Part one of our mirrorless vs DSLR series covered ten reasons you should go with a DSLR camera. Now we’ll give ten reasons to go with a mirrorless.
Mirrorless vs DSLR: Mirrorless Top 10 Reasons
10. You want something quieter – An underrated feature of mirrorless cameras is that they are quieter, in fact, some can go dead silent. In DSLRs, all those mirrors toggling creates that iconic shutter noise, which will get in the way of your iconic bird watching photos.
9. You want full manual controls + more –Today mirrorless cameras have no disadvantages in terms of features. You’ll get full manual control, which we take for granted, as well as tons of extra features that the new software systems are packaged with, which you’ll never use.
8. You want better connectivity options – While some DSLRs have built in WiFi now, they are usually on the newer, more expensive models. Because mirrorless cameras are newer in general, most already have had a few generations of connectivity trial and error, and are better at WiFi and Bluetooth integration. And with better app support as well, soon you’ll be able to Instagram your pro shoots shot by shot.
7. You want to shoot video as well, even at night – DSLRs have bad video focusing because you don’t use mirrors for that. What you’re left with is just the sensor image, which makes your expensive DSLR on video mode the equivalent of a Coolpix. Mirrorless cameras are built to deliver amazing images without mirrors, so shooting in video is not a disadvantage. Some mirrorless cameras can even shoot in 4k already!
6. You want faster FPS at a cheaper price point – Because of the lack of mirrors, mirrorless cameras can snap quite fast even on entry-level models. Cameras like the Sony a6000 can shoot at 11fps, which is enough to turn your camera into the AK-47 of photography. To get 10 fps on a Canon Mark II or Mark III camera, you would have to pay over 5x the price. ($350 vs $1800+)
5. You want to see your photo effects in real time – With a DSLR, you have to guess what the manual changes you are making will end up looking like when using the optical viewfinder. In a mirrorless electronic viewfinder, any change you make in the manual settings you’ll see translated in real time. This is huge if you are just starting out.
4. You want a camera for travel photography – If you do lots of travel photography, you know that carrying a large camera around is a burden. But sometimes your cellphone or Coolpix just doesn’t cut it, especially when all your friend’s Instagrams look like they are paying for a staff photographer to follow then around. A mirrorless is the ideal comprise between size and power.
3. You want something smaller and lighter – Even though DSLRs are shrinking today, there will never be a DSLR that is smaller than a mirrorless. All those mirrors simply = mass. And the size difference is not just in camera body. Native mirrorless lenses are smaller than DSLR lenses, and perform just as well. Overall the whole mirrorless package is lighter and sleeker.
2. You want something just to start out – It’s hard to beat an entry-level mirrorless camera in terms of specs, ease of use, and cost. Having fewer lens choices at first might even be a benefit. Plus it’s simply less intimidating to start shooting with a mirrorless. If you use a point and shoot regularly, or even have a large cell phone, you’ll feel more comfortable jumping to a mirrorless camera.
As a side note, mirrorless cameras are definitely the people’s choice for starting out as well. Check out the top comments on these reddit threads:
1. You don’t want to look silly in 5 years or so – Like I mentioned in the original post, mirrorless cameras seem to be the future. Most of the “flaws” are things that will be rectified as the technology gets better. While this means you could wait, mirrorless systems at this point have already made leaps and bounds. Today they are as good as DSLRs, and in a few more years, they will be better. The mirrorless vs DSLR debate is just like the transition from landlines, to large brick cellphones, to today’s smartphones. Every step of the transition caused controversy and ridicule, but notice how no one is back.
Now You Know
After these posts, hopefully you’ll know what the main points of the mirrorless vs DSLR debate are. And yes, you may have notice that I prefer mirrorless. But if you already have a ton of gear, or have saved thousands of dollars and want to get the best glass, then DSLRs are a great choice. Just because DSLRs were invented doesn’t mean that people don’t shoot in film anymore. You’re not going to be left behind by buying a DSLR. In the end the best bet is to shoot with both types, at a store or by borrowing cameras, and then make the decision based on what you liked more.