Are Mirrorless Cameras Better For Video?

I have taken numerous videos with my DSLR camera, and it is perfectly capable of capturing good quality video. While it is not the same as a professional video camera, it does what I need it to do.

But, with the release of mirrorless cameras, many people have been wondering whether or not they are better for video than DSLR cameras. Mirrorless cameras do have a few advantages over DSLR cameras, so it is worth looking at if they can outperform DSLRs in the video category as well.

Join me as I take a look.

Are Mirrorless Cameras Better For Video? Yes, mirrorless cameras are better for video when compared to DSLR cameras because they are smaller, lighter, and they have superior autofocus because they make use of on-chip phase detection.

Ok great, now that we’ve established that mirrorless cameras are better for video, let’s take a look at exactly why.

It is worth noting though that mirrorless cameras are not perfect, and that there are a few shortcomings that you need to be aware of when taking video with them. I’ll take a look at this a bit later on in this article.

Why Is A Mirrorless Camera Good For Video?

Ok, so now that we’ve established that a mirrorless camera does not take better photos, let’s have a look at why you should consider ditching your old DSLR camera for a mirrorless camera.

1.) Smaller Form Factor

If you’ve been using a DSLR camera, I don’t have to tell you how bulky it is and how difficult it can be to travel with. Luckily, because a mirrorless camera does not have a mirror, it is smaller and lighter than a DSLR camera and this means that it is easier to carry around.

This makes it a better option for filmmakers as well because it means you can use lighter-weight rigging equipment like drones.

2.) Better Electronic Viewfinder

I almost never use the electronic viewfinder on my DSLR camera because the end result is often different from what I see on the screen. With a mirrorless camera, however, the electronic viewfinder is superior and what you see on the screen is pretty much what you get in the actual video.

3.) Fewer Mechanical Parts

A mirrorless camera has fewer mechanical parts, and this usually means that the camera will last longer if you take proper care of it. With fewer moving parts inside the camera, there are fewer chances of the camera breaking.

4.) Better Autofocus

For filmmakers, superior autofocus is crucial and this is where mirrorless cameras shine. Mirrorless cameras make use of on-chip phase-detection focus sensors which is faster and superior to contrast-detection focus used by DSLR cameras.

This is probably the deciding factor for filmmakers when choosing between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR camera for video.

5.) Better Video Quality At A Lower Price

A lot of us have DSLR cameras that can’t take 4K video, and if you want a DSLR camera that can shoot 4K video then you can expect to pay a pretty penny for it.

This is not the case with mirrorless cameras. A lot of mirrorless cameras are capable of shooting video in 4K, and they cost less than their DSLR counterparts.

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Mirrorless Camera?

As mentioned earlier, mirrorless cameras have a few drawbacks. Let’s have a look at them.

1.) Fewer Lenses and Accessories

DSLR cameras have been around for ages and this means that we have a wide range of lenses and accessories to choose from. This is not the case with mirrorless cameras because they are a recent development.

This will change in the near future though. The list is growing so soon we will have an extensive range of lenses and accessories to choose from.

2.) Shorter Battery Life

With a mirrorless camera, you are forced to use the electronic viewfinder. Unfortunately, excessive use of the electronic viewfinder will drain the battery quicker compared to a DSLR camera where you don’t necessarily have to use the electronic viewfinder.


And there you have it. Hopefully, now you have a better idea as to why mirrorless cameras are better for video.

They have a smaller form factor, and this makes them easier to operate and carry around when taking video. You can also use more lightweight rigging equipment like drones to expand your creativity and to get those amazing video angles.

With that said though, you need to be aware that with a mirrorless camera you don’t have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to lenses and accessories. This might change in the near future though, so let’s hold thumbs.