Mirrorless camera revolution

For mirrorless revolution story. My  Olympus travel kit, Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II with Pro lenses 12-40 f/2.8 and 40-150 f/2.8 and Olympus Pen F mirrorless camera with prime 17mm f/1.8. 
Pic Mogens Johansen, The West Australian
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Gone are the days when you need to carry a big heavy kit to produce top-quality photographs and videos.

As a man of short stature I have always subscribed to the saying “all good things come in small packages”, but I always excluded cameras from that saying.

Innovations in recent years have changed my mind, so I’m going to join the increasing chorus out there and say: “Big bulky Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are a dying breed”.

A DSLR camera has a large mirror box to enable you to look through the lens and mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder (EVF), so mirrorless cameras are more compact, light, easy to carry and they are packed full of the latest technology.

Let’s look at some of the main arguments that no longer hold up for DSLRs:

The sensor size in mirrorless cameras is too small.

Wrong: Mirrorless cameras come in a wide range of sensor sizes, including full frame.

Top manufacturers like Leica and Hasselblad have released mirrorless cameras with full-frame and medium-format sensors.

There isn’t the range of interchangeable lenses and accessories available. 

Wrong: As the various manufacturers have committed to the mirrorless phenomenon, the range of lenses and accessories rivals the DSLRs.

The electronic viewfinders are no good in mirrorless cameras

Wrong: There are good arguments that some of the latest EVFs outperform traditional optical viewfinders.

One of the good things about EVFs is that they show exactly what the lens sees; exposure and depth of field are reflected 

in the EVF so there is no need to review and adjust settings.

Mirrorless cameras are no good for action and sports photography. 

Wrong: Because they don’t have the bulky mirror box they typically shoot more than double the frames-per- second rate compared to most DSLRs and the autofocus tracking capability in the high-end mirrorless cameras is equal to that of high-end DSLR cameras.

The battery life of the mirrorless cameras is too short.

This is the only argument that still favours the DSLRs. Constant use of the EVF and live view on the LCD screen cuts the battery life of a mirrorless significantly. But, you can save power by turning off the live view.

Mirrorless cameras are here to stay; soon bulky DSLRs will be doorstops or in display cases in camera museums alongside box brownies and view cameras.

Mogens Johansen speaks to Saul and Howard Frank who've just return from Cologne - the host city for Photokina. Duration: 5m 02s Seven West Travel Club