Small DSLR vs. mirrorless

Started May 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Small DSLR vs. mirrorless
In reply to flubby, May 12, 2012

My D5100 is my "big" camera and a micro 43 camera is my smaller kit. What can the m43 do that the D5100 can't? It can fit in a cargo pants pocket. The camera and a pancake on one side; the zoom lens on the other. The D5100 requires a bag.

That's ... about it. The DSLR outperforms the m43 camera. It's faster; has better low light performance; and the lenses are substantially cheaper for good quality. But a D5100 doesn't fit your pants pocket. Since you already have a point & shoot for this purpose, I'm not sure what advantage m43 would give you unless you're looking to toss more money into lenses. To me, it makes more sense to keep the D3100 and share lenses between the two Nikon but YMMV.

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