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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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Why are SLR mechanisms still prevalent among high-end digital cameras?

I understand that back in the days when cameras captured images using photographic film instead of image sensors, the SLR design was a major innovation. It let you see through the viewfinder exactly ...
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How can I use my dSLR or mirrorless camera as a webcam?

I'm primarily a stills photographer with some great interchangeable lens camera gear. But now in 2020, I find myself needing a webcam for video conferencing under lockdown. I'm frustrated by the lack ...
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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system? [closed]

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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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 1972....
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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 do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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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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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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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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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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What should I look for when shopping for my first mirrorless camera?

I'm looking to buy a new camera. I've looked at What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first "serious" camera? and decided that mirrorless is right ...
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Disadvantages of electronic viewfinders such as the ones used in Sony SLT cameras?

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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Why do mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life?

I'm thinking of trading in my Canon EOS 650D (DSLR) and buying an EOS M5 (Mirrorless). But apparently mirrorless cameras don't last very long in between recharges. This would be a problem for me ...
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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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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 to spot dust in images quickly while doing a shoot outdoors?

You can see in this photo there is a clear grey spot above the boats. I did not notice it until I got home and imported the photos for post-processing. Here is the shot right before this one. As you ...
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Do mirrorless cameras have more sensor noise because they are constantly exposed to light?

I have been wondering if the following is true and the implication for mirrorless cameras. DSLR camera sensors are only exposed to light when the picture is taken, so the sensor presumably produces ...
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What makes the Nikon 1 series 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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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 does a newer camera get lower score for a specific lens than an older one on dxomark?

I was looking around on DxOMark and found discrepancy in sharpness scores which seems very weird. The lens Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 has a sharpness score of "10 P-Mpix" when mounted on a ...
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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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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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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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Mirrorless camera vs. mid-range DSLR — how to decide?

I am in the market for a new mid-range camera for still images (not video). I am currently a Canon T2i user. I originally posted the question as: Olympus EM-1 vs. Nikon D7100. But that got me ...
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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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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of each shutter mode of my Sony α7R II?

I recently got my Sony α7R II. Coming from the Sony α7R, I'm happy that the shutter isn't as obnoxious anymore in any mode. Additionally, there's the option to have it all electronically ("silent ...
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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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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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Is it possible to make a photo's EXIF look like it was taken with a DSLR?

My teacher doesn't want me to use my mirrorless camera to take pictures, she only wants DSLR. She wants me to rent one (which costs money). I'm obviously not going to do that lol! My mirrorless has a ...
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DSLR or Mirrorless for Helicopters with doors off?

Long time reader, first time poster. I'm going on some helicopter tours in Hawaii soon, and I'm considering bringing a nicer camera than my cell phone. I've been on helicopters in Hawaii before and ...
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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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Why do lenses for larger sensors tend to have shallower angles?

Why do different (mirrorless) cameras + provided lenses all seem to end up with a 24 mm 35-mm-equivalent focal length? The fixed-lens Canon Powershot G5X has a 1" sensor (actually 8.80 mm high) with ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an electronic viewfinder vs. a DSLR's optical finder?

DSLR cameras, like traditional film SLRs, have a viewfinder you put to your eye to look through the lens. These days, many mirrorless cameras are styled just like DSLRs but use an electronic ...
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What is the reason of “banded” bokeh on Sony a7?

Watching the photos made using Sony a7 cameras with fast lenses, I've noticed one interesting thing about the bokeh. It seems to be that its shape is more geometric, more "banded" in comparison to ...
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What enables the Canon RF 70-200 f/2.8 to be much smaller than the EF version?

Canon announced the RF 70-200 f/2.8L in February 2019. This is notable for being much smaller than the equivalent EF lens, being perhaps two thirds of the length, yet maintaining the speed of the EF ...
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What is important for a macro photography lens for a mirrorless camera?

I want to buy a Sony A6000 and a lens for close up photography of small items. I've looked at photos taken with various lenses and 50mm 1.8f seem to give the kind of photo that I want. But they were ...
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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 picture-...
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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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Why is DSLR autofocus much faster than Mirrorless autofocus?

When DSLRs are not using Live View they autofocus much faster than Mirrorless cameras. Why is that? Why can't Mirrorless cameras use the same autofocus mechanism that DSLRs use?
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Keeping mirrorless camera sensors clean; tips? [duplicate]

I have a Sony A7S II which I adore; but—like every other camera—it too has its disadvantages. For me, one of those disadvantages is the sensor which is exposed when you switch lenses. And a simple "...
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My mentor says to set image to Fine instead of RAW — how is this different from JPG?

So far, I have heard of one reason to have the camera save images as RAW instead of anything else. JPEG is a lossy form of image data and so I always thought it made sense to save the image data as is ...
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Turning camera ON/OFF to preserve battery?

I found myself turning camera off very soon after I make shots. For example, I walk around, see something, turn it ON; then make some shots, wait a bit and then immediately turn it OFF. Sometimes it ...
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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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Can the sun damage the sensor on a mirrorless camera?

I'm researching a good technique for taking pics of the upcoming solar eclipse and I want to use my Sony NEX-6 mirrorless camera. I found this question here from 2010 but no one brings up mirrorless ...
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Ok to use linear polarizers with mirrorless OM-D?

I have read that it is ok to use a linear polarizer with mirrorless cameras because they do not use a beam splitter to do metering, so the polarizer will not confuse the auto exposure. However, the ...
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Sony A7 II vs A7R image stabilization

I am having trouble deciding which of the above cameras is right for my budget. It basically comes down to the question of how close the A7R with a stabilized lens comes to the A7II in terms of low ...
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Will Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom work with mirrorless Olympus EM10?

I looked at the Joby Gorillapod Hybrid, which lists mirrorless support but would only hold 1kg. The SLR Zoom would hold 3kg which I prefer. However, it only lists DSLRs as supported. Will it work with ...
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Do DSLRs allow use of electronic shutter for photography for stop-motion?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR soon for doing frame-by-frame paper, stop-motion animation video work. I do not want to have to keep fixing a mechanical shutter for my DSLR, which I hear is a ...