“The shooting experience is much smoother because of the EVF,” says photographer Brooke Bartleson. “With a DSLR, you often have to bring your camera down to look at the image and recompose it. But with an EVF, you get a more realistic view right in your viewfinder so you can review and adjust much more quickly.”
While EVF image quality isn’t quite on par with optical viewfinders yet, their clarity and sharpness make significant strides with each new model. The best mirrorless EVFs nearly measure up to optical viewfinders and will only continue to get better.
In-body image stabilization (IBIS)
IBIS is a feature that stabilizes the sensor while shooting handheld. It allows you to shoot at very slow shutter speeds without a tripod, which makes it easy to get low-light shots without cranking up your ISO (sensitivity to light that can add noise or grain to your photo). “Some people have been able to handhold an exposure for several seconds with no motion blur, which is impossible with a DSLR,” says McGregor.
It’s also great for video, as it allows you to get smooth, stable shots without using a gimbal (a pivoted support that allows the camera to remain stable). Not all mirrorless options have IBIS, but the technology became popular with the rise of mirrorless cameras.
Touchscreen live view
The ability to switch seamlessly from viewfinder to live view on the OLED or LCD screen is a draw for many photographers. Some models even allow you to autofocus by simply touching the screen. Continuous live view is perfect for shooting at tricky angles without needing to raise the camera to your eye, and it’s great for shooting video. Many creatives choose to use their mirrorless as a video camera for this reason. If you want to shoot video, a mirrorless is an ideal choice, as many models are equipped to shoot 4K video, such as the popular Sony A7R IV, while the Canon EOS R5 can shoot up to 8K.