I did a lot of research, thinking and re-thinking when choosing my new camera, and I decided I should lay my thoughts in an article, as it might be useful for some of you as well. I first thought it will be one article, but then I realized I had a lot to say. 🙂 So I will split this in a mini-series of 3 posts about mirrorless camera(s), what I needed and what I eventually chose.
I have been interested in photography since I was a teenager, and I felt like photography was a good way to express myself. My first camera was a very popular D-SLR at the time – Canon 350 D. I received it on Christmas and up to that point I have dreamed about it, read every review available, imagined how I would rule the world with my new toy. And so it was! I loved it from the first moment, I started with the 18-55 mm kit lens, I then bought a new one, the Canon 50 mm, and an external flash, as well as a tripod. I was taking photos with all occasions, I’ve used it when I started being an intern in my first year at the University. I used to go the the University’s different events and take photos. I’ve learnt a lot about photography back then, how to use different functions, how to find the best ratio and edit afterwards.
During the same time, I also started my first blog and used it a lot to take pictures for the blog posts. However, at some point, I felt like I needed to upgrade and I changed everything to see how Nikon cameras works for me. I chose an Nikon 3200, again with the kit lens and a 70-200 mm one. I got a bit busier with school then work, and I used this camera, but not that much. I did not feel the connection as strong as I did with Canon 🙂 I also realized that there are several reasons why I did not use it so much, which will be shortly described below along with my final choice for a mirrorless camera.
What do I need?
I like to do my research when choosing to buy something, but especially when I’m thinking about cameras, I had to sit down and come with some clear needs that would define my final purchase:
- Portability – I need something light(er): I’ve been using heavy cameras before and I don’t usually travel light; so my bag/backpack would always get quite heavy. When going to an event after work, I noticed I would leave my camera at home, because I already had too much stuff to carry and I preferred to use my Iphone for pictures instead;
- Accessibility – I want something with a flip screen: and I’m not talking about those that only flip at a 90 degree angle, which would be useless. I need something that can be used for self-filming or selfies. As I would like to do more on my YouTube channel and I don’t have a personal assistant to tell me if my lipstick is smeared or I have something in my teeth, a flip screen is a must;
- Diversity – I want a camera with interchangeable lenses: this gives me the option to expand my activities and creative skills; I can also use different lenses for different situations;
- Performance – I want a camera that takes great photos and can make high quality movies (Duh!) I am planning to improve myself and the quality of my pictures and videos, therefore I need an ally that can help me do that;
- Cost-effective – I don’t want to rob a bank: I sold my Nikon, and I did save some money for a new camera, but I don’t want to go over the top for this. I decided I would spend up to a maximum of one thousand euros.
Next post will be on my research and what I intend to buy. Once posted, I will also add a link here to the future posts of the series.