Many photographers are making the switch to mirrorless cameras. If you’re still uncertain about whether it’s time for you to make the switch, here are ten good reasons why it might be the best camera choice for you.
1. Your phone is probably good enough already
It might seem like a strange thought at first, but your DSLR may actually be the fourth best camera you own. Your phone is almost certainly better for taking pictures of party snaps, selfies or casual video calls. These are probably not reasons enough to sell your DSLR straight away however.
2. Mirrorless cameras are lighter
It’s a small difference – but I’m sure anyone who has lifted their camera bag onto their shoulders can appreciate the difference in weight. Mirrorless cameras are much smaller than DSLRs, so they tend to weigh less. This will be particularly noticeable if you carry your camera around with you everywhere or shoot landscapes for a living.
3. You’ll save money on lenses
If you initially chose a DSLR because of its interchangeable lens system and you truly love this ability, then that’s a good reason to consider the switch to mirrorless cameras. You will probably save money because lenses for mirrorless cameras are generally cheaper than those for DSLRs.
4. Mirrorless cameras don’t need as much light as DSLRs
Mirrorless camera sensors tend to be smaller than those in DSLRs. This means that they need less light to record the images, which is particularly useful in low-light situations without a tripod.
5. Mirrorless cameras are noisier than DSLRs
Mirrorless cameras tend to make more noise when shooting stills or video because of their image stabilisation mechanisms and other electrical components. However, you can still take great pictures and videos in most lighting conditions without too much trouble.
6. The autofocus is good enough for most people
Autofocus systems have already reached a very high standard on mirrorless cameras, and they will continue to improve as the technology evolves. If you want to master photography beyond ‘point and shoot’, a slightly slower autofocus will not be a deal breaker.
7. It’s great for selfies and vlogging
Mirrorless cameras have screen flips which make it much easier to take shots from the hip or above your head, perfect for selfies and vlogging without getting an unflattering angle. You can also get creative with light and exposure because there is no mirror which reflects light back into your shot.
8. It’s a great second camera for professionals
Digital noise will probably be less noticeable in photos that you print out as opposed to those that just live on the internet, so if you’re a professional photographer, try using a mirrorless camera as your backup.
9. It’s great for action photography
Mirrorless cameras have a shorter shutter speed, which is especially useful in sports situations where you need to freeze a fast-moving subject. You can also shoot at a higher frame rate to capture the perfect moment.
10. Electronic viewfinders are better than optical ones
There has been a lot of debate about whether electronic or optical viewfinders are better. The main advantage of an electronic one is that it lets you preview how your picture will look before you take the shot. It also displays lots of information about the camera settings which can be useful in certain situations.
Most importantly, if you don’t like using a mirrorless camera, you can switch back to your DSLR whenever you want.
When mirrorless cameras first came out, it was pretty obvious that they were the future of photography. Sales have increased year after year even in a market saturated with smartphone photography, so there isn’t any reason to resist the change anymore. With more manufacturers joining the race every day, there is a camera out there that will suit you perfectly.