Do Mirrorless cameras focus good at night?

3 months 21 hours ago #666864 by Ted Helm
I've been thinking about picking up a mirrorless camera like the Z6 or Z7 and just curious with the electronic viewfinders, can you see as well as you can with old school DSLR viewfinders?  When you view on the back LCD screen on these mirrorless cameras, is there a deprecation or do you see the same as you did in the mirrorless viewfinder?  

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3 months 18 hours ago #666870 by effron
No better, no worse. Like using live view on a DSLR, me thinks.....

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3 months 18 hours ago #666871 by effron

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3 months 15 hours ago #666876 by Shadowfixer1
Some mirrorless cameras have a mode that actually brightens the image in the viewfinder so you can see what you are shooting better. The fact is there is no yes or no answer just because it's mirrorless. It's brand/model dependent. 

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3 months 14 hours ago #666878 by garyrhook
What Randy said. Having an EVF that you boost to enhance clarity would be useful, but it comes down to what the camera can accomplish. It's really all about whether the AF system can find something upon with which it can focus well.

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3 months 6 hours ago #666912 by Moossmann
Not to mention many of the newer cameras have 3+ million oled view finder 


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2 months 4 weeks ago #666972 by effron

garyrhook wrote: . It's really all about whether the AF system can find something upon with which it can focus well.


Yup, enter good eyes and manual focus.....

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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #666999 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day fellas

As one who has been using mirrorless for many years ... "it depends"

I've been using the Panny G2 now for best part of a decade, and it has now been replaced operationally by the Panny FZ-2500. Different technology - different results as well

Firstly - with an F2,8 lens the G2 has not had too any issues with focussing in areas of urban / street lighting, and many star clusters. Faint star clusters did cause it some issues, but a qwik flik to MF and 2 or 3 fine-tuned exposures confirmed focus. ie: no worries mate. Image noise was a very different matter - shooting at 3200 introduced some funny artifacts

The FZ also with its F2,8 lens will focus quite easily on the stars overhead - although as Gary says "the AF system has to find 'something' to focus on in the first place. Noise at 3200 is significantly reduced compared with the G2

In reality astro focus is a slightly different issue ... by industry definition - Infinity is 1000x the focal length of the lens in use ~ so your 24mm lens means that infinity is 24 metres away from you

In practice - if you were to focus on a street light maybe 100 yeards away, flick the camera from AF to MF then you would find the resulting images of stars would be more than sharp. All you need to do is swing the tripod head towards your target stars and give it a go.

Also here is the reality that the larger the sensor, the better light gathering it / its lens will have, therefore the better the results

Hope this helps
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