Differences between a mirrorless and DSLR camera

There are an array of differences in mirrorless cameras vs DSLRs that can make it difficult to know which is best for you. Let’s break down the basics and dive into some nitty gritty feature differences that set mirrorless and DSLRs apart.

DSLR cameras are unique in that they have a mirror stored inside the camera body. This mirror takes light incoming from the lens and reflects it into a prism, which is then directed into a viewfinder. When the shutter is clicked, the mirror flips and light is redirected onto the image sensor, which captures the image. In contrast, mirrorless cameras have no mirror, and light is passed directly onto the image sensor. This is the main difference between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

With this difference come several advantages and disadvantages. Since there is no mirror, mirrorless cameras tend to be smaller and lighter than their DSLR alternatives. They’re a lot easier to construct as well. Mirrorless cameras are also particularly effective at video shooting. Since there is no mirror, there is no delay on beautiful, high quality video, so many mirrorless cameras can shoot up to 4K video.

However, DSLRs often win out on autofocus and low light shooting. This is especially true of high-speed settings including sports and wildlife video. Mirrorless cameras are looking to bridge this gap, though.

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