AF speeds on DSLR vs. Mirrorless, and is live view optional?

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AF speeds on DSLR vs. Mirrorless, and is live view optional?
May 27, 2012

I'm looking into moving up from a P&S to either DSLR or Mirrorless 4/3 (in the sub-$1000 range). This is for photographing my anticipated first child, where I believe speed (AF speed, shutter lag, etc.) and quality will be important.

I read that using live view on a DSLR hurts the AF speed. But on cameras that have live view, is it an option that can be turned off? i.e. Truly an "option" in that I can turn it off and enjoy fast AF using the viewfinder, as fast as cameras without live view? Or is live view vs. viewfinder a decision I need to make when I choose a camera?

Also, any advice on deciding between DSLR or mirrorless? Is the AF (or shutter lag) on mirrorless significantly slower than DSLR? Are these latencies written in the specs somewhere so I can compare on paper?

Thanks

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