who needs a mirror now anyway?

Ben shows how DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras differ.

Toronto. Digital cameras – is there any other kind these days? I often resort to my iPod Touch (I have an iPod Touch 7) since its 8 mp camera is usually in my pocket while all the other cameras are in my den. The site Cultured Kiwi has this nifty comparison chart at left between mirrorless and DSLR designs. Personally, once a decent eye-level view was added, I was sold on the design. Most professionals use the bulkier, heavier,  DSLR cameras that seem to do better at light balance and noise control.

Generally the newer the design, the higher the resolution and ISO of the camera sensor. My back-up Sony F828 is a beautiful camera but too slow and a bit low resolution these days. RAW shooting is painful with the F828 unlike my NEX-6 (now a really old mirrorless design) which is fast to use in RAW mode and has a far higher ISO.

An added benefit to mirrorless is that the shorter lens to sensor distance of the design means there is room for an adaptor between lenses and the camera making the use of many traditional lenses practical. For example, I have a basic adaptor that allows most Leica lenses and lens accessories to be connected to my Sony NEX-6.

Modern day phones have a built-in camera that usually makes jpg files easily downloaded to computers, sent to others electronically, and developed either in phone or computer. My iPod Touch uses the HEIC wrapper as a default. This “still” format wraps a short video giving the Apple look to stills which can be easily converted to jpg files for all to view.

N.B. Take a peak at Ben Kepka’s Cultured Kiwi site and enjoy your virtual visit to New Zealand.

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