So, I have been thinking of purchasing a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) to use and have been researching on the subject for the past two weeks. I must say, it has been a difficult decision. I have been going back-and-forth considering the need to own one. With the wide choice of camera phones that gives you superb quality pictures, I wondered whether buying a DSLR was even necessary or justified!
As I deliberated on the subject, I remembered the Canon EOS which I owned once, the one before we knew what ‘digital’ pictures even meant! I used to click, click and click-away, taking pictures of my kids’ every tantrum, tricks and laughter…pictures captured the moments I treasure. I never left home without it. Having a camera for point & shoot was worthwhile even though it was at times bulky and cumbersome.
With so many brands out there, deciding which one was difficult and time consuming. I was biased towards Canon as it is a brand that I was already familiar with but ultimately, I considered the following:
- The purpose. What will it be used for? Is it just for Instagram posts or is it for blogging and photography?
- What do I look for in the camera?
As I begin to travel more, there will be more blogs and many more travel pictures which I would take to develop a photography portfolio, so, it would not be just for Instagram or Facebook posts. Purchasing a DSLR will be an investment in this respect. As I considered what I wanted in a camera, I wanted one that was suitable to a beginner camera user, one that was not too heavy and bulky but one that had all the essential kit such as for wide-angle photography, tripod stand etc. Basically, I wanted one which I could grow with, as I progress in my travel-blogging and photography. I narrowed my choices and have decided on Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera because:
- It’s affordable. Any of the Rebel T6 DSLR comes with standard kit zoom lens, typically 18-135 mm. Each of the bundle has a price range between $449.00 and $499.00.
- It’s easy to use, with bloggers and beginner photographers in mind. It has easy to use controls with a quick control menu which is easy to read. It comes with auto-modes and you can set it to shooting mode to start taking pictures. A beginner is not intimidated when customising the camera for a perfect image. There are add-on accessories as one progresses in their photographic skills.
- It is wifi enabled, so you can send pictures straight to your phone or social media uploads.
- It is lightweight. It has plastic casing which might be seen as a drawback as it can easily crack upon damage but I think that it is this, the plastic casing that makes it lightweight and easy to carry.
There are various bundle that you can purchase, depending on your budget but I am basically looking at the following one as it is just on par with my budget of $500.00/ slightly below £400.00
You might consider the following too;
However, if you want to spend less and build your camera as you progress, the following Canon EOS DSLR cameras start from much less as you will note from the following links;
Canon EOS 4000D DSLR Camera and EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens – Black
Canon EOS 2000D DSLR Camera and EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, Black
I will return with an update in a few weeks, once I have tried and tested my purchase, so, please do return here for an update. In the meantime, all of the very best in your search of your perfect camera 🙂