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Daniel Goh male Junior Writer
A video game junkie always looking for more convenient ways to do things tech wise. Some say its lazy, I say its innovative. Currently being sucked into the world of social media addiction and will never leave the house without his trusty iPod and headphones.
Recently, there has been a sudden influx of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and I’ve had the privilege of trying them on for size. Being a DSLR or SLR user since I was 16, it was kind of hard for me to face the truth that these compact and powerful devices might just slowly (but surely) overpower the good old-fashioned DSLR in terms of appeal.
Size Does Matter
The first, and of course, the most obvious advantage that these mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have over the traditional DSLRs will be size. Why strain your neck risking camera strap burns with a heavy DSLR when you could be carrying around something that is exponentially lighter and smaller, which will fit in a bag with no effort at all! Now people may argue that the size of the sensor counts and that’s why the DSLR is a better fit. Well, think again. With the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds category, DSLR sized sensors can now be fitted into these units, therefore yielding images of almost the same quality.
It used to be that a DSLR will give you a level of convenient control over the aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings that are far superior to that of any compact camera. I’m afraid those days have long gone. These days, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras come with a ton of handy dials and knobs to control said settings and each manufacturer even offers a host of creative filters so these devices not only appeal to enthusiasts, but they are suitable for the more casual users too!
Thanks to the features mentioned above, mirrorless cameras also make a great learning tool for those looking to get into photography. These stylish compact devices come with enough appeal aesthetically as well as feature-wise to attract the casual users, and those who want to pick up the art of photography will be able to use this as a stepping stone, transitioning from the simple Auto modes to the more complex settings found on these babies.
All in all, I will probably never switch an optical viewfinder for an electronic one, but it’s easy to see how these cool cameras will soon overtake its compact camera and DSLR counterpart to become a mainstay in the industry.