Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILCs)

What are Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Cameras (MILCs)?

Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (MILCs) are cameras that utilize mirrorless technology and have no optical viewfinder so as to limit the weight and bulk of the camera. In spite of this, MILCs offer the quality and versatility of interchangeable lenses.

Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras: Cheaper than DSLRs yet very Similar.

  • For the most part MILCs and DSLRs are very similar. Most mirrorless cameras are built around the same sized sensors as DSLRs, increasingly have similar lenses available, and can offer the same image quality.
  • Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Cameras are simpler, smaller and lighter than DSLRs because they don’t have an optical viewfinder and they don’t need a secondary autofocus mirror (they use their main imaging sensor to focus), an autofocus sensor array and a separate light metering sensor while DSLRs have a separate, dedicated autofocus module.
  • Besides that, there’s actually not much of a difference between the two. You can get mirrorless cameras and DSLR’s to suit various requirements and needs as well as different budgets. You can find these mirrorless cameras stocked by all the major manufacturers.


What do I need?

4 Things to consider before buying a MILC

There are a number of things to consider before buying a MILC as there are so many MILCs on the market suited to different requirements. Below are a few points to consider:

  1. Do you want the same kind of point and shoot simplicity as you get with a compact camera or are you the type of photographer who likes to roll up his or her sleeves and take control of every function?
  2. Do you shoot a lot of sport or wildlife? In that case you are going to want to get a fast camera with a high frame rate. You may also find that one with an APS-C sensor works out better that a full frame one. This is because of the crop affect which in essence provides a bit more telephoto reach.
  3. If you shoot in very low light you'll be looking for a camera with the best possible high ISO performance and possibly in-body image stabilization, if you do a lot of studio, portrait or macro work, a good Live View mode will also be a major consideration.
  4. Of course, we have to consider the practical side as well:
  • Do you need a very hardy or waterproof MILC?
  • Does it matter whether the camera is big or small?
  • Heavy or light?
  • Will you be requiring a specific lens for your particular application?

Keep in mind that not all camera systems have the same range of lenses, and also that the more specialized add-ons can’t be used necessarily with all cameras.

    What lenses do I need?

    Most MILCs are compatible with many of the lenses and accessories originally designed for film SLR cameras (from the same manufacturer or compatible third-party options), so if have a collection of relatively modern lenses that were originally designed for film, that's a good reason for sticking to the same system when you move to digital. 
    Lens adapters are a simple yet fantastic accessory for your Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera. They enable you to attach and use lenses that weren’t designed for our camera. There are a number of benefits of this such as having access to a wider selection of lenses; you can use manual-focus lenses with aperture rings for smoother focus changes etc. There is a wide range of adapters from simple rings with a camera and lens mount one on each side to far more elaborate electronic devices.



    Here at Cameraverse, we believe in empowering you with information so that you can make the best possible purchase for your own unique needs. With this in mind, we strongly suggest that you read these blogs on Types of digital cameras from compact cameras to DSLRs to everything else, as well as DSLRs v Compact Cameras - Sensor Sizes, Megapixels and Image Quality. If you need assistance in choosing the right MILC for your needs or lenses for your requirements, or simply have a few questions please feel free to contact us. We are only too happy to assist you.