Smartphones and compact cameras are fine for casual photography, but they’re limited by their small sensors and fixed lenses and they don’t really offer the kind of control you need when you want to take your photography that little bit further. So an interchangeable lens camera makes the perfect upgrade, and we’ve picked out the ten best entry-level mirrorless cameras that can fit your budget, fit your pocket and won’t fry your brain as you learn how to use them. Most mirrorless cameras in this group have APS-C sensors, but some of our favourites have slightly smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors. Both offer such a big improvement over smartphones and compacts that really there’s little to choose between them. To find out more about sensor sizes, take a look at our sensor guide. Mirrorless cameras also offer interchangeable lenses. They usually come with a general-purpose 3x ‘kit’ zoom lens, but you can also get telephotos, macro lenses, super-wide-angles and more. It’s worth checking the lens ranges on offer, particularly if you might want to upgrade to a better camera in the range later on. Value for money Lastly, there’s value for money. There are some very inexpensive cameras here that will do a good job, but this inevitably means they cut back on features and controls and you need to make sure you’re not missing out on something you really need just to save a little money. For example, the cheapest mirrorless cameras don’t usually have viewfinders, but these can… [Read full story]
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