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Posted by Manas Dwivedi
May 2, 2021

DSLR vs Mirrorless cameras

In the professional photography industry, everyone is talking about mirrorless cameras and how they are the best thing ever.

We are not saying they are not as good as people say, but here the question arises, is it worth it to upgrade to a mirrorless camera?
After evaluating major pros & cons of each and impactful will one be for a photographer, our team at AfterShoot will lay out the key differences for you, between a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera.

What's the key difference?

DSLR and mirrorless cameras are both capable of professional photography as they allow you to interchange lenses if required.

Their prices may vary based on the level of photography you do. The entry-level cameras are cheaper, and the price and the performance of the camera increase as you move up the level. Not to be fooled by “entry-level,” all the models have powerful sensors that allow you to capture detailed and beautiful pieces of art.

Enough about how capable they are; let’s talk about what makes them different from each other. 

Well, as the name suggests, “mirrors”:-

  • Mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror, and the light advances straight toward the image sensor.
  • DSLR cameras have a reflex mirror in them that jumps the light toward the optical viewfinder
  • A DSLR camera is likely always to have an optical viewfinder as well as an LCD screen
  • A mirrorless camera will have an LCD screen but not always a viewfinder.
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Let's take a look at the pros and cons of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

While mirrorless cameras are becoming more popular than DSLR cameras with each passing day, there are always pros and cons to each type.
For example, even though mirrorless is the newer technology, DSLRs still noticeably capture with superior speed when autofocusing or tracking subjects.
This speed is due to the autofocus modules that are already implemented in DSLR cameras, while mirrorless cameras rely on sensors for the same job, which results in slower speed. Although it is safe to assume that those sensors will be improved as time flies, and with them, the speed.

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Pros of DSLR cameras

  • Many lenses and accessories are available for DSLRs, unlike the mirrorless as they are relatively new.
  • DSLRs usually have longer battery lives.
  • With the optical viewfinders, there is no risk of delay.

Cons of DSLR cameras

  • The shooting speed tends to be slower in DSLRs
  • Compared to mirrorless cameras, they are larger and heavier, making it harder to carry them.

If you are the type of person who likes to use a wide variety of lenses and accessories, you should go for the DSLR. It also gives you the confidence of the better autofocus cause of its traditional viewfinder.

Pros of mirrorless cameras

  • Much better video quality when compared to DSLRs
  • Their smaller size makes it easy to carry them when traveling
  • Faster shooting speed.

Cons of mirrorless cameras

  • Lack of viewfinder in many mirrorlesses cameras
  • Not a wide range of accessories and lens available
  • Battery life is shorter when compared to DSLRs
  • Delay can be experienced due to the electronic viewfinder

If you want a light and easy camera to carry but still can interchange lenses, you should go for the mirrorless. The gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras is constantly closing, so you won’t be compromising on picture quality. Although it would help if you kept an eye on that the older version of mirrorless cameras may have a laggy viewfinder, and the same issue is noticed in the entry-level.


When it comes to specs, yeah, the mirrorless cameras are better than the old DSLR cameras, but it doesn’t mean that your DSLRs are useless, and it’s safe to assume that they may be good to go for a couple of more years, depending on the type of work you do.
If you’re into cinematography, then yeah, maybe you need to switch, but if your work is strictly limited to photography, then perhaps you’ll do just fine with your DSLR.

Now that you’ve decided between DSLR and mirrorless, here are our top picks for the best wedding photography cameras.

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