With the increase in popularity of the smaller, more portable Mirrorless Four Thirds cameras I’m curious to see where you stand on this discussion. Personally I’m ready to jump on and get myself an Olympus OM-D EM-5, only thing holding me back as of now is justifying the cost of having a second camera.
I’m in the “I’m not ditching my full sized DSLR just yet” camp as I still use it for teaching and doing portraits. However the more travelling and photography tours I do, the more appealing the Olympus becomes. One of the guys on my Cuba tour had one and it took great images, and video as well! I was really impressed.
We could have this debate all day but some of the pros and cons generally tossed about include:
PROS of Mirrorless cameras (as understood by myself who does not own one yet):
- small and lightweight (that’s a given)
- you can pack more lenses in a small bag for travel
- less intimidating to people you photograph, especially when doing street photography
- ability to accept and use adaptors to fit just about any lens, including those from your DSLR
- the sensors in many of them rival DSLR APS-C sensors, and in the case of the Sony A7R they might even have the edge
CONS of Mirrorless cameras (as understood by myself who does not own one yet):
- they are some that are less expensive than the full sized DSLRs, but in some cases they are more expensive. You pay for compactness
- they CAN be slower to focus, so shooting moving subjects is more challenging
- the electronic viewfinder – this is a bane of many DSLR owners who are used to seeing through an optical one
- because of the point above, they can be battery hogs
So – you tell me, where do you sit on this issue?
Are your feet firmly planted one side of the fence or the other? Or are you still on the fence, as yet undecided like our little friends here?
Have you invested in a Mirrorless or 4/3s camera yet?
- Yes I am or have replaced my DSLR with it (11%, 5,666 Votes)
- Yes I am or have replaced my point and shoot camera with it (5%, 2,509 Votes)
- Yes I bought one in addition to my DSLR (14%, 7,050 Votes)
- Yes I bought on in addition to my Point and Shoot camera (3%, 1,710 Votes)
- Yes it is my first digital camera (3%, 1,699 Votes)
- I'm still on the fence as a solid "maybe" (15%, 7,286 Votes)
- No way, they are still lacking something in my opinion (21%, 10,683 Votes)
- What's "mirrorless"? (27%, 13,336 Votes)
Total Voters: 49,937
Are there greener pastures on the other side?
Is this where the future is taking us? Are full frame cameras obsolete? Who knows – but maybe I’ll see you over there!
Editor’s note: I have removed the term “bandwagon” from the title which is apparently confusing and offending some readers. This was not the intention in the least. The sole purpose of this post and poll is to find out what the majority of dPS readers are using and how many have invested in the mirrorless cameras. This is not a diss on them at all, there is no looking down on anyone regardless of camera choice. I full plan on buying an Olympus OMD myself when funds become available to me to do so. So please let’s keep the discussion about cameras and not my words. Thank you.