The difference is between an "optical viewfinder" on the slr and an "electronic viewfinder" on the mirrorless.
In the normal dslr when you look through the view finder you aren't looking straight through the actual lens, your view is a couple of inches higher than the len's actual view, so your point of view is skewed and that would cause problems in framing your shot. To fix that discrepancy camera makers put a prism in the viewfinder and an angled mirror behind the lens (inside the camera body) this lets the light go through the lens, hit the mirror and bounce upward through the prism so an image is visible on the viewing screen. (google how a dslr works and you'll find plenty of diagrams) The mirror is located between the back end of the lens and shutter curtain which protects the sensor from light. So when you click the shutter button the mirror flips up out of the way, the shutter curtain opens and the light has a straight path through the lens to the sensor. This mirror flip and curtain movement is what gives slr cameras their distinctive sound when shooting.
The mirrorless camera uses an electronic viewfinder instead of an optical one. An electronic viewfinder and sensor works like the ones on non dslr cameras. The light goes straight through the lens to the sensor and you view the sensor. Until very recently there was a very noticeable lag between what was viewed and what was captured when you clicked the shutter button. Some of the newer high end mirrorless seems to have bridged that lag.
Volt explained it great!! Also because there is no mirror the manufactures can make the camera smaller and weightless. My mirror-less does everything (and more) than my old dSLR and because of that I carry it all the time now in my purse or work bag.
Mirror-less today is not the same as even two years ago, there has been that much of a change with advances in sensors and such so make sure you are reviewing up to date reviews of the models you are interested in them. They are now also getting the recognition the deserve, DPreview just had 2 of them named top cameras of 2015 by their reading audience which is huge because a few years back you were run off that site for talking about mirror-less.
I personally will never go back to a full size camera.
i am following this thread because i have been looking as well. can anyone recommend a brand of mirror less camera? i was looking at the fuji film x-t1 but they are quite pricey. any thoughts? i love the idea of not having to carry a large camera.
Mirrorless like dSLR's are all the same but very different There is no one best, or one best to recommend. The Fuji has become the hot camera this oast year, I haven't used it or even seen it so I won't comment on if its good or not. Olympus is the original mirror-less camera manufacturer and their cameras are wonderful (IMO). I shoot Olympus, but I have always shot Olympus since my film days. I did take a leap to Canon dSLR's for about a year, hated everything about it so went back to Olympus, this is the camera and the brand for me, I would never tell anyone that this is THE camera .
If you check out DPreview you will see that two mirror-less cameras made it into the top 5 of 2015. The Fuji and one of the Olympus so I would start there, research and research some more (again DPreview has great articles and very active forums) and then pick what it best for you, not what someone says is the best .
I've been shooting with the Sony A600 (crop-sensor) and Sony A7ii (full frame) since April of last year after my debacle with Canon's 70D and 7D bodies. I am SOOOOOO happy I made the switch. The quality and innovation on mirrorless cameras are phenomenal. The ease of use and photo quality is right up there with DSLR regardless of what you read on some of the more popular photography boards. Fuji is another popular brand but from what I see their sensors are all crop-sensors. I wanted full-frame sensor to handle lower light situations better and Sony delivers.
Post by Flibbertigibbet on Feb 27, 2016 13:25:16 GMT
I have the Sony a6000. DH picked up the model down from mine, the A5000. It's his first dslr. I was a hardcore Canon user before this. I love the ease of use, the size, the quality, the wifi, and everything about the mirrorless. I bought it as an open box at Best Buy for under $600 and came with a 16-50mm kit lens. I've bought another $1000 in two lenses: Sony 18-105mm f4 and a Sony 16mm f2.8. I'm exceedingly happy.
I'll be following this thread too. I am currently eyeballing the Sony a6000. I come from a family of photographers and they all swear by Canon. Well they are even wowed by this Sony. My brother in law even uses his a6000 to shoot events like weddings and engagement pictures.
I have the Canon OMD-M10 and took shots with it and compared them to the same shots with my Nikon DSLR. In some cases I couldn't tell the difference and in some the Canon had a better picture. It's SOO lightweight and easy to carry. I don't regret it at all.