Wildlife Photography: Mirrorless vs DSLR Cameras

Mirrorless cameras today have evolved so much that they almost seem ready for world domination. Seriously, it’s not just photographers these days—all major camera companies have started switching over to mirrorless technology. What is it about mirrorless cameras that everyone seems so psyched about? Do they really perform that much better? In today’s video, photographer Danielle Carstens explains how each system works and also touches on the pros and cons of mirrorless and DSLR cameras specifically for wildlife photography:

The basic difference between the two photography systems is the mirror box. While there’s a chuncky mirror box between the sensor and the lens in a DSLR, it’s absent in a mirrorless camera. This makes the camera body significantly smaller and lighter. Also, manufacturers can place the autofocus sensors right on the main image sensor. This has the added advantage of allowing the camera to do complex calculations with readings straight from the image sensor. That’s why we have so many new features in a mirrorless camera that were simply not possible in a DSLR.

As Carstens explains in the video above, wildlife photographers can benefit from mirrorless cameras’ compact size, excellent live-view with real-time settings preview, widespread autofocus points, higher frame rate and blackout-free shooting experience. Like she explains, these features are a huge bonus for wildlife photographers as they increase the hit-rate many times over. To know how each of these advantages of a mirrorless camera can benefit your wildlife photography, be sure to go through the video.

Have you used a mirrorless camera for wildlife photography? We’d love to know about your experience. Please feel free to share them in the comments.

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