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The Best Mirrorless Cameras for Live Streaming (2024)

This is a complete list of mirrorless (DSLM) cameras I use and trust for live streaming and recording corporate meetings, houses of worship, concerts, education, sporting events, podcasts, broadcasts, and more.

Panasonic S5

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The best overall mirrorless camera for live streaming.

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Image Quality: 8/10 Dynamic Range: 8/10 Low Light Quality: 8/10 Live Features: 1/10 Photo Capability: 7/10 Overall Value: 10/10

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Panasonic has always reigned this list with its consistency and reliability.

From the hundreds of various mirrorless cameras I've used, Panasonic is the only brand to never fail or overheat.

That's why Panasonic mirrorless cameras make excellent live stream solutions. They just work.

So it's no surprise that, once again, a Panasonic makes its way here to the top.

Not only does the Panasonic S5 offer a list of impressive highlights including:

  • 24.2MP full-frame sensor
  • More than 12 stops of usable dynamic range
  • Up to 6.5 stops of image stabilization
  • Internal recording up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps
  • 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording up to 4096 x 2160 at 29.97 fps
  • V-Log pre-installed (no extra license required)
  • Unlimited video recording in many formats
  • Clean HDMI output including Raw 12-bit formats

It can also be found on sale many times for under $1,000 USD!

So what we get is a full-frame camera that rivals the performance of my premium pick in many ways, and at only one‑third of the price. 🚀🌕

PRO TIP: If you are looking for much better overall performance and have the budget, then the Panasonic S5II is a solid upgrade with the introduction of phase hybrid autofocus. And, if video is top priority, then the Panasonic S5IIX is even better.


Pros

  • Dynamic range and image quality to rival more expensive flagship cameras
  • Unlimited video recording times in most major formats
  • Dual SD card slots for redundant recording

Cons

  • L-mount lens selection is limited compared to more popular mounts
  • Only one SD card slot supports UHS-II speeds
  • Micro HDMI ports are fragile

Panasonic S5 Framing Distances
Full Shot 3.33mm per foot (10.94mm per meter)
100mm @ 30' or 9.14m
Medium Shot 7.69mm per foot (25.25mm per meter)
100mm @ 13' or 3.96m

Panasonic S5 Specifications
Sensor Size Full-frame
Lens Mount Leica L-mount
Internal Recording Codecs HEVC/H.265
H.264
Internal Recording Formats 4096 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 180 fps
Recording Media Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI (Type D - Micro)
Video Output Formats 5888 x 3312 up to 29.97 fps (Raw 12-bit)
4128 x 2176 up to 59.94 fps (Raw 12-bit)
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94 fps
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo microphone input
1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo headphone output
Other I/O 1 x 2.5mm remote port
1 x USB-C port (recording, file transfers, and control)
Wireless 5GHz Wi-Fi (file transfers and control)
2.4GHz Wi-Fi (file transfers and control)
Bluetooth v5.0 / Bluetooth LE (file transfers and control)
Power Options 1 x DMW-BLK22 rechargeable battery (included)
DMW-DCC17 AC Power Adapter (sold separately)

Fujifilm X-H2S

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The best APS-C mirrorless camera for live streaming.

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Image Quality: 8/10 Dynamic Range: 7/10 Low Light Quality: 8/10 Live Features: 2/10 Photo Capability: 9/10 Overall Value: 7/10

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It's hard to deny that Fujifilm has dominated the APS-C market with its beautiful SOOC performance, and the X-H2S is just further proof of that claim.

The highlights are impressive, to say the least:

  • 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans stacked BSI sensor
  • 7-stop in-body image stabilization
  • Internal ProRes recording up to 6240 x 4160 at 29.97 fps or 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps
  • High speed recording up to 4096 x 2160 at 119.88 fps or 2048 x 1080 at 239.76 fps
  • F-Log and F-Log2
  • Full size HDMI output
  • USB-C battery charging and camera power

And there is a lot to be said for a camera that delivers some of the best dynamic range found in an APS-C camera and the second fastest rolling shutter performance ever tested by CineD's Lab Test. CineD even refers to the X-H2S as a "BMPCC 6K on steroids", and I agree.

So if you want a camera that can feel at home in a studio or in the field, taking photos or recording video, and that will just give you amazing video and images straight from the camera with no muss, no fuss, this is your huckleberry.


Pros

  • Unlimited video recording time
  • Internal ProRes recording
  • Fuji's color science and film emulations
  • Incredible rolling shutter performance

Cons

  • X-mount lens selection is limited compared to more popular mounts
  • Dual memory card slots require two different card formats
  • Cooling fan attachment is extra

Fujifilm X-H2S Framing Distances
Full Shot 1.89mm per foot (6.19mm per meter)
100mm @ 53' (100mm @ 16.15m)
Medium Shot 4.35mm per foot (14.29mm per meter)
100mm @ 23' (100mm @ 7m)

Fujifilm X-H2S Specifications
Sensor Size APS-C
Lens Mount Fujifilm X-mount
Internal Recording Codecs ProRes 422 LT
ProRes 422
ProRes 422 HQ
HEVC/H.265
H.264
Internal Recording Formats 6240 x 4160 up to 29.97 fps
4096 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
2048 x 1080 up to 239.76 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 239.76 fps
Recording Media Slot 1: CFexpress Type B
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI (Type A - Full Size)
Video Output Formats 6240 x 4160 up to 29.97 fps
4848 x 2728 up to 59.94 fps (1.29x crop)
4096 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94 fps
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo microphone input
1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo headphone output
Other I/O 1 x USB-C port (power, file transfers, and control)
Wireless Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (control)
Power Options 1 x NP-W235S rechargeable battery (included)
1 x External power supply
1 x USB-C Power Delivery

Panasonic G7

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The best budget mirrorless camera for live streaming.

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Image Quality: 4/10 Dynamic Range: 3/10 Low Light Quality: 3/10 Live Features: 1/10 Photo Capability: 5/10 Overall Value: 7/10

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Panasonic knocked it out of the park with this one.

This camera still sells like crazy 7 years after its release, which is why it has remained here longer than any other camera.

It's just that good. 👏👏👏

It includes a kit lens, offers clean HDMI output, can record in 4K up to 30 minutes, can record 1080p as long as the SD memory card has free space, and all for one incredibly low price.

Just be aware of a couple of caveats: HDMI output is limited to 1080p and HDMI output won't work if you choose to record in the camera.

But this is the absolute cheapest camera I recommend, so naturally there will be some tradeoffs. So if you're on a tight budget and want better image quality than any camcorder, you've found it!


Pros

  • Better image quality than any camcorder
  • Unlimited video recording time for 1080p AVCHD
  • Internal recording up to 3840 x 2160 at 29.97 fps
  • Clean HDMI output

Cons

  • HDMI output not possible during internal recording
  • Continuous power only possible with third party dummy battery adapters
  • HDMI output limited to 1080p

Panasonic G7 Framing Distances
Full Shot 1.43mm per foot (100mm @ 70')
4.69mm per meter (100mm @ 21.34m)
Medium Shot 3.33mm per foot (100mm @ 30')
10.94mm per meter (100mm @ 9.14m)

Panasonic G7 Specifications

1 HDMI output not possible during internal recording

Sensor Size Micro Four Thirds
Lens Mount MFT
Internal Recording Codecs H.264
Internal Recording Formats 3840 x 2160 up to 30 fps1
1920 x 1080 up to 60 fps1
Recording Media Slot 1: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI (Type D - Micro)1
Video Output Formats 1920 x 1080 up to 60 fps
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo microphone input
Other I/O 1 x 2.5mm Sub-Mini Control Input
1 x USB 2.0 port (Type B - Mini, file transfers and control)
Wireless 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (file transfers and control)
Power Options 1 x DMW-BLC12 rechargeable battery (included)
1 x DMW-DCC8 Power Adapter (sold separately)

Sony Alpha 7S III

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The best mirrorless camera for live streaming money can buy.

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Image Quality: 8/10 Dynamic Range: 7/10 Low Light Quality: 10/10 Live Features: 2/10 Photo Capability: 7/10 Overall Value: 7/10

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Sony was absent from this list for a long time due to prevalent overheating concerns. But thankfully they have drastically improved thermal management and that is no longer the case.

And not only does Sony make its debut here, they shoot straight to the top with the Alpha 7S III.

Here are some notable highlights:

  • 12.1MP full-frame BSI sensor
  • 12.4 stops of usable dynamic range
  • 11.9 stops of dynamic range at ISO 16000 (yes, sixteen thousand) 😵‍💫
  • 4:2:2 10-bit recording up to 4096 x 2160 at 119.88 fps
  • 16-bit Raw HDMI output up to 4264 x 2408 at 59.94 fps
  • Dual CFexpress Type A or SDXC memory card slots
  • S-Cinetone and S-Log2
  • Full size HDMI output
  • USB-C battery charging and camera power

Those facts, especially with the super clean low light performance, are all reasons why the Alpha 7S III is a favorite among wedding and event videographers.

And while we don't get any crazy 6K or 8K format options, and there is still a theoretical 13 hour video recording time limit, it's difficult to complain at all about this camera once you see the images it produces.

It's a powerhouse, through and through.


Pros

  • Overall image quality and dynamic range
  • Fully articulating monitor
  • Dual card slots support both CFexpress Type A and UHS-II SD memory cards

Cons

  • Overheating still a slight concern with high quality recording or warmer environments
  • 12MP sensor not the best for a lot of photography
  • No synchro scan or fine shutter speed options

Sony Alpha 7S III Framing Distances
Full Shot 3.33mm per foot (10.94mm per meter)
100mm @ 30' (100mm @ 9.14m)
Medium Shot 7.69mm per foot (25.25mm per meter)
100mm @ 13' (100mm @ 3.96m)

Sony Alpha 7S III Specifications
Sensor Size Full-frame
Lens Mount Sony E-mount
Internal Recording Codecs HEVC/H.265
H.264
Internal Recording Formats 3840 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 239.76 fps
Recording Media Slot 1: Multi slot for CFexpress Type A or SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Slot 2: Multi slot for CFexpress Type A or SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI (Type A - Full Size)
Video Output Formats 4264 x 2408 up to 59.94 fps (16-bit Raw)
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94 fps
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo microphone input
1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo headphone output
Other I/O 1 x USB-C port (file transfers and control)
Wireless Bluetooth v5.0 (file transfers and control)
Power Options 1 x NP-FZ100 rechargeable battery (included)
1 x External 12V power supply (included)
1 x USB-C Power Delivery

Panasonic GH6

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The best Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera for live streaming.

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Image Quality: 7/10 Dynamic Range: 6/10 Low Light Quality: 5/10 Live Features: 2/10 Photo Capability: 8/10 Overall Value: 8/10

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If "putting my money where my mouth is" is any indication of how well the Panasonic GH6 performs... I own two.

Here are just a few stunning highlights:

  • 25.2MP Micro Four Thirds sensor
  • 7.5 stops of image stabilization
  • Internal ProRes recording up to 5728 x 3024 at 29.97 fps
  • 4:2:2 10-bit recording up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps
  • High speed recording up to 1920 x 1080 at 300 fps
  • Unlimited recording in all formats
  • V-Log pre-installed
  • Full size HDMI output
  • Internal cooling fan
  • USB-C battery charging and camera power

And, as I mentioned earlier, I have never had a Panasonic mirrorless camera fail or overheat on me.

These cameras are workhorses, through and through.

So, if you're looking for a camera that handles video and photography equally well, feels at home in nearly any environment, stands up to long record times and simultaneous HDMI output, and does it all for a reasonable price, you better swipe right and match with this one!

It's as good as a Micro Four Thirds camera can get (so far).


Pros

  • Unlimited video recording time
  • Excellent photo and video performance for a Micro Four Thirds camera
  • Internal ProRes recording
  • Internal active cooling fan
  • Good lens selection at more reasonable prices compared to APS-C and full-frame
  • Record to a variety of different storage media formats

Cons

  • Micro Four Thirds can't perform as well as larger sensors
  • Weak autofocus
  • Different memory card slots (can't record to matching memory cards)

Panasonic GH6 Framing Distances
Full Shot 1.43mm per foot (4.69mm per meter)
100mm @ 70' (100mm @ 21.34m)
Medium Shot 3.33mm per foot (10.94mm per meter)
100mm @ 30' (100mm @ 9.14m)

Panasonic GH6 Specifications
Sensor Size Micro Four Thirds
Lens Mount MFT
Internal Recording Codecs H.264
H.265/HEVC
ProRes 422
ProRes 422 HQ
Internal Recording Formats 5760 x 4320 up to 29.97 fps
5728 x 3024 up to 59.94p fps
5728 x 3024 up to 29.97p fps (ProRes)
4096 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 299.7 fps
Recording Media Slot 1: CFexpress Type B
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Video I/O 1 x HDMI (Type A - Full Size)
Video Output Formats 5760 x 4320 (5.8K) anamorphic up to 29.97 fps (12-bit Raw)
5728 x 3024 (5.7K) up to 59.94 fps (12-bit Raw)
4096 x 2160 up to 119.88 fps
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94 fps
1920 x 1080 up to 59.94 fps
Audio I/O 1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo microphone input
1 x 3.5mm TRS stereo headphone output
Other I/O 1 x USB-C port (Power Delivery, recording, file transfer, and control)
1 x Flash synchro port (with timecode in/out using BNC adapter)
1 x 2.5mm remote port
Wireless 5GHz Wi-Fi (file transfers and control)
2.4GHz Wi-Fi (file transfers and control)
Bluetooth v5.0 / Bluetooth LE (file transfers and control)
Power Options 1 x DMW-BLK22 rechargeable battery (included)
1 x AC adapter with USB cable (included)
1 x USB-C Power Delivery (9V / 3A)
1 x DMW-AC10 (optional) and DMW-DCC17 (optional)

Why You Can Trust Me

I started my career over 24 years ago as a freelance live and ENG camera operator for broadcast television networks including ABC, FOX Sports, and Speed Channel. Since then, I have spent thousands of hours with countless different mirrorless cameras in a variety of filmmaking and multi-cam environments like corporate events, concerts, houses of worship, sports, theater, and classrooms. Additionally, I have spent the last decade running this website and consulting with organizations to help them find the right cameras and maximize their results. Learn more about Joel


How I Choose Scores

Every camera on this site gets scored for performance and overall value. Scores for each camera are calculated in the context of all other cameras and camera categories.

As a result, you may see lower or higher average scores for some characteristics in certain categories. For example, camcorders will typically receive lower than average scoring for image quality, dynamic range, and low-light performance and higher than average scoring for live features, while mirrorless cameras typically receive the opposite.

Image Quality

Image quality takes into account many factors including image noise, sharpness, color science, color accuracy, dynamic range, the ability to adjust the image to a specific style, etc.

Considerations include:

  • Accuracy of skin tones
  • Accuracy of saturated colors
  • Amount of details visible in highlights and shadows
  • Amount of noise in the final image
  • Amount of ghosting, chromatic aberration, and distortion in the image
  • How much work is required to achieve a pleasing final image
  • How much light is required to achieve the cleanest image

Dynamic Range

Dynamic range refers to how much detail is retained in highlights and shadows. The higher the dynamic range, the more detail that remains in bright highlights and dark shadows.

Dynamic range can also affect color saturation. A low dynamic range can cause unwanted clipping and/or smearing of saturated colors, as well as inaccurate shifting of colors in some situations.

For context, the ARRI ALEXA 35 currently sets the standard for a perfect 10/10 dynamic range. So if you wonder why these scores may seem low, it's because the bar has been set very high.

Low-Light Performance

This one is fairly self-explanatory.

But, first of all, I want to be clear that I always recommend providing adequate quality light if at all possible (see the lighting section of First Things First).

However, it does help knowing just how clean of an image to expect with less-than-ideal lighting, and is often a good indication of how clean the image is in general.

You will notice that camcorders and PTZs generally score much lower for this characteristic while mirrorless, cinema, and studio cameras score much higher. This is simply due to the nature of how camcorders and PTZs are made, with smaller sensors and built-in lenses that have variable apertures (an aperture that closes as the lens is zoomed in).

Live Features

Live features include remote control of camera and lens settings, built-in on-air tally indicators, built-in intercom for communication with director and crew, ability to add external viewfinders and monitors, remote power, and the ability to do everything through as few cables as possible.

Studio cameras and camcorders usually score higher while mirrorless cameras and cinema cameras might score lower.

Photo Capability

This is an exclusive criterion for the mirrorless camera category.

Since these cameras are more appropriately and technically referred to as "mirrorless hybrid cameras", designed for both photography and video, it is nice to know how each model fares for photography as well.

This score takes into account photo image quality, resolution, and the presence or lack of features like a viewfinder, hot shoe for mounting flashes, and raw photo formats.

Overall Value

This is the most subjective score, and is my overall opinion of the camera.

You may see lower scores here from cameras in both price extremes, with higher scores coming from cameras that tend to provide more performance and features for reasonable prices.

"Bang for the buck" is the key phrase here.

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