The best beginner mirrorless camera for 2023

The best beginner mirrorless camera for 2023

Editor’s note: April 2023

This year we saw Canon launch the EOS R10 and EOS R7, two beginner-friendly models that are both in our list below. But it seems the camera giant won’t be stopping there with its APS-C lineup – according to Canon Rumors (opens in new tab), it’s prepping a Canon EOS R8 (or possibly EOS R9) to sit in between the two.

There aren’t any rumored specs for that camera yet, but this is potentially good news for Canon fans who’ll be on the hunt for an entry-level mirrorless camera in 2023. Our only real criticism of the EOS R10 and EOS R10 is that they currently lack native lenses, with only two RF-S options available for those cameras.

The arrival of a third camera would surely signal Canon’s renewed commitment to APS-C cameras and the arrival of more lenses that are both compact and affordable enough to be good matches for beginner-friendly cameras like the EOS R10.

Mark Wilson, Cameras Editor

Whether you’re upgrading from a smartphone or just starting out, the best beginner mirrorless cameras make it easy to improve your photography. Proving that you don’t need pro tools to shoot impressive images, these entry-level models make photography accessible for all. What’s more, the top options offer enough performance for you to grow into, too.

In an ideal world, you would try the best beginner mirrorless cameras before choosing one. That’s not a realistic option for most people, which is why we’ve put in countless hours on your behalf: we’ve extensively tested the top entry level mirrorless cameras and ranked our favorites in the list below. There are options to suit a range of budgets and requirements, each assessed against objective criteria.