization

  • 320 shots per battery charge

  • 120 x 83 x 47 mm, 390 g

Cons:

  • The absence of 4K video recording

  • Noise from image stabilization system

  • Accurate tracking requires slower burst rate

  • Wacky power switch

  • No mic input


Recommended prime camera lens:

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8


This is the perfect choice both for beginners and professionals. It is possible to focus on plenty of scenes. Choose this lens for shooting landscapes, studio portraits or any other type of photography.



What is the best camera for under 550 pounds?

That depends a little on your preferences. For under £550 you can find a reasonably good mirrorless camera. If we’re to weigh up all the options, though, our top pick is the Sony A6000.


Disclaimer: Information in this article is based on cameras we have tested. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.

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