The Canon/Nikon debate was so three years ago. Now, everyone wants to argue DSLR vs. Mirrorless. While there are positives and negatives for both camps, should you ditch your DSLR and pick up a mirrorless?

I did. Last year, I sold all my Canon gear and picked up a Fuji X-T1. I’ve never regretted the decision. Though I know a few who have jumped ship and come back again, I am not one of those. I love mirrorless, and I embrace it wholeheartedly.


Not everyone feels the same way, though. In this following video from DigitalRev, Kai gives us some reasons (six minutes worth) why you should keep your DSLR instead of picking up a mirrorless. The first reason is that the battery life stinks. Yes, I will concede that point. It is not good or even in the realm of good, but thankfully, batteries are inexpensive. If you don’t leave your camera on all the time (I’ve gotten used to shutting it off when I’m not shooting – even during a wedding day!), it does last quite a bit longer. I actually photographed a seven-hour wedding recently and only used 1.5 batteries the entire day.

Kai also brings up autofocus and image quality, and how mirrorless is inferior to a DSLR in both aspects. Among the remaining arguments is that size is often a factor for those switching camps – but the mirrorless cameras are getting bigger, the lens choices are lacking, and the EVF still isn’t as great as the OVF.

The video is made with DigitalRev’s usual cheekiness and occasional curse word, so if that kind of stuff offends you, don’t watch the video below.

After listening to Kai’s reasons for keeping the DSLR, do you agree? Personally, I think he has valid points on some (battery life, low light image quality), but for the most part, switching to mirrorless was the right choice for me.

Have you made the switch? Comment below on where you fall in the DSLR vs. Mirrorless debate.