WHAT IS A
Inside every DSLR is a large mirror that allows us to see directly through the camera’s lens when using the viewfinder. This mirror swings up out of the way when we shoot a picture, so light can reach the camera’s sensor, and then lowers back down afterwards, which adds more size and weight to a DSLR camera.
Mirrorless cameras don’t need this bulky optical viewfinder mechanism, letting photographers compose photos using an electronic viewfinder (EVF), or on a viewscreen as you would with a compact camera or smartphone. This results in a much lighter and smaller camera body.
- Look through an electronic viewfinder (EVF) and you’ll see the image exactly as you are about to capture it. Colour, depth-of-field, brightness and dynamic range can all be previewed as you compose a shot.
- What you see is what you get! With 100% viewfinder coverage you’ll be able to compose more accurately.
- FUJIFILM X Series cameras boast electronic viewfinders with up to 2.36-dot resolution, for fine detail and superb clarity.
- Virtually no viewfinder ‘lag’, for a responsive and natural shooting experience.
- Photographers who like to have the option of shooting with a traditional optical viewfinder should look at the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 and FUJIFILM X100F cameras. Both of these mirrorless cameras have hybrid viewfinders that swap between electronic and optical modes with the flick of a switch.
LESS SHAKE AND VIBRATION
- The movement of the mirror in a DSLR causes additional vibration, which can translate into camera-shake blur that spoils sharpness. Without the mirror, there are fewer vibrations and less chance of blur when you inspect an image for critical sharpness.
- Being smaller and lighter than DSLRs, mirrorless cameras are also easier to hold still when shooting.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
- There’s a saying in photography: ‘The best camera is the one you have with you’. With the FUJIFILM X Series, you don’t have to compromise on image quality in order to get a more portable camera.
- Mirrorless cameras aren’t just good for saving space in your bag; they’re also less intimidating in the eyes of your subjects. Small cameras are more discreet than DSLRs when shooting pictures, meaning you can take more natural and candid shots.
- Lenses in the X Series line-up are significantly smaller than those you’d buy for a DSLR. They offer incredible quality, too, and features such as Optical Image Stabilisation.
FAST AND ACCURATE FOCUSING
- There’s little difference between the speed with which DSLRs and mirrorless X Series cameras focus. However, some of our cameras can be fine-tuned for different forms of moving subject – great for sports, action and wildlife photographers.
- Focusing with mirrorless cameras is accurate, too. Autofocus (AF) is performed with the same digital sensor that captures the image, so there’s no discrepancy between what you see and what you get. Our X Series cameras are equipped with up to 325 AF points and can be set to focus on faces automatically – perfect for shallow-focus portraiture.
YOUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFE LIKE ON A MIRRORLESS CAMERA, COMPARED WITH A DSLR?
A: Mirrorless cameras use smaller batteries than DSLRs to help with portability, and it’s true that smaller batteries don’t pack as much charge as larger units. But this means that smaller batteries are more affordable and you’ll have more room in your bag for spares. You’ll also still get hundreds of shots from a single battery charge. Some X Series cameras have an accessory battery grip that extends shooting time by using more than one battery at a time. For instance, the VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster for our XT-2 camera adds two extra batteries, for up to 1,000 shots.
Q: I USE MY DSLR IN LOW LIGHT WITH HIGH ISO. CAN I STILL DO THAT WITH A MIRRORLESS CAMERA?
A: Yes, FUJIFILM X Series cameras offer ISO sensitivities up to ISO 12,800, which can be expanded to ISO 51,200. Many XF lenses also feature Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and large apertures, plus you’ll find mirrorless cameras lighter to hold than DSLRs, which helps reduce blur from camera shake.
Q: ARE MIRRORLESS CAMERAS SLOW TO REACT? I’M WORRIED I’LL MISS THE MOMENT
A: Cameras such as the FUJIFILM X-T2 are ready to shoot in 0.03sec after you flick to power switch – that’s less time than it takes to raise it to your eye. Mirrorless cameras from our X Series range have become the tools of choice for many street and candid photographers who rely on their responsive handling to capture a decisive moment.
Q: DO PROFESSIONALS USE MIRRORLESS CAMERAS?
A: Increasingly so, yes. From weddings to travel to documentary to portraiture, you’ll find lots of professional photographers who have ditched their DSLRs for Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. Check out some of our Fujifilm X-Photographers to see what these machines can do in the hands of a seasoned professional.
WHICH X SERIES CAMERA
IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Whatever your level of expertise, there is a FUJIFILM X Series camera for you. Learn more about the full range of camera bodies, lenses and accessories.