Mirrorless versus DSLR Camera. Who will win?

mirrorless versus DSLR

Everyone must have heard about the mirrorless camera as well as the DSLR camera. A DSLR camera has become an old school in comparison to the mirrorless ones. You might be thinking why to choose a mirrorless camera over a DSLR camera. The wait is over as we have jotted down some reasons that indicate why both these cameras are different from each other and why to choose either of the cameras. Keep reading to know who wins in the battle of Mirrorless versus DSLR Camera.

Many of you might be knowing about both the cameras. But for those who are not aware of what to make of hearing these words. you don’t have to worry as first we explain to increase your understanding regarding mirrorless and DSLR cameras before proceeding to the Mirrorless versus DSLR camera battle.

Related Read: The Most Common Type of Lenses Used in DSLR.

What is a DSLR camera?

DSLR camera

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex and as the name suggests DSLR camera is a camera that combines the digital single-lens reflex mechanism of the camera as well as optics with a digital imaging sensor. This must sound confusing to you. Let’s explain and further go into details of the architecture of a DSLR camera.

There is a mirror or series of mirrors inside the camera. These mirrors reflect the light coming from the lens into an optical viewfinder. As a reason for which you can see the image through the viewfinder. So the term “reflex” is significant referring to the mirror’s reflection.

As soon as the shutter is pressed, the mirror changes its place, and the shutter slides open. The light coming from the lens hits the imaging sensor and thus clicking your image.

What is a Mirrorless camera?

mirrorless camera

Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens camera(MILC) also called Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) is a camera with a removable lens. The camera uses a digital display system instead of an optical viewfinder. The camera does not have a mirror as the name suggests, unlike a conventional DSLR camera. There is an electronic viewfinder that displays what the camera image sensor sees. Some DSLM cameras also feature a mechanical shutter.

Now you must have got a clear picture of both the cameras. It’s time to compare DSLR and DSLM cameras.

Mirrorless versus DSLR camera

Mirrorless cameras are simple, lighter, and quieter due to the absence of a mirror. DSLR cameras are heavier and louder due to the presence of moveable mirror.
These kinds of camera have an electronic shutter which decreases the sound DLSR has a mechanical shutter which produces a definite sound
Mirrorless camera have electronic viewfinder which allows the camera to show accurate preview of the image clicked DSLR cameras have optical viewfinder due to which there is no risk of delay
The light hits the image sensor directly  in case of DSLM camera In case of DSLR camera, the light first gets reflected from the mirror and hits the viewfinder
DSLM have inbuilt sensor based autofocus due to which the focus on the subject becomes prominent only when the contrast is highest. The focusing is comparably slower than DSLR camera. These type of camera uses Phase detection autofocus due to which autofocusing and tracking becomes faster
Since the camera is new, there are fewer options to choose from. There is larger option for choosing of lenses compared to DSLM camera
Mirrorlsess camera has higher speed during continuous shooting speeds Owing to the moveable camera, DSLR have slower shooting speed when shooting continuous shots.
These cameras provide more scene modes Lesser option for automatic settings
Mirrorless camera have shorter battery life The battery of DSLR lasts longer
Overall the price of the mirrorless camera is cheaper Though the DSLR camera is heavy, this most preferable and is more expensive.

As you can see both mirrorless and DSLR cameras come with their Pros and Cons. The choice of camera is very important as while choosing a camera, you not only choose a camera but select the entire ecosystem around the camera. The lens you buy will be dependent on the type of camera. The choice of Camera is completely subjective, but maximum photographers prefer DSLR camera over DSLM camera despite being heavy and expensive. This is probably because of the wider availability of lenses.


Seema is a photographer as well as a blogger who also likes to write articles on photography and tools.

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2 Responses

  1. Ritika says:

    I feel mirror less are much better than dslr

  1. October 22, 2020

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