“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.

[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#C0C0C0″ background_color=””]I[/eltdf_dropcaps] 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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