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The latest generation of digital cameras, mirrorless are designed for those who are looking for a quality close to that of SLRs in compact bodies.
The least we can say is that mirrorless cameras have been taking the limelight in recent years.
Halfway between compacts and SLRs, mirrorless combine the advantages of each technology. Thanks to their compact camera-based body, they generally have a smaller footprint and lighter weight. But, like SLRs, they allow you to change lenses and, above all, integrate high-end components capable of offering a beautiful image quality. The images are generally sharp and bright, and the performance of most mirrorless doesn't have to be as bad as that of some DSLRs.
MIRRORLESS CAMERA: A SENSOR THAT'S UP TO THE TASK
Most mirrorless incorporate fairly large sensors, which are better able to provide sharp and bright images than compact ones, especially when light conditions are not favorable. However, there are differences depending on the model. The 4/3 micro sensor (22mm diagonal) used in the Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless is smaller than the one (APS-C, 27-28mm diagonal) used by other brands and allows the design of more compact cameras and lenses. Some mirrorless incorporate an even smaller sensor, such as a 1-inch (16mm diagonal) or even 1/1.7" (9mm diagonal) sensor. On the other hand, there are also full-size hybrids (43 mm diagonal). It is therefore essential to check the size of the sensor. Unfortunately, this information is not always provided by the manufacturers.
THE VIDEO MODE ON MIRRORLESS CAMERA
Most mirrorless are all about video, whether it's HD or ultra-high definition (UHD, 4K or 8K). In fact, our lab tests show that their video performance is second to none, at least in good lighting conditions. In low light, some mirrorless may experience a little more difficulty.
LONG LIVE THE TOUCH SCREEN ON MIRRORLESS CAMERAS
The larger the screen, the easier it is to shoot and the more pleasant it is to navigate through the menus and view the photos taken. But beyond its size, we must also take into account its resolution, contrast and ability to limit the appearance of reflections. In addition, prefer it multidirectional, vertically and horizontally. This will make framing easier and you will be able to multiply the original viewing angles. Finally, a touch screen will facilitate menu navigation and allow you to scroll through the photos with a simple swipe of your finger, just like on a smartphone.
WITH OR WITHOUT VIEWFINDER
Some mirrorless are equipped with an electronic viewfinder that allows you to have a fairly accurate idea of the result before you even take the picture. In addition, manufacturers have improved the definition and limited the effect of latency that made it difficult to frame moving subjects. However, the electronic viewfinder remains less precise than the optical viewfinder found on reflex cameras. Moreover, some mirrorless prefer to do without it or offer it as an option (180 € at Sony, 200 € at Panasonic for example).
NFC, Wi-Fi, more rarely Bluetooth... mirrorless are hyper connected. Thanks to these wireless connection protocols, you can usually send your photos by email or on social networks directly from the device or connect it to your smartphone to change settings or launch the shutter from an app. However, be careful because not all connected cameras offer the same possibilities or the same ergonomics.
QUICK ACCESS TO MANUAL SETTINGS
While the mirrorless cameras all have powerful automatic modes, they also provide easy access to a large number of manual settings. Most mirrorless cameras also offer other features that are more or less useful, including numerous scene modes and creative effects. Choose according to your real needs.
A WIDE CHOICE OF LENSES
Fixed, telephoto, wide-angle lenses... all manufacturers now offer a wide range of lenses. They have even developed motorized zooms, integrated optical stabilizations, designed particularly bright optics... In addition, like cameras, lenses for mirrorless are often more compact and lighter than those of dslr cameras. If you already own dslr lenses, it may be wise to acquire a ring that allows you to mount old lenses on the new frames. However, these accessories are expensive and don't always allow you to keep all the features (autofocus or zoom motorization, for example, are sometimes unavailable). Above all, the lenses of SLRs are much bulkier and heavier than those of mirrorless, so the whole is disproportionate. This solution can therefore only be temporary.