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Is Mirrorless good choice for Beginners

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Is Mirrorless good choice for Beginners


We live in an era where technology is the buzz word. Almost every electronic gadget sees some advancement with the passage of time. And, digital cameras are akin to this technological phenomenon. Particularly, the segment that caters to the professionals and amateurs alike, garners a lot of attention. If you are an aspiring photographer looking to plunge into the world of photography, but confused on buying the right gears, worry not. The overwhelming categories of products is always puzzling. Especially when the photographic community is divided on the acceptance of more recent mirrorless variants compared to their mature counterpart, the Digital SLRs. Take a moment to read this article that briefs on the latest photographic equipment available in the market and why mirrorless may or may not be the right choice depending on the type of photography you will be working on.

The revolutionary mirrorless camera is an innovative product that sets it apart from the traditional DSLR variants. Read on to know if mirrorless is an ideal choice.  Here are few photographs by Srivatsan Sankaran using the Sony A7III body and Sony EF 16-35 mm lens.


Compact Size: For someone like me, who travels a lot and is into adventure photography, the weight of the camera plays a major role. With almost every feature of a typical DSLR built into a mirrorless variant alongside a smaller and lighter body, it is a versatile product. The size and weight factors do not, in any way, compromise the quality of photographs. Its compact size makes it easy to fit inside your bag and move more easily.

What You See Is What You Get: The term digital SLR denotes the inclusion of a mirror and a special prism in the construction of a camera body for the purpose of reflecting light through the lens directed into the prism for the scene to be visible through the view finder. With the advent of mirrorless variants, this setup of mirror and prism has been withdrawn. Unlike DSLRs, mirrorless cameras don’t have an optical view finder. Instead, they employ an electronic version called the Electronic View finder (EVF). This means that the scene on the LCD screen is exactly what will, eventually, be captured. So, you will have a better idea of how the image is going to look like before releasing the shutter.

Shooting Speed: For someone into sports and wildlife, capturing those fast-paced moments are crucial. The number of continuous shots a camera can capture every second plays a pivotal factor. Most entry level mirrorless cameras can capture as fast as any high-end DSLRs can. This is made possible due to the lack of mirror in its construction.

Better Autofocus: DSLRs and Mirrorless employ different methods of auto-focusing systems, with the latter being superior. The auto-focusing system of DSLRs are slower and less accurate, especially when recording videos. On the other hand, Mirrorless cameras use newer and more effective technology called ‘Contrast Detect Auto-focus’.


Bottom Line:
Mirrorless cameras are compact, lighter and offer far superior auto-focusing technologies to produce outstanding image quality than their DSLR counterpart. However, they come at a higher cost and fewer lenses to choose from. That said, the gap between DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras are narrowing down.


Vijaykumar Duraiarasan is an Adventure & Travel Photographer from Chennai, India. He has traveled across the length and width of Indian subcontinent, particularly, the majestic Himalayan ranges and shares his experiences on his travel photography blog.  Visit his website for fascinating travel experiences.