DSLR vs. Mirrorless

Published by Anurag Mathur on Aug'20,2019

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DSLR vs. Mirrorless

Anurag Mathur
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DSLR vs. Mirrorless

The analog cameras from the 80s and 90s were replaced by DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras which are essentially the analog single lens reflex camera system with a digital image sensor. DSLRs are extremely popular and have replaced the film cameras completely in just a few years after their introduction to the market. Though they are still the most popular camera system in the market, a new technology is trying to capture the huge market of the digital cameras. These are called Mirrorless Cameras.

Mirrorless cameras also have a digital image sensor like DSLRs but they do not have the mirror assembly that DSLRs use to capture an image or an optical viewfinder. Because of this, the form factor of a mirrorless is significantly smaller than a DSLR of same sensor size.

Let's look at some of the features and compare them side-by-side

Feature

DSLR

Mirrorless

Size

For same sensor size DSLRs have bigger bodies Smaller with a small footprint

Weight

Heavy Light

Battery

Since the body is bigger there is space for a bigger battery Smaller battery

Lenses

Huge collection of lenses from Nikon, Canon, Sony and

converters available to interchange lenses from different manufacturers

In the initial period lenses were a big issue, but now all

manufacturers have a range of lenses to challenge DSLRs

Sensor Size

All sensor sizes available All sensor sizes available

Auto Focus

Proven and tested AF system in all cameras

There is a myth that since mirrorless cameras do not have a

dedicated AF sensor they cannot focus as fast as a DSLR,

but recent advances by Sony and Fujifilm have reduced this gap significantly

 

The first mirrorless camera was introduced by Epson in 2004 called the RD1 Digital Rangefinder and since then the sales of the mirrorless have been slowly creeping into the DSLRs market.

In Oct'2013 Sony first released the first Full-Frame mirrorless camera Sony a7r. This has taken the pro camera industry, dominated by Canon and Nikon's high-end cameras head on. The latest cameras from Sony, FujiFilm and even Olympus are giving a tough fight to their DSLR counterparts.

In July 2016 Hasselblad the famous german medium format camera manufacturer jumped on the mirrorless wagon and launched its first Hasselblad X1D Medium Format camera with a 50MP CMOS sensor. But due to low volume and less demand, the mirrorless cameras are relatively expensive. 

A lot of professional photographers are making the effort to switch to Mirrorless because they are easy to use, lightweight, are easy to carry and have smaller lenses. But there is still a big market of photographers who are very comfortable with the big old DSLRs and are reluctant to change their entire ecosystem of cameras, lenses, and comfort just yet.

We'll keep you posted if that changes!!!

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DSLR vs. Mirrorless

The analog cameras from the 80s and 90s were replaced by DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras which are essentially the analog single lens reflex camera system with a digital image sensor. DSLRs are extremely popular and have replaced the film cameras completely in just a few years after their introduction to the market. Though they are still the most popular camera system in the market, a new technology is trying to capture the huge market of the digital cameras. These are called Mirrorless Cameras.

Mirrorless cameras also have a digital image sensor like DSLRs but they do not have the mirror assembly that DSLRs use to capture an image or an optical viewfinder. Because of this, the form factor of a mirrorless is significantly smaller than a DSLR of same sensor size.

Let's look at some of the features and compare them side-by-side

Feature

DSLR

Mirrorless

Size

For same sensor size DSLRs have bigger bodies Smaller with a small footprint

Weight

Heavy Light

Battery

Since the body is bigger there is space for a bigger battery Smaller battery

Lenses

Huge collection of lenses from Nikon, Canon, Sony and

converters available to interchange lenses from different manufacturers

In the initial period lenses were a big issue, but now all

manufacturers have a range of lenses to challenge DSLRs

Sensor Size

All sensor sizes available All sensor sizes available

Auto Focus

Proven and tested AF system in all cameras

There is a myth that since mirrorless cameras do not have a

dedicated AF sensor they cannot focus as fast as a DSLR,

but recent advances by Sony and Fujifilm have reduced this gap significantly

 

The first mirrorless camera was introduced by Epson in 2004 called the RD1 Digital Rangefinder and since then the sales of the mirrorless have been slowly creeping into the DSLRs market.

In Oct'2013 Sony first released the first Full-Frame mirrorless camera Sony a7r. This has taken the pro camera industry, dominated by Canon and Nikon's high-end cameras head on. The latest cameras from Sony, FujiFilm and even Olympus are giving a tough fight to their DSLR counterparts.

In July 2016 Hasselblad the famous german medium format camera manufacturer jumped on the mirrorless wagon and launched its first Hasselblad X1D Medium Format camera with a 50MP CMOS sensor. But due to low volume and less demand, the mirrorless cameras are relatively expensive. 

A lot of professional photographers are making the effort to switch to Mirrorless because they are easy to use, lightweight, are easy to carry and have smaller lenses. But there is still a big market of photographers who are very comfortable with the big old DSLRs and are reluctant to change their entire ecosystem of cameras, lenses, and comfort just yet.

We'll keep you posted if that changes!!!

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