Help, the SLR camera is going out
Over the past few days I've had this question a few times:
"The SLR camera is going out! What should I do now?"
All these times belonged to someone who wanted to buy a new body and had already researched in advance which SLR camera they wanted. But because of the seller's advice, they came home empty-handed, because buying an SLR camera is really throwing money away, but the system camera, the future, is a lot more expensive.
"You always have such a sober look"
I hear that regularly and as a coach of so many photographers I have seen and heard a lot.
My question in return was immediately: "The petrol car is going out!! Do you also have to buy an electric car with the camera?"
The answer brought a smile to their faces. "Well, that car doesn't stop driving right away, hahaha, it can last for years, and most of the cars that are sold are still gasoline".
There you also immediately have your answer. Last year I also bought a professional SLR, because it still works very well for me. So I postponed my switch for another 5 years (perhaps longer).
This does not mean that I am against new technology or do not like the system camera. I think it's great that so many new techniques are being developed and that we are increasingly supported in our wonderful passion.
But sometimes I have the feeling that there are more commercial reasons behind a seller than a purely technical one. So I'll list a few pros and cons for you:
Size and weight
The SLR has a mirror that allows you to look through the lens. This mirror must of course fit into the body and therefore the body is larger. And there is a mechanism in it to fold the mirror when you take a picture. That is why the system camera without a mirror is a lot more compact and lighter.
The autofocus with an SLR camera is done via separate AF sensors. With the system camera, this is done by the same sensor as your photo is taken with. At the moment, most SLR cameras are even faster with autofocus.
With sports in particular, you can notice that a subject that comes at you very quickly is slightly more often out of focus with a system camera than with an SLR (the biggest reason I bought an SLR). But the system camera is getting faster in terms of AF.
Number of photos per second
Do you want to be able to shoot a lot of photos per second? Here the system camera wins, because at the mirror relfex the mirror flips up and down with each photo, to focus again between each photo. This takes a lot of time and the system camera is not bothered by it.
The first generation of system cameras suffered a lot from this: delay between what actually happens and what you see in the viewfinder. For sports, but also for spontaneous photography where you want to 'catch' exactly that look or gesture, this was a misery, because when you take the photo, that 'split second' moment was gone. The current generation suffers much less from it, but there is always a few milliseconds extra delay compared to an SLR. With the SLR you see the actual image in a mirror, so without any delay. For me personally, this is also a reason not to switch now.
In the viewfinder of the SLR you see the image as you also see with your eyes, but through a mirror. The viewfinder of a system camera is digital, so actually a small screen. That has a number of advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that you immediately see all the settings you make in your display. Photo too dark? Photo too light? You see it right away.
The disadvantage is that in the studio where you use 100% the light from flashes, you have no image, black, no more autofocus, nothing... Because your flash only fires when you take the picture and gives no light when you only looking through the viewfinder.
There is a solution for this: you can switch off exposure simulation so that you always see everything 'normal', but in the studio a lot of people have already encountered this.
Another disadvantage is that the viewfinder is often beautifully clear and shows your photo super clear. Sometimes too, because when you come home and look at your photo on the computer, it is disappointing, much less color and a lot duller. So your viewfinder was a bit too enthusiastic with the display of your photo. So really get to know your camera well to avoid disappointment.
Looking through a mirror does not require electricity. Having a display on continuously does cost a lot of battery. And you notice that. The mirror reflex camera can often take many days of shooting. Many system cameras race through a battery in a few hours. So an extra battery is often not a superfluous investment.
New technology is more expensive than older, existing technology, and you can see that in the price. Most system cameras are more expensive than many SLR cameras.
There's one thing here. Most system cameras also have a different lens mount. This means that you can't just put your current lenses on it. Usually this is only possible with an intermediate ring. Usually not a huge problem but something to keep in mind.
Don't get caught up in the seller's stories right away. Take a good look around and make sure that you make the right decision with all the information. And then just go for it.
Because whether you buy an SLR or a system camera, both will be old again in 5 years and will need to be replaced because both cameras will then be overtaken by new technology.