AP readers share their favorite mirrorless cameras

August 27, 2022

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Readers’ Favorite Mirrorless Cameras

Daniel Baksza

Favorite mirrorless camera: Nikon Z9
Lenses used: Nikkor 200mm F2, Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art


spring scene as mother holds a bouquet of pink flowers over a small child

Image: Daniel Baksza

I bought my Z 9 in January. Normally I do child and family portraits, mostly outdoors, and some studio shots too. I love everything about this camera. The autofocus is just phenomenal, and it has only gotten better with the last two firmware updates. The Z 9 isn’t too heavy, but I wouldn’t say it’s light either, especially when used with my favorite 200mm f/2 lens.

I’ve always loved Nikon’s logical menu system and how I can assign different functions to all the different buttons, not only on the camera itself, but also on Z-mount lenses. The Z 9 is a bit less forgiving if I’m not exposing correctly, and I’m starting to see some noise here and there, which is similar to my old D850, but I love the Z 9 and wish I had two models to shoot with !

autumnal scene as a young boy sits with a small wheelbarrow of mini gourds favorite mirrorless camera

Image: Daniel Baksza

david mason

Favorite mirrorless camera: Canon EOS-R5
Lenses used: Zeiss ZE Distagon 25mm F2, Zeiss ZE Planar 85mm 1.4


Image: Dave Mason

I bought the R5 last October, after swapping an EOS 5D Mark IV and an EOS R. Usually I like to take landscapes and portraits. I liked the idea of ​​having a histogram in the viewfinder, and also being able to magnify the view in the viewfinder. The key feature I really wanted was the manual focus assist which consists of two arrows that line up when focus is achieved. I only discovered this when I came across a Canon product video and it made a big difference. My Zeiss lenses work wonderfully. I also discovered during Covid that eye detection worked with a manual focus Zeiss.

I also like the Canon EF adapter with the control ring, which I use to set the aperture. There is an old film camera vibe. The disadvantages are few. I don’t know why Canon omitted the possibility of exchanging the eyepiece contour, according to its DLSR. I don’t like taking pictures with glasses, and at some point I might want to add diopter adjustment or a Hoodman type device for the electronic viewfinder.

Image: Dave Mason

Matthew Goodrum

Favorite mirrorless camera: Canon EOS R6
Lenses used: Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L, Samyang 14mm F2.8 AF and 85mm F1.4


Image: Matthew Goodrum

I bought the EOS R6 in December 2020. I was drawn in by the excellent low-light and high ISO performance, but I also liked the dials to adjust settings without needing to open menus. There’s nothing I don’t like about the camera. My primary lens is the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L, which I use as a travel and automotive lens.

It is incredibly sharp and has a very versatile range. I also chose it because it’s waterproof, doesn’t need an EF adapter, and works well for in-car shots. I also have the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 AF for astro wide field and the 85mm f/1.4 for portraits (both now out of production, unfortunately).

young model in a red evening dress lies on a yellow armchair favorite mirrorless camera

Image: Matthew Goodrum

Roger Aubrey

Favorite mirrorless camera: Fujifilm X-T3
Lenses used: Fujifilm 35mm F2, 16-80mm F4 and 55-200mm F3.5


blackbird silhouette singing stood on a rock favorite mirrorless camera

Photo: Roger Aubrey

I bought the X-T3 in 2020 after the X-T4 came out and the price dropped. I like to shoot anything that appeals to me, including landscapes, the city, close-ups and some portraits in natural light. I am also increasingly drawn to black and white photography. The standout features to me are the physical dials on the body and the aperture settings on the lenses. The X-T3 is just an easy-to-use camera, and its weight is fair. My only real complaint is the limited battery life as I always have to carry a spare.

Photo: Roger Aubrey

Gil Prince

Favorite mirrorless camera: Panasonic Lumix G9
Lenses used: Lumix 14-140mm F3.5-5.6


golden sky above favorite small monument mirrorless camera

Picture: Gill Prince

I bought the G9 in June 2018 as an upgrade to the G80 which I loved as I used it for work and needed two card slots. It also had a higher resolution sensor and improved usability features, such as a joystick to move the AF point. I like the ergonomics and ease of use, flexibility of customizing function buttons and dials, size/weight of lenses available. Plus, of course, the excellent image quality.

Other advantages are silent shutter, live histogram, focus point flexibility in EVF, etc. I mainly use the Lumix 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 as a versatile travel lens, then the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 and the 42.5mm f/1.7 for portraits.

red sunset over a lake two swans swim in center favorite mirrorless camera

Picture: Gill Prince

Graeme Youngson

Favorite mirrorless camera: Fujifilm X-Pro 3, Fujifilm X-T30 II
Lenses used: Fujifilm XF 23 mm, 33 mm and 50 mm


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Image: Graeme Youngson

I bought the X-Pro 3 in May 2020 and the X-T30 II in October 2021. My two main photographic genres are football and street/documentary, and I started to feel that my old Canon system was too much. heavy for this kind of work. , the lenses a bit intrusive, and also a bit slow. I really like the compactness of Fujifilm cameras. They’re also well laid out and I love the manual controls, which take me back to my movie days.

I chose the X-Pro 3 for its optical viewfinder and dual card slot – the optical viewfinder is a treat to use with my lenses. That said, the EVF is also great. I use it when I want to nail exposure and/or focus with precision when using a wide aperture. It’s very easy to switch between the two viewfinder options, not to mention the very useful tilting screen too.

The main downsides are the relatively complex menu system and banding you can get with electronic shutters when used under artificial lights at night. Also, when using flash as the main light source, the EVF darkens the view. You can change this by digging around in the menu, but I find that to be a hassle, to be honest.

a couple walking down a sunny alley in the afternoon long shadows taken on a preferred mirrorless camera

Image: Graeme Youngson

Glynis Pierson

Favorite mirrorless camera: Canon EOS M5
Lenses used: Canon 18-150mm


close up of frayed rope taken on readers favorite Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera

Image: Glynis Pierson

I use my trusty Canon EOS M5 because it’s so light, which is a priority for me. My main interest is nature photography, especially wildflowers. One sunrise I borrowed my husband’s Canon EOS 600D and was hooked so I considered buying a smaller version.

It took me a long time to get out of auto mode on my EOS M5, but I finally learned to shoot in manual mode and I really think I’ve improved (last year one of my swamp landscapes was used in the Fascinating Fens calendar and another image was exhibited in a local gallery). When I go out with my M5, I’m in the moment – ​​it’s like a zen experience.

golden autumnal landscape taken on favorite Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera

Image: Glynis Pierson

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