A year ago, I made the HUGE decision to ditch my DSLR. I know, I can hear the gasping now. WHAT? You did what? Now while this decision does have some cons, the pros outweighed them and I’ll tell you why.
First the size. If you haven’t noticed DSLRs are bulky and big. They can’t be thrown into a bag and taken on the go very easily. In fact they actually require their own bag. My Sony Mirrorless fits in any bag, and is easy to just take with me where ever we go.
Then there is the weight of the DSLR. Having neck and shoulder issues and chronic pain, carrying my DSLR plus my camera bag with all my gear, HURT. I would dread it or come home from a session or a day out and have to take medication because of the pain. My Sony Mirrorless is much lighter than my DSLR, and much easier for me to handle.
Before I started researching mirrorless cameras, I noticed more and more I was leaving my DSLR at home and relying on my phone to capture important moments in life. Then I would get mad at myself because the images weren’t as good as I was accustomed to with my DSLR. I had numerous point and shoot cameras over the years and my phone was better than them to be honest.
I needed something that had the power, functions and quality of my DSLR but the size and weight of a point and shoot. I found that in the Sony Mirrorless cameras. I can shoot in RAW. I can shoot in manual mode. I have control over my focus points and even have the ability to use back button focus. The biggest thing is my images are just as good as my DSLR. I didn’t have to sacrifice quality to get the small, lighter camera I wanted. I am currently shooting with the Sony a5000. It’s the bottom of the line as I wasn’t sure when I bought it, I was going to love it so much. Now that I love it, I’m looking to upgrade to one of the higher models soon.
The two big cons for me, besides the issue of having to learn a new camera, is one there is no eye piece. After shooting with a DSLR for 5 years, it took a lot of time getting used to not having an eye piece to look through. Now I like it, and remember that the eye piece was a pain in it’s own right. The other con is the cost of lenses, which are more expensive than Cannon and Nikon lenses. For me these cons aren’t enough to make me want to go back to my DSLR though. For now, I’ll be a rebel and shoot with my mirrorless while everyone else shoots with their bulky, heavy DSLRs and be happy.
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