5 Reasons Why I Prefer MFT Cameras to DLSR Cameras


In my previous post [Photography Bargains: Used Canon EOS700D] I shared my first impressions of shooting with an APS-C DSLR Camera. After that post a couple of days I have starting to shoot with the EOS700D and Lumix G-7.

The reasons for doing so was to really compare which type of camera type really suits me. The Mirco-Four-Thirds packed and build Lumix Series (Or Olympus if you have one) or the more traditional APS-C DSLR Camera.

In order to level the playing field I decided to level the playing field and mount the Lumix G-7 with the 12-60mm MFT Lens (click here for review and specs) whilst on the Canon EOS700D I mounted the kit lens 18-55mm. Not sure if you can call it a level playing field as the Canon 18-55mm came to the market in 2011 and the Lumix Vario 12-60mm came to the market in 2016.

Let’s start comparing notes although the G-7 hasnt been on the market as long as the EOS700D/RebelTi5

two great cameras
Canon 700D (540 grams)Panasonic G7 (410 grams)
Digital single lens reflexMirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lensesMicro Four Thirds lenses
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor15.8 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
1080/30p Video4K/30p Video
ISO 100-12800 (100-25600)ISO 160-25600
Optical viewfinderElectronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0″ LCD, 1040k dots3.0″ LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreenSwivel touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second7 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge350 shots per battery charge
133 x 100 x 79 mm, 580 g125 x 86 x 77 mm, 410 g

I have to be honest: I loved shooting with the EOS700D, a great camera, a bit of a workhorse, loads of choice when it comes lenses, that said I have returned it today to the pawnshop where I bought it. Having a 7 days returning policy does have it benefits.

Here are the reasons why I returned to EOS700D and have decided to stay with Micro-Four-Thirds instead of the traditional DSLR camera

  1. Weight of Body: However strange this may sound. The body of the EOS is merely a 100gr heavier (without lens) that doesnt sound like much. Well I kinda noticed after about 90 minutes of walking around with 75-300mm (150 grams additional) you do start feeling it in your hands. Weight is for many photographers a reason to explore the MFT camera’s
  2. Grip: It maybe sounds a bit odd but if I compare the grips of the Lumix G-7 & Lumix DC-FZ82 with the grip on the EOS700D; the clear winner is the DC-FZ82, with the perfect grip (mind you I do have big hands) with the G-7 just behind it. The overall of EOS700D was sufficient in a way but it was still to small to fully graps the body and have a comfortable grip. In terms of the differing weights of the bodies the grip suddenly becomes more and more important. It was one of the first things I noticed after shooting for about 20 minutes I could feel my fingers starting to cramp a bit.
  3. 4K Stills/Video: Although the D700 supports these features, Panasonic has taken it to the next level only the be rivalled by Sony.
  4. Sports & Nature Photography: This is where the G-7 gives the EOS700D a clear kick up the behind. The max shutterspeed on the G-7 is 1/16000 vs 1/4000 on EOS700D, 49 Focus Points (Lumix) vs 9 Focus Points (EOS). Fast Continuous Shooting (Lumix: 7.0Pfs) vs EOS average of 5.0Pfs)
  5. Connectivity: All Lumix cameras come with WIFI build-in and can be easily connected via the app, additionally the camera can be controlled via the app. With the EOS700D it is very different a bit backdated, that said it is a camera that was launched in 2013.

The above stated I still feel that if Canon would be able to improve on the ergonomics of their budget cameras and try to package the bodies differently they’d make my choice so much hard.

One of things I found a bit disappointed was that EOS700D and Lumix G-7 aren’t dust and weather sealed. I know I am maybe overasking here as the bodies of both camera’s are extemely well priced at 350-400 Euro with a basic kit lens

Share your views please, as I am very interested in your experiences

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