Are Mirrorless Cameras Full-Frame?

Mirrorless cameras have been around for a few years, but they are still a new concept for many. There is a lot of confusion doing the rounds and many people are not sure exactly what a mirrorless camera is and what it brings to the table.

One question that people are asking is if mirrorless cameras are full-frame.

Join me as I take a look at this and also explain what exactly mirrorless and full-frame means.

Let’s get started.

Are Mirrorless Cameras Full-Frame? Not all mirrorless cameras are full-frame, so buying a mirrorless camera does not necessarily mean that you are purchasing a full-frame camera unless otherwise stated by the camera manufacturer.

Are Mirrorless And Full-Frame The Same?

No, mirrorless and full-frame are not the same. Mirrorless refers to the absence of a mirror inside a mirrorless camera, whereas full-frame refers to the size of the image sensor. Two very different things.

What Is A Mirrorless Camera?

A mirrorless camera is a camera without a reflex mirror and an optical viewfinder. With a DSLR camera, the reflex mirror reflects the image from the lens into the optical viewfinder so that the photographer can frame the shot before taking the photo.

Mirrorless cameras make use of an electronic viewfinder instead, and therefore a mirror is not needed.

Because mirrorless cameras do not have a mirror included, they are lighter than a DSLR camera and therefore easier to handle and travel with. They also tend to last longer than DSLR cameras because they have fewer moving mechanical parts.

What Is A Full-Frame Camera?

A camera with a full-frame image sensor is classified as a full-frame camera, and this type of camera is able to capture the entire image as opposed to a cropped image captured by a camera with a crop sensor.

Because of the image sensor size in a full-frame camera, it can let more light in, and therefore it is able to take better photos in low-light conditions. Full-frame cameras can also make use of the entire angle of the lens that you are using. For example, if you’re using a wide-angle lens then it will be able to take a photo with the exact same angle as the lens.

What Are The Benefits Of A Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera?

Let’s have a look at a few benefits of using a full-frame mirrorless camera.

1.) No Crop Sensor

As I mentioned earlier, a full-frame camera makes use of a full-frame sensor that captures the entire photo that you see in the viewfinder. This is a very desirable feature because it means that you can take full advantage of a lens’s angle.

2.) Superior Low-Light Performance

A full-frame sensor lets more light in, and this means it is able to capture better photos in low-light conditions. Cleaner images with less noise are what you will be able to capture with a full-frame camera.

3.) Smaller Form Factor

I briefly mentioned this earlier, 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. A big plus if you often travel around with your camera.

4.) Less Noise

The noise I’m referring to here is not the noise on the photo, but instead, it is the noise the camera makes when you press the shutter button. A mirrorless camera does not make this noise because it does not have a mirror that lifts up every time you take a photo.

5.) Better Image Stabilization

Mirrorless cameras have better image stabilization than DSLR cameras, and this is great especially if you use your camera to take videos.

6.) Faster Shooting Speed

Because a mirrorless camera does not have a mirror that needs to lift up every time you take a photo, it can take photos faster which is incredibly useful when you shoot in burst mode.

7.) 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 photo.


Hopefully, now you have a better idea of what the difference is between mirrorless and full-frame.

Not all mirrorless cameras have a full-frame sensor, and when purchasing a mirrorless camera you have to do your homework to find out if it has a full-frame image sensor. You will usually be able to find this out by looking at the packaging, or if you’re purchasing it online, you will be able to read it in the product description.

Finally, remember that mirrorless refers to the absence of a mirror inside the camera, whereas full-frame refers to the size of the image sensor.