DSLR vs Mirrorless

April 13, 2018  •  1 Comment

Two weeks ago I made an appointment to discuss photography, storage and editing with a friend of mine who wanted to get a handle on how he could do all of that with a Chromebook.  As we delved into the topic at hand, Dave realized he had many other questions.  We branched off into areas we hadn’t considered.  But doesn't that happen with all conversations?  One question can lead us down a rabbit hole and if we’re not careful we will fall completely off topic.  Heck, it happens when I write these columns.  So I helped my friend grasp storing and doing some minor edits with his images.  I directed him to Mpix for printing quality photography.



Then we discussed cameras as he is looking to upgrade his current 4mp point and shoot camera.  I understand that the Mirrorless camera is beginning to develop traction.  So for someone interested in upgrading to a more sophisticated camera system, what would you recommend?

DSLR or Mirrorless?


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 I was somewhere online within the last month and came across an article that professed the death of the DSLR was nigh.  What do you think?
-- Is the end near for DSLRs?
--Are we who hold onto that system burying our heads in the sand?

--Nothing to see here?


I can only offer my opinion when someone who wants to begin looking for a new camera system and let's face it we are  each one of us biased in one way or the other.  All we can do is offer the features that both systems offer and let the prospective buyer make up his own mind.  One of the features of mirrorless cameras I don’t like is the fact that many don’t have the option of actually looking of looking through the camera to get the picture.


With many mirrorless systems, you simply hold the camera and look through a display.  For people who have trouble focusing while holding the camera this can be a challenge.  As an example, when I’m out with my DSLR and people see me they will often as me to take picture of them with their family.  Handing me their phone or little point and shoot camera, I ALWAYS have a difficult time.  I’m so used to putting my own camera to my eye and focusing that way.  When someone hands a camera that is infinitesimal in comparison, I can never get my hands comfortable.  Because people see us with our sophisticated cameras, they often think we are professionals.  Many times they are correct.  However we are professionals with our own equipment.  That doesn’t always translate to point and shoot camera and cell phones.




So as you see I became diverted here.  To return to the subject at hand:
DSLR or Mirrorless?


What would you recommend?  


In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.




Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA(non-registered)
Hmm. I wonder if that's why i never take (what i consider to be) acceptable pictures via my phone. Never thought that was linked to my DSLR and SLR).
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