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?
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.
- 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.