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The Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) is a popular class of digital system cameras. Unlike a compact digital camera, a MILC is equipped with an interchangeable lens mount and unlike a digital single-lens reflex camera, a MILC does not have a mirror-based optical viewfinder.

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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system?

I came across this thought provoking article on Stuck in Customs today that makes a strong case to hold off too much investment in DSLR gear, and instead switch to mirror-less cameras like the Sony ...
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How do lens lineups vary across Mirrorless camera systems?

We often hear advice like ""choose your lenses and then choose the body that matches". We have great information on DSLR systems at How much do lens lineups vary across DSLR platforms?, but what about ...
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Why is a DSLR bigger than an SLR?

I was looking at this comparison when I realised the camera on the left had a 2.0 crop in a mirrorless body made in 2012 while the camera on the right was full frame, had a mirror and was made in ...
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Is gallery quality possible with a mirrorless camera?

I'm a gallery represented photographer and I'm contemplating a new camera. I currently shoot with a Canon 40D primarily with 2 pieces of Canon L glass, the 17-40mm and the 24-105mm. I am exceptionally ...
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What makes the Nikon 1 V1 different from Nikon's existing DSLRs?

I stumbled across the Nikon 1 V1 in my web travels, and it sounds as though it's completely different from Nikon's DSLR cameras. The Nikon website explains some of its specifications but what ...
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Why do mirrorless cameras have quicker autofocus than SLRs using live view?

With early 2013 cameras, it's generally accepted that using contrast detection autofocus on SLRs (ie live view on most SLRs) is something which is really suitable only for static, or close to static, ...
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Disadvantages of electronic viewfinders?

What are the disadvantages of electronic viewfinders? such as the ones used in Sony SLT cameras? What is the reason that major camera manufacturers are still using the classic viewfinders while using ...
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Is it practical and worthwhile to fit old SLR lenses to mirrorless digital cameras?

I see that there seem to be a lot of lens adapters available on eBay to allow fitting old SLR lenses onto new digital cameras such as the micro 4/3 and the sony NEX cameras. Is it actually worth the ...
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Why are mirrorless cameras much slower than DSLRs?

This is a follow-up to a previous question that I made regarding a specific camera (K-01). I've been comparing cycle times (or shot to shot times in single shot mode) of mirrorless cameras with ...
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How can a speedbooster improve the light performance of a lens?

I have been reading couple of times now about those new speedboosters for mirrorless cameras. They are being reviewed as improving the low-light performance of a lens by one full stop. In my ...
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Compact vs Mirrorless - why pick one over another?

What would be a reason for one to pick the compact (whatever it'd be P&S or something more advanced) over mirrorless compact system camera ? Right now market is quite confusing — we have huge ...
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What features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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Should I switch to a mirrorless camera for baby/kid pictures?

I currently own a canon entry DSLR and a couple of lenses (kit 18-55, 50 1.8 and a 70-300). I am also expecting a baby soon and I plan to take many pictures of her. I have been thinking about ...
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Are mirror-less cameras good enough to buy instead of a DSLR for home/amateur use?

I'm an amateur photographer looking to buy a camera for my home use. I called myself "photographer" just because I actually can press the button and take a photo! My first digital camera was VGA ...
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How will a Canon EOS M serve as a second/alternative body?

With the release of Canon EOS M, the only question I have in mind is how will it perform as a second/alternative/backup body for prefessional/semi-professional photographers? We can use our existing ...
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Does the Canon M have actual, significant deficiencies vs. the competition?

From all the reviews, articles, http://reddit.com/r/photography and other sites I've been reading, it seems the general consensus is that the Canon EOS M is something pitiful and incapable, "too ...
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Is something moving inside a micro four thirds camera when you take a picture?

I just spent some time playing with a couple of Olympus micro four third cameras and I was surprised that when I took a picture, I felt the body of the camera jerking slightly. That's something I ...
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What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of mirrorless?

The main doubt one can have about mirrorless is, I think that they do not provide ttl viewfinder. Is this a big disadvantage? In what way is it worst (or best) than classical reflex system? What are ...
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What are the lens-mount benefits of mirrorless systems?

There are plenty of comparisons between DSLR cameras and mirrorless/EVIL/system cameras, and the overall picture is that the two systems target different users and different uses. But I'd like to ...
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Which mirrorless system should I pick for M-mount lenses (Leica / Zeiss ZM)

Which Mirrorless system should I pick for shooting with Leica M and Zeiss ZM glass? And why? My priorities: Manual focusing assists (can be rangefinder system, can be focus peaking, I hate ...
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What is the difference between a point-and-shoot and a mirrorless?

Both point-and-shoot camera and mirrorless cameras seems to be mostly similar in the way they work. So, What are the differences between a point and shoot and a mirrorless camera? Is a mirrorless ...
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Why are medium format cameras used primarily in good lighting conditions?

It seems that Medium Format cameras are geared towards studio work (although it seems that there are also landscape photographers who shoot with them). Which aspects make the other systems (DSLRs, ...
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Is there a camera that operates silently, suitable for use at a wedding?

I would like some advice or suggestions for a camera to use at a wedding. I normally use a Pentax K-5 (which is quiet enough) and a Pentax K-r (which is noisy) but I have a wedding to shoot with a ...
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Different backup camera strategy

After reading good question here, I consider getting a backup. It looks like most photographers use same-camera-type backup, like 2 DSLRs and duplicate lenses. That is too expensive for amateurs! ...
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“EVIL” Camera Capabilities [closed]

What are your initial experiences with EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens) cameras? Are they easier or harder to work with than traditional SLRs? Any tips/tricks for someone who has ...
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Camera for Safari

I am going on a Safari and am ready to upgrade from a P&S to either a DSLR or a mirrorless. I love taking pictures and travel a lot (for fun) so expect to use this camera in multiple settings. I ...
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Would a MILC be better than a DSLR for lomo-like digital pictures?

I used to do analog lomography. I want to switch to digital. I can already take pictures with a crappy digital machine (my smartphone) and edit them. I know it is not the same as lomography, but it ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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Why are phase detect lenses adapted onto contrast detect bodies so much slower?

The Sony A7 is able to adapt almost any type of auto-focus lens (Canon/Nikon/etc) and use autofocusing, but the auto-focusing is much slower than the same focal lengths native for the A7. Why would ...
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Does sensor size dictate lens size with all other things equal?

Background I'm considering switching from DSLR to mirrorless and have been researching the micro four thirds (M43/MFT) and Sony's new Alpha 7 (A7). While Sony hasn't released many lenses for this new ...
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Would any high-end, large sensor compact (eg RX100 II) be a better investment than a small interchangable camera (eg Lumix GM1)? [duplicate]

I want to buy a new "compact" (in terms of size) camera to replace my ageing Canon S90. I have a Canon 6D which I use for travel and dedicated "photo walks", but I also use my S90 quite often when ...
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Why does my Samsung NX1000 zoom way in when manually focusing?

I bought a Samsung NX1000 this week, and I have the 20-50mm lens. However when I put it on manual focus, the picture keeps jumping from standard zoom to "mega zoom" — it zooms a lot further in then ...
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Are there digital cameras that allow user apps?

Are there digital cameras (mirrorless or DSLR) that allow the user to write their own applications for the camera? Is this even planned? I know that Sony offers proprietary applications for purchase ...
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What P&S would rival Olympus E-PM1?

I plan to buy a secondary camera thats easier to carry around. I plan to spend around $350 to $400 on it. I am unable to decide if I should go for a low price Mirrorless camera like Olympus E-PM1 or a ...
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How should one compare lenses for new mirror less cameras vs established best of class?

As someone recently new to photography, I am curious for those jumping on the mirrorless bandwagon what concrete things (especially re: quality) are sacrificed moving to these cameras. Take for ...
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What is the most versatile lens for the Sony NEX-6? [closed]

I received a Sony NEX-6 body (no-lens) over the holidays this year and I am looking to find the right lens to match. I am searching for the most versatile lens available for this camera. In other ...
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How to tether sony a7 to lightroom

I am trying to tether my Sony a7 to my mac using the USB cable with Lightroom 5. But when I start a tethered capture I see a "No Camera Detected" error on the tether panel. My camera LCD shows "USB ...
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beginner photographer with specific needs - DSLR vs Compact Mirrorless System or Micro 4/3? [duplicate]

I'm a novice photographer, having only taken a handful of 35mm photo classes in school and Uni. My business, graphic/web design, has expanded in such a way that I'm now in need of a decent camera. I ...
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Mirrorless camera: setting the diaphragm

Do mirrorless (hybrid) cameras like the Sony NEX-x or the Panasonic Lumix GFx let you set manually the diaphragm?
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Help me choose: Olympus OM-D EM-5, Fujy X-Pro1, Sony Nex 7, or?

I'm a owner of a Sony A700 with some good lenses and a Sony NEX5 with the kit lens but I'm not happy. The A700 is too big and heavy, and the lenses too, and I can't stand the lack of an OVF/EVF on ...