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Introducing Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras and DSLRs have a crucial difference in their process: while mirrorless cameras capture images without the use of a mirror in the camera body, DSLRs use mirrors to reflect images into viewfinders. In place of this mirror, mirrorless cameras often utilize electronic viewfinders (EVF) to display images digitally.

Some may find the term "mirrorless" to be misleading, as several digital camera varieties already operate without mirrors. This includes digital point-and-shoot cameras, rangefinders like the renowned Leica, and even smartphone cameras. However, in current usage, the term "mirrorless" typically denotes cameras that utilize interchangeable lens systems.

Due to the lack of a bulky mirror box in the body, mirrorless cameras are typically more compact than DSLR models. Additionally, since the lens is closer to the sensor without a mirror in between, potential image quality is higher. These factors, among others, make mirrorless technology the clear successor to DSLR cameras in the world of digital photography.

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Electronic Viewfinder

The main contrast between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is the electronic viewfinder, which presents a digital preview of the shot and accurately portrays the exposure while adjusting settings in real-time. This eliminates the need to bring the camera down to review and recompose the shot and allows for a faster, more accurate shooting experience. While the image quality of EVFs is not quite at the level of optical viewfinders, it continues to improve with each new model and mirrorless EVFs are quickly catching up in clarity and sharpness.

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