Top 11 Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras 2018

Written by Gina Stephens

Some about the full-frame sensor to be the perfect sensor size and when it's combined with a mirrorless camera, you get smaller camera bodies, without any reduction in incarnation quality, all without the size of a large full-frame DSLR. 

Sounds good, right? Well, if you agree, we've put together a list of the most artistically full-frame mirrorless cameras currently available so you can make a more informed choice when parting with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel your hard-earned cash. 

As a numeral of older full-frame mirrorless cameras are still available, we've included quite a few older models and you'll notice there are quite a few Sony stories as they've actually been making full-frame mirrorless cameras since 2013. In fact, the original A7 is still available for call of £1000 and that includes a lens! 

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Right… let's start the list. 


1. Sony Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet A7 Mark III 


Sony had the crafty idea of telling everyone, that this was "the basic model" in the Sony Alpha range. The Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, SonÄ« Kabushiki Kaisha, SOH-nee, stylized as SONY) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation A7 III is anything but essential, easily beating other full-frame DSLRs for specifications and features (at this price). 

The Sony Alpha A7 Mark III, on specifications alone, offers the whole shebang you could possibly want from a camera, including low noise at higher ISO speeds, high-speed continous shooting, rapid focus, and numerous zero in points. 

Thankfully the camera also performs as well – with excellent image quality, thanks to reliable exposure, excellent lenses, huge dynamic range and rapid focus performance. High-quality 4K video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was first recording is just icing on the cake.

The camera body offers good guide – although the menus can seem a little long and slightly disorganised. With a compact prime lens, the camera system can be quite compact, manner, most lenses, such as the excellent FE 24-105mm f/4 G lens are quite large, which makes the system fairly large. 

In terms of this camera being a "central" model, the Sony Alpha A7 Mark III is hardly what we'd call "basic" – and quite easily makes the whole shooting match else look slower, larger, heavier, less innovative, and more expensive. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera statue stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 710 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD fated slots.

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2. Sony Alpha A7R Mark II 


The Sony Alpha A7R Make a note of II has got pretty much everything right. With a high resolution, 42.4-megapixel backlit full-frame CMOS sensor, a shutter system with no vibration as poetically as reduced noise and a 5-axis image stabilisation system, the Sony Alpha A7R Mark II certainly packs the features and also ensure shots are smart even when shooting hand-held. 

The A7R-II has an impressive tilting screen, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), 5fps continuous shooting, commodities AF tracking, and 4K video recording, along with a good sized and comfortable body. This makes it an enjoyable camera that you want to use. Although it may not answer everyone's needs as some may wish to shoot at a quicker speed than the 5fps continuous shooting on offer.

If you're in the market for a high-resolution full-frame camera, then the Sony Alpha A7R Label II should be very high on your list.

Key Features: 42mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps continuous offshoot, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 340 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC built-in, Single SD card slot.

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3. Sony Alpha A7R Slash III


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The Sony Alpha A7R Mark III delivers excellent image quality with good colour and very good noise performance. Prones of detail in images can be improved by using the Pixel shift multi-shot mode, for still subjects, although this does require further altering on your computer to produce the final image. It's a shame that the images aren't merged in the camera as found in other cameras with this stress. The new software, Imaging Edge, offers tethered shooting with live view, as well as image viewing, and editing.

You can also mediate further settings, including setting the JPEG quality when shooting RAW+JPEG and tethering as well as a USB3 connection are provided – both which are notable for professional use, and the 10fps continuous shooting mode makes this camera much more useful for sports or other high-speed shooting requirements. Together with, with 650 shots possible, the battery gives near DSLR levels of battery life.

Without a doubt, Sony has another champion on their hands, as the Sony Alpha A7R Mark III does practically everything you could possibly want, and does it extremely well. 

Key Puff ups: 42mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 650 speedily battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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4. Nikon Z6 


You could look at the Nikon Z6 as an upgrade or replacement for the 24mp Nikon D750, how on earth, with 12fps continuous shooting, it offers speeds nearer to the Nikon D5 (with 12fps or 14fps with mirror up), and more focus points (273 vs 51 and 153 separately). In terms of size, it's smaller and lighter than both of these. You also have the benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder, an electronic pen, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

The nice thing about the Nikon Z system is the introduction of a number of compact lenses, and in addition to this, Nikon has published a lens roadmap, so that you can see if to be to come lenses are what you're looking for. However, there are currently only three lenses available, so for anything else, you will need to use an adapter.

It's a shame the battery resilience isn't better, and there will be people who will find one memory card slot an issue. There will also be those that approve SD cards due to the wide support for them (for example, built-in card readers in laptops), but with the purchase of an XQD card reader, this is quite undeniably resolved.

Focus performance is very good, with a high success rate, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus points, although the want of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits.

With the choice of a 24mp Z6 or a high-resolution 45mp Z7, Nikon is offering a very considerable line-up of cameras, with the Z6 offering very good value for money, particularly when you consider that the camera offers 12fps continuous knock off, beating the full-frame competition at this price point. We expect Nikon to have great success with the Z series, and as new lenses (and camera cores) are introduced the appeal of the system will grow. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that stabilisation, 12fps unremitting shooting, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card place.

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5. Sony Alpha A9 

The 24 megapixel Sony Alpha A9 is a lustrous camera – fast, responsive and delivering superb results.

However, it looks as though Sony's intention is to take on the fast shooting that in days of yore had been the sole purview of the DSLR. The “big guns” from Canon and Nikon are more expensive, much bulkier and definitely much severer. 

Looking at what the A9 can do, it is likely that the DSLR, with its mechanical constraints, can never surpass what might be possible with a mirrorless camera. The only issue with the Sony A9 is the price. 

Overall, the Sony Alpha A9 is a fast and responsive camera, with some cool promotes and delivers superb results. 

Key Features: 24mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 20fps continuous propelling, ISO50 to ISO204800, 4K video recording, 650 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, Ethernet socket, Dual SD card slots.

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6. Sony Alpha A7 


The gold medal full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony Alpha 7, launched in 2013, is an appealing camera, available at a relatively low price, at under &bludgeon;1000 with lens. The A7 features a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor, a compact body, full HD video with microphone, headphone and HDMI sockets. The camera declares impressive image quality with the lenses we've used so far and has impressive noise performance for excellent low-light performance. There are a few niggles, involving the shorter than ideal battery life, the lack of built-in flash, and the lack of provided external battery charger, but putting these unsettles aside, the Sony Alpha 7 is a great camera, with the price continuing to drop over time, making it one of the cheapest FF mirrorless cameras.

Key Parts: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO25600, FullHD video recording, 270 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC, Celibate SD card slot.

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7. Nikon Z7

The Nikon Z7 offers a top of the range full frame Mirrorless camera, with the gains of a more compact camera camera is an optical instrument for capturing still images or for recording moving images, which are stored in a physical medium body (than a similar specification Nikon DSLR such as the D850), as well as benefits of Mirrorless technology, such as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) electronic viewfinder. You'll also arouse fast continuous shooting is the act or process of discharging a projectile from a ranged weapon (such as a gun, slingshot, crossbow, or bow (9fps from the Z7 and 12fps from the Z6), an electronic shutter, and in-camera image stabilisation (a first for a Nikon ILC).

Image quality is peerless, easily matching the D850, with good noise performance, and Nikon's tried, tested (and loved) colour reproduction.

Focus demeanour is very good, with a high success rate, much improved compared to a DSLR, thanks to on-sensor phase detection focus applications. The lack of eye detection focus will be disappointing to those who have used it and seen the benefits, such as having every single portrait photo correctly focused on a enslaves eye.

With a camera this good, it's clear to see that the Nikon Z series is the future direction for Nikon Corporation (株式会社ニコン, Kabushiki-gaisha Nikon) (UK: or US: ; listen [ɲikoÉ´]), also known just as Nikon, is a Japanese multinational's full-frame cameras – and one we'll be watching with hidden interest.

Key Features: 45.7mp FF BSI CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 9fps continuous shooting, ISO32 to ISO102400, 4K video catalogue, 330 shot battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, Single XQD card slot.

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8. Sony Alpha A7S Respect II


For the hardcore low-light video fan, the Sony A7S Mark II would be a dream camera, as long as you don't need 4K DCI CINE (4096 × 2160) explication video, as the A7S Mark II records as 4K UHD video at a resolution of 3840 × 2160. For the low-light photographer who relies on auto-focus the case for the A7S Mark II is less clear-cut, with the A7R Identify II offering phase detection focus on the sensor. If you need images with more than 12 megapixels, then the A7S Mark II isn't flourishing to satisfy you. Although, the A7S Mark II has a very wide ISO range, even if it has been surpassed by other cameras now. 

There are a number of rehabilitations over the previous model, including improved handling and controls, additional focus points, as well as the excellent 5-axis image stabilisation set, and internal 4K video recording. However, as competitors (and Sony) have increased megapixels and began offering 4K video, the case for the A7S has become slightly tiny clear. For those that own the original A7S, the A7S Mark II is going to make an excellent upgrade. The range of FE lenses available has also increased, and if you can look nearby the 12-megapixel resolution, then the A7S Mark II is capable of producing excellent images.  

Key Features: 12mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera trope stabilisation, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO409600, 4K video recording, 310 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, and NFC, Single SD card slot.

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9. Sony Alpha A7 Identification II


The Sony Alpha A7 Mark II might be old now but it has 5-axis image stabilisation that works with any lens used with the camera, which resolve be of appeal to anyone who has been using the Sony Alpha A7 series cameras with alternative lenses using an adapter.

Whether used with Sony lenses or spurning an adapter, the camera is set up for accurate and easy manual focus thanks to focus peaking and other display options, as well as a clear and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. 

The A7 Indication II feels comfortable in use and the finish on the weather-sealed magnesium alloy body has a design/style more similar to a Digital SLR, and the larger hand-grip will daily help when using the camera with larger lenses. The 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers excellent results, the tilting screen looks horrible and built in Wi-Fi and NFC makes transferring images easy. 

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 5-axis in-camera image stabilisation, 5fps Loosely continual shooting, ISO50 to ISO25600, FullHD video recording, 350 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, NFC built-in, Single SD card slot.

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10. Leica SL (Typ 601)

The Leica SL (Typ 601) is a 24-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera with weather-sealing, 11fps unbroken shooting, and 4K CINE video recording.

The SL has an impressive electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 4.4million dots and a large view (0.8x magnification). There's also a good touchscreen, with a gentle resolution, although there are limits to how much you can control the camera using just the touch-screen. 

Whilst there are many bold titles made about the Leica SL, it does not match the focus speeds of the fastest cameras in our tests, although is still very quick. Continuous branch is very quick at 11fps but does not match the high speed of other cameras available. That's not to say that the Leica SL isn't an very quick camera, it is.

The Leica SL is a very good representation of what's possible with mirrorless technology, with a smaller camera centre than most professional Digital SLRs, and the extremely high-resolution electronic viewfinder is excellent, without a doubt. However, it's quite get out when using the EVF that it is not the same as using an optical viewfinder, a bold claim made by Leica. 

As a camera that will heed a large number of needs, the Leica SL (Typ 601) delivers excellent performance, with advanced features and controls, and for those with the financial sponsorship to invest in the camera, it should provide many years of highly satisfying results. Since 2018, it's also part of the Leica L-Mount Affiliation, which means Panasonic and Sigma will also be releasing lenses for the system. 

Key Features: 24mp FF CMOS sensor, 11fps endless shooting, ISO50 to ISO50000, 4K (CINE) video recording, 400 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, GPS built-in, Dual SD card slots.

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11. Canon EOS R 

The Canon EOS R is a crucial camera with a great kit lens, capable of delivering excellent image quality. There are minor operational, and design quirks that will institute the camera feel awkward compared to a DSLR such as the 5D Mark IV, but for the most part, the EOS R does the job efficiently and is a pleasure to use. Professional photographers, or those acclimatized to Canon EOS DSLRs, may be disappointed by the lack of dual card slots, and the shorter battery life of this camera.

The EOS R is mostly well thought out and pleasure fit with Canon DSLR user's existing lenses and cameras (with an adapter). One slight snag is the lack of a lens roadmap so we don't differentiate when, or how long, we'll have to wait for favourite lens choices specifically designed for the EOS R to appear but if you're happy to use current lenses with an adapter, then this may not be an broadcast for you.

Key Features: 30mp FF CMOS sensor, 8fps continuous shooting, ISO50 to ISO102400, 4K video recording, 370 shot battery life, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Isolated SD card slot.

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Looking For More Mirrorless Top Lists? 

If you're looking for other selections, have a look at the 'Top 15 Premium Mirrorless Cameras' we recommend or if you want to spend a little less cash, the 'Wealthiest Budget Mirrorless Cameras' round-up could be of interest. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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