USE YOUR DSLR AS A “WEBCAM”:

woman in white long sleeve shirt vlogging
Photo by Alena Darmel on Pexels.com

You might be wondering why you’d use a DSLR camera in place of your webcam. The answer is simple enough. You’ll likely have a better lens and capture quality on that camera than any standard webcam you can purchase.  

An HDMI capture card like the Cam Link 4K also allows you to make the most of your camera’s video capabilities. Where most webcams can only manage 720p, the Cam Link allows up to 4K at 30FPS. So with the right lighting, your video will be much more professional, crisp and satisfying too. 

Use your DSLR or mirrorless camera as your webcam, and change the quality of your videos by a huge margin.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE?

A DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera provides a more accurate view of what you’re photographing, as the viewfinder displays exactly what is in front of the lens. DSLRs have been used for years – since replacing traditional SLR cameras – for professional photography. While they’re slowly succumbing to the march of technology and the new generation of mirrorless cameras, for many the DSLR is the perfect marriage of old school photography and the digital era.

A webcam, in contrast, is more compact, with a small lens, smaller CMOS sensor, and lower resolution. They’re optimized for sending data through wires rather than direct to a memory card, which means that webcams are more efficient, but the result can be, you guessed it, pixelated.

DSLR cameras can replace webcams for streaming video over Zoom, Skype, or whatever video conferencing software you’re using. If you’ve ever watched live streams on YouTube with stunning picture quality, the chances are the streamer was using a DSLR.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO START USING YOUR DSLR AS A WEBCAM:

To use your DSLR camera as a webcam, ensure you have:

  • A tripod that suits your camera.
  • A high-capacity battery or mains power solution. Mains power supplies for DSLRs typically feature a dummy battery that slips into the battery compartment. This then connects to an adapter to power the camera.
  • The micro-USB cable that shipped with your camera, or a mini-HDMI cable.
  • Optional: LED ring or other lighting, microphone.

Ensure you have these items and have them connected or set up before proceeding.

Another reason to use your DSLR camera or mirrorless camera today, is the resolution is now so much higher than ever. Panasonic Lumix cameras and Nikon, Canon, Fuji Film, are now primed to shoot their video in 6K or even 8K!!! Yeah, you want super good quality, you should consider these cameras for your WEBCAM work. Get in to the higher quality images and see what will be the difference to your viewers who will notice you are a serious “videographer” now.

IS WEBCAM FUNCTION AVAILABLE ON DSLR CAMERAS?

Some digital cameras include a webcam function, and this includes some DSLRs.

So, before proceeding, check the driver disc that shipped with your camera, along with the menus on the device. If there is a webcam setting you can use, you’re free to proceed with connecting the device to your computer, webcam mode enabled. The camera should then be detected as a standard USB webcam, ready to be used with your video chat software. Note that if this is an option for you, the resolution will be lower than usual, limited by the constraints of the USB cable.

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YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO TAKE UP PHOTOGRAPHY!

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I call it: you are never too old to fulfill your dreams. Have you ever thought that maybe there should be an age limit to people taking photos? No, doesn’t seem like that should be. And since the pandemic, more older people are getting involved in photography.

AN OLDER PERSON CAN DO MANY GREAT THINGS!

 For many, it can be difficult sometimes to avoid thinking about what might have been if only you’d picked something up earlier in life or spent more time practicing it in the first place. Heck, some people seem to think that once you start down a particular path or surpass the age of 25 (four if you want to be a classically trained musician…) there’s little point in trying something new. But that’s an outdated way of thinking. 

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We’re always hearing from readers who have taken up photography later in life or professionals who ditched their stable nine-to-five in pursuit of their photography business dream. Hobbies were on the rise during lockdown and more adults are willing to take a chance and set off down the road less travelled than ever before. 

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OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO STARTED LATE IN LIFE:

Photography isn’t the only creative discipline where late bloomers have confidently stamped their mark. It’s well known that post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne didn’t create his best works until later in life and literature is rife with famous authors who delayed starting their career. American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House on the Prairie fame, was well into her 60s when her first book was published.

There are famous actors too:

Plenty of famous actors are late bloomers too. If Samuel L. Jackson had given up on his then-unremarkable acting career before his mid-40s, he’d have never starred as the unforgettable Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction and subsequently become one of the hardest-working and in-demand actors in Hollywood. 

REGARDLESS OF AGE, JUST GET GOING:

So, the next time you find yourself questioning whether it’s too late to try something new – photography or otherwise – grab the bull by the horns and do it anyway!

ANSEL ADAMS WAS 79 YEARS OLD WHEN HE CREATED ONE OF HIS FAMOUS PHOTOS:

Ansel Adams in his early years as a pro photographer.

In 1979, Ansel Adams was 79 years old when he was commissioned by President Jimmy Carter to take the official portrait of the President of the United States.

Ansel Adams was 79 years old when he took this photo for President Jimmy Carter.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS TRULY UNFORGETTABLE:

photography of sunset
Photo by André Cook on Pexels.com

When you think about a photo that is unforgettable, what kind of photo do you think of? Is it a sunset photo? How about one step further and go with a “twilight photo”. Or is it some person doing something amazing.

There are tricks to make your photos “unforgettable”, and I am going to go over these steps now. I have checked out all those photos that have been classified as “unforgettable” as well, and see if you agree. Don’t these photos just somehow fit the mold?

1- Frame your photo:

This does not mean to physically put your photo in a frame, but as you take a photo, if you have the chance to find something in the foreground or even in the background that can frame around your subject, you will be way ahead. Here are some examples:

daisies in frame
Photo by Ruslan Sikunov on Pexels.com
confident black lady with closed eyes near frame with plants
Photo by Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels.com
Photo by Gable Denims

2- Movement in your photo:

When shooting something that has motion or movement with it, allow the subject to have something to move into.  For example, this would be better if the subject was not in the center.  If something was moving, have some area in the frame of the photo to move into.  See examples:

people woman jump show
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
Photo by Seth Sanchez

3– Direction:

Our brain perceives information from left to right, so it’s best to position all the important stuff in the right side of the frame. Examples:

Photo by Elliot Kuhn
Photo by Alexander Hanji
Photo by Ramil Sitdikov

4- TRY A DIFFERENT CAMERA ANGLE:

Try taking photos from a different angle.  Instead of taking pictures standing up, get down to the level of the subject, if it’s a pet or child.  You will find a different story to your photo:

Photo by Matteo De Santis
Photo by Miguel Angel Aguirre
Photo by Tom

5- TRY SHOOTING WITH “NEGATIVE SPACE”

There are two spaces in every image:

  • positive space (it shows the main subject);
  • negative space (usually it’s the background).

Don’t forget to keep an eye on what is happening in the negative space; you want it to emphasize your main subject, not cramp it.

Photo courtesy of Photography talk.com
Photo by Mohammed Bager

A great blog or article on “negative space” has been done before. Check out this article HERE to learn more.

6- GIVE YOUR PHOTOS “DEPTH”

Depth will give your shot a more three-dimensional and rich feel. There are few features that can help you achieve it:

  • parallel lines, which come to one point in the distance;
  • gradually dissolving fog will make your photo seem layered;
  • tone (volume is transmitted through color: darker objects appear closer, and lighter objects appear farther away);
  • depth of field (if you blur the background, clear objects will appear closer, while fuzzy objects will seem more distant).
Photo by Bas Lammers
Photo by Bas Lammers
Photo by Bas Lammers

7- HIGHLIGHT THE “FOREGROUND”

When taking a scenic shot, that has depth, add something in the foreground.  If you add something in the foreground, your viewers will feel like they can relate to the size and depth of the picture more.

Photo by Bas Lammers
Photo by Murad Osman
a beautiful yellow pea flower
Photo by Batitay Japheth on Pexels.com

8- Watch for shadows and reflections to make your photo amazing:

Use these elements to make your picture more interesting and dramatic. You can create a visual ’dialogue’ between the subject and its reflection (shadow).

Photo by Anna Atkina
trees near body of water
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panoramic view of city lit up at night
Photo by Amar Saleem on Pexels.com

9- Take photos during the “golden hour” or the “blue hour”

The “Golden Hour” is my favorite time to shoot.  It is the one hour before sunset.  The colors have gone to a golden color in the sky and the colors everywhere are a nice warm golden hue.  It really warms things up and makes things very pleasant.

GOLDEN HOUR:

macro photography of pink flowers
Photo by Ray Bilcliff on Pexels.com
Photo by Lanny Cottrell – Editor of 123Photogo

BLUE HOUR:

This is the time when the sun has set, or just before the sun comes up.  The light is predominately blue.  Check it out:  This is often called twilight:

Photo by Joe Penniston
Photo by Lanny Cottrelll – Editor of 123Photogo

CONCLUSION:

There are many ideas that you can use to create an unforgettable photo. Study these ideas shown here, and go make some unforgettable photos.

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FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES IT’S NEW FLAGSHIP CAMERA TODAY:

FUJI FILM NEW FLAGSHIP CAMERA: X-H2S

FujiFilm is a big player in the photo world. In fact, most photo magazines, most professional photographers know of it’s reputation, and are always thrilled when they introduce a new camera.

Fujifilm has confirmed our speculations and officially announced today via its X-Summit, the FUJIFILM s-h2s, joining the fifth-generation lineup of its X Series mirrorless digital flagship cameras. The X-H2S is expected to release in July 2022.

This latest model from Fujifilm boasts the highest stills and video performance we have ever seen in the history of the X Series with a new stacked-layer back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor with 26.16-megapixels.

The Fujifilm X-H2S has been long awaited by enthusiasts of its predecessor, the FujiFilm X-H1S. After much speculation by camera rumor’s hints on what we could potentially expect from Fujifilm’s latest flagship X Series offering,  the announced features and specifications of the X-H2S certainly do not disappoint.

Featuring a high-speed X-Processor 5, the X-H2S is capable of double the processing speed of the X-H1 with significantly improved AF accuracy and image resolution when at low ISO sensitivity and reduced noise in stills when at high ISO sensitivity.

This 26.16MP flagship inherits the previous model’s back-illumination style sensor but also the stack-layer structure, becoming the first stacked APS-C sensor that has quadrupled the speed to read signals compared with the X-H1 model. 

An evolved AF-system is equipped within the X-H2S that is capable of shooting up to 40 frames per second in a blackout-free burst mode, boasting a better readout speed that is four times faster than the current model and a faster AF rate during continuous shooting. The X-H2S’ AI processor also offers newly developed subject-recognition accuracy and subject-detection AF tracking technology!

The improved prediction algorithm within the X-H2S for AF has supposedly led to a major boost in the camera’s capability to track a moving subject. The new subject-detection AF function detects and automatically tracks not only the human face and eyes, but also animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes and trains while keeping a targeted subject in focus constantly, even in low-contrast conditions.

The new Fujifilm X-H2S also boasts evolved video performance, able to record high-definition video while retaining extensive color information. The camera can film high-speed 4K/120P video allowing fast-moving subjects to be presented in smooth slow-motion with finer details.

NEW FUJIFILM CAMERA WITH THE 18-120MM LENS

The new sensor and advanced processor within the X-H2S enables filming 4:2:2 10bit video at 6.2K/30P and 4K/120P, and can also record 4K/60P video without cropping as a result of its reduced rolling-shutter effect. 

When using the camera’s electronic shutter, it can shoot over 1,000 frames continuously at up to 30fps in JPEG as well as 20fps in RAW. The X-H2S supports a variety of codecs including three Apple ProRes codecs: 422, 422 HQ, and 422 LT. 

The AF video performance is also said to be enhanced with the AF+MF function supported when in video mode, and offers the same subject-detection AF function and tracking a fast-moving subject in both stills and videos.

In addition to its impressive video recording and enhanced AF tracking abilities, the Fujifilm X-H2S supports some other exciting features such as an all-new five-axis in-body image stabilization mechanism, which can offer up to 7.0-stop advantage as well as a new sensing control function.

The new X-H2S camera in addition inherits many of the popular design features of the X-H1, such as a larger grip to support larger lenses, a top panel LCD display for users to check the camera settings any time, and a highly robust body that can withstand potential heavy professional use.

The 1.62-million-dot vari-angle LCD monitor offers improved operability along with its buttons and dials upgraded to allow for load adjustment to the AF ON button, so that users can handle the camera exactly as they intend.

The camera’s electronic viewfinder uses a high-resolution 5.76-million-dot panel with  0.8x magnification. The smooth viewfinder has a frame rate of approximately 120fps also offers improved visibility as a result of strong suppression of parallax and distortion, that can often occur when eye positions become displaced while using the viewfinder.

Lower power consumption is another great feature of the X-H2S, extending the maximum video recording time while offering dual memory card slots with support for a CFexpress Type B memory card and a UHS-II SD card. Shutter durability has also been upgraded to withstand 500,000 actuations during Fujifilm’s testing process.

Fujifilm X-H2S with new 150-600mm supertelephoto zoom (Image credit: Fujifilm)

The Fujifilm X-H2S APS-C flagship mirrorless digital camera will be priced at : $2,499 / £2,499 / AU$4,449 approximately) available for pre-order directly from Fujifilm and other retailers from July.

WHY CHOOSE A FUJIFILM CAMERA OVER NIKON OR SONY OR CANON?

FujiFilm cameras have been around a long time, and have made their own cameras for a long time. They have been ranked as one of the best built cameras coming from Japan, as well as using incredibly sharp lenses. FujiFilm is an actual lens manufacture, and has control over every element of the lenses too. And if you get a chance to hold a FujiFilm camera, you can’t help but be impressed. The durability, the technology is there and it will give any other brand a good run for their money.

BECAUSE DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD IS THE LEADER IN GIVING US BREAKING NEWS ON NEW CAMERAS AND SUCH, MUCH OF THIS ARTICLE IS FROM “DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD”. OUR THANKS TO THEM FOR THIS AMAZING ARTICLE.

SEE THE NEW EXCITING FUJIFILM S-H2S IN ACTION:

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PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE GARDEN:

assorted color flowers
Photo by Leigh Patrick on Pexels.com

I am an avid gardener, as well as photographer. Photography and gardening go together. My wife loves to do the flower garden, and I usually worry about all the bushes, trees, and vegetable gardening. Between the two of us, we have an amazing yard. We feed birds from a feeder hanging from our pear tree, so we have the beauty of the birds to add to that as well. This is truly one piece of heaven here on earth.

Photographing the different gardens

As a photographer, I am mostly looking for color and the beauties of the flowers. Here are just a couple of flowers from our garden:

TIPS ON FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • Make sure you understand your depth of field control, to get the right amount of flower in focus, and the background out of focus (if you wish). Controlling your aperture is one thing that helps all photos, not just close-up photos, with the perfect picture I think. For further information on “depth of field” go HERE
  • Most flowers are small, and you want to fill the frame with the flower. Appropriate close-up equipment will work the best. #1 lens to be recommended is the macro lens. Check your cameras’ lens catalogue for the best lens for you. Another great source is “close-up” filters. CHECK HERE For more information. Another great accessory, if you don’t have, is EXTENSION TUBES, which is a blog I did just a few days ago.
  • Next thing to watch out for is the wind! Yikes! Now you want to get this picture, and the wind is blowing the flower around. That is not a good thing if you want a sharp picture. I know the flower will be there tomorrow, so I will wait a day or two. Or, you might try a fast shutter speed, and that could be easy enough when you have your aperture set at F4. Try that and if you still have issues with the wind, WAIT ANOTHER DAY!

TIPS ON VEGETABLE PHOTOGRAPHY:

close up photography of orange carrots
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com

I seem to notice that most photos of vegetables are done after the harvest. This might be good to do some experimenting on vegetable photography. Stay tuned for those photos in a few months.

As you take photos of vegetables, that you have harvested, try different ways to take the photo. Such as:

  • In someone’s hands
  • In a bucket, freshly picked or harvested
  • Arranged on the table
  • Shown boiling or cooking

Photos of your beautiful yard:

Ok, if you are a gardener like me, part of gardening is to see the whole beautiful yard, with flowers, trees, bushes, and vegetables if that looks good too. Here are some examples:

photography of table and chairs near plants
Photo by Valeria Boltneva on Pexels.com
assorted plants with trees photography
Photo by Creative Vix on Pexels.com
adult attractive beautiful brunette
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY USING EXTENSION TUBES:

selective focus photo of white petaled flower
Photo by Ithalu Dominguez on Pexels.com

EXTENSION TUBES ARE AMAZING TOOLS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:

How convenient would it be if you could use your regular lens to take close up shots of subjects just as if it were a macro lens? While macro lenses are perfect for close-up images, they can be expensive for someone who doesn’t do much macro photography. This is where an extension tube can be of help.

The nice thing about extension tubes is that no optics are used in extension tubes. If you worry about degrading your image quality, you don’t have to worry with extension tubes.

YOU DON’T LOSE QUALITY OR HAVE TO SPEND A LOT

Because extension tubes have no optics in them, the quality of your photo is as good as the lens you are using. If you have a good quality normal zoom lens, or even a standard lens, as long as it’s good quality your photo will be just as good.

EXTENSION TUBES USUALLY COME IN 3 DIFFERENT SIZES.

When you look at buying an extension tube, they generally come in a set of 3. Each tube can be used separately, or all 3 tubes together.

Extension tubes generally come in groups of 3, so you can get different magnifications with the different tubes.

The other thing to know is that extension tubes can either be automatic or manual. There are extension tubes that are just tubes. You can still get magnification using this tube, but you have no control with autofocus or aperture settings.

The best extension tubes will have the connections to allow your lens to still use autofocus, and aperture connections. This is what I recommend, and it will give you the ability to control that depth of field. That is really important when doing macro work.

The camera manufacture, of course, makes their own extension tubes, but there are other brands that make extension tubes for your camera. Remember that there is no optics involved in extension tubes, so you don’t have to worry about degrading the quality of your photo with extension tubes. So, in this case, I don’t have a problem recommending a good 3rd party extension tube.

To make this complete, we are including some good extension tubes for sale here:

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR CANON EF CAMERAS

Auto-Focus Macro Lens Extension Tube Set (12mm, 20mm, 36mm Length) for Canon EF/EF-S Mount Lenses n DSLR Camera 5D2 5D3 5D4 6D 7D 70D 80D 700D 760D 1300D T7 T6i T5i Regular: $99 for all 3 tubes

$65.00

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR CANON EOS CAMERAS

Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Canon EOS 90D 80D 70D 60D 77D Rebel T6 T7 T5 T8i T7i T6i T6s T5i T4i SL3 SL2 EOS 6D Mark II 7D Mark II 5D Mark IV III 5Ds R 1Dx Mark III and More Regular: $150 US dollars

$95.00

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR NIKON D SERIES CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon D850 D750 D780 D3500 D3400 D7500 D7200 D7100 D7000 D5600 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D800 D810 D700 D610 D600 D500 & More Regular price: $149.95 US Dollars

$99.99

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR NIKON Z MOUNT CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Nikon Z50 Z fc Zfc Z7 Z6 Z5 Z6 II Z6II Z7 II Z7II Mirrorless Camera and Nikon Z Mount Lenses, Great Tool for Macro Photography Regular price: $129.95

$69.99

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR FUJI X MOUNT CAMERAS

Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Fuji Fujifilm X-T3 X-T4 X-T2 X-T1 X-S10 X-T30 X-T20 X-T10 X-T200 X-T100 X-H1 X-PRO3 X-PRO2 X-E4 X-E3 X-E2S X-A7,Replaces Fujifilm MCEX-11 & MCEX-16 Regular $99.95 US dollars

$64.95

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EXTENSION TUBES FOR MICRO 4/3 MOUNT CAMERAS (PANASONIC AND OLYMPUS)

Micro 4/3 Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube Set for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III E-M5 E-M10 Mark III E-M1X Pen E-PL10 E-PL9 Pen-F,Panasonic Lumix G9 G7 G85 G95 GX85 GX9 GX8 GX7 GH6 GH5 GH5S GH4 & More Regular $99.95

$64.95

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NIKON Z-9 FLAGSHIP CAMERA OWNS 57% OF PRO MARKET

NIKON Z9 OWNS OVER 57% OF PRO MARKET, AND THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY!

The Nikon Z9 has claimed the top spot of the professional mirrorless market, with a 57% market share according to Nikon in a latest press release. This data is based on a comparison of US unit sales of full-frame mirrorless cameras with an average selling price of $5,000 and above in the first three months of 2022.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH AVAILABILITY OF THE Z9?

“This flagship category is vital; this is where the top-of-the-line technology, performance and reliability matter most, for the most demanding customers. We are constantly receiving shipments of the Z9 from the factory, which are immediately out the door to customers. We are working as hard as we can to fulfill the demand, and it’s truly invigorating to hear the overwhelmingly enthusiastic and positive response from more and more customers everyday who are receiving their cameras.”

This is all well and good – great, even, for Nikon – but what about professionals and prosumers who are still awaiting for their brand new Nikon Z9? We all know there has been a severe shortage of cameras due to the ongoing chip crisis and limited supply of parts globally. So it does beg the question: how can the Nikon Z9 be on top when you physically can’t buy it anywhere? 

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Most retailers in the US, UK, Australia and more do not have a Z9 in stock. What happened to the days of going to a camera store and picking it up there and then? Yes, you can place your money down at retailers and pray that you get one soon, but without the physical product how do people know it is “the top” professional camera? They don’t.

WHAT NIKON IS TRYING TO DO:

What I imagine is going on here is a very good marketing strategy for Nikon, which was once behind the pack on video features and other imaging settings. After taking a step forward and providing key features to users, albeit late and with a firmware releases, it can now boast about functions and try to regain the confidence from its users, and convince those that left Nikon behind for other manufactures to return.

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DSLR SALES UP 132%, MIRRORLESS CAMERA SALES DOWN!

DSLRs are back! Sales increase 132%, while mirrorless cameras decline 57%

I follow reports from several well known camera magazines, and they keep me informed of what is going on in the market with camera sales, along with new information about new cameras, etc. And of course, I would bring this information to you to keep you informed as well.

WHY THE BIG CHANGE IN SALES? WHY IS MIRRORLESS CAMERAS DECLINING IN SALES?

In a startling turn of events, DSLRs – which had previously seen shipments slump in favor of their mirrorless counterparts – have had a 131.8% increase in sales while mirrorless cameras have received a 57.1% decrease in the United States year on year.

The pattern of digital SLR cameras outselling mirrorless models is similar, albeit not nearly as pronounced, in the rest of the world. Globally, DSLRs only achieved 80.5% of their sales figures from the same period last year but mirrorless cameras slumped to 70.7%. 

So, with the DSLR VS MIRRORLESS CAMERA war largely thought to have been won by mirrorless, the question is… what the heck is going on here? Well, while it’s tempting to start playing LL Cool J and proclaim that DSLRs are making a comeback, there’s a little more going on here than meets the eye. 

The principal reason for the shift in sales – information provided by industry body CIPA (with a tip of the hat to Digital Camera Watch) isn’t necessarily that the appetite for DSLRs is suddenly greater than that for mirrorless cameras; rather, that DSLRs are actually still available where their counterparts are largely missing in action due to the component crisis. 

Where mirrorless cameras, with a lot of cutting-edge technology (and also by virtue of simply being newer to market), are struggling to stay in production, DSLRs didn’t really suffer shortages in the same way. So if you want a brand new camera and there’s only DSLRs available, your choices are limited.

It’s also possible that there are a lot more beginners starting out in photography (something that we’ve witnessed in terms of reader behavior on this website), where the best cameras for beginners tend to be cheap and abundantly available DSLRs.  

Either way, with the shortages and supply chain issues showing little sign of abating, this resurgence of DSLR sales may continue for some time.