If you’re reading this article then I’m sure you are thinking about getting a mirrorless camera, and if you’ve been using a DSLR camera you might be wondering if a mirrorless camera takes better photos.
Well, that’s a valid question to ask especially if you’re not very familiar with mirrorless cameras. Mirrorless cameras have been around for a few years, but many photographers are still using DSLR cameras partly because they are not aware of the advantages of a mirrorless camera.
Let’s have a look at whether or not a mirrorless camera takes better photos, and why you should consider using one.
Do Mirrorless Cameras Take Better Photos?
No, mirrorless cameras do not take better photos than DSLR cameras. In fact, they share similar resolutions and amounts of noise, which means that photos taken by a mirrorless camera are similar in quality to those taken by a DSLR camera.
Early mirrorless cameras were known for having smaller image sensors which often resulted in lower quality photos. Newer mirrorless cameras, however, are making use of large image sensors as well, and this means that they can take photos that are of similar quality to those taken by DSLR cameras.
Certain mirrorless camera manufacturers have also been able to improve smaller image sensors by making them more sensitive and better at suppressing noise. The end result is a quality photo similar to one taken by a DSLR camera.
So, why bother getting a mirrorless camera then? Let’s have a look.
What Are The Benefits Of A Mirrorless Camera?
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.
2.) Makes Less Noise
We are all familiar with the clicking noise a DSLR camera makes when you take a photo. While this is not a problem in most cases, it can be intrusive when you are taking photos at an event such as a wedding, especially during the ceremony when it is relatively quiet.
A mirrorless camera does not make this noise because it does not have a mirror that lifts up every time you take a photo.
3.) 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.
4.) 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, and as previously mentioned, it is much quieter than a DSLR camera.
5.) Better Image Stabilization
More expensive mirrorless cameras have better image stabilization by making use of five-axis image stabilization. This means that most photos will turn out sharp even during those shaky situations.
6.) 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.
7.) 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.
What Are The Disadvantages Of A Mirrorless Camera?
Sadly, there are a few disadvantages to using a mirrorless camera. Let’s have a quick look.
1.) Shorter Battery Life
With a mirrorless camera, you are forced to use the electronic viewfinder to frame a shot. 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.
2.) 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. The list is growing though, so in the near future, we will have an extensive range of lenses and accessories to choose from.
There you have it. A mirrorless camera does not take better photos than a DSLR camera because they share similar resolutions and amounts of noise.
Mirrorless cameras do have some advantages though. They are smaller, lighter, less intrusive, and they provide an overall better user experience which is a good enough reason to let go of that old DSLR camera especially since they are generally similarly priced.