There was a time when the DSLR camera was the ultimate technology a photographer or a videographer wished for! The good old Canon 5 D Mark III was a sensational piece of digital equipment when it entered the market in 2012. Today, the arrival of mirrorless technology has brought similar features in lighter and compact gear, making photography and videography a lighter experience!

The battle between the gigantic DSLR and the mirrorless has only begun! The entry of mirrorless technology into the international scene was a monumental moment in the history of photography. 2018 saw the entry of major players into the scene – Nikon Z6, Canon EOS R, Panasonic S1R, and S1. While some photographers choose to adapt to cutting-edge technology, others are taking their sweet time to know more before switching to mirrorless equipment.

So, how is a mirrorless camera different from a digital single-lens reflex or DSLR camera?

Lighter in weight and smaller in size:

A travel photographer or a wildlife photographer knows it too well! The anticipation of a hike or a long journey, and anxiety about carrying the whole camera gear! It is confusing to decide how much more gear to carry or not. The large DSLR cameras come with a mirror and optical viewfinder mechanism which makes them quite bulky.

The entry of a compact mirrorless camera changed this fundamentally as they are quite compact and light-weight in comparison. The absence of a mirror makes it a small-sized and light-weight alternative to a DSLR. Isn’t it unbelievable that now a camera with a wide-angle zoom lens can weigh less with a mirrorless alternative? Just imagine how much more fun you can have while photographing with lighter equipment.

EVF or electronic viewfinder of a mirrorless camera shows reality as it is:

The traditional DSLR had its own share of benefits but required a lot of repeated shots to get the exact result that a photographer can be satisfied with.

With a mirrorless camera, a person sees exactly what he shoots in the EVF, making it an easier camera to work with. It’s essentially a live view of the scene! You see exactly what the camera’s sensor sees via the electronic viewfinder, and exactly what you click.

Battery life is still a long way for a mirrorless cam:

The LCD screen of a mirrorless piece is on at all times. In contrast to that, the optical viewfinders of a DSLR need much lesser power for LED displays. Also, the so-called compact and small size makes it important that even the battery size is essentially small. The IS system further puts a drain on the battery. So, when it comes to better battery backup, DSLR’s are still ahead and it requires further research to increase the battery life of a mirrorless camera.

The technological upgrades in the mirrorless market still has a long way to go when it comes to competing with the popular DSLR cameras. But the cameras are daily coming with advanced solutions and features, and are gaining immense popularity among photographers and videographers.

Let us take a look at Canon’s super equipment, the radical Canon EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless digital camera to get a closer look at how the mirrorless technology is performing and evolving with every passing day.

Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only):

Features:

  • 20.1 MP full-frame, 24.0 × 36.0 mm CMOS sensor
  • 1 MP full-frame, 24.0 × 36.0 mm CMOS sensor
  • Processor: Digic X image processor
  • 4k video shooting with 12fps for mechanical shutter, 20fps for electronic shutter
  • 1053 point AF with Dual Pixel AF II
  • 0-inch touchscreen LCD, 1620k dots
  • Dual SD slots
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Weight: 598g, Canon EOS R6 body only

Canon EOS R6 is an advanced mirrorless camera that comes with one of the best in-body stabilization in the full-frame camera market of today! A slight variant from the Canon EOS R5, which offers an 8k video recording option and 45MP, EOS R6 is more practical space-wise. Just imagine the kind of storage you might require to store such high-resolution videos and pictures!

Design:

The magnesium-framed equipment measures 1.5 pounds or 660g. The R6 equipment can be purchased as a body only, giving freedom to choose whichever lens a photographer might need.

The ergonomically designed package is overall a good camera to buy. The key control dials are perfectly positioned.

The cam comes with dual display options – a screen on the rear side and an integrated EVF. The LCD is similar to the R5 and comes with a 3.2-inch panel and an adjustable brightness option. The 3.7 million-dot resolution is equivalent to Nikon Z6 and is quite crisp and clear.

Fastest autofocus:

The burst speed and autofocus are at par with the gigantic Canon EOS-1D Mark III.

In this beautiful equipment, Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel AF II system is combined with the features of an advanced DIGIC X processor. The processor’s AI brings advanced subject recognition and tracking. It means that the camera allows easy and quick identification of the face and eyes of both humans and animals. Even in low-light conditions, face detection performs quite well. For animal lovers, the camera features ‘Animal AF’ which tracks cats, dogs, and birds via their bodies, face, and eyes. The camera allows you much control as you can further fine-tune the AF settings and experiment with different settings. The straightforward and advanced AF interface is praised by many users.

In this camera, you get 8 AF area modes – one-shot AF, Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Movie recording AF, and so on. You can select this through the ‘Q menu’ or the button. Easily customization is available so that you can select the mode while shooting.

World’s best image stabilization systems:

The in-body five-axis image stabilization system is quite advanced and one of the best in the world. The system provides a CIPA-rated 8 stops of stability against the camera shake. This is by far the world’s best stabilization system in a camera! So, whether shooting at a slower shutter speed or without a tripod, the results can be great due to the pro-level image stabilization.

The exceptional IS allows handheld photography and videography enthusiasts to take brilliant pictures and videos without the use of a tripod. The in-body system combined with a lens-based IS system and a third one called Movie Digital IS system creates solid protection against shakes.

The laser-sharp images and movies make it a perfect product for sports and wildlife enthusiasts who can enjoy the flexibility of 6.072 selectable AF points.

Low-light shooting performance:

The camera comes with the long-awaited 5-axis in-body stabilization system. The system has 8 stops of stability. The low-light photographs come out pretty well as it easily focuses on the eyes of a person. The cam can autofocus at up to -6.5EV range, which means it can work in quite a dark setting or a low contrasting setting. Stabilization and EV range brings noise-free and crisp photographs in low-light conditions.

Video shooting performance:

The video feature set of the cam is pretty decent. You can capture videos with 4k capability at 60fps. There is some cropping on both sides, but the percentage is quite small. The video capability is as good as it gets with its 24MP peers in the market. Another pro point in this camera is the separation between videos and stills. The cam’s specs are pretty awesome for a camera in this range. But cropping might be a turn-off point for videographers who are looking for a full-frame capture.

This camera is basically a great option for anyone who is a bit content with fewer megapixels and not ready for an 8k video storage challenge. Apart from resolution, the other specs are quite advanced for this range.

With a resolution of 20.1 MP and video quality that supports 4k shooting, Canon EOS R6 is brilliant machinery, thanks to the top-level Autofocus and IBIS. Launched along with its pro-brother EOS R5, Canon EOS R6 comes with a pro-level burst speed, IBIS and unbeatable autofocus. The R6 is touted as an affordable model that is perfect for enthusiast-level full-frame mirrorless camera lovers.