Mirrorless cameras with IBIS are making handheld low-light photography easy

Photographer using a camera on a tripod
(Image credit: Annie Spratt / Unsplash)

Not too long ago I made a confession that I love to travel light when out shooting, and the first piece of kit I consider leaving behind is the tripod. However, that’s been possible only with the advent of mirrorless cameras that feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS).

In the age of the DSLR, the choice of stabilized bodies was very limited. While Pentax did have IBIS, Canon and Nikon both shied away from it, as it was too difficult to stabilize the mirror or pentaprism while also steadying the sensor. Without that combined stability, you’d end up with a jumpy optical viewfinder that didn’t show you the real picture, thus affecting your framing. And so we’ve made do for years now with stabilized lenses.

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!