Entering The Fray - CSC vs DSLR
For some time I've been experimenting with CSC cameras - mirrorless cameras that depend on electronic view finders (ELV) or LED backs to focus and shoot with. Some ELV's are pretty good, like the ones on the Olympus OMD E-1 and the Fuji XT-1. Sony's aren't too bad either, and in the past couple of years they have improved significantly. The advanatge with DSLR mirror cameras is that you always will see the image and never lose track once you press the shutter. CSC's will blank out when you hit the shutter. CSC's have come along way in terms of shooting speeds, responsive screen feedbacks, and their ability to shoot quietly, unless you have tried the Sony A7R mirrorless. That camera's shutter sounds just like my old Nikon F 2. Loud. The advantages of shooting with a CSC is weight and size, in my opinion. They still can't match a Nikon or Canon for shooting sports, but they can pretty much match them in every other category, with possibly the lens selections that are available to Canon and Nikon. Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Third cameras have a pretty extensive lens range, but they still are lacking in tilt shift options and long reach prime telephotos. Sony's options right now are abysmal, and Fuji is adding lenses at a faster rate than Sony. I've tried the Fuji's, own an Olympus and Sony, and have enjoyed using them, but I still come back to my Nikon's for the money shots. When I travel I always will squeeze one of the CSC's into my bag along with my Nikon gear. Not sure I'll ever give up my Nikon's, but as I get older, the less weight of the CSC gear looks a lot more inviting. The IQ of the images taken between a CSC and a DSLR are pretty much the same. You would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Shown here are a couple of images taken recently with a Fuji X100s APS-C size sensor, CSC camera and a Nikon V1 CSC with a 1" sensor. The Nikon 1 series are blazzingly fast. Great little camera, and the sensor size lends itself well for web images.