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To this you could have added the Ricoh GXR and the Sigma DP cameras.

I think Ness is just fine. how about trying to do that yourself. I give her lotsa credit for doing this. It's experience.

Didn't see anything from Canon. Are they going to join the pack?

Do mirrorless camera suffer from shutter lag at all?

 get rid of ness, and dont get someone liky molly from cnettv.com either

About shutter lag....there are different components of shutter lag....first the length of time to autofocus.....then much more significant when picking a camera, the time to actually take the photo after focus has been achieved.  As a pro I prefocus a good % of the time...so the second time is the one I worry about. The best DSLRs on the market claim an after focus shutter lag of around 50 ms, the best PS digital cameras claim as short as 9 ms with 35 ms being typical, and an old Leica from the 1940s had one in the 13 ms range.....early PS Digital cameras from 5 years ago or so had abysmal after focus shutter lags as long as 350 ms.

I have a G1, and it feels as if the shutter lag after focus is way longer than it is on my Canon DSLRs.  But the test specifications from the reviews do not indicate this.  They claim an after focus shutter lag of about 70 ms, the same as is claimed for my 5D and 40D cameras and just a bit longer than the 65ms of my 7D bodies.  In use however, the images I make seem closer to 130 ms or so in regards to capturing the image you see in the viewfinder....when you finish pressing the shutter...and that is regretably TOO long for good action photography.

In all fairness to the camera, this may be a lag in the display rather than the shutter...in other words I may be viewing the scene too late on the EVF to capture what is going on at the time I am completing the shutter release.  If anyone has done tests on this please comment, but the effect is the same if you are using the EVF or the LCD it is possible the image being displayed there is NOT up to speed with the real action that is taking place, and so you are late to the party when you finish your press of the shutter release.   I am not sure if this takes place with all the EVIL cameras currently available, but this is my experience with the G1 and G1H bodies.

Very informative video and printable story.  Thank you for that, but this "Ness" sounds as if she belongs back in high school or on local TV functioning as just one more weather/traffic bimbo.    

Ness is fine, B&H is great, Allan knows his stuff, and Molly@CNNETTV is a hoot!

Anyone who won't post his name shouldn't be taken too seriously if he's critiquing others.

I just wish the videos wouldn't start automatically when I get to the page. I wasn't expecting it, and it startled me. (The video didn't load immediately when I got to the site. I'd already scrolled past it to read the article.) I found the article informative, but I didn't even notice the video until it started playing--and then I had to find out where the sound was coming from.

Thanks again, B&H for offering great prices and informative articles!


I liked the segment because it told me about other cameras in this category that I was not aware of. Information was complete enough to generate further investigation of cameras of interest. On-camera personal styles of the commentators need not be critiqued here. That's not the point.

Great article, thank you Alan!
Although I've been using SLRs since the 70's, I was always a fan of the compactness and portability of the mirrorless alternatives. After using some "better than they should be" point-and-shoot cameras (like Canon's SX-20is, and Nikon's P100), with large, articulated LCDs that, in some cases, actually were easier to frame the picture when compared to a mirrored viewfinder (specially under low light and/or odd angles), I started to ask myself if I really needed the complexity (and size) of an SLR - but for it's ability to change lens, and the fact that most non-SLRs lack more advanced resources. That actually made me try a swiveling LCD SLR (Nikon D5000), but unfortunately it autofocuses VERY badly while in Live View mode: It's almost useless.
For now, I think I'll stick with my SLRs due to the several lenses I have invested on during the years (some were more expensive than the bodies themselves); but I would seriously think about buying a mirrorless body if it offered a sensor with similar quality, and if it accepted my expensive lenses.
Are you listening Nikon?

That girl does not sound too classy. It's like an SNL skit. She is so obviously reading, and knows nothing about cameras.

I was wondering if sony has the Canon lens adapter available for the new NEX series? Anybody out there have any updates on this issue?

Thanks in advance and a Hap Thnx Gvng to all!

In addition to issues such as shutter lag others have raised, I was also interested in whether these camera have fast lenses and are generally able to shoot images better than high-end-point-and-shoots in low light without a flash.  These difficult shots often make lugging my DSLR worth it.

I like the use of video on your website but you should try to do a better job.  If you sell video equipment you should know not to put up an amateur video. 

I'm more wondering about battery life. Given the exact same specs, would a DSLR use more power (thus shorter battery life) or would the mirrorless version use more power? 

 Well, she's reading from a script, but she seems really stiff about it. The guy is not much better. Just bad acting on both their parts. It's like the computer voices from my Macintosh. they drone one and one. Yawn.

Very nice and informative article and video.

Ness is terrific! She is a real person and doing a very good job, and I would rather B&H not waste loads of money on an over-produced commercial with hollywood-style phonies, which will increase video production costs -- and therefore *prices*!! -- without adding useful content.