On a Wednesday morning we were out for a wedding at Tumkur. This photo shoot was a unique one to me unlike the ones in the past because I was using a mirrorless camera on work for the first time! If you are a photography enthusiast, I am sure that you would have heard a lot of talks about “DSLR VS Mirrorless”, and how technology is revolutionizing the photography landscape.
Being a photographer, I am not immune to trying and testing new equipment in the market, and fortunately my photo and video equipment supplier had lent me a brand new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera to be used for covering the wedding ceremony. As usual, I was thrilled to try and test the camera but also was apprehensive about using its menu layouts, electronic viewfinder, touch operability and battery life to name a few.
After using the camera for almost an entire day, I realized that the Canon EOS R is one of the most beautifully designed mirrorless cameras I’ve seen. It’s smaller than conventional DSLRs but not too small, and it fits nicely in the hand. The grip is comfortable and the body is robustly built. As I was mostly looking for candid shots, it was fun to use the camera’s touch enabled fully articulating LCD, which I wish my DSLR cameras had, as it enables me to reach tight spots without any hindrance. The electronic viewfinder on this camera is much brighter compared to the optical viewfinders of DSLRs, and it makes our work much easier in low light conditions. On the other hand, the auto focus points in this camera covers almost the entire frame and can be easily selected through the touch enabled LCD. This feature is something that is lacking on DSLRs where the auto focus points are mostly concentrated in the center and these focusing points are to be selected by using joystick. These features definitely make a lot of our jobs easier. Lastly, the mirrorless cameras are known to be battery guzzlers in general, but I shot nearly 2000 images using three LP-EN6 canon batteries, which averages around 600 and odd images per battery, and that is pretty good!
Yep, Canon has done a great job on the mirrorless front and I don’t see any difficulty in migrating from conventional Canon DSLRs to EOS R.