Why mirrorless over dslr?

Started Jul 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In reply to Ubilam, Jul 14, 2013

The vast improvements in image quality of mirrorless cameras has truly forced this question to be asked. Larger sensor DSLR cameras still have an edge on mirrorless, but even the largest of them is not separated in IQ as much as it used to be. We are now at a point where Micro Four Thirds is competitive in image quality with APS-C sensor bodies. The NX, NEX, and Fuji X systems are quite good but lack the much larger lens selection that is very mature in the Micro Four Thirds world.

Because the image quality is now as close as it is between the DSLR world and the mirrorless offerings new buyers are able to make more of a choice in what the size a nd weight advantages are of mirrorless over the much larger and heavier DSLR systems. And...the difference in size and weight is significant. There is no doubt that the mirrorless bodies are smaller. The differences in less bulky and much lighter lenses means a day trek or even an afternoon photo hike is much more pleasurable because you are not fatigued by a camera or bag strap digging into your shoulder the way a DSLR system does. Lenses that offer the same perspective in a mirrorless system are often less than half the size and weight compared to the DSLR world, especially when comparing them to M43 systems.

There are now many lenses in the mirrorless world that have well developed reputations for excellent image quality. The Olympus 75mm f1.8 doesn't take a back seat to any of  the high end lenses in the DSLR world of comparable perspective. The Panasonic/Leica 25mm DG  f1.4 is very highly regarded.

More than ever before photographers can choose practicality in size and weight and still expect very high image quality from much more compact gear.

Not only is it a good time now to have a reasonable option to choose a mirrorless system over DSLR systems, with the fast paced improvements in sensor technology, the future for compact system cameras is very bright indeed.


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