Switch to mirrorless
How to make the transition to shooting without mirrors
With all the recent hype you can’t have failed to notice that Nikon has launched its new full-frame mirrorless ‘Z’ system. These cameras ditch the flip-up mirror assembly of traditional SLRS, instead displaying the image direct from the sensor in an electronic viewfinder.
The disadvantage with past electronic viewfinders (EVFS) has been that they just haven’t been as clear as the optical viewfinder of SLRS. But with ever-improving ‘retina’ display technology you may not be able to tell the difference; the Z system’s 3.69 million-dot EVF packs in more pixels than ever and, combined with a nippy ‘refresh’ rate, is all but indistinguishable from an optical viewfinder.
But how easy is it to switch from a DSLR to a mirrorless machine? We compare the new Z7 to the D850 – the DSLR it most closely matches in terms of resolution and functionality – and explore the adjustments you’ll need to make in order to shoot with your new system.
You do have to get used to a new way of shooting with Nikon’s new mirrorless range of Z system cameras, but with a few minor adjustments it soon feels second nature. DSLRS will be with us for a while yet, but with the electronic viewfinder offering so many advantages and few drawbacks, the future looks to be mirrorless…