What are Mirrorless Cameras and why would I use them?

A mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is a digital camera with an interchangeable lens. [citation needed] A mirrorless camera uses an image sensor to provide an image to the electronic viewfinder (EVF). It is called mirrorless since it does not have a movable mirror in the optical path.
— https://en.wikipedia.org

Mirrorless systems aren't just smaller and lighter, which I would say is probably the reason 80% of you consider leaving the world of DSLR cameras behind for. While this is important, for me...it's only just start.
And let me start by saying If I honestly thought DSLR's would do a better job than my mirrorless cameras, I would happily lug them around still! 
This is not the case, however... 

See mirrorless cameras use a different type of viewfinder...it's a electronic. (EVF)
What you see, is absolutely 'what you get'! - meaning you're seeing exactly what the sensor is seeing, furthermore you're developing the image whilst you are taking it..! 

As I'm sure some of you can imagine, this some-what changes things...it means to professionals, your creativity is unrestricted. You can focus on what your sensor is picking up not just what your eyes see. You can fine tune every setting without needing to remove your eye from the viewfinder. Not to mention of course, a new form of chimping (looking at your photo to check it after a shot) is here. You get a beautiful view of your images again without having to remove your eye from your camera's viewfinder, which not only is important to keep your subjects engaged, but also you have a dark room inside your camera to view your shoot as you go. Unlike view the back screen on your camera, which inside or on a dull shoot isn't an issue, on a bright sunny day, well...I'm sure you've been there. You can barely see a thing! With mirrorless you can an extremely good idea of colour, exposure and composition from several millions of pixels. 

For beginners, you get to completely slash the learning in curve! Gone are the days of shooting an entire day over or under exposed. If your viewfinder is very dark or washed out, your images will be too! 
How many people have picked up their cameras and not realised they have knocked some of the dials, gone home after shooting and found none of their photos have come out. 
Mirrorless cameras show you at all times what your sensor is seeing and meaning you will notice any irregularities right away.

On a more creative side...imagine this: 
You take your camera out for a day on the beach, and it's reasonably harsh light. Depending on your camera's meter (which is something you can do, but it's always good to learn a little more) 
by just moving the exposure compensation dials +1 to pull more details out of the shadows (say if faces are dark, the meter has exposed for the general scene and sky) you will see IN REAL TIME see it change. 
Same goes for if your subject is nicely lit, and your sky is blown out, you can hit the - (negative) on the exposure compensation dial and see the detail in the sky come back into the photo. Snap! 
This is all while being able to leave your settings on P (Program Mode) which is still an auto setting. 

So don't just think about the size and the weight of your cameras. Ask yourself, do you want to get a more personal experience when you're taking pictures? 

If so, then you know what you need. 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or seek any advice regarding mirrorless systems and wether or not it's right for you. 

Also check out our Meetups (We may have one coming up in your area) 

Go explore, take great images & have a blast! 

All the best,

Jack Mayall

Founder
Shoot Mirrorless