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Mirrorless Camera Benefits and Features

June 17, 2019 - Comment

Mirrorless cameras allow you access to most of the benefits DSLR cameras with less expense and more compact size.

With all of the advanced features of mirrorless cameras, you may find the results of ownership well worth the investment

Mirrorless Camera Benefits

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Digital Mirrorless Cameras offer great features and quality results. You’ll find a summary of mirrorless camera benefits and features in the main body of this article.

Manufacturers build trending advancements into reasonably priced cameras.

Advances in camera technologies result in amazing benefits to today’s photographers.

Mirrorless digital cameras give photographers better results in many cases by eliminating guesswork using the viewfinder.

High-quality interchangeable lenses allow increased versatility with macro and zoom functionality.

We’ve also shown a graphical comparison of four popular mirrorless models.

Photographers want premium quality and flexibility available from cameras having interchangeable lenses.

Mirrorless Camera Design Basics

Mirrorless camera designs allow the light from the lens to be captured directly onto the image sensor.

In contrast, DSLR cameras use a prism and mirror adding design expense and bulk to the overall design.

Due to the advances in these competing technologies, both types of cameras have compelling advantages over previous evolutions and offer amazing image quality.

mirrorless cameras are preferred by many travel and lifestyle bloggers

A little larger and a heavier than compact cameras, today’s mirrorless cameras allow less experienced photographers to produce amazing image and video content.

Mirrorless cameras project a preview of the image to the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and/or onto a rear mounted LCD screen.

An electronic viewfinders allow photographers to preview the results of shutter speed and aperture adjustments before the image is captured.

Hindsight is always 20-20. If you started shooting with an SLR, you would have loved the preview feature mirrorless cameras offer. Think of how a preview could have improved all of those shots that didn’t turn out.

If you’re thinking about upgrading from your smartphone or compact camera, you should strongly consider a mirrorless camera.

Mirrorless Benefits

Less experienced photographers enjoy the benefits of great images and video with mirrorless cameras

Today’s smartphones produce good quality images for casual use. Compact cameras offer much more functionality with built-in zoom and autofocus features, but the disadvantage of a permanently mounted zoom lens.

Many travelers prefer the benefits of mirrorless cameras that offer amazing image quality, interchangeable lenses that are smaller and less bulky than a DSLR.

Mirrorless cameras offer an array of added features & accessories allowing you to embrace your creative style

Mirrorless cameras allow you access to most of the benefits DSLR cameras with less expense and more compact size. With all of the advanced features of mirrorless cameras, you may find the results of ownership well worth the investment.

Each of the key features mentioned below extenuates your creativity and we hope will leave you a little better informed.

Mirrorless Features

Viewfinders

Mirrorless cameras expose light onto the imaging sensor when the shutter is open. You can see a digital preview of the image in the viewfinder or LCD on the rear of the camera. Models having a digital viewfinder are preferred over ones with just the LCD since the display uses lot of power and is harder to see in direct sunlight.

Some companies are added anti-reflective coatings to LCDs to make them easier to see in bright situations.

LCD Functionality

A rear mount LCD allows digital previews and many can be tilted for viewing when recording video. If you’re planning to use your mirrorless to record video be sure get a model with tilting or fully articulated screens.

Camera LCDs like any device with a screen will produce a better preview with a higher pixel count.

Image Sensors

Mirrorless cameras are offered with differing sensor sizes. Many models contain a micro four thirds (MFT) sensor. These models compete with APS-C and full frame sensor models.

The size of the image sensor does affect the amount of light translating into the image you want to capture. Larger sensors as a general rule, perform better in lower light settings. Manufacturers marry the sensor to a proprietary image processor to produce the final image.

Tremendous advances have been made in this arena that have made mirrorless cameras so popular.

Auto-Focus and Light Metering

Camera manufactures are constantly adapting to new technology by using improved sensor designs and imaging processor hardware and software to build better cameras than the previous generation.

Today’s cameras use phase detection and/or contrast detection technologies to provide incredibly fast focus accuracy. A number of phase detection points are used based on camera design for auto-focusing.

Autofocus uses phase-detection sensors to determine movement and clarity. The number of AF points, of course, varies by design. From a design perspective, the more AF points used, higher quality and speed image processors must be used to interpret the information quickly in those milliseconds before the shot is captured.

Image Stabilization

Image stabilization reduces the effects our hand or body movement have on an image being captured. More expensive models offer stabilization methods in both the lens and the camera body. Entry level models usually rely on stabilization in the lens only.

Stabilization is measured in terms of the number of stops the improvement offers. The higher the number of stops, the better the camera compensates for your body movement.

F stops are a time-based measurement. Specifically, the time related to the amount of time light through the aperture is exposed on the medium while the shutter is open.

Many mirrorless cameras will allow you to manually set shutter and aperture settings. One distinct advantage of mirrorless cameras is that you can learn how these setting affect the final image by seeing instant results in the viewfinder.

Interchangeable Lenses

Taking your photography to the next level means you’ll need a camera with interchangeable lenses. Interchangeable lens cameras fall into to two groupings: Mirrorless and DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex)

Mirrorless camera build-in many benefits that larger, more expensive DLSR cameras offer (image quality is among them.)

Interchangeable Lens Options

Each lens in your camera bag offers advantages in image capture, each with its own limitations. Using zoom lenses will allow adding power to capture vivid distance shots. Zoom lenses also allow for creating “depth of field”. To achieve depth of field results you’ll need to operate your mirrorless camera outside of the Auto mode.

Prime lenses:
Lenses with a fixed focal length. Most cameras are sold with a prime lens.

Standard zoom lenses:

Mirrorless camera kits bundle standard zoom lenses. Manufacturers offer subtle variations in the kits offered. For example, Fujifilm X-T20 offers an 18-55mm lens, while Sony’s A6000 cameras are sometimes kitted with 16-50mm lenses.

Standard zoom lenses generally provide 3x zoom. The quality of these lenses is very good for the price. Telephoto lenses offer higher power zoom and of course command a higher price.

Telephoto zoom lenses:
If you’re planning to shoot a lot of sporting events, you’ll find the increased zoom of a telephoto lens to be incredibly versatile. Typical focal lengths are around 70-200mm. Not only are these lenses much heavier, but they are also much more expensive.

Telephoto lenses are available in a variety of configurations. With a little research, you can find one that fits your style for most subjects without toting around the extra weight.

Wide-Angle Lenses:
Great for scenic outdoor images for travel bloggers and family vacations. They also offer a wider view when capturing family and group photos.

Macro Lenses:
Useful when capturing amazing close-up images. If you shoot a lot of plant life and insects, you’ll find the detail of your images more satisfying with a good macro lens.

Know your options when buying camera lenses
Knowing your options when buying lens can save you money

Know your options when buying camera lenses

Consider your mirrorless or DLSR camera purchases knowing the availability and costs of lenses that fit your camera body. Lenses may be less expensive for highly popular models.

Renewed Lenses

If you’re happy with camera but want more lenses, consider buying a renewed lens. Amazon offers a number of manufacturer lenses at very competitive prices. Buying a renewed lens makes good sense if you’re an amateur photographer or just needing a good back-up lens.

If you’re buying a new camera and have a limited budget, consider the availability of renewed lenses before making your purchase. Having a couple of extra lenses adds tremendous flexibility to your photography game.

Lens Manufacturers

Lenses are produced by major camera makers and by other independent camera equipment manufacturers. Sigma and Tamron are two such independent companies that offer lenses for some camera bodies. Each company produces lenses and other products for Canon, Nikon models and more.

Independent lens manufacturers like Sigma and Tamron have been used for decades by amateur and professional photographers alike.

Lens Mount Adapters

Photographers sometimes have a number of great lenses, but need to adapt them to a different camera body. When this is the case, it may be practical to use a lens mount adapter. Lens mount adapters are a great way to use the great lenses you have with a different camera body.

Adapters are produced by camera manufacturers and aftermarket companies. Mount adapters mates a specific lens both optically and electronically to the camera body. This results in full functionality of the lens.

Blogging and Photography

Posting content for the world to see requires a degree of professionalism. Blogging has become a legitimate career path for thousands, and the world expects to see quality images.

Capturing video content requires a bit of forethought.

Producing quality content will require some investigation of your photography gear to find the right fit.

Vlogging camera video gear allows flexibility in LCD live viewing and external mics for superior sound

Comparing Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless Cameras with Viewfinder

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FINDING THE RIGHT CAMERA

Olympus
OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Canon
EOS
M50

Panasonic
Lumix
GX-85

Fuji
Film
X-T20

Olympus
OM-D

Canon
EOS

Panasonic
Lumix

FujiFilm

Camera Type

Mirrorless
w/ Viewfinder

Mirrorless
w/ Viewfinder

Mirrorless
w/ Viewfinder

Mirrorless
w/ Viewfinder

Viewfinder

EVF
2.36 million dots

EVF
2.36 million dots

EVF
2.7 million dots

EVF
2.36 million dots

Sensor

Micro
4/3rds
17.3mm x 13.0mm

Canon
APS-C
22.3mm x 14.9mm

Micro
4/3rds
17.3mm x 13.0mm

Standard
APS-C
23.6mm x 15.6mm

Pixel Count

16.1MP

24.1MP

16.1MP

24.3MP

Image and Video Resolution

4K

4K

4K

4K

Flash

Built-in
&
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Built-in
&
Hot Shoe

Built-in
&
Hot Shoe

Built-in
&
Hot Shoe

Stabilization Method

5-Axis
image
stabilization

Some
Lenses
Only

5-Axis
image
stabilization

5-Axis
image
stabilization

Display

3.0″
180º Tilt
1.04 million dots

3.2″
180º Tilt
1.62 million dots

3.0″
Fully Articulated
1.04 million dots

3.0″
180º Tilt
1.04 million dots

Charging

Lithium-Ion
Charger

Lithium-Ion
Charger

Lithium-Ion
Charger

Lithium-Ion
Charger

*Subjective Ranking Approx. Cost

#1
BEST VALUE

Around $499
#3
BEST LCD
Around $599
#4
VERY ERGONOMIC
Around $697
#2
SOLID PERFORMER
Around $699

Camera Rentals

When considering an upgrade to a new camera body,
many photographers will borrow or lease a camera body.

Several companies are setup to accommodate camera rental.

Professionals can expense the rental and confirm whether the camera body suits their specific needs.

Underrated Entry-Level Camera

Underrated in product reviews but definitely worth a second look. Designed to be exciting and fun, this little camera has a lot to offer.

Pentax’s Q-S1 mirrorless camera offers some remarkable features and a compact size. Added in-body stabilization using advanced gyro sensor technology. Packed with “creative tools”, bokeh control (for depth of field shooting) and “Smart Effect” filters.

 

Resolution:
12.4 MP image sensor

LCD Viewfinder:
3″ LCD w/ anti-reflective coating

Lens Compatibility:
Compatible with all Pentax Q-mount Lenses

Video Format:
Common JPEG and RAW file formats. Video outputs in AV and HDMI interfaces

Zoom Lenses:
Dual zoom kits at some online retailers

More Features:
Built-in Flash
25 Min. of record time
Battery compartment side accessible.

Lightweight compact design:
Weighs 8 oz.

Camera Body Dimensions:
4.1″ (W) x 2.3″ (H) x 1.3″ (D)

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