FAQ About Mirrorless Camera Bodies
Whether you're shopping for your first camera, upgrading from a point-and-shoot, or downsizing from your DSLR, you'll find a dependable companion in a mirrorless camera. Opt for a mirrorless camera body and you'll have the freedom to select the lenses that suit your style of photography.
What's a mirrorless camera body?
A mirrorless camera body is the foundation of the camera to which you can attach compatible lenses. Purchase a camera body on its own and you can choose what type of lens to invest in rather than settling for a predetermined kit lens.
What's the difference between different mirrorless camera bodies?
Mirrorless camera bodies differ amongst each other in sensor size and lens mount. Sensor sizes range from large full-frame sensors, to mid-size APS-C and Micro Four Thirds sensors, to smaller CX format sensors. The larger the sensor, the better the camera will perform in low light. The lens mount, on the other hand, determines the lenses that will fit the mirrorless camera. Generally, each brand of camera has its own proprietary lens mount and will only fit lenses from its own brand.
What should I look for when buying a mirrorless camera body?
When choosing a mirrorless camera body, think about your photography needs. Consider a full-frame sensor if you plan to print out your shots into poster-sized works of art, or choose an APS-C sensor to enjoy extended focal range from compatible lenses thanks to the sensor's magnification factor. Cameras with Micro Four Thirds sensors, namely Panasonic and Olympus ones, use the same lens mount, so you can easily switch lenses between the 2 brands. Built-in WiFi will make it a cinch to share your shots, while 4K video recording is a nice-to-have for professional filming. If you're transitioning from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera, consider the importance you place on a viewfinder. Some mirrorless camera have an optical TTL viewfinder, others have an electronic (EVF) viewfinder, while others lack a viewfinder entirely. Finally, to get a true feel for a camera, visit your local Best Buy store to try out a few and familiarize yourself with their controls.
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