Why is the Canon G1 X being referred to as a 'mirrorless' camera?

Started Jan 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
bobbarber Contributing Member • Posts: 786
Because is IS a mirrorless camera...

...as are all compact cameras.

The first "mirrorless" cameras were distinguished from compact cameras (which are also "mirrorless", unless you want to argue that they have a mirror) by two factors:

1) a bigger sensor

2) interchangeable lenses

It seems there had been a sort of gentlemen's agreement (or whatever, none of us really understand everything about how language works) to exclude compact cameras from the definition of mirrorless cameras, even though compacts clearly are mirrorless cameras. And this similarity is not meaningless, some of the same quirks of compact cameras exist in their larger brethren, such as not being able to compose while the camera is writing to the card.

Cameras like the GX-1 and the Pentax Q blur the lines a little bit, because they have one of the two factors above, but not the other.

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