Mirrorless vs DSLR [Updated 2019]

Are you looking to buy a digital camera in 2019 and not sure which one to pick. Here is some of our gyaan to get you familiar with these two types of cameras.

Let’s First Understand the Basics

Before going into the comparison let’s see what does SLR means? Any clues… Yes, you got it right, SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. Now when we add a D before it, SLR gets converted to DSLR which means – guess…. Digital SLR. You must be wondering why I am telling you these super basic things. The point is before going into the comparison it’s a good option to build some basics first so that if someone from you is new to these terms he or she can understand the things better. I know, things are getting too long so let’s jump straight into the topic.

Back in the days, we all were familiar with DSLR which uses a mirror for its working. But later on, some companies started building mirrorless cameras which give equal performance as a DSLR but without the help of mirror system. In DSLR you may find a mirror box, a pentaprism, and your lens. DSLR contains an optical viewfinder from which you can see the image before clicking any of your pics. As opposed to this in a mirrorless camera, you can find a lens, an electronic viewfinder and lots of space because of missing mirror box. Yeah, you heard it right, lots of space… Basically, a mirror box uses a large space because of which the size of the camera gets enlarge. But a mirrorless camera uses this as an opportunity over DSLR to give you a compact and beautiful piece of gear.

Both the gears deliver some really good results. But each of them has its pros and cons which you call can read below.

Size Comparison

Earlier DSLR seems to have larger bodies as compared to Mirrorless but with the time, companies have started manufacturing small and compact DSLR’s as well. But then also there will always be some difference in size. So, the size of mirrorless camera’s will always be small as small as compared to DSLR.

Difference In View Finder

View Finder is the small hole through which we see the image before clicking any pic. In a DSLR, we see the image through the Viewfinder with the help of light entering through the lens. In this type of system, light enters through the lens and a mirror reflects the light upward where it again gets reflected and falls onto the viewfinder and while clicking the pic, the bottom mirror gets closed and the image gets captured. But there is catch here, for a fraction of second when the mirror blocks the path for the light to enter into the viewfinder, you can see a blackout. This blackout can result in some change in the image from the way you wanted it to be clicked.

Now, if we talk about mirrorless camera’s, we don’t have an optical Viewfinder but we are provided with an electronic Viewfinder which shows us an electronic image. There will be no blackout and some additional info can also be seen on the viewfinder to help you click the image better. Some people don’t like the electronic Viewfinder as they believe that the image which they can see through Optical cannot be achieved through electronic one. Again, it’s a personal choice but in my opinion, both seem to be equally effective but its better that you try both them out before coming to a conclusion.

Battery Backup

Mirrorless consume more battery as compared to DSLR since there is no mirror box. How??? In a DSLR, mirror box helps the camera to close and open the mirror only when the user clicks the pic. Whereas is mirrorless, the system always tends to be active and thus consumes more energy. But again more and more advancement is coming in mirrorless camera’s and they seem to offer some decent battery backup. And I will suggest you to always carry some extra batteries with you irrespective of the camera you use.

Shock and Water Proof

DSLR will get an edge here since the majority of them are water resistant up to a certain extent and can bear the shocks more effectively than a mirrorless. So, if you break things a lot, then you should not get a mirrorless.

Choices of Lens

Lenses are the most important part when it comes to photography. Choices of the lens give you the option to explore more with your existing gear. DSLR is being used for a long time and thus have a wider option to choose from. Mirrorless on the other end have fewer choices in less as compared to DSLR.

Lens size in mirrorless is also less as compared to DSLR but the selection is limited. You can use an adapter which will cost you some extra bucks to attach your existing DSLR lens to a mirrorless but that will not be a perfect solution. But yes, companies are trying to make more and more lenses for mirrorless and you can see a larger variety in the coming years.


In the end, I would only say that before investing your money, you should try these camera’s first and then go for your decision. Also, things are changing really fast and you can see some more advancement and tough competition between the two gears. Choose whatever you like, and go out and follow your passion because nothing can stop you from clicking that perfect image. Technology will keep on changing but you have to pause and enjoy the moment.


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