Mirrorless & DSLR Weight Comparison

Started Jul 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
NowHearThis Veteran Member • Posts: 3,684
Re: Mirrorless & DSLR Weight Comparison

wombat661 wrote:

In almost every conversation, it is always brought up that Mirrorless is lighter than DSLR. You can save weight by going mirrorless. Quick search of the forum will show many such advise. I have always consider mirrorless to replace DSLR as well. With the fast focus Sony a6000, seems like the gap is closing.

I have been looking closely at a mirrorless APS-C system, and how much lighter they are. ...

For the camera, a light DSLR is not that much heavier than mirrorless APS-C.

A CanonT5i body  is 236g heavier than a Sony A6000, given that the Sony only weights 344g to begin with, that's a big difference.

Just get a D5300 instead and use the same lens.

A D5300 is still almost 6 oz heavier than some small mirrorless (E-M10, A6000, X-E2).

Mirrorless camera might be thinner making it hard to grip, but weight is about the same just looking at the numbers.

See numbers below.

Am I missing something or is something more to the weights comparison.

** Camera and a Fast Wide-Zoom Lens **

Olympus E-M10 + 12-40/2.8 • 782g
Sony A6000 + 16-70/4 • 652g
Fuji X-E2 + 18-55/2.8-4 • 660g


Sony A65 + 16-50/2.8 • 1200g
Pentax K3 + 16-50/2.8 • 1365g
Nikon D5300 + 17-55/2.8 • 1235g
Nikon D7100 + 17-55/2.8 • 1520g
Canon 70D + 17-55/2.8 • 1400g

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** Camera with step-up kit-type lens **

Olympus E-M10 + 12-50 • 611g
Sony A6000 + 18-105/4 • 826g
Fuji X-E2 + 18-135 • 840g


Sony A65 + 18-135 • 1019g
Pentax K3 + 18-135 • 1221g
Nikon D5300 + 18-140 • 970g
Nikon D7100 + 18-140 • 1165g
Canon 70D + 18-135 • 1235g

** Camera and Kit Lens **

Olympus E-M10 + 14-42 II R • 513g
Sony A6000 + 16-50 • 460g
Fuji X-A1 + 16-50 • 525g


Sony A65 + 18-55 • 844g
Nikon D5300 + 18-55 • 675g
Canon T5i + 18-55 • 730g
Pentax K50 + 18-55 • 905g
Canon 70D + 18-55 • 960g

** Camera and All-in-one Lens **

Olympus E-M10 + 14-150 • 680g
Sony A6000 + SEL18-200 • 868g


Sony A65 + 18-250 • 1062g
Pentax K50 + 18-270 • 1103g
Nikon D5300 + 18-200 • 1040g
Canon T5i + 18-200 • 1090g


People will see what they want to see in numbers, for some, if the weight difference isn't 3x then it's no big deal, for others, a tiny difference 20g could be life altering.  I've had 3 DSLRs and 2 Mirrorless ILC cameras.  I like the size of the ILCs better.  I know the DSLRs offer more lenses, accessories, etc, but I don't need most of that, YMMV.  I've never owned more than 3 lenses at time.  And pretty much every system out there has the ones I'd use anyway.  If you like the SLR look/feel then get one.  My E-M10 kit, to me, is tiny and weightless compared with my A65; it takes great photos and will now go with me more places because of it's smaller size/weight.

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