For most of the year I’ve been getting used to my Sony A7 camera, and have been using it much more than my Canon SLRs. Moving to a mirrorless full frame camera definitely has some advantages. However, I still prefer a DSLR in certain situations. Here are my thoughts on full frame mirrorless vs. full frame DSLR.
One of the main reasons for switching to mirrorless full-frame is the easier mobility of not having to cart around all of my heavier DSLR equipment. And I have to say that it is indeed easier to travel with the smaller, lighter camera body and its accessories. As far as handling and working with the new camera, the only drawback is the slight delay when pressing the shutter button. For action shooting, I would certainly opt for a DSLR. However, for just about any other type of shooting I do, I can foresee going with the Sony mirrorless full frame camera.
Image quality is great. Granted, I don’t yet have the selection of lenses that I do for my DSLRs. But even photos taken with the kit lenses are acceptable for my uses. The software that comes with the Sony A7 isn’t that great, but since I mainly use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop that isn’t a big deal.
I’m definitely looking forward to obtaining some of the prime lenses for this new camera. In the meantime, the other accessories I’ve used are the vertical grip, HVL-F43M flash, and ECM-XYST1M external microphone. Since battery life is not great with the Sony A7, I definitely recommend adding the grip to give you the extra battery life as well as more convenient vertical shooting. And while I don’t shoot that much with the external flash, I like the results I’ve gotten shooting both in manual and TTL modes. On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed with the external mic. I would say at best it gives you slightly better performance than the built in one.
Overall I’m very pleased with my new Sony mirrorless full-frame camera and plan on using it instead of a DSLR a lot of the time. Below is a summary of the pros and cons I’ve encountered regarding the Sony A7 camera.
- Much more convenient to carry around—even with attached vertical grip and extra battery.
- Image quality is good. The kit zoom lens isn’t that bad.
- Camera ergonomics are good. Sony A7 is very easy to control.
- Also using the Sony flash. I like the vertical rotating head. So far, I am pleased with the results.
- Battery life not nearly as good.
- Lens selection not as good. But there are more coming out these days.