I started using the Sony System several years ago along with my Nikon. No doubt about it, Sony and other camera manufactures are in the mirrorless game. Which is better? Let’s revisit a previous contentious camera debate. Is film better than digital? Well that has certainly died down. Your decision should be based on which camera offers features that are best suited to your genre of photography. Everything in photography is a compromise.
1. Size and weight
2. Optical viewfinder in a dslr vs the electronic viewfinder (EVF) in the mirrorless camera.
3. Auto focus – A non-issue
4. Availability of lenses – This was a major issue with mirrorless but is beginning to change.
5. Image Quality – The Sony A7RII is comparable to the Nikon D 850
6. Sports Photography – My Sony A9 has the option to fire 20 frames per second. I personally think this is overkill.
7. Functionality – The Sony A7RIII and the Sony A9 are Menu driven. Once you get the hang of it you can program your Sony to meet your needs.
8. Battery Life – The Nikon’s battery seem to last a long time. I recently shot the Port Huron to Mackinac Race and used Sony and Nikon. Both Sony and Nikon’s cards shot approximately 1500 images (RAW Format). The Nikon’s battery was down 1 bar. The Sony’s battery had 30% remaining. Yes, you could carry extra batteries or get a battery grip.
9. Ergonomics – This is the one that is major, to me. I have big hands and when I use the Sony all day I have developed a callous on my knuckle from rubbing against the lens.
10. Price of DSLR vs Sony Mirrorless – The Nikon D5 is approximately $6,000.00 dollars the Sony A9’s price, approximately $4,500.00. The Nikon D 850 cost, approximately $3,300.00. The Sony A7RIII retails for about $3,000.00.
George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who
cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
I use my Nikon for just about everything. But, word has it that Nikon will be coming out with 2 mirrorless cameras sometime this year. Nikon is supposed to make an adapter that will allow older Nikon lenses to fit their mirrorless system. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep my pulse on to what is going to happen with Nikon. Lastly, mirrorless is going to happen! The question is, are you ready to make the switch or are you going to wait for Nikon/Canon?


  1. Alanna St Laurent

    I decided that Canon was not bringing to the table what I wanted, and my Canon 6D was getting long in the tooth (the 6D Mark II did nothing for me, either). So, I did what many photographers are doing – making the jump to the Sony full frame mirrorless line of cameras. I am very happy with my Sony A7III and do not regret making the change. Sure lenses are more expensive than Canons. But they are really nice!!