Mirrorless vs. DSLR | Which Camera is Right for Me?


Mirrorless versus DSLR. This could be the biggest photographic debate
since film versus digital. As mirrorless cameras become more and more
advanced and DSLR style cameras offer more conservative refinements, many users are asking
themselves — which one is right for me? DSLRs have always been hefty systems and with
good reason. They own an optical viewfinder, pentaprism,
and mirror box. Whether or not you like the larger size is
completely subjective. Mirrorless entered the photography market
offering the same image quality of a DSLR in substantially smaller and lighter weight
package. Then there’s the viewfinder question. The optical viewfinder on a DSLR is a thing
of beauty. By design, this lets the photographer see
what the lens sees. You can compose whether the camera is on or
off and enjoy a classic, through the lens experience. Mirrorless cameras eliminate the optical viewfinder. Offering users, either via electronic viewfinder
or rear screen, a digital representation of their composition. This means you can preview things like exposure,
depth of field, pictures simulations. EVFs are getting better and better, but because
of refresh rates, there’s still a visual lag when compared to a traditional optical
viewfinder. Auto focus is another major consideration. DSLRs employ time tested phase detection autofocus
systems which offer consistent performance in both low and high contrast situations. Mirrorless systems use variety of autofocus
implementations, but don’t perform quite as well at this stage in the extremes of high
and low contrast. Battery life. In terms of shot count, bigger is usually
better. DSLRs have the edge here, but some mirrorless
makers are upping size and milliamps to close the gap. Another plus for DSLR systems — mature,
well developed lens catalogues. Canon and Nikon are the obvious examples here:
fast prime lenses, zooms, even specialized options like tilt shifts are available. Mirrorless is catching up here, but in the
meantime, lens adapters are an excellent option for attaching legacy DSLR glass to a mirrorless
body. Some options offer electronic connections
for autofocus, aperture control and other modern features, but performance can vary
from lens to lens and isn’t quite the same as using native glass. So, what do you think about DSLR vs. Mirrorless? Let us know in the comments below. And if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe. I’m photographer David Flores, See you next
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