Cameras have come a long away in the last few years. The gap between casual holiday snaps for the family and professional work becomes smaller and smaller, with a thirst for high quality content growing every day. Whether you are a jetsetter or a weekend warrior, streamer or concert goer, STACK has you covered if you’re looking to take photos and video from land, air or sea.
There are lots of variables when looking at new cameras – but the first thing you need to consider is a debate that has gone on as long as the models have existed, DSLR or Mirrorless? DSLR has long been the “photographer’s camera”, with Canon, Nikon and Fuji having traditional strongholds on the market. Meanwhile, Sony pivoted early and led the way into the Mirrorless era a number of years ago. Now, with Nikon and Canon launching first generation models, it’s time to spark up the age-old photographer debate.
What is it?
As the name suggests, the key feature of the Mirrorless body is the absence of the mirror that you find in a DSLR. The image is captured directly onto the camera’s sensor to preview via an LCD screen.
Size and Weight
Given the absence of the mirror, Mirrorless cameras are significantly lighter and physically smaller. This means less strain when carrying on a job and more room in your camera bag.
With the prominence of video content growing every day, photographers are beginning to move towards high end mirrorless models that give you high quality still and moving images. Mirrorless leads the way here with superior phase detection built into the image sensor.
While both camera types are capable of shooting high shutter speeds, the lack of a mirror and simpler mechanical structure makes it easier to shoot photos on burst mode as they are being written straight onto the camera sensor.
What is it?
A traditional, tried and tested camera. A mirror inside of the body of the camera reflects the light coming through the lens into a prism and then into the body’s viewfinder. Pressing the shutter button flips the mirror up, allowing the light to enter the image sensor and capture your final image.
In comparison to its Mirrorless rival, the typical battery life of a DSLR is about 50 per cent longer. This is mainly because a DSLR is not required to power an LCD screen to preview images.
Range of Lenses and Accessories
Choosing DSLR would give you access to a larger range of extra detachable lenses and general accessories given the long-lasting history of the category.
Unless entering the high-end Mirrorless market, DSLR continues to reign supreme when trying auto focus on fast moving subjects, like concerts, sports and wildlife.
If you’re getting into photography, knowing the lingo will be a big help. Here’s STACK‘s quick guide to the essentials:
How dark or light your image is. This is controlled in camera by the aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Master these and you are well on your way.
Simply put, the amount of light that the lens allows into the camera. Also known as the F Stop.
This setting controls how sensitive your camera is to light. The lower the number, the darker your image. But set the ISO too high and you risk loss of clarity and increased noise in your images.
The shutter speed controls how fast your image is taken. For still portraits, set the number lower for more light. In fast motion (concerts and sports), set the shutter speed higher to ensure you don’t have all photographers’ worst fear in an image – blurry hands.
Frames Per Second. The higher this number is, the more images you can take in quick succession.
The only file format you should shoot in. A RAW file takes up more room than a JPEG but significantly increases your editing potential.