The Pros & Cons of Dumping Your DSLR for a Mirrorless Camera (VIDEO)

By now you probably know that the current trend in camera technology is strongly in favor of mirrorless models. In fact, apart from Pentax, all manufacturers are avoiding new DSLR models while continually upgrading their lineup of mirrorless cameras and lenses.

But what if you’ve yet to make the switch? Should you bite the bullet and dump your DSLR and accessories, avoid jumping on the bandwagon at all, or get a new mirrorless system and hang on to your DSLR for those situations in which it may be a better choice?

In the interesting video below from Adorama TV, NY celebrity photographer David Bergman discusses the pros and cons of switching to mirrorless by addressing the strengths and weaknesses of both platforms for different types of shooting. He begins with this question: “If you had to choose one camera right now for concert photography, what would it be?”

Bergman responds by comparing two Canon cameras, the full-frame EOS 1DX Mark III DSLR, and the powerful EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless model. While Berman happens to be a Canon shooter, the points he raises are equally valid for DLSR and mirrorless cameras from other manufacturers.

Bergman begins with a brief explanation of exactly what differentiates DSLR and mirrorless technology. He then provides a detailed analysis of the similarities and differences between the two platforms.

Key considerations include size and weight, the functional ramifications of using an optical viewfinder vs. an EVF, how the autofocus systems compare, and the implications for those who shoot video. He also provides important information on battery life, price, and lens differences.

So which camera does Bergman use for concert photography? Watch the video and find out. Then pay a visit to the Ask David Bergman website for more interesting episodes.

And for another gear story, check out our recent piece from another pro, revealing what he says is “the one lens every landscape photographer should own.”