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Show Notes for Episode #35: An Introduction to Mirrorless Cameras ft. Joe Fitzpatrick

MILC: Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
Does not have the traditional mirror of DSLRs
Allows for smaller, narrower body, lighter weight, and fewer moving parts
Categorized by sensor size

FF (Full Frame) – 35mm equivalent
APS-C (Crop Camera) – sensor is 40% size of FF
Micro 4/3 – sensor is 50% size of APS-C

Smaller sensor sizes
Decrease resolution
Increase noise (digital static)
Do well with long depth-of-field
This makes APS-C better for nature and wildlife photography because it extends the reach
Can’t get shallow depth or blurred background
Changes angle of view or “Crop Factor”
FF at 100mm = APS-C at 150mm = 4/3 at 200mm
A smaller lens will get the same image, but will make it more difficult to get a wider shot

Focus Systems
Phase-Detection: lines up 2 images to bring the subject into focus
Requires mechanical adjustments from the manufacturer
Contrast-Detection: looks for areas of maximum contrast
Slower – to find the maximum point, the system has to first pass that point and then return, sometimes more than once

Both types are very accurate
DSLRs have phase-detection sensors hidden under the mirror
MILCs have their contrast-detection sensors within the light sensors

New MILCs are combining the two types – Canon has patented a dual pixel technology where instead of dedicating 12 or even 300 pixels to focusing and losing their recording ability, nearly every one of the 24 megapixels can both detect and record information – so nothing is lost.

Top Camera Makers
DSLRs – Canon, Nikon, and Sony
MILCs /APS-C–Understand Photography

See you next week for Episode 36 with Gary Farber of Hunt’s Photo and Video!

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