If it wasn’t hard enough to choose between compact cameras and DSLRs, the industry threw another variant out at consumers in the form of mirrorless cameras. What are mirrorless cameras? Simply put, they’re compact cameras that deliver you the performance of a DSLR without a viewfinder and a lot less weight.
Brands like Nikon, Olympus, Sony and Samsung all produce mirrorless cameras and they’ve become quite the craze recently. Without a viewfinder and without the mirror box to reflect light, the entire mechanism being taken out has caused a significant reduction in the weight of these high performance cameras making them a whole lot easier for photographers to carry around! Panasonic Lumix, Samsung NX1000 and Nikon’s V2 are some famous mirrorless cameras that you might have seen around you.
It’s simple. With reduced weight and the same amount of functionality, mirrorless cameras give you the opportunity to carry around a high performance camera without wondering about the weight and ease of portability of the camera. Mirrorless cameras also have the ability to use the same lenses as those that are used in DSLRs, and the quality of performance is much higher than that of a compact camera. With large sensors, the camera is able to get a much finer picture and there’s hardly any digital noise.
Mirrorless cameras are also extremely fast, as they rival entry-level DSLRs. As for the expense part, given that you’re carrying around essentially a DSLR with such fantastic performance, you have to pay higher than that of a compact camera for them but most variants don’t go close to being as expensive as DSLRs. A truly great choice for travellers who don’t like carrying bulky camera bags around with themselves.