Differences Between Mirrorless Cameras and Phone Cameras

If you're no newbie to the wonderful world of videography, you know there are several types of cameras from which you can choose to record your footage. Though specs vary greatly from model to model, one spec that has the photography world divided is the most basic of all: camera type. Though there are three different camera types—DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone—today we're going to focus on the two most popular: mirrorless camera vs. phone.

What is a Mirrorless Camera?

First and foremost, let's define what a mirrorless camera is for those of you who may be new to the industry. A mirrorless camera is precisely what it sounds like: a camera that does not require a reflex mirror. In a DSLR camera, the first type of camera, a mirror redirects the light up to the ocular viewfinder. In a mirrorless camera, there is no such component. Instead, the sensor that produces the image is exposed to light at all times, hence its lack of need for a mirror.

Can't You Just Use Your Smartphone?

If you're like most people, you use your smartphone to snap pictures and videos of just about everything. You may even be at the forefront of the "smartphones will one day replace cameras" movement. However, though smartphone technology is certainly improving so that phone cameras provide outstanding resolution and quality images, smartphone cameras do not compare with actual cameras.

Mirrorless cameras come with many perks smartphone cameras cannot offer. For instance, because they utilize electronic viewfinders, they can adjust to suit a variety of conditions, even very dark ones. Secondly, mirrorless cameras are versatile and can be affixed with several different types of lenses, which is great for photographers who like to shoot in a variety of settings. Finally, most mirrorless cameras double as outstanding video cameras, with some even able to shoot in 4K. This is something that most DSLRs do not offer.

Smartphones are great "for fun" cameras, but if your goal is to make real works of art, invest in a real camera. In case you need quality video footage today, browse Shutterstock’s stock video library with millions of high-quality clips. 

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