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Mirrorless Cameras vs DSLR which is better for you?

Mirrorless Cameras vs DSLR which is better for you?

By  Adeline Belluz 2019-05-23 4888 0

New camera buyers often face a question: is it better to buy a mirrorless camera, or a SLR camera? Today I will compare the mirrorless camera with the DSLR camera, hoping to help you.

Before I talk about the difference between a DSLR camera and a DSLR camera, let me give you a little bit of background. The mirrorless camera cancels the reflector structure in the SLR camera. The light goes directly into the camera's sensors, so a mirrorless camera is an electronic viewfinder.

Mirrorless Cameras vs DSLR which is better for you

First: comparison of weight

Because the structure design of the mirrorless camera is much simpler than that of the DSLR camera. The mirrorless camera is smaller in size and lighter in weight. The DSLR cameras are more complex in structure, larger in size and heavier in weight than mirrorless cameras.

Now many camera manufacturers are making a big deal about the size and weight of their cameras, trying to make them smaller and lighter. For example: the weight of the body and lens of Nikon D3400, which is launched this year, is less than 700 grams, the same weight as a mirrorless camera.

Although the structure of the camera design is relatively simple, the function is very rich. The function are very abundant as well. If you like a light, easy-to-carry camera, then the anti-camera is certainly the best choice.

Weight comparison: mirrorless camera is lighter, more convenient.

Second: Comparison of imaging quality

When the mirrorless cameras first came out, the largest sensor size was APS-C, while smaller ones like Olympus's and Panasonic's were available. The size of the sensor is small, the quality of imaging nature can not be compared with the DSLR camera.

However, in recent years, most of the sensor sizes of the mirrorless cameras are APS-C specifications, and the pixels are generally more than 20 million. The imaging quality is basically as beautiful as that of the DSLR camera ping. Like SONY's A7 series, it adopts a full-frame sensor, not much different from an DSLR camera.

Imaging quality comparison: in the field of imaging quality, the two are almost equal.

Third: Comparison of viewfinders

As mentioned before, a DSLR camera is an optical viewfinder, while the mirrorless camera is an electronic viewfinder. The optical viewfinders rely on optical viewfinder focus and light refraction. It is better in terms of continuous beat and focus speed . Electronic framing is based on electronic display. They are typically displayed on LCD screens, which use more power.

If the photo is taken in a well-lit environment, there is not much difference between the two viewfinders. But the electronic viewfinder is prone to problems in low-light environments, where it can go dark. If you are shooting night scenes, starry sky and other subjects, then the DSLR camera is absolutely the best choice.

Framing contrast: this DSLR camera is better and better able to cope with complex and extreme environments.

Fourth: Comparison of automatic focusing speed

The focusing speed of DSLR camera has absolute advantage when the mirrorless camera came out first. At that time, the SLR cameras used phase focusing, which was very fast.

At that time, the mirrorless camera used focus detection, which was very slow, and it would be more troublesome to shoot in bad light.

In recent years, the focusing performance of the mirrorless camera has improved a lot. Phase and contrast detection have been added to the focusing system, and the focusing speed has been very fast. SONY's A5100, for example, has the same focusing speed as a DSLR.

Autofocus speed comparison: the two are about the same in this aspect

Fifth: Comparison of continuous beat speed

It is better to use the mirrorless camera in the continuous shooting, because the structure of the mirrorless camera is simple and the continuous shooting process is not as complicated as that of the DSLR camera. Therefore, when photographing high-speed objects, such as moving vehicles and sports, the continuous photography without a reverse camera will perform better.

Take, for example, the Canon 760D and SONY's a6300. The price of these two cameras is similar, but there is a difference in the speed of continuous shooting. The SONY a6300 has a continuous speed of 11fps, while Canon's 760d has a continuous speed of 5fps.

Comparison of continuous shooting speed: the mirrorless camera is better than the DSLR camera.

Sixth: Comparison of battery endurance

The battery life of the DSLR is much better. As long as you don't turn on the real-time viewfinder function to take pictures, the power consumption of the SLR is not very fast. An inverse-less camera adopts an electronic viewfinder, so it consumes more power. A typical DSLR camera can last a day on one battery, while a mirrorless camera can last a day on three or four batteries.

Conclusion: the mirrorless camera can perform well in all aspects. It is no longer what it used to be before. So it is a good idea to buy a mirrorless camera. Of course, the DSLR camera is also very good. What I want to express is that there is not much difference between the mirrorless and SLR cameras.


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