What is a mirrorless camera

Let’s start with defining the meaning of a “mirrorless camera” term. Quite obviously, such gadgets have no mirrors, which differs them from DSLR – Digital Single-Lens Reflex cams. But the rest of their features and functionalities are pretty much the same: MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) is still a modern digital camera with an electronic sensor inside.

How does MILC work

The very definition puts it extremely clear: as there are no mirrors inside, the light goes through the aperture and casts directly to the digital sensor, as in a primitive camera obscura. The sensor on its turn imprints the image and transmits it to the LCD-screen.

But even before the shooting you can see what your photo will look like with a viewfinder and adjust some settings if needed. That’s not the case with DSLR cameras, where you’ll get an image of a ready shot only.

But no worries: firstly, you can always delete a no-good take and start over. Secondly, post-shooting editing was invented for a reason, wasn’t it?

Mirrorless camera example

Pros and cons of mirrorless cameras

No one can affirm that any camera type is the best: MILC or DSLR, with digital sensors or films. Each of them has their merits and flaws.

Advantages of mirrorless camera:

  • Lightweight body. Mirror systems and additional gears take much space, so MILCs are usually more compact and less heavy.
  • Quietness. Well, there is still a sound when you release a shutter, but gentler as for DSLR.
  • Better image quality. Mirror reflections inevitably disperse, which is not the case with a direct imprint.
  • Better focus and stabilization, higher shutter speed. Again, the light goes the shorter way, it has less chances to dissipate.

Benefits are clear, what about drawbacks? There are also a few:

  • Shorter battery life. LCD-screens and electronic viewfinders drain the accumulator quite fast.
  • Advantages of mirrorless camera
  • Lack of accessories. The situation is changing, but so far, the market offers a limited range of lenses for MILCs.
  • Higher prices. Of course, there are always different options and you can find a very affordable mirrorless cam, but the entry level is still higher as for DSLR.

It’s you who choose and decide.