9 Main Differences between DSLR Cameras and Mirrorless Cameras

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Technological developments in digital cameras are increasingly sophisticated. In the era of its emergence, the digital single lens reflect (DSLR) camera became an idol thanks to the features that complement it.

However, in recent years, the position of DSLR cameras has begun to be shaken by the existence of mirrorless cameras.

The difference between a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera lies in the presence of a mirror. Inside a DSLR there is a mirror that reflects the image from the lens towards the viewfinder.

Meanwhile, on mirrorless cameras, the mirror is removed. The image from the lens is directly received by the sensor.

For more details, let's look at the 9 main differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras below.

1. View Finder or Viewfinder

Every DSLR camera will definitely have a viewfinder which is commonly called an Optical View Finder (OVF). On mirrorless cameras, this feature is replaced by the Electronic View Finder (EVF).

Mirrorless users will see photo objects as they are. The advantage of EVF is that we can rearrange the image that appears on the LCD to produce the desired photo.

When shooting using a DSLR, you won't know what the results will look like before seeing them on the LCD screen. For mirrorless things like that will not happen again.

The photos obtained are in accordance with what is seen on the LCD screen. There will be no guessing about the mangosteen fruit like when using a DLSR. Moreover, the current mirrorless EVF is much better than the first mirrorless generation.

2. Live Preview

Early generations of DSLR cameras were not equipped with Live Preview. This feature only appeared on DSLR cameras after the birth of mirrorless which was immediately equipped with Live Preview since its first generation.

Unfortunately, this feature is generally owned by high-end DSLR types. For the entry user type, there is no digital camera manufacturer that provides it.

Herein lies the difference between a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera. The Live Preview feature is directly embedded in every mirrorless camera.

However, some mirrorless brands and types have difficulty turning off the exposure simulation that is part of the Live Preview.

This will be an obstacle when you will use flash. Because the camera will measure the light in the environment, not the flash. Photos can be messy when you forget to turn off this feature.

3. Bigger and Heavier DSLR

The presence of a mirror on a DSLR is one of the factors that makes this type of camera difficult to design in a compact form.

Moreover, DSLRs have many buttons on the camera body which of course require sufficient space to place all the buttons.

In the end, the body and weight of a DSLR is bigger than a mirrorless. Mirrorless cameras can have a smaller and more compact body because they have eliminated the presence of a mirror.

With a compact body and light weight, mirrorless is a fun companion when traveling. You will not be burdened by the weight of the camera when traveling. Moreover, the features that are owned are not much different from a DSLR camera.

4. Mirrorless Battery Runs Out Faster

Mirrorless cameras also have disadvantages compared to DLSR, especially in terms of battery life.

With a large body, a DSLR can use a battery with a large capacity as well. Therefore, a DSLR can take pictures for up to a day without having to replace the battery.

This is different in mirrorless. The slim design automatically cannot store large batteries, so the mirrorless battery capacity is smaller.

As a result, mirrorless cameras cannot be used all day without carrying a spare battery. One mirrorless battery on average can only be used to take photos of about 200-300 pictures.

5. Mirrorless Lens Variants Not As Much As DSLR

 The difference between DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras that is still quite pronounced is in terms of the availability of lens variants.

Every DSLR brand must complete its product with a line of lenses. Starting from fish eye, fixed lens, to telephoto hundreds of millimeters. There are even many third-party manufactured lenses that can be applied to certain brands of DSLRs.

Some mirrorless manufacturers have started to produce many lenses with different variants. However, still not as much as a DSLR.

Olympus is a mirrorless manufacturer that is quite serious about providing lens variants for their production. However, even then it is limited to the Pro or Premium level. For standard mirrorless, Olympus has not provided many lens variants.

6. Image Stabilization

Both DSLR and mirrorless have the same Image Stabilization feature. Features that can secure your shots from hand shake are generally provided by DSLRs on the lens, not in the body.

DLSR manufacturers such as Canon and Nikon indeed embed this feature in each of their production lenses.

This is the difference between a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera. The Mirrorles camera actually installs this anti-shock feature in the body.

You must enable this feature before shooting. Thus, the resulting image is also safe from vibrations that can arise from the hand when holding the camera.

7. Mirrorless Shutter is Silent

The absence of a mirror in mirrorless makes this type of camera has advantages that DSLRs do not have. Every time you press the shutter button, there will be movement of the mirror inside the camera body.

This movement produces a loud enough sound to be heard by those around him.

Mirrorless can take pictures without sound, because there is no movement of the mirror in the body. If there's sound, it's just an effect that's been put on purpose to give the impression that you've taken the photo.

You can also turn this sound effect into a silent mode, as is widely applied to cell phone cameras.

8. Sensor

Mirrorless was created by summarizing the various sensors in an image capture process. Since taking light metering and then focus locking, mirrorless uses one primary sensor.

While DSLRs use a number of different sensors, separate from the main sensor, only to take a single image. That's why DSLR bodies are difficult to make more compact.

When the initial generation of mirrorless, the sensors they have are still far behind compared to DSLRs. However, recently a number of digital camera manufacturers have begun to balance the mirrorless step with a DSLR.

Among them by embedding a fullframe sensor on the high-end type Mirrosless. Like the Sony A7 and A7R. This will improve the Mirroless image quality.

9. Mirrorless Prices Are Relatively Cheaper

At the beginning of its appearance, the price of mirrorless was cheaper than DSLR. However, recently, the high-end mirrorless category has entered the expensive category.

Even a high-end mirrorless is sold for more than an entry-level DSLR camera. But indeed, when compared to high-end DSLRs, mirrorless is still cheaper.

After reading the differences between DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras in this article, you must have started to understand more about these two types of cameras. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages of each type of camera.


Whatever type of camera you choose, make sure it fits your needs. There is no need to force yourself to buy a DSLR camera if it turns out that your needs have been met by a mirrorless camera. However, to become a professional photographer, you still need a DSLR hanging over your shoulder.

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