Mirrorless Cameras Explained

Mirrorless cameras arguably have the photographic features of a full-sized digital SLR in a compact, small body. They’re portable and powerful, but there are a few features that separate new mirrorless cameras from the rest.


Mirrorless camera viewfinders will always be digital and generally, there's an LCD display to look through instead of a traditional viewfinder. The displayed image is a live view of what the lens is seeing on either the viewfinder or rear display screen. This means the preview you see will be exactly how the photo turns out once you upload it to a computer.

Body + Sensor

Portability is the key advantage with mirrorless cameras. Without the size of a mirror or mirror box, these cameras are more streamlined, lighter, and smaller. And with the correct lenses, you will never need more than a jacket pocket to carry it with you.

Without the bulk of a mirror box fitting, there's more room for extras. As you explore more and more with mirrorless cameras, you'll notice this trend of having impressive bonus features like sensors, wi-fi, and touch screens. These bonus features in addition to the solely digital display also mean that the battery of a mirrorless gets depleted very quickly.  

Being able to have a larger sensor given the free space is probably one of the greater pros of a mirrorless camera. Yet another trend you'll notice through the exploration of a mirrorless camera is how it performs above the standard in terms of high-quality imaging. A good amount of the mirrorless cameras in the current market can definitely hold their own against a Canon or Nikon DSLR.


Like your regular DSLR, mirrorless cameras   you the ability to interchange lenses. So you effectively have your pick of the litter in terms of additional hardware to really suit your needs.

Obviously with the absence of a mirror in the body mirrorless lenses are shorter, smaller, and lighter buthe quality is just as good. This also applies to the range of mirrorless lenses. There are just as many options as regular DSLR lenses. The smaller element of glass required in a mirrorless lens also contributes to faster autofocus times. This opens a world of possibilities normally not found in regular DSLRs.

The verdict

By in large, mirrorless cameras work just as well as a DSLR with the added bonus of portability and an LCD viewfinder giving you true imaging. You shouldn't underestimate these little cameras. But some of the downsides, however, include heavier energy consumption which leads to shorter battery life, fewer options with lenses and though I personally don't believe this, there are many people who don't take it as seriously as a big DSLR Camera.

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