Mirrorless cameras are wonderful tools, and I’m going to be writing regularly about their attributes. Quick intro to Micro Four Thirds, a.k.a. MFT, M43, Micro 4/3. The key characteristics are that they have interchangeable lenses, they are almost always smaller than DSLR’s, they generally cost less than DSLR’s for similar features, and they have a sensor that is smaller than DSLR’s. The sensor is shaped in a 4×3 ratio, not a 2×3 ratio like DSLR’s, which makes a picture that is less wide.
One thing that makes Micro 4/3 cameras significantly different than other interchangeable lens cameras is that the lens mount and other accessories are standard and work across brands. That means any MFT lens made by any manufacturer will fit any camera of any brand. That’s really cool. That’s like being able to use your Nikon lenses on Canon cameras. It opens up a huge number of lens options. Most of these lenses are much cheaper than their DSLR equivalents, too, and I think part of that is because the market is so much more open.
Here’s the Everything-You-Need-To-Know Part
Because Micro 4/3 is standardized, there’s a website that has all the options from all the manufacturers, www.four-thirds.org. They’ve just published a new catalog including practically all the lenses available, and it’s educational and exhaustive. It includes adds and introductions from all the manufacturers, too. These include Lumix, Olympus, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Black Magic, Xiaoyi, Voigtländer, Kodak, and others including cameras designed for flying on drones. Here’s a link to the catalog, but I’ve recompiled it as jpeg files right here, too (click on the pictures below to view).
I’m an ambassador for Lumix (Panasonic’s camera brand), so that’s the brand of camera body I use most, but I’ve shot with many others and many lenses. They’re good enough that I sold all my DSLR’s and have been making my full-time living using them for nearly four years. I’m telling you this because I know many folks are nervous to leave their DSLR’s, and lenses are one of the biggest concerns. Well, take a look at this catalog, and I’ll keep sharing resources to help you become informed about mirrorless camera systems so you’ll know if they’re the right tools for you.