Mirrorless cameras first appeared on the market in 2004, representing a different approach to digital photography from the DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera). They get their name from their lack of a reflex mirror, used to reflect light to an optical viewfinder in DSLR cameras. Instead, they use an image sensor that's consistently exposed to the light, a simple contrast that makes for a very different kind of camera that's become a popular alternative.
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Why Mirrorless Cameras
Mirrorless cameras have plenty of inherent benefits.
Without a reflex mirror taking up space, they can be lighter and more compact than DSLR cameras.
That economy of space means less distance between the lens mount and the image sensor, making it possible for DSLR lenses to work on a mirrorless camera with the right adapters. Most mirrorless brands come with a wide selection of lenses as well, giving users the best of both worlds.
Another clear advantage is their superior video mode. Because mirrorless cameras focus with continuous contrast-detection, you can focus easily, and maintain focus, on moving subjects in your frame.
Most mirrorless cameras offer a high number of focus points, and the focus points are far more spread across the entire frame than on an average DSLR.
Along with their easy-to-carry compact design, this has made them a popular choice for casual photographers to use at family events, hiking and travelling.
Is a Mirrorless Camera Right For Me?
Though their light weight, small size and ease of use make them a perfect choice for the casual user, mirrorless cameras are gaining traction with professionals photographers as well. DSLR cameras used to have a substantial edge in battery life and the number of accessories and lighting options they supported, but mirrorless cameras are starting to close the gap considerably in all these areas.
Mirrorless cameras are an excellent choice for any kind of user, you just need to find the brand and model that suits your needs. To find a mirrorless camera that's right for you, visit London Drugs in-store or online today and explore our top-brand selection that includes Sony, Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras.