Why Transition to Mirrorless Cameras?

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Phillip Blume shares various reasons a photographer may want to transition to a mirrorless digital camera now. From size and ergonomics, to fast-focus technology, live view options and smart customization ideas, he paints a clear picture why mirrorless has revolutionized photography yet again. Play video.

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  1. Wow! Excellent video!

    How would you say the Sony compares to the new canon R5 or R6? Making the switch to Sony is terrifying, so I’d like to stick to Canon but I just want the best system (I’m upgrading from Canon 5d MK4).

  2. Thanks, Lori! I’m so happy this is helpful! 🙂 Yes, I have heard some very good things about the Canon R6. Although I’m a very happy Sony user now, I’m not a brand loyalist and know Canon makes great equipment. However, keep in mind that even as a current Canon user, you will not be able to make a fully “seamless” transition to any mirrorless system (even if you stick with the same brand). Sadly you cannot use your EF-mount Canon lenses (made for Canon DSLRs) natively with the new mirrorless Canon R6. You will either have to invest in all new Canon RF-mount lenses for mirrorless, or get a special Canon lens adapter to accommodate older EF-mount lenses. (The same goes for Nikon; upgrading to Nikon mirrorless requires a totally new lens set OR an adaptor to use older Nikon lenses.)

    However, you can also purchase lens adapters to use your old Canon or Nikon DSLR lenses on a Sony body (or Fujifilm body, for that matter). In other words, if you’re entering the mirrorless world, this is your one chance to really compare all your options. Because staying with your current brand doesn’t really give you any advantage — you’re not able to retain your old lens collection without modification no matter which way you go.

    Specifically related to the Canon R6, it has also been criticized for serious overheating issues. One reason we continue to be happy with Sony, they began the mirrorless game so many years ahead of the competition, they don’t seem to have the major glitches than still pop up from time to time in these other cameras. And from my own experience, the Sony software/features remain a few steps ahead still. (The only criticism I have of Sony is that their camera menus are overly complex. Whatever camera you choose, take the time to set up your *Personal Items in the camera menu, and assign most-used features to a custom button on the camera.) Hope that helps, Lori!

    View all related camera specs via our affiliate links here:
    Canon R6
    Sony a7rIII (compare with Canon R6 for resolution; excellent for commercial work + product and headshots)
    Sony a7sIII (cutting-edge NEW from Sony)
    Sony a7III (extremely great value for wedding photographers!)
    Nikon Z7

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