If you are getting serious about the quality of photos that you take, you know that you have options. Today's smart phones can often take beautiful, high resolution photos but once it is time to get serous, you need to get a high-quality camera.
The two main professional choices are those with a DSLR or digital single lens reflex camera or a mirrorless camera. This, of course, raises the question of what are mirrorless cameras? Here is an answer to that question and this should help you determine which type of camera to buy.
DSLR cameras make use of 35 mm film. Inside the camera, there is a mirror that reflects the light that comes into the lens through a prism which goes into your view finder so that you can preview each shot you take. With a mirrorless camera, however, the light passes from the lens directly onto an image sensor. This is what gives you a preview image.
A mirrorless camera is often smaller than a DSLR camera. Their smaller size makes them a lot more portable than the DSLR's. This means that you can bring more equipment with you to shoot images. For instance, you can put extra lenses into your case together with the mirrorless camera.
What is interesting is that in recent years, DSLR, which often had the advantage over mirrorless, is fading. This is because mirrorlress cameras are now being produced with phase detection pixels in their image sensors.
One of the greatest advantages mirrorless are having over DSLR cameras is price. Because of fewer parts, the mirrorless are less costly, yet work just as well to deliver high quality images. In addition to their lighter weight and smaller size it is clear that these have all the advantages available in a camera.
The question now is not so much what are mirrorless cameras as it is should you go ahead and buy one? From a creative standpoint, you can free up more space and weight to get more movement into the images you capture, whether you are traveling, on a formal shoot and so many other situations.
It should be noted, however, that when shooting the mirrorless varieties, they are slower to focus than DSLRs are. It is really up to you and your preferences as a photographer whether this new type of camera is best for your work.