Cameras: A Guide Between Mirrorless Cameras and DSLRs

Cameras: A Guide Between Mirrorless Cameras and DSLRs

Here’s a camera guide to both mirrorless cameras and DSLRs

Today, everyone wants their camera to be better than the one they have used before. We see this trend even in mobile phones with new mobile phones being launched with updates to the camera every month. 

For people with wanderlust, the search goes on to the world of DSLRs, GoPro’s and drones. But since not everyone is equally adventurous, and not every country’s drone laws are the same, the majority of us settle for a DSLR camera. The current big debate around is the DSLR versus mirrorless question that everyone wants to know more about.

The first point in this DSLR versus mirrorless battle being that the present age of Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras or DSLRs has in a way now evolved to the relatively less bulky mirrorless range. 

These best mirrorless camera options are being offered by almost every major camera manufacturer starting from the Sony with its Alpha Series, Fujifilm with its X series, Leica SL2 or Olympus with its  OM-D offerings. 

The big question being, which is the best mirrorless camera in the market? This question will remain to be answered but for this article, we thought of covering the two most popular camera manufacturers, Nikon and Canon, and some of their best mirrorless camera offerings.

Nikon Z50

The Nikon Z50 is the latest mirrorless camera from Nikon and has been designed by keeping in mind the photographer who is always on the move. The Z 50 with its effective pixel count of 20.88 megapixels delivers remarkable colour, clarity and sharpness. Adopting the same hybrid autofocus (AF) system as the Z 7 and the Z 6, the Z 50 comes equipped with one of the first Nikon CMOS sensors that incorporate phase-detection AF.

 The Nikon Z50 offers a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 51200 and with a low-light AF performance down to -4 EV1, it is highly effective in the dark as well. For people who like to shoot more movies, the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera can shoot in 4K UHD and Full HD time-lapse footage can also be produced within the camera.

Since it is for the photographer who is always ready to shoot and upload on social media, the Nikon Z50 is equipped with in-built Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® for SnapBridge 2.6. This allows the users to easily transfer the images and movies, utilize location and date information and browse for the images from a smartphone. This perhaps does make this the best mirrorless camera from Nikon considering the relatively lower price point and most of the benefits of their Z series for a whole group of photographers on the move.

 The Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera can be purchased with a dual-lens kit or with a single lens.

Nikon Z7

The Nikon Z7 is a full-frame, Nikon FX-format mirrorless camera with 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64 to 25600. Additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 32 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 102400 is also possible.

The Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera not only can shoot full-frame 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based movie format but also Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and Full-HD movie recording. These features are also similar to that of the Z6.

The letter “Z” represents the culmination of Nikon’s relentless pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and a bridge to a new chapter. It is about redefining possibilities to provide image-makers with the tools to realise greater creativity.

Nikon Z6

The Nikon Z6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with an effective pixel count of 24.5 megapixels and supports an ISO of 100 to 51200 standard sensitivities.

An extended low-light metering range of the Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to the starry night sky, using aperture-priority auto mode. The built-in Wi-Fi® allows for a direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge or can also be used to transfer images and movies to a computer. This is also available on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera. 

So now when so much is already available in a mirrorless camera, what do you say about the DSLR vs mirrorless debate?

Canon EOS Ra

The new Canon EOS Ra is a dedicated astrophotography full-frame Canon mirrorless camera, announced on the 6th of November 2019,  which takes full advantage of the features from the Canon Mirrorless camera, EOS R, range of cameras. Astrophotography is the photography of astronomical objects, celestial events and areas of the night sky and this canon mirrorless camera is dedicated to this genre of photography making it, perhaps, the best mirrorless camera for the segment. Also, adding a few extra points for the mirrorless camera options in the DSLR vs mirrorless contest.

 The Canon EOS Ra mirrorless camera is equipped with a 30.3 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor and offers sensitivity settings from ISO 100 to ISO 40,000 for stills and up to ISO 25,600 when shooting movies. The Canon EOS Ra mirrorless camera features a unique infrared cutoff filter in front of the CMOS sensor. This helps to maximise optical performance in the wavelengths that are most important for astrophotography.

Canon EOS RP

The Canon EOS RP is the lightest full-frame Canon mirrorless camera. This Canon mirrorless camera, the EOS RP, has a 26.2-megapixels CMOS sensor and can shoot 4K UHD videos. 

This Canon mirrorless camera, the EOS RP, has a compact and light magnesium alloy body which is engineered to provide dust and moisture resistance. A big plus for all the users who have sweaty palms and love to carry their camera everywhere. The Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera, in addition, is designed with an ergonomic grip and a vari-angle touch screen LCD. These two together make this Canon mirrorless camera very easy to operate and use. 

The Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera offers customisable shooting presets and in-camera editing functions for the users. The low-Light focusing limit of EV -5 at the central focus point, provides accurate focus even in dimly lit rooms.

Mehtab Ahluwalia

08 Dec 2019, 01:00 PM

M is managing enterprise sales business for a software major during the day and has a penchant for panache. Well-travelled, well-read and bringing imagination to life through his lens and pen is what he often indulges in. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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