A Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) is a digital system camera that supports multiple lenses while forgoing the mirror reflex optical viewfinder featured on an SLR. It has become a popular choice especially among amateur photographers upgrading from point and shoot cameras. The first mirrorless camera was introduced in 2008. Since then it has evolved greatly in its design and features offered, moving towards the better.
Today, the market has more than a dozen of such cameras produced by big brands. Hence, making a choice becomes difficult. If you are out on the market to buy one, here are the features to compare.
A mirrorless camera is smaller and lighter than a DSLR as the mirror adds bulk and weight in case of the latter. Yet, you need to consider size options as there is a wide range. There are small-sized units that fit into your pocket as well as full-sized cameras that come close to DSLRs.
The sensor is an important feature to look out for on any camera. Different cameras carry different sized sensors and the size of the sensor is directly linked to the image quality. The larger the sensor, you can expect sharper images. There’s less image noise for photos taken at higher sensitivities.
The first type of sensor you can find is the Micro Four Third Sensors. They are smaller than the APS-C format but larger than a point and shoot sensor. APS-C sensors are the most popular on mirrorless cameras. However, they call for bigger lenses; nonetheless the image quality is better than that of a Micro Four Third Sensor. An APS-C sized sensor is your best option for low-light photography. There are also a handful of cameras that ship with a full-frame 35mm camera.
The interchangeable lenses are a highlight feature on a mirrorless camera. It can revolutionize your photography. You can mount lenses of a larger flange focal length with a compatible adapter. In addition to lenses designed for your mirrorless camera, you can add DSLR and SLR lenses. There are zoom, telephoto, prime, specialty, macro and wide-angle lenses.
Autofocus is another commendable feature on a mirrorless camera as it uses the contrast detection method. It focuses only after it detects enough contrast. The autofocus capability is not as effective in low light and for moving images. A hybrid autofocus system that combines contrast and phase detection methods remedies the issue.
DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are at par when it comes to video recording capabilities. It can shoot full HD upto 4K and record in multiple frame rates.
Many mirrorless cameras come with in-built Wi-Fi connectivity with a few also supporting 3G and 4G LTE mobile connectivity. They enable GPS tagging as well as image sharing between computers and mobile devices.
Accessories can boost the performance of your camera. This includes dedicated flashes, electronic viewfinders, remote controls and battery grips. Look for integrated features as well as those you can add as accessories.
Now that you know all the features to consider, choose the right mirrorless camera and make sure you get the best value for your money.