DSLR vs Mirrorless: is the Mirrorless Autofocus Competitive by now?


Ever since the first mirrorless system camera with electronic viewfinder (Panasonic G1) was introduced, Fans of this camera concept proclaimed the end of DSLRs.

Back then, this was pure wishful thinking, because the first so-called “MILCs” or “CSC” came with a series of disadvantages compared to reflex cameras: the live-view-feed on the display and EVF was anything but “live”, the delay was long enough to be perceived even by laymen, the AF was considerably slower, the AF-C mode (AF with tracking for sports and action) was entirely useless. Five and a half years have passed since the introduction of the G1, which equals an eternity in the consumer electronics industry. The question now arises as to whether the weaknesses of the mirrorless could be eradicated in the meantime, and whether the mirrorless are now able to stand up to DSLRs when it comes to AF and speed. The boys and girls of TheCameraStoreTV have further investigated this matter in the video embedded below.

The results are surprising, or not so much, depending on whether you are a DSLR or mirrorless advocate. Of the four tested mirrorless system cameras of the high end segment, three get close to the €6000 expensive Nikon D4s, which belongs to the fastest DSLRs with one of the most advanced AF systems. Naturally, none of the mirrorless can outperform the D4s, but this doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the enormous price difference of €4000 and more. Anyhow, it seems to be just a matter of time before this last big bastion of DSLRs falls. The reflex cameras will only keep “smaller” advantages such as considerably lower power demand, the superior photo/battery charge ratio and the better lens selection.

Of course, all this doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to which concept will eventually prevail. As is known, it is not always the better product that comes out on top but the one which is perceived as being better by the general public. 😉

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