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What Is the Difference Between a Mirrorless Camera and a DSLR Camera?

DSLR Cameras made by established brands like Nikon and Canon have been the go-to camera for decades. However, 2018 will see a sharp rise in mirrorless cameras innovated by brands new to the camera market, such as Sony.

The difference between the two forms of cameras is analogous to the debate between MAC vs. PC. They’re both top performers and their strengths lie in what they can deliver in the areas of individualized needs and preferences. Some will be happier with a more traditional DSLR, while others may necessitate the different features available within a mirrorless.

How do you decide which is best for you? To discover this, let’s deep dive into the differences between the two styles. As evident from the name, a mirrorless camera doesn’t use a mirror system to inform operations. A mirrorless camera is designed so that light reaches the sensor directly, without the aid of a mirror.

The main benefits to mirrorless cameras include an electronic viewfinder that allows you to preview your image, depth of field, and exposure before your shot. Additionally, mirrorless cameras are typically lighter and more compact, improving ease of use. The primary con associated with mirrorless cameras is the price point. Like the price point of flat screen televisions when they were first introduced to the market, the price of a good mirrorless camera is high. But as technology continues to evolve, expect these price points to dramatically drop. Other cons include reduced battery life in comparison to a DSLR, along with fewer lens options.

Bottom line? Choose the camera that best meets your needs and preferences. At this point in the game – this could arguably be either style.