Mirrorless cameras are overrated… by a lot!

May 13, 2021

Illya Ovchar

Illya Ovchar is a fashion photographer based in Budapest. For him, photography means painting with light, just as its Greek roots suggest. He can’t tell you the latest camera rumors, but he can go on forever about light. In his fashion work, Illya aims to tell stories with clothes and light.

Mirrorless cameras are overrated… by a lot!

May 13, 2021

Illya Ovchar

Illya Ovchar is a fashion photographer based in Budapest. For him, photography means painting with light, just as its Greek roots suggest. He can’t tell you the latest camera rumors, but he can go on forever about light. In his fashion work, Illya aims to tell stories with clothes and light.

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I strongly believe that there is way too much hype around mirrorless cameras. While they seem to be a marketing success, they are also way too overhyped. With YouTubers switching to mirrorless for seemingly no reason, it sometimes is hard to understand the motive of buying mirrorless beyond just owning a newer model.

I’m writing this from a commercial fashion photographer standpoint. I also work with stills only. I am not qualified to talk about video as much as I am to talk about stills. For video, I am told mirrorless cameras are better. They are the closest you can get to cinema quality. Many of my video friends are working exclusively on mirrorless cameras. But for stills, I think they are way too overhyped. Here’s why:

I don’t pay close attention to all the gear news and specs of all brands. I do pay attention to what Canon is doing, though, but that’s because it’s the brand I use. Should a client come to me with a weird request, I want to vaguely know what camera technology can do so that I can give an accurate estimate, treatment, etc.

The R5 was, of course, a camera that caught my attention. Why? Well, because it was everywhere. YouTube was full of it, so were all photography websites. Article after article praising the R5 as the new breakthrough in photographic technology. In reality, however, the R5 is a very overrated camera. Often that comes down to being misled by some information on the internet. While I am not a knight fighting with all the lies on the internet, I do believe that the amount of hype around mirrorless cameras leaves some people broke, while others obsess over what they don’t have and lose motivation to create with what they currently have.

I obsessed over gear

Let me get personal here. When I started, I had an EOS 300 film camera and a few rolls of Kodak Gold. No, I didn’t start in the ’90s, nor am I a photographer only shooting on film. I started in the digital age, but I couldn’t afford a digital camera. I was left devastated when I had to buy a lens for $40. On the one hand, that was awesome because I obsessed over each frame I took, knowing how much it costs me, but on the other hand, I also obsessed with the 1DX cameras. And who wouldn’t? I remember going to WEX in London and seeing one for the first time. You bet I was stuck there for quite some time. My gear obsession was started by nothing else but the internet. Seeing thousands upon thousands of pictures of people getting “bangers” with their 1DX cameras, I was obsessing about what I could do with a camera like that.

Hype or good?

Now, with the inadequate amount of hype around mirrorless, this is even worse as more and more photographers spend their time looking at camera spec sheets than improving themselves. To save you some time, I looked at spec sheets, which resulted in me genuinely thinking that mirrorless cameras are way too overrated. Let’s go one by one.

Megapixels

A common mirrorless camera is around 40-60 Megapixels. That captures a lot of detail and is a great benefit when printing. As someone who owns a Canon 5Ds (50 megapixels), I can say that if the glass is bad, or the photo is slightly soft, it will show. It just doesn’t make sense to use such high-resolution cameras without good lenses. If you’re shooting with flash, you need to have good lights. If the flash duration is short, it will show. Hence, for the ones starting out, a mirrorless camera capturing 60 megapixels is useless. For most applications, the high resolution could be a detrimental factor.

Dynamic range and color depth

This is another common reason mirrorless cameras are hyped a lot. However, they are all fairly close to their DSLR counterparts that were out 4 years ago. Sure there’s a bit more, as there ought to be, but does it really make a difference? Probably not. If you need dynamic range and color depth, and accuracy, you need to look at medium format camera systems (spoiler: you can have an amazing medium format camera for less than one EOS R5).

Autofocus

100% autofocus coverage with often over a thousand points to choose from is quite radical. Is that autofocus better than the one in DSLRs? Yes, I can’t deny that. And as certain YouTubers would claim:

 “mirrorless autofocus helps with subjects in strange spaces such as corners of the image. The points squeezed in the center of the screen on the DSLR are just terrible. They miss and there is only 60 or so of them”

But does having more points help you? Yes, in some situations, it will, but you need to know Composition and probably have a lens with accurate autofocus to use them. An R5 with some amateur lens won’t have the best autofocus. There will always be the lens bottleneck.

Price

A mirrorless camera often sells for above $1,000, if not $4,000. That is a significant amount of money. The same amount of money can pay you for quite a lot of education, test shoots, lenses, and travel to locations around your country. Although I don’t speak with 40 years of experience behind me, I strongly believe that there is always something new to discover, learn and explore. Photography, in one way, is just an exploration of different possibilities. What else is possible with your equipment? A friend of mine likes to say that there are infinite possibilities in photography. I agree with that.

Closing thoughts

Mirrorless or no mirrorless — the choice is yours. For me, they are a new technology that has a lot of potential and will be the future of camera technology. The only negative I see is the EVF, as my eyes do get tired after staring at it for 8 hours. However, at the moment, the hype surrounding them is inflating the specs by a lot. Why? Well, because camera brands need to make sales. Knowing how much some photographers obsess over gear, paired with the power of internet advertising, it is easy to make a ceratin camera popular. Buying into the hype around a new piece of technology is often a poor idea. So far, buying into the hype around technology has led me down the wrong path, as it did with many other photographers.

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137 responses to “Mirrorless cameras are overrated… by a lot!”

  1. Lennart van Wezep Avatar
    Lennart van Wezep

    I really hate the evf…. I just can’t get used to it so I stay with a nice mirror

    1. Erik Gutjens Avatar
      Erik Gutjens

      Lennart van Wezep ??

    2. Lennart van Wezep Avatar
      Lennart van Wezep

      Erik Gutjens haha zeker weten ? Daarom rij ik van die oudel#llenauto’s

    3. Erik Gutjens Avatar
      Erik Gutjens

      Jep. Mijn hypermoderne D750 is natuurlijk wel ff wat anders ? Oh nee wacht ?

    4. Lennart van Wezep Avatar
      Lennart van Wezep

      Erik Gutjens past ook wel bij zo’n zilveren Volvo rijder ?

    5. Mike Farwell Avatar
      Mike Farwell

      if I didnt shoot sports and dance I could see my self switching over to a z6or z7, problem about mirrorless is the lag, for anything else I would go to mirrorless.

      1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
        Morgan Patrick Miller

        Barely a lag dude..if even noticeable

      2. Christopher Brandão Avatar
        Christopher Brandão

        The Z6 has a perceivable lag. Thats not what you should be mentioning in your comment as a rebuttal to evf usage. That camera is great but there are way more other mirrorless cameras with zero lag. So i hope you know that and research the mirrorless that is best suited for you. Maybe the new z6 mark II IS faster but the Z6 is not. I dot surf photography and the z6 is not with me when i shoot that. But i have tested others that are way faster

    6. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      A rigid mind that is unable to adapt, will be left behind in evolutionary progress. Oh come on dude, the newest EVFs are so good, there’s absolutely no reason why someone with a half way malleable mind would not be able to quickly adjust.

      1. Hèntai warrior Avatar
        Hèntai warrior

        When i look at evf during my trip i wonder, why would i look at this majestic creatures with a small tv, while I’m right here at very the moment

        So i switch back to DSLR

  2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    I much prefer the evf. Huge advantages in truly seeing what the sensor is seeing and what you’re actually going to record. Being able to compose monochrome images with the sensor in monochrome makes a huge difference for one thing. But for me the biggest win is being able to easily review images through the viewfinder when you’re shooting in daylight and it’s impossible to really judge things on the rear screen.

    1. SQLGuy Avatar
      SQLGuy

      This ^. Plus seeing exposure and white balance previews. And, if the author had looked at more mature mirrorless cameras, like Sony, he would also have seen the benefits of no-compromise silent shooting with zero blackout that models like the A9 and A1 offer.

    2. Mark Doiron Avatar
      Mark Doiron

      I use a Zacuto eye loupe with the stick-on adapter on a 7D Mk II and 5D Mk III. Helps steady camera, and allows good viewing in broad daylight. However, I recently picked up an R5. For run and gun video shots, which I do a lot of, the R5 IBIS beats the pants off the HDSLRs, even with EF lenses. It is the major reason one should consider the move to a mirrorless body.

    3. Roman Olivari Avatar
      Roman Olivari

      If you need EVF it’s obviously that you don’t know what are you doing.
      Find some another hobby. :-)

      1. JohnM Avatar
        JohnM

        What a silly comment!
        I’ve been full time in the photographic profession since the early 80s and have absolutely no desire to go back to using DSLRs. Perhaps I don’t know what I’m doing – should I find another hobby?

  3. Kaouthia Avatar
    Kaouthia

    I’m totally with you. I picked up five Panasonics last year for shooting video. But for stills, I’ll grab one of my Nikon DSLRs every time. I’ve yet to find a mirrorless camera where the EVF didn’t give me a headache with half an hour of shooting.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      lol, I’m curious what I said that people are actually downvoting, hah.

      1. AWD Avatar
        AWD

        That’s what you get for having a physiological reaction to something! (Sorry EVFs give you a headache, they really are nice once you get past the differences, and some day in the near future, that’s all you’ll be able to get)

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          I hope they figure it out one day. I’ve got a dozen Nikon DSLRs and I’m planning to pick up a few more once the used market plummets (they’ll always be my favourites for shooting timelapse), so I’m not worried about them disappearing from the shelves. :)

          1. AWD Avatar
            AWD

            I like mirrorless specificallyfor time lapse. Nothing like seeing your image form on the screen and stopping it when it’s just right (or totally wrong.) Then there’s the live composite magic, which I have mixed feelings about, but it’s another tool available, so I suppose it’s good.

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            When I’m shooting timelapse, my DSLRs transfer over USB to a Raspberry Pi as soon as the photo’s taken and then the RAW files are beamed over WiFi to my desktop so I can start editing them while the cameras are still shooting. They’re typically 3-4 weeks duration with 2 or 3 cameras.

            It’s great, I go to sleep at night and wake up to 8-10 hours of new footage already on my computer. :)

      2. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
        Morgan Patrick Miller

        Evf and headache? That’s either psychological, or something unique to you. Try a Z7 dude

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          You mean physiological, not psychological. I’ve tried the Z7. :)

          1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
            Morgan Patrick Miller

            Oh, that’s good! I don’t know man, I think given time, and a very open mind, anyone can adjust to some of the best evf technology to the point of it not bothering them anymore. How about shifting the brightness for different lighting and times of the day? I don’t know what about an EVF would cause a headache, and I’m not sure what kind of shooting would have someone’s eye in the veiwfinder long enough to have this effect. Sorry, I wasn’t meaning to be a troll, but I kinda was doing that.

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            It’s all good. Some screens just give me headaches. I haven’t tried every mirrorless camera out there, so there may be some out there that don’t, but I have tried mirrorless camears from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and most of the random brands that pop up occasionally and, really, I’m just not that desperate to switch.

            If I switched to mirrorless for stills, I’d be switching for the sake of switching and just spending money. It wouldn’t offer ME any real benefit over the DSLRs I have. I’m sure it offers plenty of benefits for others, but it’s like why spend the money if I don’t have to?

          3. Illya Ovchar Avatar
            Illya Ovchar

            Screens in general somehow give me eye pain and mild headaches. Especially after a day of writing.

    2. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      Try a Nikon z7. Panasonic sucks for stills man.

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        The Panasonics are for video. :)

        1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
          Morgan Patrick Miller

          Yeah, I understand that. I should have clarified that the Panasonic would not be a good way to explore how well a mirrorless camera matches up to a DSLR for still. In 2021, there is no difference.

      2. Jeffrey Wright Avatar
        Jeffrey Wright

        Me and my S1 disagree.

    3. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      Totally agree! It’s very annoying after 12 hours haha. Flash at 2400W also takes a toll on my eyes.

    4. Crimson Hikari Avatar
      Crimson Hikari

      Haha, I actually had the opposite reaction to switching from DSLR to mirrorless; I get less headaches from focusing because I’m not trying to squint to focus through the viewfinder in low light anymore! I don’t like using the back screen much unless I’m shooting in an awkward position. Definitely notice the difference in headaches when shooting analogue with my manual-only SLR.

      Also a benefit: slightly less shoulder pain from holding up heavier cameras. Always good when you have a screwed-up shoulder to begin with.

  4. Daniel Venter Avatar
    Daniel Venter

    As a person that used DSLRs for a long time as a full-time photographer and photography trainer that’s now completely switched to mirrorless, it’s definitely been a game-changer. So yes I’ll also hype over it and urge those starting with photography to go mirrorless!!

    1. Jeremy Mohlke Avatar
      Jeremy Mohlke

      Daniel Venter It was a huge gamechanger for me. I can’t tell folks enough how much it shortens the learning curve when you are able to see, in real time, the effects of changing ISO, SS, F-stop before you even take the picture.

  5. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    They are battery hogs, to boot!

    1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      Not anymore man, not anymore.

  6. Sean Grant Mills Avatar
    Sean Grant Mills

    I have shot with canon Dslr cameras for 7 years professionally and bought a Canon RP mirrorless camera last year. My autofocus hit rate is now at around 95% or more. I do School photography where you have a split second to get a smile. This has been a game changer for me… I dont have to do micro adjustment on anybof my lenses… also a game changer. Using flash in very low light on camera is one area where a DSLR can win though.For now.

  7. Paul D Moore Avatar
    Paul D Moore

    From what I’m hearing from photographers who have switched is that there are lens design advantages where they are able to take advantage of the very short back distance to improve the quality of the lens. Nikon in particular have reportedly taken advantage and produced newly designed lenses producing stunning results not possible with conventional designed for cameras with a mirror box.

    1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      Paul D Moore Canon are doing exceptionally well in this – look at the RF 28-70 f/2.0 lens for example.

      1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
        Morgan Patrick Miller

        Nikon Z man, with smaller size, same performance. Canon is able to make just as good lenses for their DSLRs

    2. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      Yes, specifically with the Z system, and it’s large mount, and very small flange.

  8. Navyo Eller Avatar
    Navyo Eller

    Like in many areas, expensive gear is also to show. Most non pro photographer who buy impressive gear do so not only for the final output. Everyone happy with what he/she use.
    I recall lots of Chinese tourists running around with very expensive equipment.. that’s for sure a good market for the producer.
    Same time you observe they hold their cameras like the do not know how to use properly the gear.
    Fortunately today’s cheap to expensive gear makes good results for most people.
    As former semi-pro photographer I used heavy equipment. Now small and light is more than enough also for me.
    Let everyone have his tools. But definitely for most people there is little need for expensive gear, but having money, why not play with expensive gear. Most people do not own sports car, but like them.
    Great writing indeed.

  9. Anthony Moc Avatar
    Anthony Moc

    Why are there people still trying to cling on to the past? Technology always moves forward.

  10. JR Avatar
    JR

    There is no more hype about new gear than on Canon releases….like a herd of lemmings folks get caught up by the promotions…

  11. Jeroen Avatar
    Jeroen

    Indeed, just like FF, the fastest C-AF in the world, more and more MP’s and so on. It are just tools to do the job.

    The greatest and best hammer in the world doesn’t make you a good carpenter.

  12. Saiyaken才野犬PHOENIX Avatar
    Saiyaken才野犬PHOENIX

    Just a slightly disagreeable title in my opinion, but that’s neither here nor there.

    I believe a lot of the hype comes from marketing to the people that wants the shiniest new thing with check boxes on every feature and at the highest price point, because it’s more “Premium” than the last one. Not enough attention gets paid to what current or older cameras can do, rather mirrorless or DSLR. Also, on what everyone’s end goal is as far as the shots they primarily want to take, and finding the limitations of said older cameras and figuring out ways to overcome them, rather it be buying the newest body or not. Plenty of ways to get what you want out of your current gear.

    Having given my small dissertation on this, mirrorless so far has been good to me. Though battery life absolutely is garbage, when my now 4 year old phone can easily outlast this thing. Not good at all when I love doing a lot of long exposure and night time photography.

  13. JoeAlfano Avatar
    JoeAlfano

    Totally not hype at all. Mirrorless is just the natural progression of technology. Less moving parts with more features and in a smaller package. I could never go back to my horse and buggy DSLR cameras after going mirrorless. There are a few drawbacks with mirrorless but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. This article serves no purpose but to keep people in the dark ages. Soon there will be no new DSLRs as camera manufacturers move on from outdated technology. Time to face the facts that DSLRs are soon to be dead and that’s no hype.

  14. Grey Avatar
    Grey

    It’s just a weird comparison, since everything is practically the same except with mirrorless you have the convenience of the EVF. It’s a quality of life improvement which makes sense for most use cases, putting the old Optical into the niche category of specialist ergonomics. Like a range finder, or a manual gear car. If you like it: fine, but it doesn’t add enough to the everyday consumer experience to cancel out the convenience of the other. Mirroless cameras are correctly rated, people like the conveniences they offer over DSLR, so they are more popular.

  15. Christopher R Field Avatar
    Christopher R Field

    Its where all the latest tech is going so……

  16. redwave20 Avatar
    redwave20

    The joy of looking through the lens directly at the subject without distraction. It’s how photography was meant to be. Today’s iphone generation just want to look at screens. Because that’s what they do all day; head bent over looking at screens.

    1. Olympus Mons Avatar
      Olympus Mons

      Ugh! The fact that you think that looking at your subject without distraction is the way photography was meant to be only shows how much you have perverted it.

      The joy of setting up a 60lb view camera and standing beside it is how photography was meant to be.

      1. redwave20 Avatar
        redwave20

        Oh believe you me.. I have done that and there is no greater photographic experience! I have dragged my Shen Hao HZX45 along with Rodenstock and Schneider lenses across parks in Arizona (including Hunt’s Mesa at the crack of dawn) and composed by looking at inverted images under a dark cloth — and then exposed 4″x5″ of Fuji Velvia. It’s photographic nirvana. Gen Z kids looking at electronic screens have no idea what real photography is.

        1. redwave20 Avatar
          redwave20

          Sadly I sold my view camera gear to finance Canon telephoto lenses.

  17. Jeremy Mohlke Avatar
    Jeremy Mohlke

    It was a huge gamechanger for me. I can’t tell folks enough how much it shortens the learning curve when you are able to see, in real time, the effects of changing ISO, SS, F-stop before you even take the picture.

    1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      This does help for sure, but I still recommend that someone learn to use a DSLR full on manual mode, and also shoot film some. Too easy can be of some hinderance to becoming a truly good photographer. Just my opinion.

  18. Alexander McKenna Avatar
    Alexander McKenna

    Trash article. Unfollow.

  19. andyoo Avatar
    andyoo

    stone age people will stay with stone. enough said.
    I still have both system and the autofocus is day and night. try bird focus with a DSLR vs animal eye detection..
    yes you can get by with old tech…just like you can still type with type writer if you like …but move on already. all R&D is in the new tech and keep your old stuff and use it as you like, but the user experience has moved on.
    All new RF lens are so much better than EF lenses…why stay with the old?
    The EVF will all info on it is so much better than a mirror that cannot reflect the exposure correction I made.
    if I want old school…I go film rather than DSLR.

  20. Jay Showalter Avatar
    Jay Showalter

    There’s always too much hype when any new camera comes out, DSLR or mirrorless.

    I probably switched to mirrorless for all the wrong reasons. Now that I have, I’m so glad I did for just 1 reason. I now have just 1 shooting experience no matter weather I’m using the LCD screen or EVF.

  21. Justin Case Avatar
    Justin Case

    Mirrorless are not intrinsically better, but they are an overdue evolution. By removing all the mechanical parts there is reason to think that as time goes on they may become both cheaper and more robust.

    1. Robert M Avatar
      Robert M

      I am not so sure about that.
      A good EVF is very expensive.

    2. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      They are intrinsically better–Lighter, more compact, can’t damage a mirror, sensor stabilization, adaptability of lenses, more compact native lenses with the same performance as larger DSLR, in some cases(especially with Nikon Z), focus peaking, seeing exposure on the evf accurately change with compensation..Mirrorless is intrinsically better in 2021.

  22. Charles Marshall Avatar
    Charles Marshall

    This is a joke right ?. Oh, I guess if your doing sports, landscape or something not evolving people then maybe your happy with how you focus. Maybe you don’t want to see your shot before you take it.

  23. TheRedFox Avatar
    TheRedFox

    Most of the things you mention doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with the camera being MILC or DSLR. This article is so bullshit. You don’t know what you are talking about, sorry.

  24. Echo Auxgen Avatar
    Echo Auxgen

    You state you started with film, Then a film camera and lens size is about the same as a mirrorless! Except now you have AF and IS that is the only thing making mirrorless lens bigger than film lenses. When I went Sony full frame mirrorless (same as 35mm film) (2014) is was because with a thin adapter I could use ALL my, dusty, Canon FD lenses (20mm f/2 to 400mm) and EF-S lenses while I saved for a Sony lens (for two years) like a unlimited roll of film. Today Sony has a boat load of lenses BUT if you notice the prime lenses from 14mm to 135mm are all about the same size and smaller than Mirrored lenses. I still use my FD lenses for the prism filters that digital can not duplicate. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6cfbee1ba38571b6faf7f52c75cc7a3570abd1f3f8e9ff5036cdd0121112cbdd.jpg

    1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      Sony has not done a very good job of keeping lenses smaller. Actually, Sony just sucks. Greenish skin tones at times, even in 2021. Try Nikon z7ii

  25. Scott McDonald Avatar
    Scott McDonald

    I’m a mirrorless user because of the advantages of smaller, lighter, and the ability to adapt any lens to the camera bodies. The focus-peaking or magnifier features used through either the EVF or the rear screen are a priceless help for anyone with challenged vision. I honestly can’t find anything negative to say about them…so, they got my vote!

    1. mampfer Avatar
      mampfer

      I have to say the ability to adapt almost any lens, especially vintage ones, is one of the prime reasons why I’m eyeing the Sony Alpha series, or M4/3 cameras.
      However, the size advantage quickly falls flat once you’re using longer focal ranges, and honestly I’d rather have a camera with a decent grip than one that is super flat.

  26. Brooke Willson Avatar
    Brooke Willson

    Did you have a deadline and nothing substantial to write about? Yeah, I’ve been there.

    No camera — or anything else for that matter — can be all things to all people in all situations. I am ancient enough to remember articles in photography magazines claiming that 35mm was overrated. Or SLRs, electronic flash, auto exposure and focus, digital cameras . . . you get the idea. But the hard truth is that mirrorless is here to stay. It is, in fact, a return to pre-SLR days. Mirror slap, blackout, and the accompanying engineering were always problematic. Once cameras went digital, it was only a matter of time before mirrors became anachronisms.

    Yesterday I took pictures of my grandson’s birthday party with my Sony a7r2. I took razor sharp pictures in available light indoors, hand held, in a bedroom with only one window. The absence of the mirror combined with image stabilization and auto ISO made those images possible. I could not have done that with my DSLR.

    Mirrorless overrated? Only by raters who want something mirrorless can’t do. And, frankly, that’s not much.

  27. Nemo Outis Avatar
    Nemo Outis

    I have no problem using a mirrorless camera.It’s not much different than using a rangefinder. I do believe that mirrorless cameras tend to be over hyped and cpomparisons to dSLRS are mostly specious. But, that being said there is, at least for me, one significant advantage… adapting and being able to shoot other lenses. So for the time being I’ll continue with my dSLRs and continue to shoot film occasionally with my rangefinder. There is no compelling reason for me to make a big deal out switching to mirrorless only. The view finder feedback is useful, but at the same time it’s just a lot of clutter. I guess it’s better to have it and ignore it, than not to have it and need it. All I look for in the finder is focus confirmation and composition. The other stuff is OK, but I won’t dwell on it.

  28. Jared Bartholomew Avatar
    Jared Bartholomew

    I love it when i hear the president making an announcement, “I have some breaking news click click clickity clickity and click clickity and my administration will solve this by clickity clickity click click click clickity. Thank you”

  29. JA Avatar
    JA

    I went to a mirrorless system after purchasing a couple Sigma Arts for my Canon 80D in 2018. The Sigma Art’s are infamous for having front or back focusing issues on DSLR’s. After calibration it got better, but it still happened. So I had these super sharp lenses that blew my mind, but would often be out of focus. I read at the time that it would focus accurately when in Live View… and it did. So because mirrorless cameras do AF using the whole sensor similarly to Live View mode on a DSLR, I decided to give a Sony A7II a try (which was very discounted at the time). It was also an opportunity to give FF a try. Shortly after upgraded to A7III. The 4K video is a plus. Mirrorless camers do the same thing as DSLR but in a different way. They otherwise are not that different. YouTuber’s must overhyped everything to keep viewers. They’re like the cable news networks.

  30. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
    Morgan Patrick Miller

    Well, buddy, seems like you might be having other existential issues you’re possibly in denial of.

    The evf makes your eyes tired? Hmmmm. Have you shot with one of the Z’s for an entire day?

    This article is one of those silly rebellions against what is simply new and better. Larger and heavier DSLRs are absoltuely unnecessary now. There is very little flexibility with adapting lenses not made for the DSLR. The sensor stabilization tech just won’t ever be there with DSLRs, because they will die before it is. There are absolute advantages to the ability to see exposure change in the EVF, though I didn’t have much of a problem with the OVF on my previous DSLRs. For those who shoot video, the newest mirrorless cameras are so much better than any DSLR. For shot who shoot sports and wildlife, the benefits of mirrorless now outweigh those of the DSLR. I could go on, but I think you’re bright enough to understand.

    I’m sure this article was just as much an attention grab, as it was an attempt to express your inflexible and rigid persona.

  31. Justin Bunkley Avatar
    Justin Bunkley

    Dumb article. There’s situations where mirrorless is advantageous, situations where SLR is best. Anyone with experience knows this.

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      Yep, as I say: Mirrorless is incredible with video, but for stills it’s not that revolutionary. Had I been doing video I would switch the day it came out.

  32. Marko Nara Avatar
    Marko Nara

    Its easy to say that when you have no money to spare… ?

  33. Richard Brown Avatar
    Richard Brown

    Mirrorless cameras have ‘focus peaking’, a great aid when focusing manually

    1. AWD Avatar
      AWD

      I’m not a fan of focus peaking, and not because I’m a curmudgeon – I adopted mirrorless early on and have always loved it, even in the immature days. Peaking just always feels like a clumsy split prism, something I dearly miss. I will say that it’s miles better than plain ground glass.

      On second thought, maybe I am a curmudgeon, but at least I’m a fogey that accepts and even welcomes the next generation when I see it. I just don’t have to like everything about it.

      1. Richard Brown Avatar
        Richard Brown

        I like focus peaking as a form of DOF preview. Of course, I’m doing tabletop product photography with my EOS R on a tripod.

      2. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        I ended up swapping out the focusing screen on my D300s for an after market split prism after the AF motor died so I could keep using it with my old AI manual focus lenses. It’s great fun to shoot with. :)

    2. Seth McKiness Avatar
      Seth McKiness

      Honestly, just being able to zoom in when focusing is huge.

  34. Hiro Avatar
    Hiro

    DSLR is over. It’s dead. No companies are putting serious effort into it – except Pentax which itself is dying soon.

    1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
      Morgan Patrick Miller

      Pentax dying is sad! And yes, they are making worse decision than even Nikon has I recent years, and thats pretty bad!

      1. Hèntai warrior Avatar
        Hèntai warrior

        Nope, leica is making huge amount of money with rangefinder and fuji charge a lot for xv series

        There will always market for old time shake, even film is on the rise again

        And surprise, if you are the only one offering a product, you can charge whatever you want

        1. Morgan Patrick Miller Avatar
          Morgan Patrick Miller

          Fuji x trans is not full frame. Leica is only doing this for their less powerful M series.

          1. Hèntai warrior Avatar
            Hèntai warrior

            Which supported my point, they both charge extra since they are the only one offering the product
            Fuji x pro cost as much as middle class fullframe, if one like apsc and rangefinder, no option but fuji offering
            Leica M cost as much as top of the line mirrorless despite lackluster spec, no option but leica for rangefinder and fullframe, they both charge whatever they want.

            Renaissance of DSLR will also come, die hard will pay premium later once the hype is over

          2. Olympus Mons Avatar
            Olympus Mons

            Your point is DSLRs will make a comeback because range finders have always been more expensive?

            One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.

            Might as well say DSLRs will make a comeback because bacon tastes good.

  35. W1ldWolf Avatar
    W1ldWolf

    Good thing you are a photographer and not a writer. You just don’t like the hype and cost, ok, great, doesn’t mean anyone needs another article where you look for high fives from others and stroke your ego. See you in the rear view mirror.

    1. AWD Avatar
      AWD

      Rear view EVF?

      Edit: RVF?

  36. Wesley Hetrick Avatar
    Wesley Hetrick

    It’s understandable since you are a fashion photographer that you don’t get mirrorless. You shoot in situations where you have full control of the light and your subject. For those of us who don’t have that control mirrorless is a huge benefit being able to view the exposure and lighting while composing an image.

  37. Ezra de Guzman Avatar
    Ezra de Guzman

    This guy : …With YouTubers switching to mirrorless for seemingly no reason..

    Also this guy : …I am not qualified to talk about video…

    Should I explain the difference between YT and 500px? Or should you try to record yourself with a DSLR while movong around? Either way…there is always something new to learn.

  38. himura Avatar
    himura

    Pointless article to fill up space on the site.
    Would love to see articles about actual photography not about this camera vs that camera or how I feel this morning about this lens vs how I felt yesterday after taco bell.

    Photography sites are crap mainly for This type of content.

  39. Trino Pam Avatar
    Trino Pam

    ???
    Is this even a topic these days?
    And the whole article is so poorly written with wrong information.

  40. Mel Gregory Avatar
    Mel Gregory

    These articles are pure click bait. All hype and no substance.

  41. NF Avatar
    NF

    …”by a lot” or “buy a lot”?

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      haha!

  42. orange fifty Avatar
    orange fifty

    I agree completely. Mirrorless is ‘the emperor’s new suit’, as far as I’m concerned. There is no upgrade from the D850 thus far. Not to mention EVF. No thanks.

  43. Stephen L Partridge Avatar
    Stephen L Partridge

    I have two mirrorless cameras and a DSLR, they each have their benefits and their weaknesses, they’re just a tool to get a job done…

  44. Inevitable Crafts Lab Avatar
    Inevitable Crafts Lab

    What a crap article, has nothing to do with mirrorless or not, its just a lot of bla bla of a random photographer

  45. Marius Cornescu Avatar
    Marius Cornescu

    I’m not sure why people with 0 experience on the other side are so strongly opinionated. I have to say that I had film cameras, DSLR, mirror less and now I’m actually happy shooting with my phone most of my work. We want to accept it or not, technology is evolving beyond our comprehension considering the speed of evolution. Most people are not prepared for it. That’s absolutely true. But let’s face facts: where a mirror less beats any DSLR is the mirror itself. 60-100 frames shot per second it’s absolutely impossible from physical point of view for a DSLR. This is the first and main advantage of a mirror less. At some point I was laughing. You mentioned the 1000$ the mirror less price while you praise so much the canon 5d. What’s the price for that one? Ah, 2500$ just the body? Excuse me. Here you blew it. You touched another topic: dynamic range. Are you reading / hearing yourself? Check the night shots taken with any mirror less as cheap as you want but with a better dynamic range than your Canon and compare the shots. See for yourself how good a mirror less can be. Today we have better cameras than any DSLR on drones (latest DJI drone is absolutely sublime). As for phones: xiaomi used the Samsung 108mpx cameras for the first time last year but today’s AI for phones is really doing wonders. Truth be told, on phones the limitations are clear on zooming. But the required effects are really good already and they are getting better everyday. It’s true that not all of us need today 108mpx, reason why I moved to 64mpx camera on my latest daily used phone, but even the phone companies realized that 100 frames per second while autofocusing is far more important than the higher number of Mpx. I can’t zoom to the moon, but I can do my daily work at the convenience of carrying my phone in my pocket. And yes, a mirror less is still the peak of photographic technology today. You can have it all for a better price, better lenses with better price, and absolutely better quality of the pictures than any DSLR today.

  46. Russell Bell Avatar
    Russell Bell

    I have a Canon 5D mk4 because it is so reliable.

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      The 5D series is incredible.

  47. Gil Griffith Avatar
    Gil Griffith

    I would like my old Pentax S1a back. Even guessing the exposures it gave better results than anything I’ve owned in the 50 years since. I recently gave my EOS M to my son. Phone is sufficient now.

  48. ker_ink Avatar
    ker_ink

    You are just wrong. I’ve been a pro photographer for 40 years. I do it all., weddings, sports, famlies, storm chasing, birds, auroras the list goes on. Ive been in National Geographic twice. Sony A9 was a game changer. The auto eye detector and tracking saved my old eyes and gave me much sharper images. Im considering the A1 next. My clients could see the difference in quality of image immediately. I had 2 Canons and 6 lens I traded for 2 sony bodies and 6 lens and a small loan. The Mark 4 i had doesnt come close to the A9. If your only a fashion photographer you can likely get by with the Mark 4 but I’d rather stay current with the best equipment.

  49. Adam Palmer Avatar
    Adam Palmer

    One thing nobody mentions– full time aperture preview on mirrorless. When you shoot DSLR you only see the world at 2.8 (ground glass won’t correctly render wider apertures) and unless you hold down a button and make your viewfinder dim you won’t see the effect of smaller apertures.

    https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2904026

  50. Talon Avatar
    Talon

    First off… the second you take a photo with a dslr…. u have a mirrorless camera…..

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      haha!

  51. krb Avatar
    krb

    Maybe you should try a mirrorless camera before talking so much bs. You don’t understand the autofocus differences (which are especially huge for portraits), the lenses (basically any lens released for a milc mount in the last 5 years is sharp enough and accurate enough to take advantage), and so on…

  52. Christopher Brandão Avatar
    Christopher Brandão

    You do NOT know what you are talking about. Plain and simple. Its the collective of changes across the board and the flexibility of the raws that it puts out as well as the physical form factor, etc. I wouldnt want you teaching photography anywhere at all…like ever. Technological advances in photography increases artistic abilites and creation. Dont knock it unless you mastered it. You have not masteted it period.

  53. Jan Onderwater Avatar
    Jan Onderwater

    Still Using my 5D markII
    Not going to upgrade until canon comes with a camera that has computational photography options like my iPhone has.

  54. Stefan Klein Avatar
    Stefan Klein

    Dslr soon will be like the old film cameras. You need to go with technology Mirrorless cam is not a concern it’s a step in the right direction. What we need to be concerned about is the cell phone technology. If seeing pro photographers do pro shoots with them. R20000. 00 VS R70000. 00?

  55. Mueller Avatar
    Mueller

    For speed I just don’t like the mirrorless cameras at all. BUT I do love not having to adjust my lens and I love shooting video with the camera to my eye. So it’s dslr for pics and mirrorless for video.

  56. desolatemetropolis Avatar
    desolatemetropolis

    So you’re a fashion photographer, one of a small number of photo genres that legitimately benefits from continuing to shoot SLR and sees basically no benefits from mirrorless at all, and you’re complaining about some imagined benefits of mirrorless, none of which are actually touted as benefits of mirrorless by anyone. You could have actually written a reasonable case for continuing to shoot SLR in the studio, but it instead you just wrote a bunch of nonsense. Mmmkay.

    Also, what digital MF camera are you picking up for less than an R5? Because I would have bought it instead of my R5…

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      Check out used Phase Ones with P backs. I found some for around $2000-3000.
      Hasselblad’s H2 or H3 are also in that price range if not less.

  57. Irish Dawg Avatar
    Irish Dawg

    When are we going to get past these senseless articles about which format is better? They can coexist like gasoline and diesel, mountain bike and road bike, gas and electric, paper books and ebooks, etc. Choose the one that’s right for you and stop trying to tell the rest of us why it’s better.

    What is it with some photographers that won’t let this debate die? Is it that their ego is tied to “my gear is better than your gear”.

    Any camera made by a major manufacture since 2010 is a great camera. Can we move on, please?

  58. John Blood Avatar
    John Blood

    I would prefer if they made DSLRs with the option is switching to an EVF. The fujifilm x100v has something like that in it’s viewfinder. Having an EVF in the corner of an OVF is also something in the x100v I would like to see in DSLRs.

  59. Antwon Murdock Avatar
    Antwon Murdock

    Well at an event recently a photographer took me and a friend’s picture on an R5 and once I got to the parking lot we took pictures with my 6D I received a copy of the photographers photo it was not that impressive it was OK but my 6d with just a 50mm was much better to me

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      it’s not the gear, it’s the skill, my friend! Thanks for reading.

  60. Korbin Avatar
    Korbin

    I checked out at the beginning once you stated YouTubers were seemingly switching for “no reason” and then proceeded to say you know nothing about video.

  61. Aleksandar Ratkovic Avatar
    Aleksandar Ratkovic

    I wanted to be enlightened with this article, to be pointed to some aspects I didn’t think of, perhaps, as I am one of those who is preparing to loose great deal of value in my dslr equipment (by selling), and go mirorless (but I do count in video possibilities).
    I won’t go much deeper in reasons why I feel the article is lame, but I’ll just point out to one inconsistency that made all this pointless.
    You said you started photography in DIGITAL Era, but with FILM camera, as you couldn’t afford digital one. Than, at the end of the article, you pulled “40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE”…
    How!?
    That would put you at the beginning of the 80’s!
    I don’t think going digital would be even an option then!?
    But, yeah, you did get my click, so I guess you can say your article is a success. Even if it is a BS.

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      I don’t think I claimed to have 40 years of experience. Here’s what I said: ” Although I don’t speak with 40 years of experience behind me, I strongly believe that there is always something new to discover, learn and explore.”

      1. Aleksandar Ratkovic Avatar
        Aleksandar Ratkovic

        Is there a blushing smiley on discus? I can’t find it, but it would definitely be appropriate here, on my part. So, my sincere apologies, for missing the point in that sentence!
        On the other hand, I still think the reasons you put in this article are… thin, to say the least. Like I said, my impulse already started, and I am looking for enlightening, something to make my mind at ease when it comes to switch to mirorless.
        But, me, wanting to expand my activities towards moving images (but only ad a hobby), plus, no problems with autofokus precision, no need for fine-tune, in-body image stabilization, and much more features to help if I ever get into old-manual-lenses game…
        Fact is, mirorless cameras are more versatile, much more versatile.
        And versatility has become a requirement for creators too.
        So, from only one aspect of photography as you have, I could understand your point, even though, I feel you also would benefit greatly from at least autofokus part of mirorless.
        You know, this pricing difference between my used dslr equipment and new mirorless is the only thing that holds me at this point. Selling all my stuff would need quite some time, especially nowadays, – less demand!

  62. dustin Avatar
    dustin

    This article is so dumb. “Now, I don’t use mirror less, and I take photographs for magazines in a studio where a mirror less wouldn’t excel, and I don’t take videos so I don’t even know how better they are, and I have been using my favorite camera for a while and I only use Canon, but I think mirror less is overrated because I was told I had to write an article and this is all I could think about because I’ll be damned if I’m going to buy another camera that is superior to what I’m using and actually experience the benefits.”

    What the hell. Your bad take on comparing stats on paper vs price is literally irrelevant. It sounds like you never stopped to think if your opinion even mattered. I mean, you admitted that you’re NOT the target demographic for the camera, so… Ok? Go review skateboards or helicopters, some more irrelevant information.

  63. concerned Citizen Avatar
    concerned Citizen

    I think you may have overlooked the chief advantage of mirrorless systems, namely lightweight cameras and lenses (especially lenses, which benefit in terms of better image quality for any given physical dimensions). I’m handicapped, and I struggle with 1.5 kg camera/lens. Obviously, not everyone is in this situation, but my mirrorless camera is a gift that allows me to continue to enjoy photography. Even without physical limitations, I’m sure there are others who appreciate the very real advantages of the mirrorless form factor.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Re: Lightweight lenses – that’s only really true for Micro Four Thirds because of the 2x crop sensor. For APS-C and full-frame, the lenses are all pretty much the same size and weight as their DSLR counterparts.

      1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
        Illya Ovchar

        Agree. Lenses didn’t get lighter. If anything some got bigger and heavier haha (Canon 28-70 f/2)

        1. TheRedFox Avatar
          TheRedFox

          Which other 28-70 f2 are you comparing it to?

      2. concerned Citizen Avatar
        concerned Citizen

        I think that’s true for professional lenses, but contrary to the review below, not all of us aspire to professional standards (or are physically able to).

        There are some neat and compact ‘pancake’ or power-zoom or retracting kit lenses for some mirrorless cameras, and some nice compact prime lenses from camera makers and third party lens companies.

        But the minute you get into professional constant-aperture lenses, which is what we all aspire to, all of that goes out of the window. Professional lenses for mirrorless cameras are just as big, heavy and cumbersome as their DSLR equivalents.

        Moreover, with the crop sensor cameras like my APSC Canon M6 Mark II, you need to factor in the equivalent field of view for the full-frame DSLR. One of my favourite “every day” lenses is the M mount 18-150mm zoom, which weighs 10oz. That’s a full-frame equivalent of 250mm, which tend to weigh substantially more.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          It’s true even with the consumer glass. There’s a lot of small and compact glass out there for DSLRs, too. Really, it’s a myth.

  64. Stuart Milligan Avatar
    Stuart Milligan

    I’m sure the motor vehicle was overrated by the horse and cart people in the early days!

    1. Illya Ovchar Avatar
      Illya Ovchar

      haha!

  65. Tachibana Rui Avatar
    Tachibana Rui

    I used a DSLR for like.. 8 to 10 years, maybe? Now I switched to a mirrorless, man, wouldn’t want to go back to DSLR anymore.

  66. Seth McKiness Avatar
    Seth McKiness

    Picked up my 24 megapixel Fuji X-H1 for $700 used just before the pandemic. Absolutely love it and won’t ever consider going backwards to a DSLR.
    Between the EVF showing exactly what the pciture is going to look like, the IBIS integration and the ability to use vintage glass, DSLRs are a dying concept.

  67. jazzmsngr Avatar
    jazzmsngr

    Ttgbbcf

  68. James Wallace Avatar
    James Wallace

    I have both, Mirrorless and DSLR. I do a great deal of photography from both aircraft and helicopters. I also am the pilot in most cases. I have shelved my mirrorless cameras for aerial use. Two reasons, the lag from scene to viewfinder, small as it is, leads to mis-framing when you subject is moving relative to you at 200mph. The other is nausea. I have been flying for decades and was a former Navy pilot. Pulling G’s and doing radical maneuvers was part of life. Never had any nausea. Now trying to shoot with mirrorless cameras I started to get very pronounced nausea. I suspect this is due to the lag in the viewfinder. I had noticed similar nausea in older full motion simulators with early visual systems. The lag in the visual compared to the motion system made me ill.

    So aside from the making me want to barf, I do not find any particular technical aspects that make them any better than my D850. Then there is; do I really need to spend $32K on a new lens suite? I don’t think anything I will shoot be improved by a new system. So My Fuji, Sony and Nikon mirrorless get sidelined to when I need something smaller and lighter due to a long hike involved or stealth. Aside from that I only see it as a benefit to the manufacturers: gotta get the gear, we need the money.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I knew it couldn’t just be me getting headaches and nausea from EVFs. :)

  69. Crimson Hikari Avatar
    Crimson Hikari

    Kind of getting the impression that you’re watching a lot of the youtubers that don’t make particularly interesting content without buying an entirely new equipment system. A lot of the Youtubers I’ve been focused on watching recently don’t really switch from one system to another, but just what they have (which might be both) or they tend to see what they can do with inexpensive equipment. Reach a bit further than Matt Day/Peter McKinnon (I say these two because for the life of me I cannot tell the difference between them) and you’ll find people still using and enjoying the equipment they already have rather than constantly switching/upgrading.

    Also sort of convinced that you’re more trying to convince yourself that mirrorless is overrated than convince the reader…? A LOT of APS-C mirrorless options (which a lot of the beginners you mention will look at) now sell for similar prices to consumer-level DSLRs with the same sensor size, and have even more options for good lenses due to being able to adapt old manual lenses and old DSLR lenses. Dynamic range improvements leave less excuses for lacking representation (eg. leaving people of colour out of modelling opportunities because of the photographer’s lack of skill in exposing for darker skin tones). Battery life…eh. But to be honest, spare batteries are not such a big deal if you’re already spending a lot of time shooting, and I haven’t actually noticed a massive dip in battery life since switching to mirrorless. Also, I think I now shoot with my camera more due to it being less obtrusive than my old DSLR, and that’s a good selling point for fellow anxious photographers.

    Personally, I don’t feel this added much to the mirrorless vs DSLR discussion besides trying to drum up drama.