The question of mirrorless vs DSLR can make choosing a new camera a challenge. We’ve outlined the main differences to make your decision easier.

When deciding between one thing or another, the question is normally, “which is better, which yields better results?” However, both mirrorless and DSLR cameras are capable of taking amazing shots and producing breathtaking images. So, the things to focus on here are the differences when taking those shots and how the camera works for you.

DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex, by the way. Don’t worry if you didn’t know that before (I actually didn’t either).

Below, photographer and arts administrator, Zach Mendez outlines some key differences between mirrorless and DSLR cameras. It’s worth noting that Zach is self-confessedly biased, with a preference for mirrorless. Regardless, he comes at this comparison with plenty of valuable knowledge and personal experience.

Key Differences

So, the major points to consider when pondering mirrorless vs DSLR are size, weight, sound, the flow of your work, what you’re shooting, and what you’re comfortable with.

With the focus mainly on Canon cameras Zach points out that the silent shutter of a mirrorless camera suits his best. This enables him to stealthily shoot things like live performances, orchestras and quieter events.

The more compact and less heavy nature of a mirrorless also acts as an advantage, making your photographer kit bag that bit easier to lug around. Although, the chunkiness of a DSLR can be comforting to those shooting in more rugged and rough conditions.

The lack of mirror system in a mirrorless camera means no optical viewfinder. However, this does mean that you get a much truer representation of the shot you’re about to take in the LCD screen. Although, if you personally prefer the classic holding the camera up to your face move, a DSLR may suit better.

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