DLSM: Going Mirrorless Means More Features with Less Weight
Unlike DLSR cameras that come equipped with a mirror reflex optical viewfinder, DLSM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) cameras forgo the optical viewfinder in favour of lens interchangeability options and a more compact frame. This means that the camera is lighter, sturdier, and less complicated, yet still capable of rivaling the quality of images taken with a high-end DLSR camera. Mirrorless cameras are sort of like the missing link between point-and-shoot consumer brand cameras and professional calibre DLSRs — it’s the mid-range alternative for amateur level photographers who are looking for lens interchangeability without the added costs and weight that come with professional level DLSRs. Trusted brands like Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung and Sony offer mirrorless cameras in a wide variety of price ranges.
Compact vs. DLSR-like
There are currently two styles of mirrorless camera: the compact system camera and the DLSR-like, both of which offer interchangeable lens features. Compact system cameras closely resemble their consumer brand point-and-shoot cousins in size and simplicity, while DLSR-like cameras tend to be bulkier and closer in quality to professional level DLSRs. Compact system cameras in particular feature sleek styling and a lightweight design so that you can take high-quality images on the go.