It’s been almost a year now, and there have been quite a few people that have asked me why I decided to go with a mirrorless camera vs. the typical DSLR. If you Google it, it’s been an ongoing debate with digital photographers. With the DSLR being common knowledge as the go-to camera for high-quality digital photos, why go with something more obscure? Even when I sold my DSLR lenses online, the buyers asked me why I moved to mirrorless.
I really did a lot of thinking when I decided to leave the DSLR world. I’ve been a Canon girl since pretty much forever, and the thought of leaving Canon for Fuji wasn’t a quick decision either. When I decided to upgrade my camera, I didn’t even consider mirrorless until an old friend mentioned how much he loved his new Fuji mirrorless. I’ve been a little in love by the colors Fuji cameras produce too, so it struck my curiosity. Then came the research.
Once I reviewed all of the pros and cons for both options, it all came down to lifestyle. When I looked at everything that I wanted to use my camera for, it no longer made sense for me to be carrying around a DSLR. This is all very top line, but here’s some of the big points that led me to my final decision…
- Although I do portrait sessions sometimes, I want to keep this a hobby and not a profession. Every now and then I’ll get a referral which I do appreciate. It’s exciting to know someone out there appreciates my point-of-view when it comes to photography, but I don’t ever plan on it becoming a career. Therefore, I don’t plan on investing sums of money and impressing anyone with my equipment. I want to keep it simple. End goal: Simplicity
- It’s no secret that we love to travel. Taking good quality pictures when we travel has always been a thing, but whenever I brought my DSLR out of the country, I was always afraid that it would draw too much attention. DSLRs are loud cameras, literally and figuratively. Everyone knows these cameras aren’t cheap, so drawing attention to myself in a foreign country always made me nervous. I actually brought my DSLR to Brazil, but I never took it out due to this. I needed something more portable and discreet. End goal: Compact
- My main goal with my camera is to take good pictures of my family. I really just want to capture memories. It’s not for the blog. It’s not profit. It’s for memories. If you’ve known me since high school, you know that I’ve always had a camera on me (often more than one), so pictures are really important to me. Although camera phones these days take great pictures, I now thrive off of colors and sharp images. End goal: High Quality
- After one vacation with my DSLR, my neck started to ache from the weight. My camera is basically attached to me when we’re out and about. Sometimes carrying it over my shoulder was getting so tiresome on top of carrying a purse and a diaper bag that the thought of not even bringing it around would cross my mind. I needed something lighter. End goal: Lightweight
You might also be asking, why even go to mirrorless if these are the basic things that I need. That comes down to 2 things…
- I still wanted the freedom of interchangeable lenses.
- I wanted more control over the settings. There’s something about learning the details and camera tricks that’s fun for me.
I did a ton of research and even went to stores to find the Fujifilm X-T10 so that I could test it out. It’s important to do this if you plan to take a lot of pictures as ergonomics should play a factor. These cameras aren’t cheap, so don’t be afraid to get acquainted with them before purchasing them wherever you plan to purchase them.
Anyway, I hope that gives you a little bit of insight on my decision to start using a camera that isn’t exactly the popular choice. I have absolutely no regrets on the switch. The size and weight makes it so much easier for me to chase Dominic around 🙂
At the end of the day, always remember that an expensive camera isn’t what makes a great picture. It’s the person behind the camera! Find the camera that works best for you and your lifestyle, and don’t go for the camera that’s the most expensive or the most popular because it may not suit your personal needs.