Five Slightly Older Mirrorless Cameras Worth Buying in 2022
These slightly older mirrorless cameras have aged like fine wine, so don’t be afraid to add one to your collection.
Let’s face it; there hasn’t been a bad camera on the market for the better part of a decade now. In fact, you can go out and buy older mirrorless cameras without worrying about image quality, autofocus performance, or build quality. No matter which slightly older camera you pick up, you’ll still be able to create amazing images.
In this roundup, we’ll take a look at five slightly older mirrorless cameras that will not only blow your mind with their performance, but they’ll also save you a buck or two while giving you access to… pretty impressive specs. So let’s look at five slightly older mirrorless cameras that you shouldn’t be afraid to add to your collection or buy as your first mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS R — The best full-frame gateway to great RF-mount lenses
Canon’s first flagship mirrorless camera, the 30.3-megapixel EOS R, first hit stores in 2018. While many thought Canon had played it a little safe, the EOS R has become a performance camera for professional photographers.
After several firmware updates that improved its autofocus and performance in general, many photographers decided to keep theirs. The EOS R is solidly built; it features weather sealing, user-friendly menus and excellent autofocus performance. The EOS R will also give you access to the world of Canon’s RF lenses. In our review we said:
“Technology enhancements and backwards compatibility make this a welcome addition to the EOS lineup. Any shooter, from professional to advanced hobbyist, will find this an easy way to add full-frame shooting to their workflow.
Fujifilm X-T3 — Vintage Style, Modern Performance
The Fujifilm X-T3 is still a great mirrorless camera despite first appearing in 2018. The retro-inspired camera features an incredible 26.2MP X-Trans sensor that will help you produce magic with colors that will make you cry tears of joy.
The X-T3 has two card slots, a tilting LCD screen and a responsive EVF. The Fujifilm X-T3 is no slouch when it comes to autofocus performance either. All this technology is inside a body that is both elegant and easy to use. In our review we said:
“Ease of access to key camera functions and dials makes this, with cameras before the X-T3 in this series, super simple for someone with a basic understanding of the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to jump in and shoot in. Even if someone didn’t have that knowledge, programmed modes couldn’t be simpler than point and click.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III – One of the best older mirrorless cameras
Earlier this year we saw the release of the new OM SYSTEM OM-1 (read our review here). Still, that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the slightly older Olympus E-M1 III. This mirrorless camera may be a few years old now, but it still packs a mighty punch.
The 20-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor is fantastic and produces gorgeous images with plenty of detail. The camera is built like a tank with enough sealing to withstand the weather. Additionally, there are built-in ND filters, live composite modes, two card slots, and a very responsive autofocus system. In our review we said:
“If you like astro, Starry Sky AF is really life changing. If you’re dealing with a lot of moving subjects, the Face/Eye Priority AF upgrades are worth it. And if you crave some of the E-M1X’s exclusive features like Live ND and Handheld High-Res Shot, but don’t need a big camera body, the E-M1 Mark III is truly the perfect option.
Editor-in-Chief — Bryan Esler
Sony a7 III — Autofocus will blow your mind again
The Sony a7 iii shook up the world of photography when it was released in 2018. This absolute unit of a camera offered some of the best features ever seen in a mirrorless camera, but Sony insisted that the a7 III was its entry-level option. Trust us when we say it’s far from entry-level.
The a7 III is so good that many cameras are still catching up. In particular, the autofocus system found in this camera still beats the competition. Top it all off with dual card slots, an excellent EVF, stellar battery life, and weather sealing, and you’ve got a winner. In our review we said:
” That goes without saying. If you think your camera has excellent autofocus, you just haven’t experienced Sony’s Eye AF system, which now works just as well on animals as it does on humans. It’s great when trying to track a fast moving or unpredictable subject. Simply put, it allowed me to get photos that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get before.
Editor-in-Chief — Bryan Esler
Ricoh GR III – One of the best mirrorless cameras to buy for everyday carry
It’s hard to believe that the Ricoh GR III is already three years old. However, this pocket powerhouse is still the best camera money can buy if you want a camera you can take anywhere. Thanks to its small size, the Ricoh GR III is the ultimate everyday camera.
If you have a pocket, this 24-megapixel APS-C camera will fit. The lens that’s mated to the sensor is ridiculously sharp. Snap Focus remains one of the best area focus implementations on the market, and the IBIS makes this camera a snap to use. In our review we said:
“The Ricoh GR III is a solid camera for street photographers and those who like to walk with minimal equipment. The Snap Focus feature alone makes this camera brilliant. Add to that its small size, IBIS and other features, and you have a very capable camera.
Equipment Editor — Brett Day