Personal reflections: Why SLR-camera is still superior to modern mirrorless CSC
So I sold my old SLR some time ago because I thought it was clunky and outdated and replaced it with critically acclaimed mirrorless Sony A6000. After a few months of using it I really regret getting a mirrorless. Why? Well...
- Mirrorless are smaller and lighter yes, but only marginally. You still have to carry them around in a strap and they will still hit you in your ribs with every sudden motion. You still end up shooting with your mobile phone at those everyday occasions because portability is basically the same. Carrying a big old SLR at least commanded respect and awe from my surroundings and made people eager to let a "professional" shoot them. When you pick up your CSC nobody bats an eye. Not to mention the extra weight and size of a SLR gives you better grip and more stable hand.
- Battery time. A CSC has to constantly process the image and send it to the viewfinder. I have to charge my new camera all the time, even though I long ago turned of WIFI and other battery draining features. BIG difference to my old SLR which basically lasted forever.
- You can't shoot and watch through the viewfinder at the same time. Terrible for the user experience and makes me miss a lot of the action when shooting people or moving objects. EDIT: As pointed out in comment, this is not really true. What bothers me is a short lag in the viewfinder, and this may of course be specific to my camera model.
- The sound of the shutter. Boy I miss it.
So that's it. Even though every single spec of my new camera is better than my old SLR, I miss it like crazy. With this post I hope to warn you guys who are thinking about "upgrading", lest you end up like me. Anyone else have something to add, please let us know in the comments.
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