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Mirrorless vs dSLR Camera Which Should You Pick?

Mirrorless vs  dSLR Camera  Which Should You Pick?

Lisa Gade explains the differences between mirrorless digital cameras and dSLRs. We use a variety of cameras and sensor sizes for this tutorial, including the Canon EOS Rebel, Sony a7, Fujifilm X-T10, Panasonic Lumix LX100 and Sony RX100 IV. What’s the difference in price, weight, size, image quality, video recording, lenses and technology? Watch our video to find out.
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19 comments

  1. Nice review

  2. Is the canon eos 1200D a better camera than the eos 700D? Would you buy any of these cameras or go for mirrorless?

  3. very helpful, lisa. as always!
    just started with graphic design now, and i feel that i'll be needing to invest on buying high end camera eventually. soo… thanks! :)

  4. hi lisa i am about to buy a sony a6000 would you say it is the best apc size sensor camera (mirrorless or dslr)for low light portraits. or do you have any suggestions for a low light portrait

  5. I do own both of them (a Canon rebel and a Fuji xm). I'd like to add 2 points to your review that might be decisive: battery life and grip comfort. Battery life is around 500 to 900 shots for DSLR (depending on the model) while mirrorless may struggle to reach up to 500. As for comfort, smaller bodies may result in crampier hands position, even for averaged-sized people. Plus, DSLR's larger and heavier bodies (+ better grip) means they're more stable when taking a shot, especially with heavier lenses or non-stabilized lenses (primes 50mm for example). I think, just for comfort reasons, I'd stick to the DSLR format.

  6. So in terms of technical reasons it's just the viewfinder lag that's on the pro side for a dSLR? Everything else you mentioned could be changed easily by the manufaturers. For example, if you realy need a biger, heavier camera, why not throwing something usefull in like extanded battery?

  7. Illinois is BROKE.

    Right now, the Sony RX family of cyber-shot cameras is the BEST point to shoot/youtube video cameras.  Excellent low light tweaking, and you can whip it out in 20 seconds and be rolling video, it even fits you your pocket.  I also have a Cannon Rebel Ti, IMO it's great for effects and still photos for detail.

  8. Very nice review, Lisa. You cover all the bases tersely, with no fluff. Much appreciated. I won't mention snapchick – oops!

    I have been shooting  MFT for a few months now. Fantastic image quality in a compact package. I can't imagine having to lug around a full frame SLR.

    I think dSLR will go the way of the film camera i.e. a specialty item.

  9. Lionel .A. Lexington Shand

    Hey Lisa would you be able to get ur hands on the Sony qx1 modular camera to review, I would really like your thoughts on this device. 

  10. PrimedProductions

    For SLRs you are looking through the lens, thats the point of the mirror!

  11. Great video !

  12. Great explanation!

  13. Thanks Lisa. Looks like you are a pro photographer too. I have an old dslr Nikon D40 and it does pretty good shots. Great info. 

  14. I bought my wife a Sony A35 a few years ago. She loves it. I was told by the shop clerk that the A35 can use Sony, Minolta, and Carl Zeiss A-mount lenses.

  15. mam please make a video of dell inspiron 5558 notebook,i want to know your thoughts about that notebook.

  16. Great walk-through. I am always asked by friends interested in getting into photography about cameras. This video will be one of the links I work into my responses.

  17. Excellent video

  18. "Basket Ball people move fast don't they"…. XD

  19. I have used SLR's since the early 70's. Having gotten out of photography for a while, I I got back in with a Sony DSLR about 10 years.ago. I was never truly happy, though, and wanted a smaller, lighter DSLR. Then CSC's came out with built-in EVF's. BTW evf's are as good as looking through glass, pretty much. My first was a Sony A6000. But then the Panasonic GX7 came out and was shocked to find it produced better pictures than the A6000 even though the sensor was smaller (and better EVF). Now I am completely hooked on MFT CSC's. To me, mirrors are old tech. I think they are still around mainly because the likes of Nikon and Canon believe it gives it a 'professional' air. I.e. It's not pro-spec unless it's got a mirror. Plus, they don't want to start from scratch with all of their lenses. BTW, I have the 45-175 Panasonic MFT lens which is 90-350mm 35mm equivalent. Plenty good for most stuff. For the vast majority of people, CSC's are the right choice. As Lisa correctly points out, if you want ultra-fast focussing for moving subjects, DSLR's still have the (slight) edge – but I'm sure this won't be for long. CSC's are now very quick and beat DSLR's in general use. It's just fast-moving objects that isn't quite as quick. The other advantage (not mentioned) is focussing in low light. With a DSLR you see next to nothing. With a CSC, the viewfinder gains up. Yes, it is slightly grainy but better than seeing nothing, right? Plenty of pro (and ex-pro) photographers now use CSC's such as David Thorpe and Jason Lanier. I personally will never go back to a DSLR and enjoy my photography more than ever.

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