2018 will be the year of mirrorless cameras, but before ditching your current system and switching to a mirrorless system, you should think twice.
Mirrorless cameras might seem perfect, but they still have some major flaws. Previewing your exposure in the EVF might be a great feature or a lighter body and silent shutter might be the ticket, but these are not enough for selling all your gear at a loss and making the switch.
1. It’s the Lens, Not the Body
There is no recipe for taking great photos, but if you want high quality images, then you should invest in glass, not the camera body. High quality lenses can be expensive, but rather than buying a “good” mirrorless camera body, do yourself a favor and get a good lens for your existing DSLR camera.
2. DSLRs Are Still Cameras
It’s hard to believe, but DSLRs are still digital cameras and you can take photos with them, just like you can do with the new, fancy mirrorless cameras. And before making the switch, remember that the camera bodies are just recording devices with different features.
3. Full-Frame Mirrorless Systems Are Not Compact and Lightweight
Full-frame mirrorless cameras have been advertised as more compact and lighter alternatives to DSLRs. However, due to physics rules, lenses cannot be much smaller than a DSLR version, and in some cases, they can even be larger and heavier. Adapters may provide advantages for using various lenses with a mirrorless camera, but keep in mind that adapters are heavy, they drain battery, and they always focus more slowly than the native lenses. Full-frame mirrorless cameras may also look perfect in terms of size, but there are many users complaining about the lack of support for their little fingers when using a Sony a7 series camera. Buying a battery grip might be the solution, but that means more weight and more cost.
4. Native Lens Options Are Limited With Mirrorless Cameras
Sony is expanding its lens lineup and Nikon revealed their road map for their upcoming lenses, but it will take a long time and probably cost more. Sigma recently started to adapt some of its Art series lenses to Sony E-mount, but they are heavy lenses, and if weight is your concern, then you should probably stick with Zeiss lenses, which are more expensive. So, if you don’t want to spend your time and energy on this, just stick with your DSLR.
5. Mirrorless Might Be the Future, but We Are in Present
Sony started the hype, Nikon followed, and Canon is next. Full-frame mirrorless cameras might be the future, but they are not perfect yet. For Sony, it took three generations making the a7 and a7R usable for pros. Fixing small problems with firmware updates is something good; however, it takes way too long for companies to understand what photographers need and want. Sony added a small joystick on the third generation of the a7 series, fixed the battery issue on the a7R III, and many other features have been improved after producing six or seven models. Now, Nikon is doing the same. Due to keeping the camera small, they only put one memory card slot in the new Nikon Z7, and probably, they will add the second slot in the second generation. Companies are using photographers as beta testers and raising funds for their next “slightly better” models. So, let Nikon, Canon, and Sony compete to make the ultimate mirrorless full-frame camera. Until then, focus on your photography and use your existing gear until they die.
What do you think about the mirrorless hype? Is it worth switching from a DSLR and losing lots of money? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.