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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mirrorless Cameras

Last Updated on December 28, 2021 | In Photography Equipment by Stefano Caioni Leave a Comment

Only a few years ago mirrorless cameras were considered just for hobbyists. Today with massive advancements in technology, things have changed quite a lot and most camera manufacturers have totally embraced mirrorless technology.

It’s time for you to know more about it.

Mirrorless cameras are the new generation of cameras after DSLRs. They have become more and more popular in recent years.
You own a mirrorless camera even though you maybe don’t know.
If you have a smartphone, then you’ll be surprised to know that it has a mirrorless camera built-in.

I made a list of 5 secrets related to mirrorless cameras. Five things you didn’t know about it that will blow your mind.

Let’s dive into it.

1. Mirrorless Cameras are Small and Powerful

Olympus PEN E-PL9  | Things you don't know about mirrorless cameras

Today’s technology allows camera makers to stuff a lot of electronic components in a really small box. Your phone is one of them, but you take something like the Olympus PEN E-PL9 and compare the to a DSLR and you’ll be surprised by how much they differ in size and weight. Sure I’m talking about a very small product that can’t be considered a tool for professionals. But the point I’m trying to make is that mirrorless bodies are extremely small.

2. Mirror? No, You Don’t Need One

Wait but what about all the glass and mirrors and mechanical stuff inside it? Well does the word mirrorless suggests something? They don’t have one! When you look in the viewfinder or LCD at the back of your camera you’re looking at a digital representation of the image. Not the actual image reflected through mirrors like in a DSLR camera.

3. Mirrorless is the Best Choice for Video

Mirrorless cameras have seen a surge in popularity among professionals also for shooting video. The advanced capabilities of mirrorless cameras allow us to capture 4K videos in such a small box. Feature that most DSLRs don’t have. Today with the popularity that social media has gained, platforms like YouTube make of video a must-have in your arsenal of tools to offer.

4. Mirrorless Cameras vs Compact Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are not the same thing as point-and-shoot cameras. Well in a sense they are, technically they both don’t make use of a reflex mirror. But it’s important for you to know that what’s commonly referred to as mirrorless cameras is the range of interchangeable-lens digital cameras that were born after DSLRs cameras and often support the same lenses. I always say that the best camera is the one you always have with you and point-and-shoot cameras are obviously very easy to carry around. But mirrorless cameras are tools built for professionals. Sure you can find mirrorless cameras for hobbyists, but with the ability to support professional lenses and advanced features, today a mirrorless camera is often the first choice for a professional photographer.

5. Mirrorless Cameras are Completely Silent

The lack of a mirror box inside the camera makes so that the characteristic sound of the camera shooting is absent. This is an advantage especially if you shoot a wedding or an event where you want to be as silent as possible to not disturb people around you. As I said the characteristic sound is absent but if like me you love to hear that “click” sound when you snap your pictures, most mirrorless cameras have the option to emit a digital sound to simulate the mirror sound.


Wrapping it up, mirrorless cameras are not necessarily better than DSLRs, it really depends on the use you have to make of it. In this article I wanted to highlight some points that I noticed are not clear to a lot of people.

If you have any questions let me know in the comments below!

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