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Mirrorless Cameras

Can you take our classes with a mirrorless camera?


Mirrorless cameras are becoming more and more popular- they’re lighter, often less expensive and have some great features. Looking back a few years, we probably saw these cameras sporadically in classes, maybe one every few months but in the last year, every Using Your DSLR Camera class probably has at least one mirrorless camera user. Students approach us all the time, through email, social media, etc about whether or not they (and their mirrorless camera) are welcome in our DSLR Classes so, I decided to pose the most frequently asked questions to our instructor, George Mach.


What are some of the challenges that mirrorless camera users have over DSLR camera users in class?

Mirrorless cameras offer similar image quality as DSLR’s, but generally in a smaller package. However, the inherent design of these cameras requires that their sensors and viewfinders/ lcd screens on the back of the camera run continuously when the camera is on, so battery life is often shorter with a mirrorless camera than a traditional DSLR.

If I was in the market for a mirrorless camera, is there one brand you would recommend over another?

I wouldn’t recommend any one particular brand over another, but you should know that the various camera manufacturers offer models that have different sensor sizes relative to each other. For example, the Nikon 1 series of mirrorless cameras have the smallest sensors of most of the manufacturers. Olympus and Panasonic models have micro 4/3rds sensors which are slightly smaller than the Canon and Fuji mirrorless cameras, which have APS-C sized sensors similar to many DSLR’s. And then Sony sells cameras with APS-C sized sensors, as well as full frame sensors.
The larger the sensor size, the greater the ability to capture high quality images under low light conditions, but also the higher the cost for both the camera as well as lenses. So there are lots of considerations to take into account.

Word has it you own a lot of cameras… Do you own a mirrorless camera?

My camera count maaaaaaay be currently north of 50, but yes, I do own a mirrorless camera. It has become my main go to, simply because of its compact size – it is very convenient to carry around everywhere, without making any image quality sacrifices when compared to a DSLR.


There you have it! They’re lightweight, great for travel, often less expensive and suitable for all of our classes, including Using Your DSLR Camera! In this 12 hour introductory course, we’ll teach you how to utilize the manual functions on your interchangeable lens camera. By the time this class over you will be experienced in: manipulating ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to produce artistic results and proper exposures, as well as metering differently for specified reasons. We will also explore changing your autofocus settings and using them in the right situations, as well as navigating playback of images, reading histograms, when and why to use the various auto-exposure modes (including the priority modes), and in manipulating the white balance to alter the color temperature of your photos.

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