The Best Canon Mirrorless Cameras

Written by Matic Broz Updated on December 3, 2021

The Best Canon Mirrorless Cameras

Moving from a DSLR system to a mirrorless system is a big step. In fact, I’ve done that myself this year. And before I switched, I had consulted with experts and poured hours of research and testing. Now, I want to share my findings with you and help you pick the best Canon mirrorless camera.

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for professionals & video

Canon EOS R5

If your budget does not limit you and you want an absolute powerhouse, Canon EOS R5 is the way to go. At around $3.6k for a camera body, R5 punches well above its weight class.

As a matter of fact, Canon EOS R5 promises 20 minutes of continuous 8K shooting. However, a couple of tests have shown that the camera quickly overheats. Ultimately, if you need a large (45MP) sensor, 8K shooting, and loads of colour depth, Canon R5 is the right camera for you.

Canon EOS R5
  • High Image Quality featuring a New 45 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS...
  • DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-51200;...
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 12 fps with Mechanical...
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF covering approx. 100% area with 1,053 AF...

Overall, Canon EOS R5 is Canon’s flagship camera, featuring a brand new 45 MP CMOS sensor. The in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) reduces camera shake by up to 8 stops, rendering tripods non-essential. With an SLR-styled body, the R5 has a tough build with weather sealing, protecting the camera from heavy rain, dust, sand, and moisture.

Its advanced Dual Pixel, AF II System, uses deep learning to track people and animals, with 1053 AF points across the frame. In addition, the camera can shoot 8k video at 30p and 4k video at up to 120p, making it ideal for videographers.

There are two memory card slots, one for SD and the other for CFexpress. Also, Canon EOS R5 supports dual-band Wi-Fi for real-time FTP transfer.

Overall, the R5 is suitable for landscape, event, portrait, wedding, and sports photographers because of its superb AF system and fast burst rate, along with an incredible image sensor.

Specifications

  • Type: Full-frame Mirrorless
  • Sensor: CMOS
  • Megapixels: 45MP
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Screen: 3.2″ Fully Articulated LCD Touch Screen
  • Viewfinder: Electronic, 5.76 million dots
  • Max Continuous shooting speed: 20FPS
  • Max video resolution: 8k 30FPS
  • User level: Intermediate/Expert

Reasons to buy:

  • 45 MP CMOS sensor
  • 8k video recording
  • Tough build and fully articulated touchscreen

Reasons to avoid:

  • Overheating issues while recording

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for travel

Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R6 is equipped with a 20.1 MP CMOS sensor and is perfect for everyday video and photography. Compared to R5’s 45 MP sensor, Canon EOS R6 is a budget-friendly version.

Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless...
  • High Image Quality featuring a New 20 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS...
  • DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400;...
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 12 fps with Mechanical...
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF covering approx. 100% area with 1,053 AF...

The R6 also comes with a 5-axis IBIS system, the same as EOS R5. The Dual-Pixel CMOS II autofocus system is suitable for fast-action photography like wildlife, street, events, or weddings.

It can shoot in 4k 60p but is not the best choice for videography as it overheats, like the R5. The camera body feels rigid and is weather-sealed but not as well as the R5.

Since EOS R6 is also more than a thousand dollars cheaper than the R5 and can be a good option for beginners.

Specifications

  • Type: Mirrorless Full-frame
  • Sensor: Dual Pixel CMOS Sensor
  • Megapixels: 20.1 MP
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Screen: 3.0″ Fully Articulating LCD Touchscreen, 1.62 Million Dots
  • Viewfinder: 3.69 Million Dot OLED EVF
  • Continuous shooting speed: 20 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 60p
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to buy:

  • Affordable camera with good image sensor
  • In-body image stabilisation
  • Fast and effective AF system

Reasons to avoid:

  • Not good for videography
  • Low image resolution

 

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for photography

Canon EOS R

With its 30.4 MP Dual Pixel CMOS image sensor, the Canon EOS R is somewhere between the R5 and R6. However, it does not support the IBIS, which is inconvenient compared to its rivals Nikon, Sony and Panasonic.

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Canon EOS R Mirrorless Full Frame Camera...
  • RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF/EF-S Lenses
  • 30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5,655 Manually Selectable AF Points
  • 4K 30p with Canon Log and 10-bit 4: 2: 2 HDMI Output

Although it’s a full-frame camera, it’s mediocre at video recording as it only works in 4K. And it has only one SD card slot. But the Canon EOS R’s CMOS sensor offers a phase-detection system with incredible 5655 focus points. This makes it ideal for high-paced photography, such as sports, events, and wildlife.

The premium magnesium alloy body makes it robust. While its small body seems convenient when carrying it around, large zoom lenses unbalance it.

Specifications

  • Type: Mirrorless Full-frame
  • Sensor: CMOS
  • Megapixels: 30.4 MP
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Screen: 3.15″ Tilting Touch-LCD
  • Viewfinder: EVF/OLED, 3.69 million dots
  • Continuous shooting speed: 8 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 30p
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to buy:

  • 5,655 focus positions
  • Fully articulated screen
  • Small and rigid camera body

Reasons to avoid:

  • Cropped 4k recording
  • Single SD card slot
  • No inbuilt stabilisation

 

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for enthusiasts

Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP is powered by a new Digic 8 processor, complementing a 26.2 MP CMOS image sensor. It is the same sensor you find in EOS 6D Mark II, but it’s optimised to work in a mirrorless body.

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Canon EOS RP Full-frame Mirrorless...
  • Compact, Lightweight and High-Quality RF Lens with a Versatile...
  • Optical Image Stabilization at up to 5 Stops of Shake Correction
  • Maximum Magnification of 0.4x and Minimum Focusing Distance of...
  • Maximum Magnification of 0.5x and Minimum Focusing Distance of...

Autofocus is Canon EOS RP’s strongest attribute; it can autofocus down to -5EV with 4,779 focus points. Canon also claims it has the fastest autofocus in the world (a staggering 0.05 seconds).

The camera can shoot 4K/25fps but with a 1.76x crop. To avoid cropping, shoot in 1080p/50fps. You will also benefit from the Dual Pixel AF mechanism.

This is an excellent camera for photography, swift action like sports and event photography.

Specifications

  • Type: Full-frame Mirrorless
  • Sensor: CMOS
  • Megapixels: 26.2 MP
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Screen: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1.04m dots
  • Viewfinder: 0.39-inch EVF, 2.36m dots, 100% coverage
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 25p
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to buy:

  • Budget mirrorless with amazing results in photography
  • Canon RF mount
  • Fastest autofocus in the world

Reasons to avoid:

  • Cropped 4k recording
  • 5 FPS burst shooting

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for astrophotography

Canon EOS Ra

The “a” in Canon EOS Ra stands for astrophotography, for which Canon EOS Ra is optimised. It has the same 30.3 MP CMOS Dual Pixel sensor with 5,655 autofocus points.

Canon EOS Ra Astrophotography Mirrorless...
  • Modified filter for enhanced night sky recording
  • Rf mount compatible with RF lenses and EF/EF-S lenses*
  • 30 3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5 655 manually selectable AF positions**

Its body is compact and made of a magnesium alloy, like Canon EOS R. Since Canon programmed it for astrophotography, it doesn’t have IBIS. As the company claims, the reason is that you will use it on a tripod or on an equatorial mount most of the time.

One of the best features for astrophotographers is that they can enlarge the captured images up to 30x. This lets them examine the pictures.

Specifications

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: CMOS
  • Megapixels: 30.3 MP
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Screen: 3.15-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 2.1m dots
  • Viewfinder: EVF, 3.69m dots
  • Continuous shooting speed: 8FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 29.97p
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to buy:

  • 30x magnification of images
  • Superfast AF with RF lenses
  • Extended Spectral sensitivity

Reasons to avoid:

  • Cropped 4k video
  • 30 MP might lack in some conditions
  • Single SD card slot

 

The best Canon Mirrorless Camera for vlogging

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

 

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II is equipped with a powerful 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. Compared to the Canon EOS M50 Mark I, Mark II has superior autofocus with eye AF for stills and video.

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  • Canon Eos M50 Mark II Camera Body(International Version) -24.1MP...
  • Included with the camera body is the versatile standard zoom EF-M...
  • Combination IS uses the built-in 5-axis digital image...

It records 4K videos at 24 FPS, supporting vertical video shooting for a smoother experience. Film timer and wireless YouTube live streaming simplify vlogging. F/2.0 lenses can autofocus easily at -4EV at ISO100, ensuring a decent low-light performance.

This camera is suitable for beginners taking up vlogging and filmmaking. It also performs well in photography.

Specifications

  • Type: APS-C format Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.1MP
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M Lens
  • Screen: 3-inch, vari-angle touchscreen, 1.04m dots
  • Viewfinder: OLED EVF, 2.36 million dots
  • Continuous shooting speed: 7.4 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 24p
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to Buy:

  • Decent all-round performance
  • Good low light results
  • Wireless YouTube live streaming

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Crop sensor
  • Vari-angle screen

 

The best budget Canon mirrorless camera for travel

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

With a monster 32.5 MP APS-C CMOS image sensor, the EOS M6 Mark II beats the EOS R in resolution and imaging capabilities. It can shoot 14 frames per second in burst mode, which beats most Canon cameras, even the top-tier.

Canon Mirrorless Camera [EOS M6 Mark II]...
  • High image quality with 32.5 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 14 fps with AF/AE...
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5, 481 manually selectable AF positions*,...
  • 4K UHD 30P/ Full HD 129P video

The uncropped 4K UHD recording at 30 FPS and 1080p FullHD at 120 FPS make it a video recording beast. If you’re looking for a slightly better-performing vlogging camera on a budget, then the M6 Mark II is the right choice.

Finally, it has a small travel-friendly body, so you can easily use it with one hand for hours. Its image quality brings in a better photography performance.

Specifications

  • Type: APS-C format Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 32.5MP
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M lens mount
  • Screen: 3-inch tilting touchscreen, 1.04m dots
  • Viewfinder: N/A
  • Continuous shooting speed: 14fps continuous, 30fps RAW burst mode
  • Max video resolution: 4K 30 FPS, 1080p 120 FPS
  • User level: Amateur/Intermediate

Reasons to buy

  • 5 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor on a budget
  • Uncropped 4K recording at 30 FPS
  • 14 FPS Continuous shooting

Reasons to avoid

  • No Viewfinder, buy separately as an attachment

The best Canon EOS M6 Mark II alternative

Canon EOS M200

Canon’s smallest and most affordable mirrorless camera, the EOS M200, comes with a 24.1 MP APS-C CMOS sensor—the same as in the M50 Mark II. Although it is on a budget with a decent performance, it is a beginner-friendly, easy-to-use camera.

Canon EOS M200 Compact Mirrorless...
  • Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection AF
  • High-image quality with 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor.
  • 4K video and 4K time-lapse movie along with vertical video
  • 3.0-Inch touch panel LCD screen with tilt Option for 180° for...

Although it has a cropped sensor, recording 4K videos is still a major reason to buy this camera over others at this price point.

This camera is suitable for beginners and people who like to document certain moments of their everyday life. Its compact size makes carrying it around and recording videos easy.

Specifications

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C format (22.3 x 14.9mm) CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24.1MP
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M lens mount
  • Screen: Tilting 3-inch 1.04 million dots Touchscreen LCD
  • Viewfinder: N/A
  • Continuous shooting speed: 6.1 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 4K 25 FPS
  • User level: Amateur

Reasons to buy

  • Cheapest Mirrorless Camera from Canon with decent performance
  • 4K video recording
  • Easy to use with a 3″ touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

  • No Viewfinder
  • 4K recording is cropped

Outdated but good

Canon EOS M5

Launched back in 2016, the Canon EOS M5 was the company’s earliest mirrorless camera to compete against Sony’s Alpha 6000 series. The body has four dials on the top, including a dedicated exposure compensation dial.

Canon focused on giving as much hands-on control to the camera as possible. Although it lacks a 4K video recording, the touch to focus feature works flawlessly. Touch the screen to where you want to shift the focus, and it transitions smoothly.

It also helps in shooting portraits or group pictures along with a face detection system. If you can compromise 4K recording, this camera can still be a good option. It makes shooting videos easier than ever.

Specifications

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Sensor: Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS
  • Megapixels: 24MP
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M lens mount
  • Screen: 3″ 1.62M-dots tilting rear touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36M-dots OLED electronic
  • Continuous shooting speed: 9 FPS
  • Max video resolution: 1920×1080 60p
  • User level: Amateur

Reasons to buy

  • Budget camera with decent overall performance
  • FHD recording at 60 FPS, touch to shift focus
  • 36 million dots OLED electronic Viewfinder

Reasons to avoid

  • Lack of 4K recording
  • Availability of parts in the market can be an issue

The best canon mirrorless camera FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the best Canon mirrorless camera?

The best Canon mirrorless camera is Canon EOS R5, but it’s pretty costly. A good budget alternative is Canon EOS R6, despite having a lower resolution.

Should I get a Canon mirrorless camera?

Sony is currently leading the race of mirrorless cameras, but Nikon and Canon are not far behind. However, Canon is the priciest of the three. A great alternative to Canon mirrorless cameras is Nikon with the Z-series, namely Nikon Z7 II and Nikon Z6 II.

The best canon mirrorless camera conclusion

Concluding remarks

To sum up, you won’t regret buying a Canon mirrorless camera. Albeit being pricey, Canon mirrorless cameras offer good image and video quality. In addition, finding a camera to suit your budget shouldn’t be difficult with such a wide array of options.

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