Best Budget Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras 2020

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Choosing the best full-frame mirrorless camera seems to be a very difficult challenge until recently. Reading through, you would be enlightened on the best mirrorless camera around that you can easily buy.

  1. Sony Alpha A7 III

It offers just the right balance of features and performance at a good value price point. You can expect masses of detail from the 24MP sensor, while low-light performance is also great. The more modest resolution also pays dividends in producing smaller, fewer data-hungry files, too. Other specifications worth your attention are five-axis image stabilization and high-quality video recording. Finally, the exhaustive array of Sony lenses available for the E mount should mean that you never struggle to find the right glass for your favorite subjects.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 24.2MP, it’s autofocus with 693-point AF, it’s a touch screen with 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of  10fps.

Price: $1,998

Pros

  • Excellent dynamic range
  • Great image and video quality

Cons

  • Slight tearing in EVF
  1. Nikon Z6

In some ways, the Z6 seems to be actually better than the Z7.  It has a faster burst shooting rate, along with a better setup for video recording, too. Handling is identical since both the bodies use the same construction, so you also get the same excellent viewfinder and useful tilting screen.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 24.5MP, an autofocus of 273-point AF, a screen type of 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 12fps.

Price: $1,696.95

Pros

  • Great high-ISO results
  • Excellent electronic viewfinder

Cons

  • Only one card slot
  1. Sony Alpha A7R IV

This is the fourth iteration of the A7R, and the A7R IV builds on the foundations set out by the very popular A7R, A7R II and A7R III. It comes with an impressive 4K video, effective five-axis image stabilization, and a beautiful 5.76 million-dot viewfinder. Couple all of that with 10fps burst shooting, a hybrid AF system boasting a blistering 567-point, dual card slots, Eye AF and masses more and there’s not much to dislike about this model. Battery life has even been improved when compared with the previous model, now offering 530 shots per charge (that’s the CIPA rating, so no doubt you’ll get even more from it).

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 61MP, an autofocus of 567-point AF, a screen type of 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 10fps.

Price: $3,498

Pros

  • Superb detail
  • Great handling
  • Excellent 4K video

Cons

  • Touchscreen could be better
  1. Nikon Z7

The Z7 is the flagship option in Nikon’s Z system, with its main draw being a 45.7MP sensor. It also boasts a big, bright and detailed electronic viewfinder; a 2.1 million-dot tilting touchscreen; sensor-based image stabilization, and 4K video recording, all inside a much smaller and lighter body. On top of this you get a 493-point AF system that covers a much larger area of the frame than the D850’s, and a very respectable 9fps burst shooting option.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 45.7MP, an autofocus of 493-point AF, a screen type of 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 9fps.

Price: $2,696.95

Pros

  • Superb image quality
  • Lovely handling

Cons

  • Limited native lens selection
  1. Canon EOS RP

The EOS RP is a much better option for many more people right now as compared to other Canon mirrorless cameras. While not as powerful in some areas, it’s smaller, lighter and a heck of a lot cheaper. It’s blessed with a very good autofocus, a generous buffer and a great touchscreen that flips out all the way to face the front. It wouldn’t be our first choice for video, and the current native lens selection is still somewhat limited, not to mention somewhat incongruous with such a petite body.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a megapixel of 26.2MP, an autofocus of 5,655-point AF, a screen type of 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps.

Price: $999

Pros

  • Tiny body given its full-frame sensor
  • Excellent price point

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t great
  1. Sony A9

If you’re the photographer who relies on the blistering speed and performance of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or Nikon D5 and you’re looking to jump over to mirrorless, the A9 is your best bet. With 20fps burst shooting (with autofocus and no viewfinder blackout), a hybrid AF system that uses 693 phase-detect AF points, and a buffer that lasts for an astonishing 241 raw frames. Plus, with the release of version 5.0 firmware, the camera has now gained an even stronger auto-focusing system.

Other features include:

A Full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 24.2MP, an autofocus of 693-phase-detect points, a screen type of 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps.

Price: $2,411

Pros

  • No blackout at 20fps
  • Huge buffer

Cons

  • Expensive
  1. Sony A7 II

This camera came with some improvements to the original A7. Although it misses out on a few of the perks of its A7 III successor, it still shows that it’s highly relevant for any photograph according to its spec sheet. Alongside its 24.3MP sensor with a five-axis image stabilization, the A7 II packs a 2.36 million-dot EVF, a hybrid AF system, and Wi-Fi and NFC to enable you to ping out your pictures in no time.

Other features include:

A Full-frame sensor, a resolution of 24.2MP, an autofocus of 117-point AF, a screen type of 3.0-inch tilt-angle screen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps.

Price: $996

Pros

  • Great price right now
  • Solid image quality

Cons

  • Battery life could be better
  1. Canon EOS R

Canon’s EOS RP, featured earlier in this list, might be the better option for budget-conscious users and those not needing flagship performance, but the EOS R is Canon’s most advanced mirrorless camera to date. On top of what the EOS RP offers, it boasts a larger and more detailed electronic viewfinder together with a better LCD screen, a higher-resolution sensor and faster burst shooting.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a megapixel of 30.3MP, an autofocus of 5,655-point AF, a screen type of 3.15-inch vari-angle touchscreen and a maximum continuous shooting speed: 8fps.

Price: $1,499

Pros

  • Great viewfinder
  • Excellent compatibility with EF lenses

Cons

  • Not much smaller than an equivalent DSLR
  1. Sony A7S II

If outright resolution isn’t a concern but low-light shooting or video is your thing, this is still a camera to pop on your shortlist. At its heart is a 12.2MP sensor that can be ramped up to ISO102,400 natively and ISO409,600 on its expanded setting, while 4K video captured with full pixel readout and five-axis image stabilization sit alongside.

Other features include:

A full-frame sensor, a resolution of 12.2MP, an autofocus of 169-point AF, a screen type of 3.0-inch tilt-angle screen and a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps.

Price: $2,178

Pros

  • Huge dynamic range
  • Sensor-based image stabilization

Cons

  • No hybrid AF system
  1. Panasonic Lumix S1

Kicking things off for Panasonic’s S series, along with the S1R, the S1 is the more affordable option but still packs some impressive tech. There’s the 24MP full-frame sensor that performs brilliantly when shooting stills and 4K video, together with a sensor-based image stabilization system that does exactly what it should, and does it well. Operation is swift, build quality is excellent, and it’s no exaggeration to say that the viewfinder is stunning.

Other features include:

A full-frame CMOS sensor, a resolution of 24.2MP, an autofocus of 225-point AF, a screen type of 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen and maximum continuous shooting speed of 9fps.

Price: $2,497.99

Pros

  • Great images and excellent video
  • Sublime electronic viewfinder

Cons

  • Big and heavy

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