Holiday shopping season approaches, and that means savings on everything from socks to TVs and everything in between, cameras included. Depending on your photographic needs, a mirrorless camera may be the item to buy this Cyber Monday, but there are a few things to know before you commit any money.
From the basics on what a mirrorless camera is/does to searching out reviews on specific models, here are five things to consider when buying a mirrorless camera on Cyber Monday.
Understand What Advantages Come With A Mirrorless Camera
Just like the name suggests, mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror between the camera and the sensor, unlike DSLRs. That systematic change makes a mirrorless camera a different beast, though you don’t need to concern yourself with all of the specifics.
In general, a mirrorless camera is more lightweight, compact, and more affordable than their DSLR counterparts. Mirrorless cameras also lack an optical viewfinder, though almost all have an electronic viewfinder to help you take photos.
There are some disadvantages to mirrorless cameras, however. Many models don’t have great autofocus features, and since mirrorless cameras need to use an electronic viewfinder, battery life can sometimes be an issue.
Mirrorless cameras are also skewed more towards beginners of photography, but that is definitely not a hard rule. Many makes and models of mirrorless cameras are on the market, so there will likely be a device that fits your specific needs. Or maybe there isn’t, in which case you should lean towards purchasing a DSLR instead.
Shop For Lenses, Too
One of the major advantages to a mirrorless camera is their inherent ability to switch between many different lenses. Sometimes described as an “interchangeable-lens camera,” a mirrorless model lets you attach a variety of camera lenses. And this applies to lenses new and old, since mirrorless cameras can generally use older SLR lenses.
Keep this in mind when you’re out shopping for a mirrorless camera. Just because one model doesn’t give you the zoom capabilities you need, that doesn’t mean there won’t be an attachable lens that can solve the problem. Hardware like lenses are generally on sale during Cyber Monday, too, so you may find an amazing deal on a camera and a seperate lens that will be cheaper than another camera with similar features.
Mirrorless Camera Are Great At Shooting Video
Are you in the market for a camcorder and a camera? Or maybe you’re just in need of a video recording device. Well, either way, a mirrorless camera may be your best bet. Since mirrorless cameras don’t need to change to a different sensor when switching from capturing images to video, they are great for recording footage. So if you’re in the market for a camcorder this Black Friday, opting for an on-sale mirrorless camera (which will probably be far cheaper) may be the better option.
Read Up On The Latest Reviews
Finding a mirrorless camera that’s marked down a huge amount, and thus saving you tons of money, is hard to pass up. But don’t always assume the biggest deal has the best value. As with any piece of equipment, it’s a good idea to read what experts have to say. Tons of reviews are out there on pretty much every model of camera (TechRadar has a great post on the best mirrorless camera models) so do a bit of homework before you head out to the store and jot down what models you should be looking for. This could make all the difference when deciding between a Nikon or Sony camera. User reviews on store websites are also a great resource.
Take Advantage of Cyber Monday
Unlike a pair of shoes or a dress, you don’t need to make sure a device like a mirrorless camera “fits.” Yes, you should do some research and ensure a certain model meets all of your needs, but you don’t necessarily need to have a camera in your hands to know it’s going to work well. In truth, there’s almost no real reason to head to the physical store anymore.
But that’s where Cyber Monday comes in. The Monday following Black Friday, Cyber Monday is all about online deals, and the savings can be quite impressive. So instead of dealing with the hectic craziness of Black Friday, waiting it out until Cyber Monday arrives may be your best bet. You may even save more money.
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