From DSLR to Mirrorless Camera - User Experience

My DSLR camera finally came of age and got the shutter blade issue. Suddenly while in travel it can not serve me anymore (lucky got standard by point and shoot camera and smartphone with me). After making some research it seems inside the DSLR the shutter blade or “curtain” it seems made with very easy to be out of function after a few years or certain accumulated shutter count. Due to it, the photo taken will have one blade block the photo.  It served me since 2013 Sydney and Melbourne trip, so over 3 years but below 5 years. I do not expect a lifetime warranty camera, but based on the item inside it seems that it is manufactured by default using this type of material, so the camera will require replacement after a few years on the road. Fine, then it's time to look into what option I had at that time.

In general, just buying the camera body replacement (new model) that can use back all the interchangeable lenses makes most economical sense. Already know how to take the photo on a specific vendor brand, what for trying another brand, it costs more. Then consider also replacing the higher end model to advance it (I think all vendors want users to go this path from crop sensor to full frame).

After doing some research, it seems the brand I used, even the latest version replacement, considered lacking some of the feature set required. Not to mention with the rise of the mirrorless camera, I do consider replacing it, so can travel light.

We all know smartphones are eating camera share. This always carry phone device is so handy and accessible, not to mention it connected with all the software applications we use, for posting and sharing the internet. After considering if I get another DSLR replacement, 4 years on the road, I can imagine it even less attractive to carry a heavy camera. I do not position and think that carrying a heavy camera makes me a professional photographer (in the first place, I do not take photos for living, I take photos for leisure). I am the most travel lover and like to take photos along the travel journey. Small and light is the right move for me. So in comparison and finally I bought my mirrorless camera. Despite the fact that I can not use back all my native camera lenses from another vendor, but what, in consideration for the more time to come, better make the pain now rather than in future to come.

In the past I used to use a viewfinder to take photos, and the heavy camera to make it easy to carry and make certain shoots, believe me, once you get used to it, a heavy body does serve the purpose. But now I need to make the change to an electronic viewfinder, it doesn't need me to put my eye to the camera, I can see what it is and take the photo this way. This is evolution away from the traditional photo to hand touch, it matters to get used to it.

From the recent first try out the shooting, it quality is more than ok, and lucky I migrated over. Right now I can make use of the wireless to get phone GPS to geotagging photos while shooting, giving me a lot of time to do post processing. I can send photos I want in smaller size for social sharing on the spot, that all is time saver.

For the medium term I can foresee smartphone take over camera, but not in the current short future yet. Camera as purpose built photo taken devices, do had it role to be served yet. Welcome myself to the mirrorless generation.

Last checked 2020-Apr-26

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