Thinking about switching from DSLR to mirrorless? It will have its advantages, but there are some challenges too. In this video, Pierre Lambert talks about switching from Nikon DSLR to Sony A7R III. He will give you seven warnings you might not have thought about. So, no matter if you want to switch to the existing cameras or you’re waiting for that Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras to arrive: read this first.
1. The size
Yes, mirrorless cameras are smaller in size than the DSLR. However, it’s different with the lenses. They don’t get any smaller if you switch to mirrorless, so you won’t save a whole bunch of space in your camera bag.
2. The EVF exposure and lag
When you look through the EVF, Pierre describes that it looks like a “mini television.” I had a chance of trying it out, and I personally think it’s awesome. However, you may see the scene as slightly overexposed or underexposed through the EVF, which can affect the look of your images. If this turns out to be the case with your mirrorless camera, count this in when taking photos, and check the histogram.
If you plan to buy an older model of a mirrorless camera, Pierre warns that there’s a small lag between the EVF and reality. This can be a problem if you’re shooting wildlife or sports, because you may miss crucial moments.
3. Looking through the EVF
When you look through the viewfinder of a DSLR, you can see the scene through it even if the camera is off. However, to see through the electronic viewfinder, you need to keep the camera on. I don’t think this is a huge drawback or a deal breaker. Maybe it can only pose a problem if you want to save some battery life and compose the shots before turning the camera on.
4. More sensitive to dust
Since there is no mirror on the mirrorless camera, your sensor is more exposed to dust. So, pay extra attention when changing lenses not to get that sensor dirty.
5. Battery life
Well, I guess this is the biggest concern of many photographers who decide to switch systems. The good thing is that, with new generations of mirrorless cameras, the battery life has extended significantly and now it can be compared to DSLRs. However, if you plan to buy an older model of mirrorless, be prepared to buy some extra batteries, too.
6. Choice of lenses
The mirrorless technology is still relatively new, so the choice of lenses still isn’t that big as it is for DSLRs. But, I believe that we’ll get to see more of them with time. And also, you can use adapters so you can attach DSLR lenses to your mirrorless camera.
7. The cost
Mirrorless lenses are a bit (or a lot) more expensive than DSLR lenses. Of course, it depends on the model, and the difference isn’t always significant. But the bigger issue is that it’s more difficult to find them second-hand. So, count on the fact that you’ll most likely have to buy new ones, at their full price.
Some of you may have already switched from DSLR to mirrorless. What are the challenges you’ve faced? And those of you who upgraded from Sony A7II to the A7III, did you find these seven things annoying?
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