The acronym for these cameras might sound odd, but EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lenses. All of the cameras in this class have a common feature: they are mirrorless with interchangeable lenses. This gives us another common acronym MIL. Unlike a DSLR, these cameras don’t have a mirror-based viewfinder but still incorporate an interchangeable lens mount.
An EVIL camera is considered to be a fairly new category between point and shoot and DSLR camera segments. These cameras have the benefit of a smaller form factor similar to a point and shoot while providing more manual control options and the ability to change lenses, which are two important benefits of DSLR cameras.
An EVIL camera is an excellent option for someone who has graduated past the automated features of a traditional point and shoot but doesn’t want to carry a more substantial DSLR. An EVIL camera allows the user to experience the full range of features found in a DSLR, the creative capabilities of changing lenses, all without the bulkier body of a DSLR.
As the EVIL class of cameras has developed over the last few years we see two subsets emerging aimed at different photographers.
The first subset features cameras built around DSLR-sized (APS-C) imaging sensors. This group of cameras offer smaller and slimmer bodies than DSLR’s with lenses that are compact versions of existing DSLR lenses. The Sony NEX cameras are examples of this EVIL subset.
The alternative subset is made up of EVIL cameras that use smaller imaging sensors than a standard DSLR’s APS-C sized sensor. By using a smaller imaging sensor the manufacturers can then make smaller lenses too. The Nikon1 series falls into place with this EVIL subset.
No matter which sensor size is used, today’s EVIL cameras are quite adept at handling low light conditions and have HD video functions that work well when in automatic focus mode. They have also demonstrated a fairly high resale value so recouping part of the investment if you one day move to a DSLR is another benefit.
For the photographer that loves to shoot sports, EVIL cameras offer some of the fastest sequential shooting rates around. Without the mirror to swing into and out of the image path, speeds of up to ten frames per second are common.
That said, there are also a couple of drawbacks to consider. There are only a few companies currently offering EVIL cameras, so the selection is much smaller than with a traditional DSLR and the same can be said for the range of lenses offered. Another consideration is that accessories such as a flash or viewfinder will come at an additional cost, so it will add up depending on which features you feel you need for proper shooting.
If you’d like to learn more about the latest offerings in EVIL cameras and how they might be the perfect fit for your photography endeavors, please stop by the store, post a question on our Facebook page or give us a call at 800-553-2001. We’d love to show you the latest in this exciting new technology. You just might find that an EVIL camera is a heavenly choice!