October 30, 2022

If you’re looking for a new camera, you might be wondering if a mirrorless camera is the right choice for you.

Mirrorless cameras are a relatively new technology that combines the best features of compact and DSLR cameras.

I used to shoot with a bulky Nikon D3000 DSLR. I loved the camera, but needed a huge bag to carry it around – and that was only with the original lens!

Some time ago I picked up a Canon EOS M50 and I’ve been in love with it ever since. It’s super compact, takes great photos (even though it’s APS-C and not full-frame), and doubles as an amazing video camera too.

In this article, I will detail some of the main benefits of mirrorless cameras to help you make up your mind and hopefully convert you to a mirrorless fan by the end!

The Canon EOS M50 is a mirrorless camera, shown in hand, Image: AP

Canon EOS M50 in hand, image: MT/AP

Most mirrorless cameras are compact

One of the biggest advantages of mirrorless cameras is their size. Because they don’t have a reflex mirror like DSLRs, they can be much smaller and lighter.

This makes them ideal for travel or everyday use. However, just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they sacrifice quality. Mirrorless cameras can still have large sensors which allow them to produce high quality images.

Another great feature of mirrorless cameras is that you can change lenses just like you would on a DSLR. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing the right lens for the situation.

Mirrorless cameras are quiet

DSLR cameras have a reflex mirror that flips up when you take a picture, causing the loud “pop” you often hear. Mirrorless cameras don’t have this reflex mirror, so they’re much quieter. This can be beneficial in many situations, such as when trying to take candid photos Where photograph wildlife without drawing attention to you.

Some manufacturers even add a digital shutter sound to mirrorless cameras so you can always “hear” when the photo is taken. In general, however, these types of cameras are much quieter than DSLRs.

Mirrorless cameras can last longer than DSLRs

Since mirrorless cameras don’t have a reflex mirror, they have fewer moving parts overall. This means there is less chance of something going wrong and the camera failing.

Of course, that’s not to say that mirrorless cameras are immune to problems, but it does mean that they’re generally more reliable than DSLRs. So, if you’re looking for a camera you can rely on, a mirrorless camera might be the best option for you.

A mirrorless camera lets you see the actual image through the viewfinder

For many photographers, the viewfinder is an indispensable tool. It lets you see the scene in front of you, framed exactly as it will appear in the final photo.

With a traditional DSLR camera, the viewfinder shows you a live image reflected from the mirror.

Mirrorless cameras work differently; instead of using a mirror to reflect the lens image onto the screen, they use an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

This has several advantages.

First, it lets you see the image exactly as it will be captured by the sensor, with all the same exposure and focus settings. Second, it gives you a live preview of all the changes you make to these settings.

Whether you’re a professional photographer or a casual shooter, a mirrorless camera can give you a whole new level of control over your images.

The mirrorless camera is ideal for vlogging

If you’re thinking of starting a vlog, you might be wondering what kind of camera to use. When it comes to vlogging, mirrorless cameras are a great option for vlogging and video.

Unlike DSLRs, most mirrorless cameras are small and lightweight, making them easy to carry around with you. They also have flip-up or drop-down screens, which is handy for checking in.

Plus, most of the newer cameras can record in 4K quality, so your videos will be super sharp.

Mirrorless cameras are a great choice for anyone who wants DSLR quality without the bulk. With their large sensors and interchangeable lenses, mirrorless cameras offer excellent flexibility and performance.

And because they’re smaller and quieter than DSLRs, they’re great for everyday use or travel photography.


Shabbir Noor, portrait, photo: Shabbir NoorShabbir Nour (oneyearwithfilmonly.com) – Shabbir is an amateur photographer with a penchant for writing. When he doesn’t have a camera in his hands, you can find him flying a drone to capture great aerial photos.


The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of amateur photographer magazine or Kelsey Media Limited. If you have a opinion you want to share on this topic, or any other photography-related topic, email: [email protected]


Further reading:

What are the smallest mirrorless cameras?
Is it time to say goodbye to the DSLR?
Is this the end of compact cameras?


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