10 Things You Need To Know About Mirrorless Cameras – ipadguides

Mirrorless cameras are on the rise. It feels like everyone is throwing away their DSLRs and replacing them with these cute mirrorless cameras. Well, before you join in throwing your DSLR in a place rubbish me, there are a few things you need to know. Yukss!

1. Mirrorless cameras are smaller and lighter?

Olmypus EM5 and Canon 5d. Both use a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. 700 gr Kg vs 1700 gram.

Mostly, yes. But maybe not, especially if the camera sensor size is large. Because a mirrorless camera is a system, don’t forget the lens. The bigger the sensor, the bigger the image circle size, so the lens size increases according to physics.

Try to compare the Canon 70-200 f/4 DSLR lens with a similar lens belonging to the Sony A series mirrorless system. The size is not much different. For body size, obviously the Sony A7 series is much smaller. But the lens? Not necessarily.

There are also mirrorless ones like the Samsung NX1 which are similar in size to mid-level DSLRs. Unless you need features that don’t exist in DSLRs and are available on a large mirrorless camera, I still prefer a DSLR.

2. Mirrorless camera autofocus is slower?

In the beginning, mirrorless cameras appeared, maybe yes. But in 2015, autofocus speed is no longer a problem. What’s still a problem is the Autofocus speed to follow moving objects (AF-C, AF servo, that sort of thing).

For static autofocus (Single-AF, not Single AF) mirrorless cameras are even a few times faster than DSLRs. In my experience, for static AF mirrorless cameras from Olympus and Panasonic are the best. Followed by Sony, Samsung, and Fuji.

For AF tracking, Sony and Fuji still seem to be superior to other brands. It can be seen in the video above.

3. Mirrorless Photo Quality is the same as DSLR?

More or less yes. With a note of comparison with the same sensor size. For example, the mirrorless Sony A6000 photos will not be much different from the Nikon D7100 because they are both APS-C in size. Or Nikon D800 with Sony A7. Of course there will be different abilities high-iso and dynamic rangebut it won’t be much different.

4. Can you use any manual lenses?

Sony A7s with Leica lens mount

Due to the very short flange distance (the distance between the sensor and the lens), mirrorless cameras can use any lens, of course with the right adapter.

A popular combination is to use legendary Leica lenses that can cost you a mortgage down payment on the outskirts of Bekasi.

6. Leica is the first mirrorless camera?

Sony A7 is the first full-frame mirrorless? I don’t think so. Because the Leica M series has always been mirrorless. But, the Leica M is not a DSLR either. The Leica is a type of Rangefinder. Even pocket cameras (and cellphone cameras) are indeed mirrorless cameras. But here the term mirrorless is a camera system without a mirror mechanism whose lenses can be replaced. So cameras like the Fuji X100 or Ricoh GR, even though they are ‘mirrorless’, are not what people call mirrorless.

7. The choice of mirrorless camera lenses is still small

Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILFC) is a relatively new system. Lenses are constantly evolving. For now the most varied olympus and panasonic lenses. Fuji has prime lenses that are very tempting. Here’s a list of currently available lenses.

Completeness of mirrorless lenses (May 2015). Source from here.

8. Mirrorless Camera Shutter more Silent and Flexible

There is no sound of the mirror moving when the shutter is working, making the camera sound quieter. Some mirrorless cameras also have electronic shutterelectronic shutter without mechanical movement resulting in a silent shutter and a speed that can reach 1/32000 second — of course with some side effects such as jello effect.

9. Micro 4/3 Mirrorless Camera lacks ‘bokeh’?

An example of bokeh with a mirrorless camera. Panasonic GX7 + 20mm 1.7 lens. I think it’s enough even though it can’t match full frame.

Again this depends on the sensor size and lens aperture. Micro four third cameras like Olympus and Panasonic have sensors that are 2x smaller (or 1.5x for APS-C sensors like the Fuji X or Samsung NX) than ‘full frame’ sensors like the Sony A7 series so the DOF is also thinner.

For example, if you use f/2.8 on micro four thirds, then the sharpness (DOF) will be equivalent to f/5.6 at full frame. And vice versa, if we use f/2.8 at full frame, then to get the same sharp space and bokeh, the micro four thirds camera needs f/1.4. But this equivalence only applies to sharp spaces huh. For light intensity, f/2.8 remains f/2.8 in any format.

10. Mirrorless camera batteries are more wasteful than DSLRs?

Shooting using live view with Fuji XA-2 in Electronic City. Live view on mirrorless is fun, but it doesn’t save battery.

Correctly. For example, the average DSLR can shoot around 700-1000 photos with one battery. While mirrorless cameras only take about 200-400 photos. This is because mirrorless cameras need more power to ‘live view’ from the sensor to the LCD. While DSLRs use an optical viewfinder (optical viewfinder) which may not require power. But this is actually normal, if we use the live view mode on a DSLR, the battery capacity will not differ much from that of a mirrorless camera.

So, are you interested in switching to mirrorless? If you’re still curious, you can try different types of cameras at the nearest Electronic City store or visit the #itsECCHOICE website.

Mirrorless vs DSLR? Which one do you choose?

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