Photography Tips: 5 Reasons to Own a Mirrorless Camera

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Mirrorless cameras become more and more popular in the current market, many camera manufacturers like Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Leica, and others had put in effort in research and developed some excellent Mirrorless cameras. So let’s see how a Mirrorless camera fit you the best.

1. Large Image Sensor in Smaller Camera Size

In general, Mirrorless camera is equipped with Micro 4/3, APS-C, or Full-Frame image sensor. These sensors are much larger than the common image sensor (1/2.3″) that is equipped in the P&S. You may read my 5 Factors Affected By Image Sensor Size to get more details regarding to the image sensor size.

Mirrorless vs DSLR (Image retrieved from Sony Official Website:
Mirrorless vs DSLR (Image retrieved from Sony Official Website:

Although DSLR camera is also equipped with either APS-C or Full-Frame image sensor, but Mirrorless camera is much smaller in the camera body design. It is because the Mirrorless camera does not have the mirror reflection board that is used to reflect the light to the optical view finder, so the Mirrorless camera body can be much thinner than the DSLR camera body and it results in a lighter camera too.

2. Better Performance and Full Manual Controls

Generally, Mirrorless camera has faster autofocus speed, faster shutter speed, better signal-noise level compare to the P&S. Besides, Mirrorless camera can even outperform some entry-level of DSLR in term of the performance and image quality.

Mirrorless camera also allows you to fully manual control the parameters on your camera, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and so on. Full manual controls are rarely seen in P&S because P&S is designed to be easy to use with a minimal of controls.

3. Interchangeable Lens

What is the most attractive part of a camera to a camera enthusiast? Yea, it is definitely the capability to use different lenses on their camera. Mirrorless cameras not only have their own dedicated lenses, the camera manufacturers also provide the adapter for their Mirrorless cameras in order to use their DSLR’s range of lenses.

4. Great  Travelling Companion

Do you ever hear your friends or someone else complains that “I wish I brought my DSLR with me in the trip there if it is not so bulky” or “Owww carrying the DSLR throughout the trip had hurt my wrist so badly..”? Yes, I always heard my friends complain about it.

Remember, we are travelling, not working. Peoples enjoy themselves in the trip when they are travelling in lightweight, so if you are pursuing the image quality and travel a lot, then the mirrorless camera will be the first choice because it is lightweight, providing high image quality, and affordable.

5. Bokeh

What is bokeh? In general, bokeh is to make your background blur so that your subject has a “pop-up” feel from the background.

Bokeh Effect

The image sensors that are being used in Mirrorless camera are generally much larger than those sensors that are commonly used in the digital P&S (you can refer to my 5 Factors Affected By Image Sensor Size). Therefore Mirrorless cameras are much easier to produce the bokeh effect than the P&S, while it still remain the advantages of smaller size factor compare to the bulkier DSLR. (I know it is not quite true that larger size image sensor is easier to produce bokeh effect than smaller size image sensor, but I will explain it in another specific post.)

Bottom Line

Mirrorless camera is capable to provide same/better image quality as DSLR while remain a small and lightweight form factor. It allows you travel in lightweight and draws less attention from others as well. Unless you are willing to pay extreme price for the full-frame P&S which costs double or even triple to a Mirrorless/DSLR camera in order to get a camera that is more portable and has greater image quality, otherwise the Mirrorless camera will serve you well and pleased you greatly.

That’s all for this post. You may also read my 5 Reasons to Own a P&S, and the 5 Reasons to Own a DSLR if you are still confused about which camera system you should buy. Thanks for your reading and hope you enjoy it.

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