Death of SLRs & Birth of Mirrorless Cameras
Let me throw this out there – in the next 5-7 years, the SLR camera will be relegated to history and the mirrorless cameras capable of hybrid imaging will have taken its place. It’s happening now and for those of you who think this can’t happen, mark today on the calendar as the day when I said it would happen.
I’m not saying this just to be contrary or to pick a fight. Quite the opposite! The new cameras being shipped today are far superior in technology to the ‘good ol’ dSLR”
I’ve switched. My new camera, the Sony A65, has no mirror, uses a monitor in the viewfinder so I am not seeing “through the lens”. It’s faster (0.05 second lag time between pressing the shutter button and capturing the image), can capture 1080p hi-def video, uses all of my current lenses, is lighter to carry, less expensive, quieter, and the list goes on.
This isn’t a review or ad for Sony (a review is coming shortly), but it’s a wake up call for photographers. There’s a new era of hybrid imaging coming on us and it’s exciting, but you need to adopt it or be left behind.
Why shoot video?
Simply, because I can and because it’s easy and I don’t have to be a videographer! Hybrid imaging is about combining stills, video, audio, graphics, and other stuff – anything that brings the memory of what we’re capturing alive and makes it dynamic.
If we’re able to offer our clients, or even ourselves, a richer experience and a stronger memory through the combining of multiple media types, why shouldn’t we take full advantage of it? And if camera manufacturers can provide me with a less expensive camera that shoots better quality stills and video, with in-camera software that dramatically reduces my post-production time, I’d be a complete jackass for not using it.
So, yea, the death bells of the SLR are ringing. Starting quietly and softly but they are playing. If it’s time for a new camera anyway, do yourself a huge favor and get into the mirrorless revolution. You’ll be a lot happier for it, I promise!