DSLR Camera

Why did I buy a DSLR camera?

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:

  1. The purpose. What will it be used for? Is it just for Instagram posts or is it for blogging and photography?
  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It is wifi enabled, so you can send pictures straight to your phone or social media uploads.
  4. 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

Canon EOS 1300D/T6 18MP DSLR Camera + 18-55mm Lens + 16GB Accessory Kit

You might consider the following too;

Canon EOS 1300D/Rebel T6/KISS X80 18-55/3.5-5.6 EF-S IS II

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 🙂

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