Why have some professional photographers eagerly embraced mirrorless, while others still hold out? Geoff Harris canvases opinions, for and against
Interest in mirrorless cameras has grown steadily ever since Panasonic released the ground-breaking Lumix DMC-G1 in 2008, with photography pundits regularly predicting that ‘this will be the year in which mirrorless takes over’. We’re not quite there, as DSLRs still dominate the high-end enthusiast and pro end of the market.
However, change is in the air, and while the mirrorless market is quite volatile, survey after survey has shown they are luring an increasing number of users away from big heavy cameras with flapping mirrors. It’s not hard to see why: the traditional sticking points for mirrorless refuseniks, namely electronic viewfinders and AF performance, seem to improve with each new release, and there’s never been such a wide choice of high-quality zoom and prime lenses. For many travel and documentary photographers, the light weight and compact dimensions of mirrorless cameras are a no-brainer. More and more landscape, portrait and even sports photographers are changing over too. Yet, many of their peers are sticking with DSLRs.
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