DSLR and Other Types of Cameras

If you're in the market for a new camera, you have hundreds of models from which to choose, a fact that one might think would make the shopping experience all the easier. However, it does the exact opposite—it makes the camera shopping experience overwhelming and downright frustrating. If you're at the point where you want to throw your hands in the air and just use your smartphone to photograph subjects and landscape, don't give up on the search just yet. You can make the decision-making process easier on yourself by deciding which type of camera would be best for you. Use this guide to learn about the DSLR and mirrorless camera differences, the two best camera types for all skill levels.

DSLR Cameras

Digital SLR cameras provide high quality, sharp and professional-grade images, which is why it is considered to be a more "serious" type of camera. These cameras are also great for videographers as they are equipped with advanced sensors, wide range of interchangeable lenses and manual settings. Most offer full HD 1080p videos at up to 60fps. Though DSLR models are "high-end," most are affordable and suitable for just about any type of photography or videography. Some pros of the DSLR are as follows:

  • Large sensors
  • High-resolution photo output
  • Fully customizable settings
  • Full HD video output
  • Optical viewfinder

That said, DSLR are bulky, costly and require significant know-how.

Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are a more modern and compact version of a DSLR. They're able to be compact thanks to their lack of an internal mirror that reflects light to the sensor. Mirrorless cameras, like DSLRs, are able to capture high-resolution images with fast shutter speeds. They can even record ultra HD videos that the higher-end DSLRs cannot. Some pros of a mirrorless camera are as follows:

  • Compact
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Simple to operate
  • Faster and better video
  • Fast shutter speeds

However, mirrorless cameras do have their pitfalls. Their autofocus is slow, their battery lives are short and they come with fewer lens and accessory options.

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