08 Apr The Picture Patch Club – #2
DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras – Finding The Right Camera For You
The latest talking point in the photography community nowadays is the DSLR vs Mirrorless debate. DSLR cameras have dominated the market for many years. However, mirrorless cameras have recently arrived on the scene.
Many photography enthusiasts will be very interested in this issue, while others won’t even know the difference between the two. A similarity between the two cameras is that they are both capable of adding different lenses to the bodies. This can add a different, more variety to your photography through being able to add a wide angle or telephoto lenses to the bodies. As opposed to compact cameras where zoom lenses come already attached. This article will explain what exactly DSLR and mirrorless cameras are and aspects that will help find the right camera for you. The comparisons between the two that I will make will be on the basis of a pro DSLR vs a pro Mirrorless camera.
What are DSLR Cameras?
DSLR is short for digital single-lens reflex. In the body of a DSLR, you will find a mirror and a prism, which will reflect the light into the viewfinder to give the user an accurate view of what they are seeing.
Also, beneath the mirror and prism lies a camera sensor. When the user presses the shutter button, the mirror raises up, the shutter opens and light falls onto the camera sensor. Now here’s the clever part. The camera processor will then record the light from the sensor and process this into an image.
What are Mirrorless Cameras?
Surely the name of this camera gives it away. Yes, you guessed it a mirrorless camera is a camera that doesn’t require a mirror like we were discussing above describing the DSLR. This camera also does not require an optical viewfinder. The camera sensor in this camera is constantly recording light. The processor in this camera is then capturing the light that is entering the sensor to show on both the LCD screen and the electronic viewfinder at the rear of the camera.
If your wondering why DSLR cameras aren’t called ‘mirrored’ cameras is because mirrorless cameras are something quite recent and have come second in the naming pecking order for all the big camera companies.
The Weight and Size of the Camera
DSLR’s are reasonably larger than Mirrorless cameras. This is because DSLRs have to fit both the mirror and the prism inside. Which leads to the need for a larger housing for the camera body.
Low Light Shooting and Autofocus
This was an area where DSLRs used to dominate. However, as technology has changed mirrorless cameras such as the new Nikon Z7 have found a way to gain immense autofocusing speeds in low light. With all this being said DSLR’s still have the edge in aspects such as wildlife photography with the ability to autofocus onto fast moving objects. My recommendation on choosing either DSLR or Mirrorless all depends on what type of photography you are looking to explore.
Good image quality all depends on the quality of the camera you are looking to obtain. Let’s say for this case we are comparing Canon’s 5d Mark IV (DSLR) and the Canon EOS R (Mirrorless). Both of which have the capabilities to shoot high-quality images, and have the ability to go up to a high number of ISO without a huge amount of image grain.
With Mirrorless cameras being able to autofocus in low light extremely well, here I would recommend Mirrorless cameras.
The fact that DSLR cameras have the process of the mirror being raised makes it a slower process of the photo being taken compared to mirrorless. Although saying the word slow to describe both cameras shooting speed doesn’t do them justice. Both can shoot at very fast shutter speeds when selecting the high shutter modes on the cameras.
With the Mirrorless camera having to use its electronic LCD screen and viewfinder this can cause a shortened battery life. Of course, battery life depends on how much you’re using the features. These features include aspects such as live view or viewing the images that are captured on the LCD screen. However, I think for now DSLRs are the winners for this section.
The Endurance of Each Camera
Both of these camera types offer protection from the elements. Brands describe this as described as weatherproof, meaning that they can shrug off rain and other splashes.
Conclusion – DSLR vs Mirrorless
The better camera here all depends on the type of photography you are undertaking. For example, in low light photography, I would recommend a mirrorless camera with its fantastic autofocus abilities.
An example of where DSLRs have an edge being able to focus on moving objects like in nature or sports photography.
We use a range of DSLRs to capture high-resolution photos on our Bullet Time Photo Booth.
We have added a mirrorless camera to our ranks embedded into our new Vintage Photo Booth. The quality of the images speaks for itself when viewing the Vintage Photo Booth’s first ever event at the Atelier Wedding Show.
For more information on this topic visit Digital Camera World to see their segment on the debate.
Keep an eye out for more Picture Patch Club articles coming up.