Why mirrorless over dslr?

Started Jul 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: DSLRs stink for video and many other things.
In reply to Just Having Fun, Jul 15, 2013

Just Having Fun wrote:

Try to find a DSLR that autofocuses well during video. This is something important to a soccer mom or typical camera user.

Except for the fact that the Canon 5D Mk III is the best non-video camera video camera that money can buy, especially now with the new Magic Lantern hack that provides RAW video, similar to what's available with the BMCC. There is not a single MILC that can compete with the IQ and DOF control of a FF DSLR like the 5D Mk II. And more professional filmmakers, Hollywood studios, and amateur videographers use HDSLR cameras than mirrorless, as quite frankly there is only one or two MILCs that are good enough to be used on professional shoots: the Panasonic GH2 and GH3. The rest of the MILCs are really only appropriate for home or vacation videos, not professional usage.

As far as soccer moms, I wasn't aware that an photography enthusiast website like DPR was concerned with the average snapshooter.  In this case, a Nikon 1 (or perhaps a good bridge camera like the Panasonic FZ200 because of it's long zoom) is going to be the most versatile for capturing fast action sports with stills and video.

Then there is what Roger C. found and was reported here at DPR, "Phase-detection autofocus (even using still targets and center-point only) wasn’t nearly as accurate as contrast detection."


Everyone agrees the mirror's time is limited. It is an old mechanical technology that will be complete replaced by newer technology. No longer will you have to "micro-adjust" every lens. You will gain super fast "frames per second" shooting. And in the near future cameras will have electronic shutters removing even more hardware that is prone to break (and adds expense).

No everyone does not agree, and in fact DSLRs are still outselling MILCs by 3 to 1 or more.  We keep reading about the death of the DSLR.  For everyday snapshooters, perhaps the cellphone will become the camera of choice.  But for professional and enthusiasts, DSLRs are still by far the most popular choice of camera.

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