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Is The Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera On The Way Out

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Is the Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera On The Way Out
replaced with the amazing Hybrid Mirrorless Cameras for Still and Video Photography

The word among several professional photographers is that Digital SLR cameras are on the way out. Some say in two to three years DSLRs will be pretty much obsolete. They will be replaced with mirrorless hybrid cameras that combine still photography with video that not only use the latest advanced technology but are compact in size.

Still others say, nonsense! These cameras are just gimmics!




Since hybrid cameras don't have a reflex mirror or a bulky prism, the space between the lens and the sensor is reduced by bringing the lens closer to the sensor. As a result, the lenses get smaller as well making it ideal for adapting professional cinema lenses.

These cameras are pretty amazing now and within a couple of years are expected to start dominating the professional market. In fact, many of these hybrid cameras already do a better job in shooting video than some of the fancier pricey DSLR cameras.

So What!! You say. I don't shoot video and don't need to worry about a DSLR that does, since my only concern is high quality still photography. You could be missing out by not combining your still images with motion when offering DVD's or more up to date slide show or movie files for facebook or web sites.

This could be a good mix when adding motion to many different portrait sessions such as families, children, engagement, bridal portraits, high school senior portraits etc. Even commercial assignments, whether you are photographing a product or a business, could add a huge impact to your final product. Especially when your client uses these images for their web or facebook page.

The first time I started adding motion or video to my portrait session was in 2008 while I was doing a Pre-Bridal session on location in a court house. At that time I was still using the Fuji S3 for my stills and a Canon HV20 for my video clips. I would shoot a few seconds of video in different scenarios and add a few clips of motion to the slide show I would produce. It adds even more emotion then you would normally get with a still portrait slide show, especially when they hear sound.

A couple weeks ago when I showed the previews of a recent family portrait of four, the mother said during the slide show, "Your making me cry". Again, I took a few clips of video in between and behind the scenes during the outdoor family portrait. It is a powerful tool when presenting your previews. I always start with a Proshow slide show before going to each image when they make their selection.

One important advantage of using these hybrid mirrorless cameras is the ability to quickly switch from still to motion while still maintaining matching color balance. Another advantage is the light weight and compact size of the camera body and lens, not to mention they are much more economical than the bulky DSLR.

Who makes these amazing mirrorless hybrid cameras? All the popular camera manufacturers do, Some of the larger sensor cameras would be the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Samsung 20.3Mp NX20 and the Sony Alpha NEX-7.

Some other more compact cameras would be the Micro 4/3 Sensor and Lens Mount such as the amazing Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 and Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Nikon has it's 10.1 MP Nikon 1 V1 & J1 Mirrorless Digital Cameras with Canon entering the hybrid market with its Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera.

Some cameras perform better doing still photography while others do an amazing job at capturing video. One thing I want to point out that during the Zacuto's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012, the overall winner chosen by the filmakers was the Panasonic Lumix GH2. It surpassed HD video cameras priced in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Mirrorless cameras are just gimmics! I don't think so.

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