For the past few years, mirrorless cameras have taken the industry by storm. While it’s not a new technology; point-and-shoot cameras have always worked that way, it has raised its game to professional standards. There are good reasons for going mirrorless, including size, weight, and form factor. But it may not quite be time to make the change. Here are four reasons your next camera should not be mirrorless, but a traditional DSLR.
They Look More Professional
While some people may not care about this and prefer the more discrete look of mirrorless, DSLRs have a certain gravitas. Just by raising one of these beasts to your eye, they let the world know you are serious about your photography, and they should take you seriously as well. And though no piece of equipment makes you a better photographer, being identified as one will inspire confidence and trust.
They Feel More Professional
More importantly, they have a certain heft and balance that feels more substantial. Although this heft can weigh on a photographer after carrying it around all day, there is something to be said for using such a solid, if not bulky piece of equipment. And for those that shoot with longer lenses, DSLRs can balance that weight without feeling front-heavy.
They Are Not New
Early adopters love going out and grabbing the latest and greatest tech, but this comes with a price. New technology always has bugs and issues to work out, and it can be frustrating to help test new equipment. On the other hand, DSLRs have been around for over a decade, and they have evolved dramatically in that time. The latest DSLR cameras produce images of a size and quality unheard of even a few years ago.
The Cost Continues to Drop
The price difference between high-end DSLRs and high-end mirrorless cameras continues to dwindle, if not overlap. Each new generation of the best DSLR cameras is just a bit cheaper than its predecessors, while some of the mirrorless cameras are getting more expensive. And although some lines of DSLR cameras are being phased out, the professional models are still being released at a lower than every price point.
If you are the type of person who wants to adopt the latest in gear, the mirrorless may be your best choice. But before you plunk down your hard-earned cash on something just because it’s new and shiny, consider these four reasons your next camera should not be mirrorless.
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