With the evolution of digital photography came some interesting developments as far as cameras are concerned. In particular, these advances have brought about two types of cameras that are popular in the market today: the digital single lens reflex camera or the DSLR and the mirrorless camera.
Both cameras have their similarities as well as their differences. As such, oftentimes these cameras tend to be pitted against each other as a great number of photographers now find themselves struggling as to which camera would suit their photography needs.
First things first, it is hard comparing apples to oranges as the DSLR and the mirrorless camera have their own unique attributes and features that makes it difficult to make a sound comparison. However, we shall check out what makes each of them different and which would be a better fit for you as a photographer.
All About The Mirrors
As the name implies, one key difference between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is the presence (or lack thereof) of mirrors in their bodies. In DSLRs, the mirrors are present because they are an integral part as to how these cameras capture images. Whe the camera shutter is pressed, this mirror flips up as the shutter opens so that the light can pass through to reflect on to mirror which in turn will bounce the light off to the sensor which will capture the image. In this setup, the mirror is an integral part in the image capturing function of the camera.
So with the mirror now gone in the mirrorless camera, how does such a camera now do the image capture? In this case, when light passes through the shutter, the sensor automatically captures the light directly to eventually capture the image. This technology the mirrorless camera employs not only allows a more direct image capture system, it also lessens the bulkiness in size that DSLRs typically have, now that a space-consuming component like the mirror is no longer present.
Another factor to consider in choosing a DSLR or a mirrorless camera would be the available lenses. Owing to being in the market longer, it is no surprise that there are more available lenses for DSLR cameras, not to mention some models are affordably priced as well.
In comparison, mirrorless camera lenses are few and sometimes hard to find in a number of retailers. Nevertheless, the situation is somewhat improving as more and more lenses are being released in the market.
It must be noted though that the compatibility of the lenses depend on the camera and the model. Which means to say for instance that a Canon lens would not work on a Nikon camera or a Panasonic lens would not work on a Sony mirrorless camera. Unless of course there is a lens adapter used to make other lenses work well on another camera body. It would be best to check the lens manufacturer’s website for further information on compatibility.
Other Features and Capabilities
While many mirrorless cameras can somewhat match many features and capabilities as that of a DSLR, they still do not match the capabilities of advanced DSLRs that would make one say mirrorless cameras can replace DSLRs completely. For one, these advanced DSLRs have full frame sensors that capture more detail than those of entry-level DSLRs as well as mirrorless cameras that have smaller sensors.
In the end, it is a matter of preference as far as the photographer is concerned. If you are a photographer who is still starting out, there is no shame in going for an entry level DSLR or a mirrorless camera to get started, upgrading your gear as you become more adept and would be needing more features that an advanced camera like advanced DSLRs can provide.