The DSLR vs mirrorless debate is quickly becoming the new boxers or briefs question—and it’s making photographers equally uncomfortable. Whether or not you’re defensive about what kind of underwear, err, camera, you use, many photographers are making the switch. Landscape photographers in particular, are making the move to a more portable camera system—but why?
Chris Burkard, for example, shoots almost solely with Sony mirrorless cameras for his adventurous style of outdoor photography. So what’s so appealing to landscape photographers about mirrorless cameras? Here are six reasons that mirrorless cameras are coming out on top for landscape photography in the DSLR vs mirrorless debate.
DSLR vs Mirrorless: Portability
The biggest reason many pros are switching to mirrorless is the most obvious: portability. But that smaller body has more than one implication when shooting landscapes. Sure, the weight and size makes it easy to pack in a carry-on. But a smaller camera also tends to spend less time in the bag. Cameras that are comfortable to wear are more likely to be ready to shoot on a moments notice.
Portability also tends to go hand-in-hand with versatility, and that’s one characteristic that adventurous outdoor photographers are picking up on quickly. A mirrorless camera’s smaller size makes it easier to shoot from a bike or while hanging from cables on the edge of a cliff. Even a simple hike becomes much easier by ditching the weight of a larger system.
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DSLR vs Mirrorless: Smaller Lenses and Accessories
The body isn’t the only way the mirrorless camera is lightening up the landscape photographer’s camera bag. The lenses that are compatible with mirrorless cameras are often much smaller. Wide-angle pancake lenses barely make a blip on the scale. A few years ago, the lens selection for mirrorless wasn’t near as extensive, but the industry is catching up, and most offer the right range of options for landscapes.
But, with a smaller body and lens, there’s also no need for a big tripod. Choosing a tripod with a lower maximum capacity makes it much more travel-friendly. While initially the body switch may only take a pound or two from the bag, slimming back on the lenses and tripod makes a significant dent in the size and weight of the bag that you’re taking on that ten mile hike.
DSLR vs Mirrorless: Electronic Viewfinders
Initially, many photographers wouldn’t even consider a mirrorless camera because the lack of a mirror meant there wasn’t a viewfinder. That’s changed with the introduction of the electronic viewfinder. While the optical big brother still has its advantages, there’s a number of perks to an EVF.