WHY GO MIRRORLESS?
If you’re looking for a good reason to switch to mirrorless, here’s a fact that we suggest you never, ever lose sight of: buy a camera that takes great images without weighing you down so badly you never want to use it. Need more by the way of advice? See below…
1. Weight, weight, weight
Either way, the lack of a bulky mirror box means the camera can be smaller in nearly every way: shorter, thinner, with smaller lenses. This leaves you with a camera capable of spellbindingly good images that you’ll actually be able to carry for a full day without your arms falling off.
Mirrorless cameras have even smaller sensors, making them not only more manageable in terms of weight, but delivering big benefits for sports and wildlife photographers. Take the amazing OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:2.8 PRO, for example – in DSLR terms it’s actually an 80-300mm lens. Or the incredible M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO, which actually delivers 600mm of reach in a package weighing up to 75% less than similar-length DSLR lenses.
Landscape photographers don’t have to worry, though: with M.ZUIKO lenses starting at just 7mm there’s scope for photographers of all stripes when it comes to mirrorless cameras.
3. Rock steady
On old-fashioned DSLRs, image stabilisation is nearly always built into the lens, with the obvious drawback that lenses including image stabilisation cost more than lenses without, so the temptation is always to save a few bob and buy a less well-specified lens.
The flip-side? All OLYMPUS’ mirrorless cameras use the sensor to provide image stabilisation, so every lens you attach will allow you to move slightly more before you start to see burred images. OLYMPUS’ pro-spec flagship, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, offers over six stops.