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Buying a hybrid camera
When Panasonic and Olympus invented this breed of mirror-less, interchangeable-lens camera in 2008, most digital SLR shooters yawned and went back to taking pictures.
Today, however, hybrids are the choice of many pros that need small, lightweight backup cameras; travel photographers; and people who specialize in street and documentary photography.
Of course, hybrids are also ideal for anyone who wants to upgrade from a point-and-shoot or smartphone camera and take better family and vacation photos. Speaking of taking better photos, you'll also want to grab my Essential Guides to Digital Photography in my store. They can help you become a pro photographer in no time.
By removing the mirror, manufacturers are able to move the back of the lenses closer to the sensor and make the lenses smaller. There's also no need for an SLR's bulky internal prism. This allows camera makers to shrink the size of the camera body.