Choosing Between A DSLR And A Mirrorless Camera

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.

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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.

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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.

Available Lenses

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.

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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.

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Reviewing the Sony A6000

Mirrorless cameras today are powerful and feature packed than they were years ago, making them almost at par with the DSLR cameras. But not all cameras are really as close as they are with the DSLR, especially in terms of image quality.

Today, we shall be looking at a mirrorless camera that is touted to be an advanced mirrorless camera, capable of matching DSLR image quality. Let’s see what Sony has to offer with the A6000.

BUILD AND SPECIFICATIONS

Before anything, let us look at the build of this camera. It has a good solid build housed in a portable body, making it less bulky and easier to carry around. It also has a solid handle that lets you hold the camera with one hand comfortably and firmly when needed. With a weight of only 468 grams, the camera is lightweight enough for you to carry around, especially if you travel and take photos a lot.

One unique feature that makes the A6000 stand out is the presence of a built-in electronic viewfinder, a feature many mirrorless cameras do not have built in but rather is an item to be purchased separately. This electronic viewfinder allows you to view your photos a bit better and produce better results as far as the images you capture is concerned.

In addition, it also has an LCD screen that you can tilt, though it cannot be flipped at a 180 degree angle for selfie captures. And also, the LCD is not touchscreen but it does have a simple and easy to follow menu system. And yes, it has a built in flash as well as a hotshoe to place an accessory like an external flash.

PERFORMANCE

The Sony A6000 has a 24 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with the latest gapless microlens technology that most modern sensors now use, coupled with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor that provides a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600.

If you want to experiment with how the colors would appear straight from the camera, you can adjust Picture Styles. There are a number of customizable presets available like Landscape, Vivid, and Monochrome. What’s better about the camera’s Picture Styles is that they can be shot in RAW format, so you’ll have a “clean” version of the image should you need it sometime down the road.

The camera’s metering system also does a good job in general at helping to produce accurately exposed images. However, there are times that the A6000 is prone to underexposure, meaning you’ll need to dial in some exposure compensation (if shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority) to get a balanced image.

The automatic white balance is decent as well in reproducing accurate colors, but there would be occasions that you would need to adjust the white balance to a different setting especially if artificial light would cause the colors of the photo to be too warm.

But what makes the A6000 stand out is its claim of being the camera with the fastest autofocusing speeds in any camera with an APS-C format sensor. To say the least, they are very impressive.

As far as connectivity is concerned, it also has a built in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for instant sharing online.

VERDICT

Sony has come a long way in making their mirrorless cameras to be the best in the market. And the Sony A6000 is certainly a step in the right direction. There are so many things to like about this camera. If you are shopping around for a mirrorless camera, this is one model you should definitely check out.