The Camera Store TV have a new YouTube video entitled ‘The Great Mirrorless Autofocus Shoot!‘ If each new mirrorless release promises the fastest focus yet, how do mirrorless cameras compete on quick focus and quick shooting with DSLRs? To answer they pitched four of the best mirrorless cameras against not only themselves but against one of the best DSLR cameras ever released, the Nikon D4s, in an autofocus challenge at a dirt rally track. The challenge is an interesting look at how mirrorless cameras are fast catching, and may soon be overtaking their DSLR peers. The Camera Store pitted a Fuji X-T1, Sony A6000, Olympus OMD E-M1 and Panasonic GH4 against the D4s, having shot a lot of cameras their opinion is worth listening to.
While recognizing that the D4s is still going to be the king of journalism and wildlife photography what the video really shows is how the days of DSLR superiority may be numbered. Given how mirrorless are so much cheaper, if technology continues at a pace, after watching this video it is plausible to see how DSLR may one day find itself on the scrap heap next to the Polaroid. DSLR’s unique selling point centers around their quick focus, quick shooting performance. Take that away and suddenly the DSLR’s USP becomes decidedly average.
When it comes to a pure mirrorless to mirrorless comparison there was an upset in ranking with the Fuji X-T1 and Olympus OMD E-M1 ending up in the bottom places, and the Panasonic GH4 coming in top. Rankings aside this video shows more than anything that it just got cheaper to get your hands on a good camera.
What do you think? Are mirrorless on way to making DSLRs obsolete? Do you respect their opinion.