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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 5.6

If you’re a mirrorless camera user, then you most likely know that your battery life in’t the greatest. There are many reasons for this–and much of it is owed to the natural designs of the cameras in how they function. For years, there have been ways to prevent the juice from draining so quickly from your device. And for the most part, much of that advice still applies. But there are even more methods that you can do with your camera that will help its battery life last much longer.

Here are some ways to make your battery life last longer based on a recent outing where I needed to tweak a mirrorless camera to get at least eight hours of battery life from it.

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When it comes to cameras there are two categories that many are split into: DLSRs and Mirrorless cameras. Rangefinders are a sub-division of mirrorless cameras that have been around for years and years. In fact, they’re older than SLR cameras and are largely unchanged in their basic design and functionality since their inception.

But with more cameras being more retro looking, how do you exactly tell the difference between the two?

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony QX1 Product Images-4

Last year Sony surprised us with a new set of accessory lenses to turn your smartphone. Now the Japanese electronics firm is doubling down with a new QX1 adapter that will let users shoot with their E-mount lenses.

QX1 comes with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X. If the specs sound familiar that’s because the QX1 is essentially a Sony A5000 even down to the same 25-point contrast detection autofocus system. The big difference is the QX1 lacks a screen or any physical camera body – but there is a pop-up flash.

However, Sony isn’t just re-purposing its now replaced A5000 guts. The Japanese company also claims it has improved area-specific noise reduction, allowing the sensor to produce “stunning low-light images.“ As you might expect the APS-C camera accessory can shoot RAW images and even 1080p video at 30fps. We’ve got even more from Sony, click past the jump to read on.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (5 of 8)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 5.6

With so many options out there and camera manufacturers introducing new models all the time, it can be tough for someone to figure out what mirrorless camera they should get. It all begins not by saying to your sales guy, “What’s the best camera?” The truth is that they’re all damned good. In fact, the technology has come so far that it’s almost impossible for you to take a terrible image by conventional standards.

Instead, what you should be asking is what you need. That can open up a floodgate of even more questions. But just like buying a car, computer or even a fridge, you should take a look at what your options are.

Here’s how to pick the best mirrorless camera for you.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Nikon D810 review lead product image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

At least every other day, we receive an email or message of some sort asking about what camera someone should purchase. In fact, I’ve been dealing with emails like this for years via the Phoblographer and during my time at B&H Photo. Usually, it’s from someone who knows nothing about photography. A former colleague of mine recently messaged me and said something along the lines of “Hey, the wife and I are thinking about buying a DSLR. I heard the D800 is good. What should I get?”

Granted, he and his wife know nothing about photography and when I tried to tell him that they don’t need a DSLR or anything as high level as a D800, he thought that I was completely insane. Then I offered alternatives from Fujifilm and Sony in the high end point and shoot world. He retorted with “Okay, just tell me this then: Canon or Nikon?”

Again, I told him that a DSLR is over his head, unless he really wants to learn how to use one to its potential. In truth, it’s also serious overkill.

“Why do you want a DSLR?” I said.

“Better pictures.” He said.

“Yes, but you’ll only get better pictures if you really want to dedicate yourself to learning how to use one. And with a kid on the way you won’t have the time.” I returned.

The point though is that not everyone needs a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. To be incredibly honest, most of the work that I do for the site or the paid photography gigs that I do doesn’t require super high end cameras. But to be fair, I have great lighting knowledge.

Still though, I seriously think that everyone needs to stop just reaching for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and instead take a strong look at what the high end point and shoot market is offering. There are loads and loads of great options.

And of course, no one is making a bad camera.

 

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer MyMiggo camera strap large review images (6 of 9)ISO 4001-500 sec at f - 4.5

Feast your eyes on some of the ugliest gear that we’ve ever reviewed. They’re called the Miggo strap and wrap–and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The company coins their products as being able to totally protect your camera one second then allowing you to shoot with ease the next. The straps are made from Neoprene–which helps to absorb some bumps and scratches, but this material seemingly from the Superman universe sure has its kryptonite.

And while it may be a nice idea in theory for sure, we’re not sure that we’d want to tote one around.

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