Today I am going to write about DLSR VS Mirrorless, the benefits and disadvantages both of them, and my prediction where will market go in the following years. On the end I am going to tell you my opinion about which camera or better say system (mirrorles or DSLR) you should invest in 2020.
Before we jump on the pros and cons of dslr vs mirrorless, I will just write few sentences about current situation on the market and little bit of history.
It’s been an exciting few year for cameras. Few major shake ups have changed landscape of professional photography. The biggest shift has been arise of the high end mirrorles camera, and particularly from brands like Sony and Fuji Film. In the past year Sony become the biggest seller of full frame cameras. Canon and Nikon jump into the race with their Z and EOS R full frame models. Mirrorles camera has become the big part of the camera market, but they haven’t replace the SLR’s which are on the market over 100 years.
Benefits of DSLR
- They are dependable, I am a Canon shooter, never had any dslr that broke, very well tolerate rain and snow;
- You are able to see the actual composition, and adjust focus with the focus ring when is camera in off mode. You may consider that this is not a big thing, but in situations when you do not have access to electric power;
- The battery life is long. If you are using only the visor, not back screen, on some dslr models will be able to take more than 1.000 images.
Benefits of Mirrorless
- They are slightly smaller than a DSLR, and slightly less weight;
- What you see on the visor and back screen of the camera is exactly the same ;
- The back screen and the visor display histogram on color channels;
- You get firmware to add new features to your camera;
- It comes with all sorts of features like finding the eye of the subject and keeping it in focus, which is priceless for the photographer who is shooting people.
- They all have adapters which can be used for adapting old lenses. If you have some old lenses, you can use them on mirroless cameras;
- You will not have problems with back or front focus since the focus is made on the sensors surface.
Disadvantages of using DSLR
- They are bigger and heavier than mirrorless cameras.
- DSLR require a longer learning process. All elements that photographer need to know, fall more into the pro category.
- In order to see the image you have to press the shooter button. There is some situation that you cannot miss the moment. The fact that you can see the final image on the visor is a minus. You can use live mode preview, but from my experience it is very difficult.
- Problems with focusing which in lot of situations depends of type of lens which you are using. For example, if you had a problem with focusing with some lens on DSLR, you may not have a problem on the mirroless.
Disadvantages of using Mirrorless
- Battery life. If you are extensively photographing during one day you will be using at least 2 batteries, while with dslr your battery will last probably 2 days;
- Always have to turn you camera on and check the composition.
My prediction for the future period is that market will develop interaction between mirrorless and phone cameras. It’s going to be the easiest way for people to access photography. Market for DSLR will be still there, photographers will still use dlsr system in situations where electricity is not accessible, professional photographers will continue to use this system.
If you read my blog post carefully, I think that it is clear that you should go with the mirrorless system. The fact that you can use all your old lenses with the adapter, that you going to have better focusing system and benefit from the new technology, it’s more than enough to consider buying mirrorless camera.
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