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Should You Switch From DSLR to Mirrorless Camera?


“Ballerina” Photo by Omar Z Robles

Should I switch to mirrorless camera? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since I saw a pink FUJIFILM XA2. And I bet you’re asking that same question as well.

I wasn’t even considering it before. Mirrorless cameras were not up to DSLR standards to which I was accustomed. But around two years ago, manufacturers began releasing new models that could compete. Which made decisions kinda hard. To help with you decide, I listed down reasons why I considered switching.

Below are the eight reasons I considered switching from DSLR to Mirrorless camera:

1. Much Smaller & Lighter

One of the reasons I dreaded my DSLR camera is because it’s bulky and heavy. Often times I don’t have enough space for other stuff I need, especially when there’s a weight limit.

Not only the mirrorless cameras like the FUJIFILM X-T20 are smaller and lighter, but so are their lenses. So you can easier carry an assortment of lenses to cover a variety of needs.

fujifilm x-series cameras and lenses

2. Maybe allowed in venues where a DSLR would not

There are events I attend where I will need good quality photos but DSLR are not allowed. Like music festivals and museums. I once unwillingly surrendered my DSLR to a security office because it wasn’t allowed. But they allowed compact cameras, which bummed me. Because I had to resort to my phone’s camera and back then they were terrible. Just look at the quality of your old MySpace photos.

But with a mirrorless camera I’m comfortable to bring it almost anywhere. Including venues where I would likely challenged by security guards if I had my DSLR.


Photo by Omar Z Robles

3. EVF Display

Some photographers dislike the electronic viewfinder (EVF) which are common on mirrorless cameras like the FUJIFILM X Series. They still prefer the traditional optical viewfinders. Using an EVF does require some adjustment, but it also brings some benefits. Like seeing the actual exposure in the viewfinder and even being able to shoot in the dark.


Photo by Jan Gonzales

4. Wi-Fi Included

People nowadays post their photos on their social media accounts. So a WiFi feature in cameras like in the FUJIFILM X Series is quite an essential. You can transfer your photos from your camera directly to your smartphone faster and easier. So you could upload it immediately for your followers to see.

5. DSLR Quality & Freeing

One of the major things a lot of people I personally know switched to mirrorless is because it’s convenient but has a quality of a DSLR camera like the FUJIFILM X100F. It has 24MP X-Trans CMOS sensor, shoots RAW, has ISO controls,  and only weighs approximately 16.5 oz. You don’t have to carry a huge bag with heavy lenses, but you’re confident you’ll capture great photos.

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  • Rumela Dey

    Great post . I love the fact that it’s smaller.
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great comparison!! The smaller size does make it so much more convenient!
    Adi xx

  • I was going to get one for Christmas but instead I updated my DSLR to a super fancy one. I think my next investment will be the mirrorless

  • I have heard so many good things about them! I have a few food blogger friends who use them and swear by them!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Yiotou_La

    I love the fact that it is smaller and perfect for venues and events. I don’t own one but I would love to invest in one soon 🙂


  • I already switched and couldn’t be happier! I’m using Olympus Pen 🙂

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Amazing post!!
    Mónica Sors

  • Alya Mooro

    Interesting read!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

  • I love photograph and I loved this post 😀

  • I actually own mirrorless camera right now but am thinking of upgrading soon and getting a proper DSLR. This was a very interesting post as I usually people are all about ditching simple/digital cameras for DSLRs 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Haha yes! But Mirrorless is like DSLR in a body of a slightly bigger digital camera 😀

  • Jenessa Sheffield

    wow this was super informative now you have me considering the switch!!


  • WhatWouldVWear

    I don’t know if I can ever say goodbye to my DSLR since I just love it so much but I did hear good things about mirrorless cameras! Perhaps I just need to check them out!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • That’s what I feel at first, but since too many security guards are confiscating my DSLR I really have to switch 😀

  • I love the idea of this, but I am so used to my DSLR. I would consider having both though and switching between them!

    • That’s what I’m doing too 🙂 mirrorless are great for events and travels

  • Ash Neverson

    I love this post and how it explained everything for me! I’ve been pondering on what cameras to buy for my blog photography but I can’t seem to make up my mind.
    I will add this to my list and it seems like a great buy!

    Ash |

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    This is a great explanation of the two cameras! I hadn’t even thought of switching before, but I agree that my DSLR gets heavy and annoying sometimes!


    Lauren //

  • Mikayla Kuehn

    Great points!! I’ve always used a DSLR but it def might be worth trying it out sometime!

  • Sami Mast

    I’ve never even heard of a mirrorless camera before this post! Thank you for explaining everything, it will definitely be something I’ll be looking into!

    The Classic Brunette

  • Olga Federico

    Great post!Thanks for sharing:-)

  • Thanks for this detailed post, been actually searching for a good camera.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  • Valerie

    This is interesting! I’m a photographer, and have always just used a DSLR. Idk if I could get away from it! Haha

  • I use a mirrorless camera (the Sony A6000) and absolutely love it!!


  • La Veine

    I’ve been wanting to invest in one for so long!


  • Loved this comparison, good to know!