Mirrorless Cameras are Going to Change Photography Forever

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According to Jared Polin from Fro Knows Photo, the photography world is about to “explode.” With mirrorless technology making its way to the forefront of the industry, albeit slowly, it seems that things are about to get very interesting. Is it time to drop your DSLR camera for a new mirrorless body?

In the next two months, Nikon and Canon are both about to release “at least one mirrorless camera.” In Polin’s opinion, the two DSLR giants are looking to compete specifically with the Sony A7R III. That means we can expect cameras around the $2,000 price region, piled up to the brim with exciting new features.

Nikon and Canon have been around for a long time, and experience is on their side when it comes to producing cameras. As Polin points out, they have “millions and millions” of lenses out in the wild already, meaning there are a huge number of options to pair with a new mirrorless camera from either of these two manufacturers.

Polin believes that the upcoming Nikon mirrorless camera is going to need an impressive autofocus system to work well with video, alongside 4K video resolution and faster frame-rates for stills.

“The whole world is going to change,” says Polin. “You’re going to see high megapixel versions, and maybe a sports version from both.”

Check out the full video above to see all of Polin’s thoughts on this exciting change coming to the photography industry. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Have you gone mirrorless already? Read: DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras Which is Right for You?

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Will Nicholls is a professional wildlife photographer and film-maker from the UK. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the title of Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2009. Will runs a blog for nature photographers, Nature TTL, which provides tutorials and inspirational articles to readers. He also has a free eBook available called 10 Top Tips to Instantly Improve Your Nature Photos.

  • KC

    I went mirror-less a long time ago with Panasonic and MFT. It works for me and I don’t have a need to switch.

    I’m curious to see what Canon and Nikon have come up with. The systems will catch on in time.

    This is just an evolution in camera technology. We went from viewfinders, to rangefinders, to reflex cameras, and now mirror-less. It’s all good.

  • Christos

    The world has already changed, Nikon and Canon are just trying to catch up.

  • Tom Scott

    Well first off, the Sony a7RIII is actually $3195 SRP but the a7III is $1995 so that’s probably the camera you meant to reference. Second, mirrorless has been around years but is only now getting touted as “the future” by DSLR stalwarts because CaniKon have finally awoken from their slumbering indifference. And third, Jared Polin might have some YouTube followers and a cute catch phrase but he’s hardly an expert. Calling him a photographer is like me standing in garage and calling myself a car. If you’re going to bother with a post, why not share your own opinions rather than just rehashing his quotes?

  • George McCane

    I went with the Sony A7 recently. It is so light that I don’t feel worn out from carrying a camera all day around my neck. Also, I really like the EVF. Seeing the quality of the picture before you shoot the picture is great. You definitely don’t need to take multiple exposures to get the one you had in mind. Then there is the fact that it is a full frame camera. What can you say about WYSIWYG? Even though Nikon recently released their Z6 and Z7, I am very happy with my Sony.

  • wibusableng

    Would you recommend getting the Yi M1 or better save up for Lumix GX85? My EPL2 broke so I need a replacement camera.

  • Roger Andout

    “Proponent…………” at 5.10 ….. it’s ok, Jared, I think most people know the meaning of that word.

  • jimkahnw

    In 2002, I bought the 5megapixel Minolta DiMage i7. It took 12 seconds to record a RAW file, so I shot jpg. It was mirrorless. The best feature was the live histogram. I never, ever blew an exposure and never, ever bracketed. Take that Kodachrome! Yes, crude by today’s standards. I sold my Nikon gear in 2013 and have been using Olympus MFT since. The small sensor is no deterrent. I get great pictures and can make 36×24 enlargements. Who needs full frame? The lenses are large and costly. My back and shoulder is happy.

  • Oh, how I love it when the new technology hits. I can pick up the adopters’ discards for pennies on the dollar. Perhaps a nice Canon 5DSR for half off?

    While I am sure that these new mirrorless offerings are outstanding, and I do use digital for some things, the body that stays in the back of my vehicle for everyday use is still a Mamiya 645 TL Pro with three backs. Yes, I may blow out a Kodachrome shot on occasion, but when I do get it right, the image a thing of beauty. Just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s better. It’s just new.

  • David Gee

    Was that spray really necessary? The article was perfectly clear in its intent and I thank the author for sharing it.

  • Matthew Skinner

    Why always Canon, Nikon, Sony?

    Olympus makes high quality gear as does Panasonic and heave been leaders in mirrorless for years. I’ll support and promote Olympus everyday. It’s a shame people are just now “discovering” it.

  • Tom Scott

    Exactly. Somewhere around here I’ve got a Canon A-E1 with a roll of B&W film. Still takes a great image. It’s not the wand, it’s the magician.

  • Tom Scott

    To each his own. I shared my opinion and you shared your’s. You know who didn’t? The “author” of this “article”. He’s simply posting someone else’s comments. He shares no opinion, insight, or expertise. And “Fro” might think he knows photo, but really he doesn’t know Jack.

  • Quazi Ahmed Hussain

    Yes mirrorless seems to be the order of the day; it has already arrived. In this changed world Nikon is likely to survive nicely and will be able to retain its loyalists. It’s mainly because, they have been using Sony sensors since long. Their lenses are also usable with Sony bodies and vice versa.

    However, I don’t see much prospect for Canon in this New World Order. Several factors appear to have spelled their doom needless to say, all are their own faults. Given the reality they are still the market leader in sales figures but that scenario is bound to change very soon.

    Canon has enjoyed bumper sales in the DSLR market for the last 12 years or so. This was attributable to some of their prudent and timely decisions. However, following the achievement of top position in sales, complacency captured their management’s brain which didn’t allow them to feel the necessity for innovations. I have been observing this in quite a few cases since long. For example, they introduced EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM much later than Nikon, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM much later than Nikon and they are yet to match the awesome and affordable Nikon 200-500mm super telephoto zoom lens. On bodies, Canon EOS 7D Mark II is way inferior to Nikon D500.

    Secondly, Canon DSLR bodies are weak in dynamic range and produce awful noise. They failed to fix these problems during the last 12 years.

    Thirdly, they didn’t give a damn to the developments in the mirrorless segment. Only now they seem to have woke up, roughly about five years behind Sony. The latter has already introduced a number of mirrorless bodies in the market. Sony sensors are tested for high quality images producing less noise and great dynamic range. Furthermore, they have also introduced a number of E-mount lenses for this version of camera body and more are on the way.

    In my opinion Canon is not adequately equipped to bridge this huge gap with Sony. Therefore, as the imaging world braces for mirrorless cameras, the market is very likely to be dominated by Sony. Alongside, Nikon is also likely to exist with a smaller share of the market due to their long association with Sony.

  • Still now Nikon and Canon is the world best.

  • KC

    The Yi M1 has potential, but the last reviews I read they weren’t quite “dialed in” yet. You’re thinking of jumping from Olympus to Panasonic? (I did, years ago.) The important thing here is Olympus uses in-body image stabilization. Not all Panasonics do. The earliest Panasonic that I am aware of that does is the GX7, an excellent camera. If you’re price sensitive they can be picked up in excellent condition near the price point of the Yi M1 from reputable dealers.

  • Mal Shephard

    Can’t agree more regarding the GX7. I have one but donated it to my wife when I decided to upgrade to their G9 model which is a superb camera but still kind of miss being able to walk around all day with the GX7 in hand and not even feel it’s weight. Great second and travel M4/3’s product.

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