Is it worth buying a DSLR today? Or maybe mirrorless cameras are better than SLR cameras? Here are some reasons why I think it's better to choose a mirrorless one.

Many people who want to deal with photography seriously invest in a DSLR. For many years the SLR was a synonym of professionalism, in contrast to compacts. However, mirrorless cameras were considered to be slightly better compacts. However, the situation has changed dramatically, and today mirrorless cameras are not only worse than SLRs, but in some cases they outclass them. More and more people are switching from SLRs to cameras without mirrors and are happy with their decision. Why do I prefer mirrorless cameras?

Compact size

Sometimes a SLR camera with a lens can weigh a good few kilos, and the whole day of work with such a set causes not only sores in the hands, but also back pain. In addition, sometimes the photographer carries two bodies with him so that he does not change his lenses. Yes, maybe it looks professional with such a set, but the comfort of work is sluggish, because fatigue is quickly entering.

Panasonic Lumix LX15/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic Lumix LX15/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

In the case of mirrorless cameras, even the largest and heaviest models are still more than half lighter than the average professional SLR. In turn, the smallest models can even be put in a pocket. The whole day of work with a camera of such dimensions is practically imperceptible. Many photographers will say that SLRs are great in their hands, but larger mirrorless cameras also provide a secure grip and comfortable handling. In addition, we can always buy a battery grip, which will still improve the convenience.

Digital viewfinder

The question that can be raised by traditionalists, I do not know why, is a viewfinder. Many believe that the optical viewfinder gives the best image quality. There is no doubt about it. But the optical viewfinder also has a basic limitation – we see what is visible with it with the naked eye. However, we can not see the exhibition and colors well. Therefore, we have to take pictures "on the feel". Of course, an experienced photographer can deal with it.

Panasonic GH5/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic GH5/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

However, we often want to take pictures in which the exhibition is intentionally set in a non-standard way. For example, we do not light up the frame, because we want to bring out only the shadow, outline of the silhouette. Or, on the contrary, we want to x-ray the window behind the figure. Such operations are difficult to make when there is no preview that shows what the picture will look like. That's why I think that the digital viewfinder will be more useful in many situations. Do not forget that the visors in the current mirrorless cameras are characterized by very high resolution.

Better autofocus

The initial disadvantage of mirrorless cameras was, among others, the autofocus, which in the first models did not perform well. However, we already have these times behind us. As you know, the AF system is one of the most important points in the camera. The latest mirrorless cameras are breaking records in this respect. Most SLRs have an AF system with a number of dozen or so points. Even with the latest models, the number is less than 100. In today's mirrorless cameras, we'll find great autofocus systems today . For example, Sony A9 has a hybrid AF system based on 693 focus areas. Such numbers translate into incredibly fast and very accurate automatic sharpening of the image. Top mirrorless cameras do well even after dark, they also have no problem with continuous AF, useful during filming. Currently, it's the highest models of mirrorless cameras, not DSLRs that can boast of the best autofocus on the market.

Panasonic Lumix GX800K/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic Lumix GX800K/fot. fotoManiaK.pl


Bigger film possibilities

If you are looking for a camera to film, then it's not worth bothering yourself with DSLR cameras. It's the producers of mirrorless cameras that are developing in the field of filming – these are mainly Sony and Panasonic. Their latest top models practically beat the SLR camera in terms of the possibilities offered . Devices such as Panasonic GH5 are practically full cameras. They offer the highest image resolution, the possibility of advanced color settings and many other functions, without which the filmmaker is difficult to get around. On the other hand, on the SLR market, we will not find anything interesting at present, which would provide equally large opportunities for similar money. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 80D are still popular. However, if we look at their specification, they fall out pale on the background of mirrorless cameras from a similar price level.

5-axis matrix stabilization

The function, or 5-axis stabilization, is becoming more and more desired by photographers. It gives really great results – it provides a stable image with every lens, including the one that itself is free of stabilization. In turn, it works with lenses that the stabilization system has, giving even better results. Thanks to it, we can photograph from the hand with longer exposure times and film.

Panasonic Lumix GH5S/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

Panasonic Lumix GH5S/fot. fotoManiaK.pl

The 5-axis stabilization of the matrix is now found in many mirrorless cameras , including those from the middle and lower shelves. However, it is vain to look for it in DSLRs, because the mirror construction significantly impedes the use of the stabilization system. For now, there are just a few SLRs in which this system can be found.

Better parameters for the same price

Mirrorless cameras are often much better valued. We will buy the cheapest models for less than a thousand zlotys. We can search for SLRs only when we have about PLN 1,500 in our wallet. While looking at the specification of two models for the same price it will be easy to see that the mirrorless is simply better. In virtually every case, the mirrorless camera will offer much better parameters for the same price. Thus, a cheaper bezlusterkowce will work just as well as a more expensive reflex camera. And if you can not see the difference, why overpay?