Mirror-less Mania

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon and Canon both released new mirror-less cameras and since, my inbox has been blowing up with questions about this camera. I find it interesting the inevitably when a major announcement like this happens, there arises two camps. One is usually the DSLR purists who would never conceive of using a mirror-less, and the other are proponents of the system whom embrace it and love it.

Like anything that has a high turnover rate, technology is no different. These innovations, regardless of the camp they come out of, move the industry forward. Personally I shoot a DSLR and I am content with that. I do not plan on purchasing a mirror-less at this time as it does not fill a need I currently have. That may change in the future. I have friends who shoot mirror-less and knock out great images.

Lets look at the specs and see how the mirror-less cameras stack up:

  • Body tyles – SLR Style mirrorless
  • Price; Nikon $3,546.00/ Canon $2299.00
  • Sensors: Both have Full Frame CMOS senosrs with Nikon @ 35×23 and Canon @ 36×25
  • Megapixels: 30 MP for Canon and 45 MP for Nikon
  • Image size: Canon 6270×4480 and Nikon 8256×5504
  • Image stabilization: Canon – No / Nikon Sensor shift = 5axis and 5 stops
  • Continuous Drive: Canon 8 fps / Nikon 9 fps
  • Viewfinder: Electronic with 100% coverage @ 3690k resolution
  • Screen: 3.2 LSD Touch on both with articulating for Canon and Tilting for Nikon
  • Sealed body: Yes for both
  • Focus points: Canon 5655 / Nikon 493
  • Shutter Speeds: Minimum 30 seconds Max 1/8000 for both
  • Flash: No built in on either but has hot shoe for external flash
  • Ports: Microphone and Headphone in both, HDMI – Canon = Mini / Nikon = Micro
  • Wirelsss: Canon 802.11 b/g/n Nikon 802.11 ac
  • Bluetooth: Canon 4.1 LE / Nikon Bluetooth
  • Media Storage: Canon SD/SDHC/SDXC / Nikon XQD
  • Video: Canon 60 fps @ 1920x1080p / Nikon 120 fps @ 1920/1080p
  • USB Connectivity: 3.1 # 5 gigabits per second
  • Estimated battery life: Canon 370 shots/ Nikon 330 shots
  • Legacy mount for lenses: Yes for both

  • Relatively similar specs for the most part. One can make the argument, depending on what you tend to use the camera for, that one is better that the other for a specific task. As one of my instructors pointed out to me back in the days of film, the final image has nothing to do with the equipment, but rather the person behind the camera. There skill, passion, choices when exposing for mood, composition is all that gets put into the photograph and that makes the picture. I always remember that when arguments over this camera or that camera being better comes up. At the time of the posting, 5,970,000 Google search results comparing the two cameras existed. Is it for you? That is a question only you can answer for your photography.

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