The substantial difference between reflex and mirrorless cameras is the way they capture images. The first one, also called DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) has a mirror system that takes the light that comes through the lens and exposes the photo (darker or lighter). The later one, mirrorless cameras, as their name states, are cameras without mirrors.
What does that mean?
That means that reflex cameras have an optical viewfinder, whereas mirrorless ones have an electronic viewfinder. In other words, with the reflex, you are not able to see the photography results live, and with a mirrorless, you can take a sneak peek at your work through the viewfinder.
Advantages of mirrorless cameras
- Compact, light, and agile.
- Quicker focus system.
- The focus point covers almost all of the sensors.
- On the viewfinder, you can see the final result of the photo before taking it
Disadvantages of mirrorless cameras
- They take up a lot of battery power to function.
- They are not ergonomic.
- The sensor is very exposed and it gets dirty easily because of the lack of a mirror system.
Advantages of reflex cameras
- Stronger structure.
- Excellent ergonomy
- Better Battery Lifespan
Disadvantages of reflex cameras
- Bigger and heavier equipment.
- Fewer focus points.
- The focus speed is slightly slower.
You see, one can’t adventure to simply say one is better than the other, as the equipment recommendation will entirely rely on the use you’ll give to the camera. If you choose to do photography, a reflex camera is a really good choice. On the other hand, mirrorless cameras are going to be your best choice if you are aiming to be a videographer, because of their big sensor and higher quality pictures.