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  • Reasons to switch from DSLR to a Mirrorless camera

    So you’ve decided to get serious in your photography and picking up more advanced photographic gear would be the next logical step. Given the myriad of brands and models available, choosing the right camera can be pretty daunting.

    While DSLRs tend to be the most popular choice, what if I told you that you can achieve the same (or better) with a mirrorless camera but in a smaller package?

    Here are 10 reasons why it makes sense to switch to a mirrorless system instead:

    1.Camera Size and Weight

    Some think bigger is better, but the size and weight of a camera can often pose as an obstacle, especially when you need to carry your camera and lenses throughout a day of shooting. The physical strain of being too weighed down by your gear would likely lead to lower quality shots as your energy drains away.

    Compared to a DSLR, a mirrorless system like Sony’s α5000 weighs as little as 269 grams making it light and portable for everyday shooting--giving you DSLR-like qualities in a smaller footprint. The weight savings also means that you can easily carry an assortment of lenses to cover a variety of genres, giving you added shooting flexibility.

    With a smaller setup, you’ll appear less obtrusive and be able to capture subjects in their natural environment, as opposed to intimidating them with a heavy DSLR and a large lens.

    2. True Live View : Electronic Viewfinder

    Unlike DSLRs using the traditional optical viewfinder, the electronic viewfinder in Sony’s mirrorless cameras gives you the advantage of viewing the actual exposure in the viewfinder as you press the shutter button.

    This “What you see is what you get” approach takes the guesswork out of the equation and lets you adjust to the right settings, saving time-which is something that is extremely crucial in landscape photography, where the light can change in moments.

    An electronic viewfinder also benefits macro photographers and low-light shooters, giving them the ability to achieve precise focus in dim lighting conditions. You’ll also get an uninterrupted view when shooting without the shutter/mirror mechanism found in DSLRs.

    3.High Quality Image Sensor

    At the heart of the image, the most important aspect of a camera has got to be its image sensor. In the past, full-frame sensors were mostly found in high end DSLRs and unreachable to the masses. But these days, one can easily afford to foray into the full-frame scene with Sony’s α7 series award winning mirrorless cameras to feature full-frame sensors. A bigger sensor also means that the camera lets in more light onto the sensor giving you superior low-light performance and a wider dynamic range for higher quality images. Additionally, Sony also has a good range of APS-C mirrorless cameras such as the α6000 and α5000 series that feature such a sensor size used to be only found in midrange DSLRs.

    4. Fast and Accurate Autofocus

    Autofocus (AF) plays a critical role in ensuring your memories are crisp and clear as you remember them. The problem with regular DSLRs are that the AF points are usually clustered in the centre of the screen, but Sony’s mirrorless cameras use a Hybrid AF system that utilizes Contrast AF and Phase-detect AF points embedded on the sensor to provide not only fast, but accurate autofocus anywhere in your frame. This gives you the ability to capture every shot and track fast-moving subjects, even in burst mode. Sony's E-mount lenses also feature linear focus motors that work in tandem with Sony’s mirrorless cameras to give you rapid, precise and silent focus for stills and videos.

    The α6300, Sony’s new flagship APS-C mirrorless camera, for instance, boasts the world’s fastest AF speed1 with its ability to shoot at a blistering 0.05-second autofocus speed. The camera comes with ‘4D Focus’ that offers the world’s highest2 number of AF points by combining a wide-coverage 425-point phase-detection system with a 169-area contrast detection system for quick and precise focusing performance. This focusing system also enables High-density Tracking AF for more efficient and accurate tracking of moving subjects across the image frame.

    1. Among interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor as of February 2016, based on Sony research, measured using CIPA-compliant guidelines, and internal measurement method with an E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use.

    2. Among interchangeable lens digital cameras as of February 2016, based on Sony research.
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