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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The New Wave Of Mirrorless

Today’s mirrorless cameras offer the nature photographer DSLR image quality in much smaller packages

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Built-in, dual-channel Wi-Fi capability makes it easy to quickly and securely transfer photos between camera and smartphone or tablet. Just download Samsung's SMART CAMERA app (for Android and iOS) onto your smartphone or tablet and follow the easy instructions. SMART CAMERA also includes a Remote Viewfinder feature and a DIRECT LINK feature that allows you to share images directly from the camera to social-networking sites.

A new Hybrid Auto Focus system uses both phase-detection and contrast-based AF to provide quick and accurate focus in a variety of shooting situations. Images can be stored on SD, SDHC or SDXC cards (including UHS-I).

Video capabilities include 1920x1080, 1920x810, 1280x720, 640x480 and 320x240 MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with stereo sound—in 2D or (with the new 2D/3D lens) 3D.

Are They Really Smaller Than DSLRs?
Canon's recently introduced EOS Rebel SL1 is by far the smallest DSLR, at 4.6x3.6x2.7 inches (44.7 cubic inches) and 13.1 ounces. The next smallest are in the 5.1x3.8x2.8-inch range (55 cubic inches), weighing 16 ounces and up.

The smallest DSLR-shaped mirrorless models (with eye-level viewfinders) are the Samsung NX20 and Olympus OM-D E-M5, around 4.8x3.5x1.7 inches (28 cubic inches) and 12 to 13 ounces. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 is about the same size as the Canon EOS M, and the Lumix DMC-GH3 is actually a bit larger than the next-smallest DSLRs.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
The "flat"-style mirrorless models are smaller, from 4.3x2.5x1.3 inches (14 cubic inches) to 4.6x2.6x1.5 inches (17.9 cubic inches) for each manufacturer's smallest model with a DSLR-sized sensor. The Pentax Q7 and Q10, with compact camera-sized sensors, measure just 4.0x2.3x1.3 inches (12 cubic inches) and weigh 6.4 ounces. The Nikon 1 series J3 and S1 measure about the same (4.0x2.4x1.2 inches, 7 ounces), while the V2 with built-in EVF is a bit larger (4.2x3.2x1.8 inches, 9.8 ounces).

Something to keep in mind is that, while eliminating the SLR mirror box and prism finder does reduce camera size considerably, a lens for an APS-C sensor has to be big enough to cover that format, so lens-size reduction isn't as dramatic as body-size reduction for the DSLR-sensor mirrorless models. Also, while tiny camera systems are a growing trend, they're not for everyone. If your hands like the feel of a mid-range DSLR, they probably will find a mirrorless camera too small.


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