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Which is the best choice for you?


Weight: Mirrorless cameras are lighter and more portable than DSLR equivalents.

Viewfinder information: The electronic viewfinders (EVFs) of mirrorless cameras are very flexible, you can call up and dismiss a wealth of information, such as a live histogram, electronic level and other shooting information.

High-quality lenses: The shorter mount-to-sensor distance of mirrorless cameras means it’s easier to design higher-quality lenses, especially wide angles, it’s also easy to adapt third-party lenses to the cameras using adaptors.


Is smaller better? Mirrorless cameras are lighter – a good thing – and usually smaller than DSLR counterparts. But the size can cause problems for photographers with large hands, who may find controls fiddly.

Battery life: Mirrorless cameras will never be able to match DSLRs when it comes to battery life, as EVFs use a lot of power compared to the optical viewfinders (OVFs) found on DSLRs.

EVF quality: EVFs have come a long way, but not everyone likes them. They can struggle in low light, producing a grainy image and it’s not always easy to see shadow detail.


Direct controls: DSLRs have larger bodies by necessity, so it’s easier to add dedicated controls for specific functions, which can make for fast and easy handling in the field.

Lens range: DSLRs have been around long enough for each manufacturer to have developed a full system. They have a wide range of lenses, including specialist optics such as tilt-shift lenses, to choose from.

Viewfinder: Many photographers still prefer an optical viewfinder as it gives a bright, clear view of the scene, which is more ‘real’ than looking through an EVF.


Size and weight: DSLRs are heavier than their mirrorless equivalents. This can make quite a difference on a long hike, or when packing bags with airline weight restrictions in mind.

Reviewing images: You can only review images on the rear LCD, which can be difficult to see in bright light; mirrorless cameras enable you to review the image in the viewfinder as well.

Third-party lenses: Although DSLRs generally have a wider range of native lenses than mirrorless cameras, the opportunities for using third-party lenses via adaptors are far more limited.

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