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Are Mirrorless Camera as Good as DSLR?

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Times are changing and so are the cameras. In as much as we will miss the shutter noise that the DSLR cameras make, options are hard to ignore. This is perhaps one of the most debatable questions out there, which is why it is crucial to know the differences and the strengths of both the mirrorless and DSLR systems.

Cameras have come a very long way and the introduction of the Mirrorless camera about a decade ago saw many people throwing away their DSLR cameras, but not for the professionals.

What is it then that the DSLR has that has kept most professionals hung on them and what is it that the mirrorless cameras have that has seen people changing their cameras?

What’s the difference?

It is important to note that these two cameras are similar in most aspects except the mechanism where the mirrorless camera got an upgrade. The upgrade has not entirely replaced the superior qualities that the DSLR has had for ages. The mirrorless camera works on the same principle it got its name from.

The primary camera works by passing light to a mirror which in turn reflects light to a prism. The prism sends the light to the autofocus view that allows the user to see what the camera points to and plan a shot.

The shot then enables the mirror to flip fast and expose the image to the image sensor at the back of the camera for a good image. This sets up what contributes to body size.

The mirrorless camera works within the same principles only without the mirror. The picture hits the image sensor directly, and the image sensor processes the image displaying it on a preview at the back of the camera or autofocus for those that still have one.

The sensor, in this case, is electronically designed to process images. For you to understand the differences, we need to highlight some important aspects that have changed between the cameras and how effective they are.

Mirrorless vs Dslr


Mirrorless cameras are smaller due to the absence of the mirror set up within the compartment. The mirrorless cameras are smaller and more compact compared to the DSLR making them easier to carry around and package. They also have smaller batteries making them even smaller.

The lenses are compact and lighter, and this has made these cameras an ago choice for travelers looking to take some shots along the way. This design has somewhat led to many people using DSLRs to shift goals.

Preview and autofocus

The mirrorless camera comes with a digital preview that snaps into place the captions. The DSLR camera has to use autofocus before the photo is taken. There is a lot of debate on whether the quality of the photos taken with a DSLR is better.

The fact of the matter is that they are often better because the captions are not limited to the preview. Previews are limited to pixels and so many other presets. This is, however, changing fast with better setups in the market.

Video capabilities

The mirrorless camera comes with video capabilities which makes it possible because the image does not have to hit a mirror before processing. Videos done using DSLR cameras are blurry and hard to watch. The mirrorless cameras are currently combining autofocus features and their video capabilities providing the users with so much more to work with.

Battery life

It is a fact that the DSLR cameras will last longer when it comes to battery life. They have lesser power usage with the autofocus and mirror flip as opposed to the mirrorless countless features.

Some of the most power-consuming aspects of the mirrorless camera include the preview screen that uses p a lot of power, the features that come with the preview capability such as video coverage, and autofocus. Because the camera is smaller and more compact, the battery sizes have also reduced leading to half or lesser the normal DSLR battery life.

Multi-shot capabilities

The DSLR provides excellent shots, but one has to be extremely patient. The camera mirror has to flip to produce the image, which has to allow exposure before taking the next. This aspect may not work for sporting camera operators that want to take burst shots for spectacular captions.

The mirrorless camera processes the photos without the mirror fast and easy enabling the camera operator to take caption shots one after the other without blurring.

Mirrorless Camera


The DSLR cameras are well known for their distinctive camera snap noise whenever a shot is taken. This may not be ideal for events that require silence such as weddings, burials, and streets.

The mirrorless cameras can take shots in absolute silence allowing one to do some great shots of nature and people without them noticing. The noise reduction ability also ensures that the subjects are not distracted.


DSLRs provide a vast array of lenses, which are ideal for various shots. This may be one of the best aspects of this camera. All these aspects are however being matched with by the mirrorless camera.

The mirrorless camera also comes with some interchangeable lenses as well as adapters allowing them to work with lenses across the board. This is an immense advantage.

So, what’s the verdict?

Cameras are evolving fast even with the phone cameras that come with the point and shoot features. The DSLR is here to stay providing some of the most remarkable shots for those that know how to line them up. It is also the camera to take for long trips and professional shoots.

The mirrorless camera is easy to work with for most but still needs a little mastering. It is a small compact choice that allows you to get the most out of good shots fast and silently.

The choice of the camera will still hugely lie with the professionals. Those in the sports arena will find the mirrorless cameras bliss while a still photographer will find the DSLR more than sufficient.

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Dion Lewis
My name is Dion Lewis. Photography is my life and I have taken it as my profession after my graduation. I am a professional, I almost cover everything from fashion, architecture, editorial topics, and corporate lifestyle. I have worked with clients such as CNN, Alabama State University, Steelcase, LiveStrong, and more. I'm based in Alabama. If you need my service, just feel free to contact me.

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