What's the difference between a DSLR and DLST?

Thu 21 July

What's the difference between a DSLR and a DSLT? We put them up against each other in our comparison.

DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex: the word reflex refers to the action of the mirror, which flips upwards whenever you take a picture to allow light travelling through the lens to reach the sensor. DSLT stands for Digital Single Lens Translucent.
Translucent mirrors are fixed, allowing the majority of light through to the sensor and deflecting a small amount of light to the AF sensor. Its main advantages are that the viewfinder image never blacks out, the frame rate is increased and the whole system is cheaper to produce.

The biggest disadvantage is that the standard viewfinder is replaced for an electronic finder, which until now has lacked the brightness and clarity of an optical finder.

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