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Are mirrorless cameras better than phone cameras?

Nowadays, almost any smartphone has a good camera, and many people think that the time of conventional cameras has passed. This is not true. Photography technology is evolving, and today there are all kinds of devices that continue to photograph better than most smartphones.

We have chosen the most interesting questions about mirrorless compact cameras and answer them shortly.

Mirrorless Cameras

What is a mirrorless digital camera?

In terms of functionality, mirrorless cameras are absolutely identical to DSLRs. Despite the fact that the latter has a reputation for being a true professional technique that gives better quality photos, mirrorless cameras take pictures just as well.

In terms of their design, mirrorless cameras are actually the same smartphone cameras. The only difference is that cameras have a larger sensor that receives light. Thanks to this, better images are obtained: mirrorless cameras shoot confidently even in low light conditions.

Another plus of mirrorless cameras is excellent image stabilization. You will be able to shoot even at long shutter speeds – as they do when there is little light around – and get a clear and sharp image.

The body of mirrorless cameras is smaller and lighter than DSLRs, and this format will definitely be appreciated by those who like to shoot on the go, such as bloggers.

What is the difference between mirrorless and DSLR cameras?

If you love taking pictures of your family and friends, bringing quality travel shots, or just starting to get into photography, it is better to opt for a small mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses – you can experiment with different lenses.

DSLR cameras are still the most popular choice for professional photographers. If you are interested in developing in the field of photography and you plan to make money on it, it is better to buy good equipment right away. 

SLR cameras

How long do mirrorless cameras last?

Many people are convinced that it is impossible to photograph too much with SLR cameras: supposedly after a certain number of frames the shutter starts to work worse. “Run” is just the number of frames already taken. It is taken into account when buying a used camera.

Many manufacturers of photographic equipment are actually doing research to find out after how many shots the shutter can theoretically break. The average value is 100,000-200,000 frames, but even after overcoming this mark, the camera can work fine.

Mirrorless cameras also have a shutter, so there is also a certain limit on the number of shots – different for each model. It should be understood that this value is very arbitrary and it is not necessary to take it into account when choosing.

Is it possible to put a lens from an SLR on a mirrorless camera?

Yes, it is possible if you buy an appropriate adapter. For example, on Nikon cameras, a lens from an F-series DSLR can be attached to a Z-series mirrorless camera using a Nikon FTZ adapter. Thanks to special mounts, the mirrorless model will work with old optics. When choosing a lens for your camera, you need to pay attention to its series and look for an appropriate adapter that ensures full compatibility of devices.

How Do I Pick a Good Mirrorless Camera?

First of all, you need to pay attention to the camera matrix.

A full-frame sensor, that is, a 60 megapixel model, is needed by professional photographers. It is better for beginners to focus on a resolution of up to 20 megapixels – cameras of this format are inexpensive and convenient, it is easy to set shooting settings on them. 30MP cameras are similar to full-frame cameras, but they are less expensive and more compact. This is ideal for a person who wants to improve their photography.

You also need to check which lenses are compatible with the selected model. The more lenses are available, the wider your possibilities will be: you will be able to experiment and select technology for your tasks.

You can also focus on other camera capabilities. For example, a microphone jack is needed for those who plan to record interviews with good sound. A flip-up screen camera will allow you to see yourself while recording a personal video blog, and the ability to transfer pictures to a smartphone will allow you to quickly process photos and immediately upload them to social networks.

Can a mirrorless camera shoot high quality video?

Yes of course. Some cameras, such as the Nikon Z 50 , allow 4K / UHD movie recording at 30p frame rate, as well as Full HD slow-motion.

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