If you're looking to purchase your next professional camera, you will have heard of the mirrorless camera. But what exactly is it? Is it any different from a conventional DSLR camera, or are they a product of some marketing mumbo-jumbo?
Start your research here - as we break down the mechanics of the mirrorless camera, and also tell you why you need to buy it.
What is a Mirrorless Camera?
As the name suggests, a mirrorless camera doesn’t use a key feature that a conventional camera does, i.e. a reflex mirror. The reflex mirror in a DSLR camera is used to reflect light on the optical viewfinder. But in a mirrorless camera, the optical viewfinder is replaced by a digital viewfinder. In this scenario, the sensor is exposed to light at all times.
But although the term mirrorless camera can prove to be ambiguous (as even point-and-shoot cameras and older film models didn't have reflex mirrors), the name mirrorless cameras is generally associated with digital interchangeable lens cameras that have either no viewfinder or an electronic viewfinder.
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How Does It Work?
The absence of a reflex mirror is what differentiates a mirrorless camera from a conventional DSLR camera. But does this lead to any difference in performance or design? Well, it does!
A mirrorless camera enjoys a smaller body size as it doesn't have to accommodate a mirror and a prism as compared to a regualr DSLR. A smaller footprint means that a mirrorless camera is easier to carry, and allows room for additional accessories and gear in your bag.
The mirrorless camera is also better suited for taking videos as it generally has superior autofocus technology when compared to a DSLR. This camera is also usually capable of capturing Ultra HD 4K content, so is more suitable companion than DSLRs for people looking to shoot films. Also, if you're looking to capture action shots or engage in high-speed shooting, a mirrorless camera has an edge over the others. The mirrorless design employs less moving parts which results into quicker camera actions and hence more photos per second.
While DSLRs have a better lens selection and an optical viewfinder, new-age mirrorless cameras have the edge of usually being more compact, lighter, faster and better for video coverage.
If you're convinced on buying a mirrorless camera for your upcoming ventures, here are our top 3 picks that definitely won't disappoint you.
The Sony a6300 is an exciting camera with an AF system that is hands-down the best in its class. The whopping 425 phase-detection AF points beat most other cameras at identifying and tracking subjects quickly. Furthermore, its APS-C type Exmor CMOS image sensor results in excellent image quality with great dynamic range and noise performance. If you're looking for a camera with great image quality, excellent AF and top-notch video (capable of shooting 4K), it's the strongest all-rounder out there.
Canon EOS M50
The Canon EOS M50 is probably one of the best mirrorless cameras in its class, and is capable of taking some uber-cool 4K footage. The new Digic 8 sensor can support ISO speeds as high as ISO 25600 (expandable up to 51200) and is also capable of faster continuous shooting at 10fps. The camera has great connectivity options as well (bluetooth mobile pairing and auto transfer to phone or PC) which makes for a better overall user experience. The M50 proves to be a solid choice for photographers who are looking for an easy-to-use camera with a good autofocus system.
Nikon Z6 (24 - 70 mm)
The Nikon Z6 stands to be Nikon’s best full-frame mirrorless camera to date. The camera has a backside illuminated CMOS sensor with phase-detection, which means it's quick in focusing on object and an ideal camera for sports photography. The improved ISO performance of the Z6’s sensor also makes this a great camera for astro photography or for anyone who needs to shoot images in very ow light. With the features it packs and the brand that it’s backed by, the Z6 is definitely one of the best mirrorless cameras out there.
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