First camera: DSLR or mirrorless

Started Jun 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
Chris R-UK Forum Pro • Posts: 18,264
Re: First camera: DSLR or mirrorless

Alphoid wrote:

A better article:

At this point, mirrorless cameras are generally better than dSLRs at the same pricepoint, at least with US prices:

  1. Because they lack a pentamirror/pentaprism, complex mirror mechanism, complex alignment between AF sensor and image sensor, etc. they are cheaper to make. Sony A3000 sells for $350. For comparison, a Nikon D3300 costs $600, while a Canon T3 costs $400.
  2. Because of lack of alignment issues between autofocus sensor and main sensor, autofocus tends to be more accurate. On older models, it was also slower, but the current state-of-the-art, it is just as fast.
  3. Because the camera see what it's shooting, automatic modes actually work. With dSLRs, you have to know what you're doing, and even there, the cognitive load is higher.
  4. EVFs display more information, and give accurate preview of exposure and white balance, as well as more accurate review than LCDs.
  5. Autofocus points on dSLRs cost money. On mirrorless, they're nearly free. At the same price point, you end up with many more AF points on a mirrorless.
  6. Mirrorless is, obviously, much smaller.

On the other hand, dSLR still has a few advantages:

  1. EVFs still have a bit of lag. It's getting better -- at this point, it only matter for super-high-speed action. For what I do, mirrorless does fine for normal action (kids in my family running around). It is not yet good enough for birds doing acrobatics in flight.
  2. Autofocus is still better on dSLRs until you hit something like an A6000, OM-D, or GH4. Mirrorless developed the technology for high-speed autofocus about a year ago. It's only on the super-high-end models. It will trickle down, but it will take a year or two.

There are also a lot more lenses available for DSLRs than for mirrorless.

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