I’ve received several questions lately about cameras: what to buy, where, etc. and I love answering this question!
Today, I’m chatting about the newest camera I’ve been recommending when people message me about camera-buying advice… and *spoiler alert* it’s not a DSLR!!! So in this blog, I want to quickly and easily break down two different types of cameras, in hopes that this will help other make the best choice for what you actually need in the future!
Honestly, the worst thing I see happen is people investing a lot of their money into camera gear, and then it turns out to be something that just sits on their shelf at home. Maybe they think a bigger camera is always better, maybe they don’t know which is best, maybe they are overwhelmed with the settings, but whatever the case is this is NOT what I want for you. I doubt it’s anyone’s goal to spend money on something they think they need, and then never understand how to use it or room to bring it anywhere.
Please keep in mind that as I worked on this recommendation, I’ve found that the words *point and shoot* have become SO “dirty” to most people when buying a camera, that they like to avoid the compact cameras altogether!! Maybe you feel the same way? Let me tell you though, as a photographer, it makes no sense to me why we do this because you can still end up using a “fancier” DSLR just like *point and shoot* if you aren’t prepared to use it’s settings to it’s fullest potential… and with a DSLR it’s a lot heavier to do this 😉
It’s funny to think about now, but I actually taught myself the science behind how to shoot manual on a smaller “point and shoot” camera that had the options to manually control just like the one I’m recommend later, so there is absolutely room for growth with this camera too!
Today, my hope is that this blog gives you permission to figure out the perfect camera for YOU and YOUR individual needs, and quiet the lie of. “well I have to buy this because this person has it.”
So let’s dive right on in and figure out the perfect camera for you….
The first camera that people usually ask me about is DSLR camera!! These are amazing and what I use to shoot photos for my business, but it’s also very, very bulky! For this reason, I don’t think is ideal if you plan to just leave it on auto mode because while it can be so, so powerful, when it’s left on certain modes it acts just like a “point and shoot”!!
Point and Shoot cameras are usually the smaller cameras that you see in stores. Defined point and shoot means “an automatic camera which, when it is pointed at a subject and the shutter release is pressed, will take a properly exposed and focused photograph.” Basically, any camera in today’s world can be a point and shoot by just leaving it on auto, and some people are paying a lot of money on a “bigger” camera just to do this!
Back to a DSLR… because of its bulk and weight you may end up not wanting to lug it around like you think you would! Now, if you are interested in taking photos seriously or if you have a passion for photography then yes, I think this is a great camera to start with. (And to clarify when I say “have a passion for photography” don’t mean just professionally. Plenty of people have a passion for photography with just personal use too!) However, in full transparency, when I first got my DSLR I was all about carrying it to family events, BUT once the novelty wore off it became a lot to pack up and bring. It also became a worry at certain places, because now I had this bulky, expensive camera that’s not discreet and hard to keep up with…. so most of the time I just left it at home.
Now, here are my top recommendations if you know without a doubt that you want a DSLR camera:
Starter Nikon DSLR
Starter Canon DSLR
However, please don’t just fall for the lie that a bigger camera equals better photos. This is so far from the truth, and you need to consider logistics first! I really want you to think about going out and actually traveling with a DSLR camera. If you are mom, and plan to use this for photos of your kids ask yourself, “is this something that I will actually pull out and take with me all the time?” Because of its weight, there is often no room in my purse or in the diaper bag for mine so I have to carry a bigger or separate bag to take it. This is fine when I’m intentionally going out to shoot portraits. However, for the day to day I try to always carry as little as possible… maybe you can relate?
If so, I sincerely think my next choice is the best option for you, and anyone who wants to take photos that are far better than an iPhones, without taking up much more room!!!
Want to know my surprising recommendation for this as a Nikon girl? Not a big bulky camera, nope. Just this little guy… The Canon G7x.
This camera takes incredible photos, amazing video, and has a flip screen so that you can easily use it to see yourself which makes for easier selfies and vlogs. It’s considered a “point and shoot”, but actually has manual settings and lots of options for playing around with settings and getting familiar with how everything works together in photography– without the bulk. Its also great if you have to set it on the tripod and get a picture of yourself/family so you can actually see what you’re doing. Technically, speaking the specs are awesome, and the lens goes down to an 1.8 aperture, which is what helps give you those creamy, dreamy backgrounds. 😱
This is the camera that I use for all my vlogging, most of my pictures for Instagram, and it’s just a powerhouse. It is Wi-Fi enabled so I am able to send pictures straight to my phone after I take them, edit them with my Lightroom Mobile Presets for consistency, and then post without ever touching a computer or card reader. You can also use the WiFi feature to turn your phone into a remote with LIVE VIEW so you see what your camera is seeing, zoom in/out, take a photo and more!!
Connecting my camera to my phone is how I got this photo with B by myself! This really beats out using the self timer by miles!
The camera also fits nicely in my jacket pocket, easily in the diaper bag, and has just made it so easy for us to capture MORE of our everyday life without the bulk of a DSLR!! It’s easily my favorite purchase in recent years, and I feel like if we do get to travel for Kyle’s job I’m going to buy another as a back up because I love it that much haha!!
So.. if you were under the impression that a DSLR was always the best option and are now reeling I just want you to consider these questions before you buy:
How important is portability to me?
Will the size of the camera impact how much I take it out and use it?
Am I buying a DSLR because it’s the best option based on my research OR just because I see other people have it?
Am I interested in learning more about the creative and technical side of photography OR am I just focused on capturing better photos than my phone each day?
Am I instrested in learning more about the settings OR will I leave it on auto mode?
Am I interested in buying more lenses/attachments as I need them OR am I looking for a “one stop shop” with my camera?
No answer is wrong.
It’s okay to not want a big camera. It doesn’t mean your photos will be horrible at all. In fact, you may actually end up with the advantage of getting to take more photos because you have easy option in your hand!
I hope this helps you make a decision! Let me know if I can answer your question about my favorite camera or any other photography related goodness! I love to help <3