Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Cameras

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Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Cameras
Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Cameras

“DSLR or Mirrorless camera which one is better?” the debate is still going on, though Mirrorless cameras are the future of digital photography. But DSLRs are not done yet. Every alternate day I came to visit a similar type of question that DSLR Vs Mirrorless Camera Photos which one clicks better images? The truth is both take better pictures, both have their own advantages and disadvantages. The Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Cameras can not be said in one sentence, so here I am showing the advantages of DSLR & Mirrorless cameras and I will also highlight the disadvantaged part of both cameras.


  1. What is a mirrorless digital camera?
  2. What is a DSLR camera?
  3. Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Camera
    1. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Basic difference & Mechanism
    2. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Optical Viewfinder vs Electronic Viewfinder
    3. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Body
    4. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Lenses & Accessories
    5. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Video quality
    6. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Price
    7. DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Battery life
  4. Summary

What is a mirrorless digital camera?

“Mirrorless camera” – by hearing this word we can easily understand it has no mirror. Let me elaborate to you so that you can easily understand this. The Mirrorless camera has no reflex mirrors. Light passes through the lens directly to the digital sensor, which then displays your image on the camera’s LCD screen, allowing you to adjust settings and preview your image before its shot.

What is a DSLR camera?

A digital single-lens reflex camera is a digital camera that combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras

Difference Between DSLR Vs Mirrorless Camera

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Basic difference & Mechanism

The basic difference between these two cameras is the mirror. In DSLR cameras mirror plays an important role. When light enters on the Digital SLR cameras, then a photographer can see a subject in the optical viewfinder via a reflection of that light from a mirror inside the camera body. When the photo is taken, the mirror swings out of the way and the light goes through to the digital image sensor, where the photo is captured. This is different from mirrorless cameras, where the light goes directly to the image sensor and the photographer sees what they’re shooting via a rear LCD screen or an electronic viewfinder.

DSLR vs. Mirrorless

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Optical Viewfinder vs Electronic Viewfinder

The best part of mirrorless cameras is you will capture the exact same thing that you see in the Electronic viewfinder.

But this is not applicable to DSLR cameras.DSLR has an Optical viewfinder. When you are a beginner or just shifted from phone to camera, it will give you a boost and also help you to gain more confidence.

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Body

Mirrorless cameras are slim & portable, their mechanical simplicity & fast and silent shutters attract many photographers.

On the other hand DSLR cameras are heavy in nature

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Lenses & Accessories

DSLR camera has a wide variety of lenses and accessories because of its first mover advantage & it is in the market for a very long time. From cheap, to mid-range, professional, to mind-blowingly expensive , you can find any lenses in this range. That helps or attracts someone to go for a DSLR .

But when it comes to Mirrorless camera , their owners have far fewer choices when it comes to lenses just made for their cameras. 

Canon and Nikon have hundreds of lenses available for their DSLR cameras. Not so for their mirrorless lineups! Canon has a mere eight lenses for their mirrorless cameras, while Nikon has thirteen. 

Here is a good news for all Mirrorless camera owners.

Both Canon and Nikon have adaptors that allow their DSLR lenses to work seamlessly with their mirrorless cameras. Sometimes you can find these adaptors as part of an accessories kit that comes with the purchase of a new mirrorless

Nikon 4185 Mount Adapter FTZ
Nikon 4185 Mount Adapter FTZ
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Video quality

Mirrorless cameras are slim, portable and for their lightweight helps videographers and bloggers to deliver high-quality video.

But on the other hand, DSLR is quite heavy for that reason in the long-range it will be difficult to carry this. It always requires a tripod to get better output.

The key to video quality lies in the camera’s autofocus capability.

Mirrorless cameras use phase-detection autofocus for video, which is faster and more accurate than contrast detection.  

Now it’s true that DSLRs have phase detection autofocus, too. But they can’t use it in mirror lockup mode, which is recommended whenever your camera is mounted on a tripod. So DSLR must rely on slower contrast detection autofocus in this case.

With its faster and superior autofocus capabilities, mirrorless cameras are best for filmmakers and vloggers.

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Price

Do You Know the fun fact ?

Basically, a DSLR costs more than a MIRRORLESS camera because of its complicated mechanism. Assembling the mirror mechanism of a DSLR is tricky. It requires a lot of moving parts and high precision assembly systems that add the expense to their production costs.  That’s also why repairs are so costly if something goes wrong with the mirror mechanism of your DSLR!

That makes mirrorless cameras easier and cheaper to produce than DSLRs.

BUT wait, when you go for a mirrorless camera it will cost more because company’s spend more money on research and development purposes. That’s the price you pay for fancy new features. As more people move from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, their price will come down over time.

DSLR vs. Mirrorless: Battery life

The worst thing I want to mention for a mirrorless camera is their battery life, max people avoid this for its less battery life. Like Sony A6000 lasts only for 3hours if I capture it continuously.

DSLR is much ahead in this race.

Even very basic DSLRs will happily offer 600 shots per charge of the battery, but many stretch into four figures. The entry-level Nikon D3500 DSLR, for example, can capture up to 1,550 images on a single charge. The very best pro DSLRs can rattle off almost 4000 frames per charge, although this is admittedly with considerably larger batteries. With the new Nikon D6 pro DSLR, Nikon claims a stunning battery life of 3,580 shots – and twice that if the camera is used for high-speed continuous shooting.

Mirrorless cameras, however, fare far less impressively here, with around 350-400 frames per charge being the norm while some are a whole lot less. The Sony A7R III ushered in an extended 650-shot battery life almost double that of its predecessors, and the Sony A7R IV even improves on that slightly, so that’s a significant step forwards, but the Canon EOS RP can only manage 250 shots.


So, Let me summarize this –

Mirrorless Camera

Pros Cons
SlimLess Battery Life
Portable BodiesNot available wide variety of Lenses
fast and silent shuttersPrice
 mechanical simplicity
Live View
Better Video Quality


Heavy WeightBetter Battery Life
Not quite Portable Available wide variety of Lenses
Video Quality is not quite good enough Comparative to Mirrorless CameraComparatively CHEAP Price
 NO Live View

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