Mirrorless or DSLR? These things really confuse the buyers since one side Micro Four thirds are emerging with extraordinary features pack inside its core and the second advantage is that they are lightweight and compact as well. In terms of performance, MFT cameras is sweetly going past some of the DSLRs, but somewhere there are some minor reasons stick to its leaves the camera a few miles behind high end DSLRs. Now a days, high professional photographers really love to spend their bucks mostly on DSLRs even they know that they are getting comparatively lesser set of specifications inside that DSLR than that MFT. But probably they love to do practical and DSLRs must be the favorite to them. Does it mean MFT cameras are bad idea? Absolutely not! Both Micro Four thirds and DSLR can do the same work. But it is necessary that in a few cases one will be leader and other will go slightly back.
Panasonic GH5, for instance is a Flagship mirrorless camera that offers 4k @ 60 fps and its overall specifications are highly distinguished. Plus it is lighter that that of heavy DSLR and its costs comes under $2K. Meanwhile no DSLRs at the current time offers you 4K even at 30fps under $2K price tag. Take the case of recent announced Canon 6D Mark II(?). Olympus does also have some of the best MFT cameras in its Arsenal that can set themselves in Tough race with DSLRs and other mirrorless cameras.
Anyway, let’s come to they point and see when and which between these Micro Four Thirds and DSLR is better to consider. Give a look
Advantages of Buying Micro Four thirds over DSLRs.
- Size and weight – In general, MFT cameras are very lightweight and compact so that one can easily carry it. Why they are lightweight? Because they don’t use Mirror inside. On the other side, DSLRs use mirrors that adds weight to the camera and makes it a bit bulky.
- Image Stabilization mechanism – In the recent time, almost every MFT camera comes with IBIS (In built Image stabilization) and in case of Panasonic like GH5 that contains 5-Axis Photo/Video Dual I.S. 2.0 up to 5 stops with compatible LUMIX MFT lenses, plus in-body stabilization support for classic non-O.I.S lenses. Panasonic has plenty of camera that features Dual Image stabilization. With DSLRs you have to get lens with Optical image stabilization. And Olympus E-M1 Mark II is the only camera that minimizes the camera shakes by upto 5.5 stops with any lens in use.
- Price Factor – I have already mentioned in the introduction that MFT camera offers staggering features at attractive price tag. Take example of Panasonic GH5 and Olympus E-M1 II that are available under $2k and offers very desirable specs. On the other hand, Canon 6D Mark II is listed in entry-level DSLR and that its price tag is around $2k. So DSLR users might not get those features. If then want a DSLR similar to those features that they have to stretch their prices to a heavy extent.
- Lens Choice – One massive advantage is lens choice. Yes if you have Panasonic MFT camera and now you want to switch to Olympus then fortunately you don’t have to buy any other lens for Olympus Camera. Your Panasonic lens is great compatible with that Olympus camera.
- Videos- We just put forth the MFT cameras since most of the cameras comes with 4K and their prices are very genuine. you have to go with High end DSLRs to get the 4K video facility.
Advantages of DSLRs over Micro Four Third
It is inevitable to fall for DSLR when terms come to Image quality. Yes with the Full-Frame DSLRs even with APS-C as well one can get the stunning images with large detail of the target subject. Image quality is the first priority of DSLR camera.
Now a days, Most of the Canon DSLRs come with dedicated AF sensors, but they also have the dedicated phase AF module. Yes, Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor to give you a next level focusing performance. In comparison to the MFT cameras, DSLRs have of course very handy AF system and the sports professional photographers must go with DSLR. Most of the time photographers complain the MFT for slower auto focus. MFT cameras use contrast AF sensor only and there is no phase detect AF sensor… So whose AF system is better? So in case of capturing the fast actions of the subjects DSLR is still the best choice.
DSLRs have been in the field for more than 50 years and we can greatly expect that there are innumerable Nikon and Canon lenses available in the market. However, the prices of the lens are a bit expensive. When we search Telephoto lens for MFT cameras our search quickly ends because there is probably an excellent telephoto lens available in the market. There are no 600mm lenses or 1200mm lenses right now for MFT cameras but you can easily get it for DSLRs specifically for Canon.
Having a Full-Frame sensor the DSLR can take sharp images even in the lowlight. On the other hand, Micro Four Thirds are smaller sensor than Full Frame or APS-C so we know that smaller will be the sensor lesser light will fall onto the sensor as a result you can get excellent images in dimlight areas even without using flash.
So select the best camera based on your requirements. Not, what other suggest.