Understanding Mirrorless Cameras
// What is a mirrorless camera? //
Understanding the camera mirrorless is a camera that does not have a mirror and optical viewfinder like a DSLR camera, but the image quality because the image sensor used the same besar. Therefore, the size of the camera is smaller and lightweight mirrorless camera from DSLR and can change the lens.
The initial idea
Digital camera. To shrink the size of the camera and lens. The reason is, DSLR cameras and lenses are too big for the average person, the weight is heavy (especially the long lenses) and is too catchy when shooting in the public area (how many of us are reprimanded by the security guard at the mall when shooting with DSLR cameras?) .
Unfortunately DSLR cameras can not be made smaller than they already are (the smallest DSLR currently is Canon 100D) for two things: a mirror and a prism. This mirror is the main component of DSLR cameras, while the prism is a major component that DSLR users can see what ‘views’ the lens through the optical viewfinder.
What is still the same between a mirrorless camera with a DSLR is a removable lens, so there is a mount (holder) lens for the mirrorless format.
// How does it work? //
Mirrorless cameras try to make small cameras, provided they have to remove mirrors and prisms. Consequently there is no optical viewfinder, so in aiming only through live view way which we see in LCD and in principle it is to see what ‘seen’ by the sensor.
The effect is that the sensor continuously works on what it receives from the lens, thus draining the battery. If in a DSLR camera, we shoot from the optical viewfinder, and the sensor only works when you press the snap button.
Many reasons for each manufacturer to choose the size of their sensors. Panasonic and Olympus who initiated the mirrorless camera with Micro Four Thirds (M4 / 3) format with Four Thirds sensor, 2x crop factor. This format is still used and for now. Then Sony, Samsung, Fuji and Canon last off using APS-C sensor (crop factor 1.5x) which is somewhat larger than the M4 / 3 sensor, so on paper the result is better picture.
Nikon uses a relatively small sensor that is 1 inch (crop factor 2.7x) and Pentax astonishingly choose a tiny sensor like a pocket camera (although Pentax eventually also camera camera with APS-C sensor, even with the same lens mount as Pentax DSLR).
Another diversity in terms of segmentation, where there are at least two groups of cameras made namely the base class and upper class. Basic class cheaper pocket camera, can be made small and minimal buttons, even no flash stand and exposure mode wheel. The upper classes are made for the more serious in photography, usually the buttons and still expensive DSLR but more petite. Mature manufacturers in the mirrorless scene have more diverse segments, such as Panasonic with Lumix G, GH, GF and GX series, Olympus with O-MD, Pen, and Mini. Sony is brave enough to make many variations of Sony NEX.
// What’s the difference with DSLR? //
Well, the main difference between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR is a mirror or pentaprisma embedded in the body. In DSLR cameras, this glass function reflects light from the lens to the peephole or viewfinder. This makes the user can see the picture before taking a shot. When the user presses the shutter, this mirror will be flip-up so that the light shoots the image sensor.
The mirrorless camera eliminates the mirror or pentaprisma. Camera body is smaller than DSLR. Live Viewnya blends with the LCD screen, like the one on the pocket camera. And with its small size, make this camera nice to use. Quality Problems? do not ask her name is also new technology, of course very good for photography.
The most prominent advantage is that this camera is faster to take pictures than DSLR. Because the direct image reflection of the sensor without going through the mirror / pentaprisma first and the problem of focus was very fast.
For Mirrorless camera is currently only a few brands, can also check in Mirrorless Camera category of our website.
But since the rise of mirrorless cameras, many people consider that the ideal middle ground has begun to look its direction. The mirroless camera has the following characteristics:
- Relatively smaller and compact size
- Much lighter
- The quality of the photograph is not far from DSLR
- The sensor size is parallel to the DSLR
- Has options
- Harganyapun not as expensive as DSLR cameras (mmm, except Leica and Fujifilm X)
So if you are a professional photographer who needs a lot of lens and accessories variants and you have a lot of money for it, DSLR is more appropriate for you. But if you like me that lazy take the big camera, do not want to spend tens of millions for the camera, but want to have the same quality picture with DSLR, then mirrorless is the right choice for you.