Mirrorless cameras are a type of digital camera that differ from traditional DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras in their design and functionality.
In a mirrorless camera, there is no reflex mirror that redirects the light from the lens to the viewfinder. Instead, the image sensor is constantly exposed to light, and the viewfinder displays a live preview of what the sensor sees, which is generated by an electronic viewfinder or a rear LCD screen. This means that mirrorless cameras can be more compact and lighter than DSLRs, as they don’t need the extra space for the mirror and optical viewfinder.
Mirrorless cameras typically offer a range of features and advantages over DSLRs. They often have faster autofocus, as their autofocus system is typically based on the image sensor, rather than a separate autofocus sensor as in DSLRs. They can also shoot continuously at high frame rates, making them well-suited for capturing fast-moving subjects such as sports or wildlife. Additionally, they usually offer a wide range of customizable controls and settings, allowing for a high degree of manual control over the camera’s functions.
Some potential drawbacks of mirrorless cameras include shorter battery life than DSLRs, and a potentially slower response time when using the electronic viewfinder. Additionally, some photographers may prefer the more traditional shooting experience provided by a DSLR.
Overall, mirrorless cameras have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their compact size, high performance, and advanced features. They are now used by both professional and amateur photographers for a wide range of applications, from travel and landscape photography to portrait and commercial work.