Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras for Nature Photos | Outdoor Photography Tips


– All right folks, the
day has finally arrived. Canon and Nikon and
Sony all have full frame mirrorless camera
systems on the market now so we should probably discuss the mirrorless versus DSLR
debate once and for all as outdoor photographers. Hello everyone, I am Matthew
Saville for NatureTTL.com. And in this video, we’re going to break it down into terms of what do you
shoot and how do you shoot it. Whether you’re a landscape photographer or a wildlife photographer, you might have a different
approach to your photography and that might affect whether
or not you actually decide that a DSLR or a mirrorless
camera is best for you. So, let’s dive into it. (theatrical music) This video is supported by photo insurance specialist photoGuard. When disaster strikes and
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for all subscribers to the Nature TLL channel. And now back to the video. As nature photographers, when it comes to mirrorless
cameras versus DSLR cameras, you have to look past all
of the bells and whistles and think about what these features could actually do for you and what cameras they’re
actually available on. For example, a lot of
landscape photographers and definitely any serious
nightscape photographer is going to be shooting from a tripod. So, two of the things that
mirrorless cameras offer may not really be that useful at all. One of them is of course
in-body stabilisation. The new Canon EOS R does not have it, but the Nikon Z6 and Z7 do have it and so do most all of the
latest Sony camera bodies. Having in-body stabilisation
bottom line is only useful if you’re shooting handheld
and at certain shutter speeds where stabilisation could actually help. This might be for general travel, run and gun on the
trail type photographers who are not using a tripod but still shooting travel
landscape type stuff or wildlife or just nature
photography in general. If you’re shooting handheld, in-body stabilisation could be useful. And if you’re shooting on a tripod, it’s just a bell or a whistle
and you don’t need it. Also, if you’re shooting on a tripod, then you’re probably
looking at your camera from arm’s length. You’re not holding your camera
up to your eye all the time, so the mirrorless electronic view finder is also not really that useful because you’re already using the live view on the back of your DSLR and it pretty much works
great for most cameras. Nikon’s latest iterations of live view have been working well. Canon has had great live view
for a very long time now. And the optical view finder, if you only ever hold
the camera up to your eye every now and then, then the optical view finder is fine. In fact, I actually prefer it
because when I’m on the trail and I’m travelling or something, the optical view finder, just raising the camera to
my eye every now and then for a quick snap means that
I’m not killing my battery very much at all and that’s
a great advantage of a DSLR. Another advantage that
mirrorless cameras claims to have was being lightweight and compact and that hasn’t really proven
to be true across the board as Sony and Canon and Nikon
cameras have come out. They’re about the same
weight as a Canon 6D or a Nikon D750, especially if you consider
that you might need to carry an extra battery around with you to get that mirrorless camera body to last as long as a DSLR. There are lightweight and
affordable and small compact yet still decently
sharp mirrorless lenses. But for the most part, if you want an ultra sharp
lens or an exotic focal length, then you’re going to have
to have a heavy lens, mirrorless or DSLR, so that’s one thing to consider. If you like super fast glass, then weight savings may
not really happen for you by switching to a mirrorless system. Or if you value very, very,
very sharp extreme corners, but you’re okay with a
modest aperture lens, then again you might
save a tiny bit of weight by going to a mirrorless camera system, but not much unfortunately. There is basically no free lunch. Honestly, if you want to save
weight when you’re travelling, you’re going lightweight,
you’re on the trail or whatnot, if you want to save weight, the best way to do it is not necessarily to
get a mirrorless system, but to get a cropped or smaller format sensor mirrorless system or even a smaller sensor DSLR, a Canon Rebel or a Nikon D5600. Those cameras are much, much
smaller, much more compact, and they still have very,
very sharp lenses available for those systems. The Canon EOS M system, the M5 has great, great image quality for travel landscape
photography at ISO100. It’s also pretty good at
ISO3200 for nightscapes. If you’re travelling very, very light, Sony’s A6300, 6500 cameras
are great for travel. Again, if you’re going to save weight, if you really want to
save a tonne of weight, the gigantic full frame camera is not going to do it for you, even if you go mirrorless. You might want to go with
a crop sensor mirrorless like Micro Four Thirds
or Fuji or Canon’s EF-M. Nikon doesn’t have a DX
mirrorless system yet, but maybe they will someday soon and we’ll see how that goes. Keep in mind by the way that some features really aren’t just
mirrorless-only features. They just happen to be in certain cameras and not in other cameras. Articulated LCD screens for example used to be something that
only really showed up on some mirrorless cameras
or most mirrorless cameras. But lately, almost all Nikon
DSLRs have articulated LCDs and the Canon 6D Mark II
has a fully articulated LCD that’s really nice for
shooting low angle photography or also high angle photography. And if you want an articulated LCD, then you don’t necessarily have
to get a mirrorless camera. You just need to get the right DSLR. Okay, let’s say you’re
a wildlife photographer. You need great frames per second. You need great reliable auto focus and you need access to big gigantic telephoto lenses sometimes that again have great reliable auto focus. For example, Sony’s A9 camera has a great, impressive frame rate and
pretty impressive auto focus, but the lens selection
on the native Sony mount is pretty limited still and adapting a giant Canon telephoto lens is not going to get you the
best auto focus performance because it’s a non-native
cross-compatibility situation. All right, what have we
learned today everybody? That you should choose the right camera for your style of shooting,
your subject matter, based on not just the
mirrorless versus DSLR debate or whatever seems to be
the hot popular camera, but the actual features and
image quality that you need. The lens selection, those are
the things that truly matter. Of course, let’s be honest with ourselves, part of the fun of photography
is buying new camera gear. It’s just exciting. So, let’s say that you’re
the type of photographer who might be totally happy with
getting a mirrorless camera. Which one should you get? Let’s answer this question really quick and then we’ll get out and
go take pictures, okay? First, if you want the
most resolution possible, Sony’s A7R Mark III and Nikon’s Z7 both have over 40 megapixels and amazing image quality all around. So, if you’re a landscape photographer or if you’re any type
of nature photographer that makes big prints, you’re going to want one of these amazing beasts of a camera. Or if you’re already a Canon shooter, there’s probably going
to be a 5DSR style camera coming out soon for the
new RF mirrorless mount and that camera could have
50-60 megapixels for sure. Next, let’s also consider the more modest resolution cameras. Sony’s A7 Mark III and Nikon’s Z6 both have 24 megapixels which is a nice good solid number for general photography,
travel photography, timelapse photography,
nightscape photography. It’s a great all-around do
everything type of camera. Both of these cameras
are just under $2,000 and both of them have
in-body stabilisation which is great for trail running and handholding all of your shots, but keep in mind that
the Sony is the only one with dual card slots right now. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 and
also the Canon EOS R don’t have dual card slots. The Canon EOS R is $2,300 but it’s missing things
like dual card slots and in-body stabilisation. With that said, if you’re familiar with
Canon’s menus and ergonomics, if you already have a
bunch of Canon L lenses, you definitely might want to
give Canon a chance to develop a few more bodies for this RF mount before making any big decisions. For example, if auto focus
is very important to you, then you want to stick with native lenses whether that’s Canon RF or EF lenses adapted to the EOS R body or native Sony lenses
on a native Sony body or native Nikon lenses on a Nikon Z body. Either way, if auto focus
is important to you, that’s one thing to keep in mind. Stick with native system options. All right, that’s about it everybody. Thanks for watching. Please don’t forget to
subscribe for more videos and leave a comment below if you’ve got something
to say on this topic. I know it’s a very
strongly debated subject and I would love to hear your opinion. Until next time, take care. So, we nature photographers
need to discuss… Bugs in our ears. That’s what we need to discuss. That natively work very, very well.

26 Replies to “Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras for Nature Photos | Outdoor Photography Tips”

  1. I’m definitely still on the fence. I may very well just wait until the 5D 6. If they even make it. The EOS R I didn’t feel was enough of an upgrade for me to switch to it from my Mark IV. Great comparison though. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think for that kind of work, which includes long trekking and climbing sometimes, a crop mirrorless could be the best. The weight is significantly lower especially if you use lenses like Laowa's or Samyang's aps-c wide primes. Someone who starts now, maybe should go Sony E or Fuji for their better sensors for night/landscape work, however, those who use FF or crop DSLRs already for years, the cost for changing to mirrorless would not make much sense to them.

  3. Great video! Very informative. I shoot mostly wildlife and I've been considering purchasing a mirrorless someday, but this has given me something to think about. Excellent location for your shoot! I love the desert.

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  5. Where is the discussion about the qualities of the sensor? In dynamic range that is extremely important to landscape photography the Sony sensor kills it!
    Do you want to take ultra high resolution images of your landscapes? Maybe you should look at Panasonic micro four thirds as they do sensor shift and you could get much higher megapixel than even a pro Canon D-SLR for a lot less plus you have a great range of sharp long tele photo lenses.
    And if you need a great range of cheap lenses and recommend second hand and love big D-SLR, why not in Sony DSLR on A mount with used lenses from Minolta plus you get that IBIS that you thought was just bells and whistles?
    This was pure hogwash not worth anyone's time, but what annoys me as you try and cover your animosity of mirrorless and try and come of like you are trying to help people.
    Rubbish!!

  6. You can kill the machine, but you won’t stop progress. DSLRS are great, but they are the past. You can’t change that brother

  7. Since you brought up AF, don't forget that the EOS R has AF to f/11 and that all EF and EF-S lenses are fully compatible with the R using the adapter. In some cases they perform better on the R than on the DSLR bodies.

  8. I own the D500 with a bunch of Nikon and other F mount lenses. I will be getting the new Z6, as it will be my first full frame camera, the 24 MP is more than enough for landscape photography, astro, and pretty much anything, especially wildlife photography which is what I mostly shoot, also 24 megapixel files are faster to work with, 40 plus megapixels is overkill for most photographers, heck even the ones that own these megapixel beats mostly use their smaller sensor bodies. I am also getting the Z6 for it's video capabilities, since the D500 lags in that department. The D500 is a beast for wildlife, that's for sure.

  9. You compare the dslr's canon nikon etc to there mirrorless cameras and fuji sony but you dont mention Olympus panasonic have been leading the way in compact mirrorless cameras for years. I.e. olympus omd1mk2 has a duel card system. There lenses are regarded as the best. But at the end of the day the best camera is the one in your hand, learn to use it.

  10. Being new to photography (3 years now) I chose the Nikon D750, love the grip, and the lenses I've added to use with it, so I'll be sticking with it for some years to come! I'm an 'enthusiast', so it's all about 'learning' as much as I can…to improve, thus I don't need 'the best', but believe my current camera can do very well when it comes to quality images. I do find it interesting, how the technology has been changing, and wonder if they will put a decent 'grip' (as I have on my D750) on a mirrorless…for us guys with 'man-hands'?

  11. Why do you have black tape over the Nikon logo on your Nikon D750? That was so distracting that I had a hard time watching you wave the camera around. Otherwise, interesting video.

  12. I disagree with the lens sharpness and weight saving – No mention of Olympus and Zuiko Pro lenses ! As sharp as Nikon or Canon and much smaller.

  13. Yeah right, but the One Most Important Things, about a Mirrorless Camera over a DSLR,
    is "What you see is, What You Get" photography… Sure, you can take your Canon or Nikon
    DSLR, put the Mirror up, and get "Live View" with your camera on a Tripod, but you won't
    get True WYSIWYG photography for any other situation. With the Sony a6000 series,
    or their Full Frame mirrorless, everything you shoot looks Exactly the way it did on your
    Screen, or in the Viewfinder. When you change Aperture, Shutter Speed or anything else,
    including the Scene and Special Effects modes, you will see Exactly what the resulting
    photo will look like, before you snap the shutter. THAT is the big advantage of Mirrorless,
    over a DSLR, and it was not even mentioned in this video…

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