If you pay any attention to the photography world then you have more than likely heard of mirrorless cameras. This fairly new to market option allows for a lighter, smaller, and quieter camera experience. When comparing to the older, trusted DSLR rivals there are some key differences. The main difference is that there is no optical viewfinder, due to the camera being mirrorless, these cameras use either electronic viewfinders or depend on the rear screen of the camera.
Many photography critics have also questioned the image quality and handling of these new cameras. Since their inception in 2009 with the Olympus Pen E-P1, mirrorless cameras have come a long way. Although there still aren’t as many lens options available compared to DSLR cameras there is enough variety in lenses to suit most photographers. There are options of lenses available now from compact to the bulkier regular DSLR sized lenses. The continued growth in popularity of these cameras have led to many improvements over the years and the options of several different brands as well. Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Canon, and Nikon now also have mirrorless camera models. Olympus and Panasonic have the most options, since they created the first mirrorless model. These cameras also use the same mounting system too, so lenses are interchangeable between the brands.
Another thing to keep in mind when in the market for a mirrorless camera is the exclusive use of an electronic viewfinder or screen. This can be very helpful when you need to quickly shoot photos. The full time live view leads to a much faster electronic screen image for the user. This is one feature that is superior in comparison to the slower DSLR screens. Continuous shooting is also much faster on mirrorless cameras. This is perfect for sports photography and action shots.
The future of video also seems to be held by mirrorless cameras. DSLR’s work perfectly fine for video capability currently, but with the speed of mirrorless cameras live feed electronic screens there will soon be no comparison. Mirrorless camera models also offer many features besides video. Most models can compete with, and even out do DSLR’s now.
One more benefit of using a mirrorless camera is the fact that they are much quieter than DSLR’s. Depending on what type of photography you do this can be a big deal. When shooting animals for instance, the flap of the camera mirror in a regular DSLR can startle an otherwise unsuspecting target. There is no comparison when it comes to the noise level of a mirrorless camera versus a regular DSLR.
The future of photography is ever changing, but it certainly seems that mirrorless cameras are making their mark. With an increase in models in recent years as well as the introduction of new accessories it looks as if they are here to stay. New lenses, higher photo quality, and lighter, smaller options make mirrorless the way of the future. Be sure to check out a few mirrorless models when shopping for your next camera and make the decision for yourself.