Why You Need an Interchangeable Lens Camera

While it’s not necessary to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera to take great photos – you can take very good photos using only your smartphone – you have to rely on an interchangeable lens camera sometimes. Taking photos in a theatre is one of those times. Let’s see why you benefit from having a camera with interchangeable lenses for theatre photography.

Lenses Matter

The first reason is that it helps a lot to have a lens that is meant to be used in low light situations while photographing a play. Of course, there are fixed lens cameras that have great lenses too, but having the ability to change from a wide angle lens to a portrait lens comes in very handy.

They Have Bigger Sensors

Usually, most interchangeable lens cameras will have bigger sensors than compact or smartphone cameras. This lets in more light into the sensor, thus creating better images. Not only do the photos have lesser noise in them, they also have a bigger size and resolution which is useful in post processing.

More Accessories Help

A DSLR or a mirrorless camera will usually allow you to attach more accessories to them than others. You will have access to mic and headphones slots for video, secondary memory card slot for backups, all manner of lighting equipment and more. For a more professional photography shoot, these kind of things can really elevate your work.


So if you have to buy a camera solely for theatre photography or something similar, it’s better to invest in a DSLR or mirrorless camera so that you can keep using it for a longer time.