Mirrorless Cameras vs. DSLRs
Mirrorless cameras are hitting the market by storm. With their small form factor and advanced technology, they offer extreme portability along with great picture quality. With the competitive prices offered by several big camera manufacturers, why would you ever consider buying a big and bulky DSLR?
If you’re in the market for a new camera and you don’t know which camera system to invest your money in, read up on the following points which will help you make a more informed buying decision.
Mirrorless cameras, like the micro 4/3 or the APS-C formats have a smaller sensor but are able to deliver very clean, crisp and printable images without much compromise. They range anywhere from $800 to $2000 and as mentioned before, are extremely portable. Interchangeable lenses are also the norm here, so being able to do what the 35mm format cameras do to change the field of view can be achieved with additional lenses.
A couple of very good cameras to look out for are the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Sony NEX-7. They both deliver excellent image quality and at picture sizes under 2000 px, only very experienced camera fanatics would be able to tell that the photos were not taken by a full-framed DSLR.
These larger cameras are bulky, heavy and in most cases, more expensive – expect to pay around double the price of a mirrorless to really get your money’s worth. In general, good lenses for DSLR’s also cost a fair bit more. If you’re planning on becoming a landscape photographer, be prepared to lug around a lot more weight and also invest in a very study (and expensive) tripod to deal with the extra weight of the camera.
However, due to their much larger sensors, they are able to produce more bokeh (out of focus areas), and also much finer details. Note however, that these finger details need to be viewed at one hundred percent file size in order to be truly seen and appreciated. At web sizes, there is going to be barely any difference. Another advantage you get is because the 35mm full-framed sensors are able to gather more light, they are less suceptible to image noise (grain), so in general you get much cleaner photos.
Which camera you should buy will depend on the kind of photography you want to do, as well as the intended final output of the images.
For instance, if you’re just getting started and you’re looking to shoot street photography, landscapes as well as the occasional portrait, you will end up having to walk around a lot and this is where a smaller micro 4/3 camera can really be a back-saver. Since the cameras and lenses are generally cheaper, they will get you in the game and will allow you to enjoy all that photography has to offer without breaking the bank.
On the other hand, if you’re a sucker for details, and your aim is to get into commercial studio or product photography, then the details and cleanliness of the file will really matter. In that case, a smaller sized mirrorless sensor might not cut it.
DSLR vs MILC: Another Look
MILC wins portability hands down. Since most of the core designs of today’s MILCs allows your to carry it on your pockets and often does not require bulky bags like DSLRs do, you can it bring anywhere.
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Since both type of cameras use lenses and large image sensors both definitely will have great image, but choose your MILC wisely, since not all MILCs in the market have large image sensors. Since MILCs use an electronic view there might be lag in capturing images.
With less parts, MILC is definitely cheaper. However, since the its technology is new, you may expect it to become cheaper and cheaper in time. Please check your local camera store and you’ll see the difference on the prices.
Unfortunately for the MILCs, most of the lenses of todays DSLRs are not yet compatible with MILCs so should you get one, you have get a different set of MILC lenses.
Ease of use
As mentioned in round 2, MILC may encounter lag time when viewing on your electronic view so you might not actually get the exact image you want when shooting action and movement shots.
Since MILCs’ battery are compact and smaller than those of a DSLR, expect the battery power to be shorter. A DSLR can stand a whole of day of shooting while an MILC might need to use 2 battery to match a DSLR.
I can’t say in fact which is better, it will all come down to priority. Both systems provide quality images, but for all purpose photography, DSLRs definitely will be the best choice, but if you want portability, you may opt for an MILC. But do remember, MILC’s portability is lost once you get larger lenses.
My final words would be: a viewfinder still an integral part in photography, looking at viewinder is still better than looking in an LED screen. So if you want to really capture what you see, go for a DSLR. Yes! MILC might take over the photography one day, but it’s NOT today.