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What Does Mirrorless Mean???

Discussion in 'Site News & Announcements' started by Eduard, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. Eduard

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    In the early days of this website, the discussion of what does the term "mirrorless" mean and how will we apply it at CWOM arose. You may have noticed that different sites, magazines and even manufacturers themselves use various terms. Here are a few acronyms being used:
    • ILC – Interchangeable Lens Cameras
    • MILC – Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras
    • EVIL – Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens
    • MSC – Mirrorless System Camera
    • CSC – Compact Systems Cameras
    I like the Wikipedia definition: "A mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC, commonly referred to simply as a "mirrorless camera"), is a camera with an interchangeable lens that does not have a mirror reflex optical viewfinder. They are a subset of interchangeable lens cameras, a category that also includes single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs or DSLRs for digital models)."

    What about so-called "bridge" cameras. Referring again to Wikipedia, "bridge cameras are cameras that fill the niche between the single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs) and the point-and-shoot camera." Personally, I would modify this to include MILC or SLRs. But if bridge cameras don't use a mirror, aren't they, in fact, mirrorless? Hopefully, now you can see the dilemma this poses to the site admins.

    Initially, our intent was to focus on mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. But with Nikon's announcement of the "Premium Compact Line" or DL series and Fujifilm's ongoing success with the X10, X20, X30, X70, X100 et al, we've had to reconsider.

    We've decided to support MILC and bridge (or premium compact!) cameras within the existing Manufacturer forums. At some point in the future we may reconsider, but as of now believe this is the best approach.

    We'd love your feedback and thoughts on this decision. Thanks for being a member of our community.
     
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    That should narrow it down enough for now. We'll just have to politely steer the ones that find this to hard to understand.
     
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    I always liked EVIL. My wife thinks my cameras are evil, because they cost too much. :confused:
     
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    That sounds good,it may be that the higher end fixed lens cameras die a slow death but they could form a important part of our hobby in the future,watched a interview from Sony on the new RX10-111 and the guy from Sony said having a fixed lens even super zoom gives the manufacturer a advantage in construction so they will take them as far as they can.
     
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    i like the guidelines. i am in no way a fan of special arrangements. this is supposed to be an EVIL forum so lets keep it EVIL :). too many exceptions will make the site too cluttered. thats my 5 cents
     
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    Very good, we should welcome all without a mirror!

    Give us your tired, your heavy,
    Your over-sized bodies yearning to shoot without mirror slap.
    The wretched refuse of your massive lenses.
    Send these, the mirrorless, niche proclaimed, to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden shutter.
     
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    Damn, that brought a tear to my eye. I think we now have a resident poet!
     
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    either that or marijuana has just been legalized in NY :)
     
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    My money is with your answer
     
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    It probably was, while i was blindsided by the defining sound of a mirror :)
     
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    Nasim Mansurov posted a nice technical discussion of the differences between Mirrorless and DSLR on the Photography Life site here. Great image linked from the site below.

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