One of the continuing features on The Travelling Boomer has always been cameras. You can’t take travel photos without a camera of some kind. So when I travel, I always take along a high-quality camera. That means either a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or one of the newer-style mirrorless cameras. But which is better?
DSLR vs mirrorless has been a continuing debate in the camera world. After a slow start, North Americans have been moving to mirrorless cameras at a brisk pace, for reasons most baby boomers would appreciate. They’re generally smaller and lighter, easy to pack for a trip, and light enough to carry around all day without getting a sore shoulder. That’s because they got rid of the mirror box that lets DSLR users look directly through the lens, replacing it with an electronic viewfinder.
But a lot of photographers – including yours truly – still like the feel and the performance of a DSLR. They feel better in the hand, they fire instantly with a comforting click, and they produce great pictures using time-tested technology. As well, they have an optical viewfinder so you can see the scene you’re shooting, big and bright. And these days, there are DSLRs that aren’t much bigger than your average mirrorless camera.
As I said, I’ve tried out both these camera types, usually with good results. I took the Panasonic DMC-G7 mirrorless camera (above right) with me this year on my Viking cruise of the Danube. And I brought along the small but capable Nikon D5500 DSLR (left) last year on my trip to Paris and the Rhine.
But which is better? That subject came up recently in a discussion with my colleague Maarten Heilbron, of the Maartech website and very popular youtube channel. So off we went to Niagara-on-the-Lake to make a video comparing the two, and showing the strengths and weaknesses of both. I brought along the D5500, while Maarten countered with the Sony a6300.
The video is called: Which is better? DSLR or mirrorless, head to head, and you can see it below. I hope you enjoy it, even though I once again allowed myself to be filmed live (why do I do these things?)