I don’t know about you but I literally can’t believe that today is February 1, 2018!! OMG right!? Where did January go? 2018 has kicked off and the year has begun, how are you spending it so far?
This one is for those amateur photographers out there and travelers who are done taking pictures with their Iphones (that’s me!) and really ready to start creating pieces of art and capturing those perfect moments throughout their trips or everyday events! I’m an avid traveler myself! My wanderlust dreams are never ending and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to plan a few trips this year, including San Francisco, Hawaii, possibly Oregon and Seattle and finishing up with Nashville later in the year! I can’t wait to share it all with you! I always loved seeing pictures of people’s travels and experiences and creating a great picture is such a good feeling for me. As you know if you’ve followed my blog a bit I love photography and the artistic way of creating a picture is so exhilarating to me, I mean we are in the age of social media and creating the most perfect Instagram pic is what everyone is after. So I’ve decided, since I’ll be doing a lot of traveling it’s time to invest in a great camera!
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I know a whole lot about photography or cameras in general but I’m so excited to learn and perfect my skills! It also doesn’t hurt to have some of the most beautiful destinations as the center of my photographs! 🙂
In my recent research I’ve come to see that the decision comes between Nikon and Cannon and that’s what I’ve based this post on. I spoke with a friend of mine and she basically convinced me which way to go here but please read all my information and do some research of your own before you make your own decision! Anyways she bought a Nikon D2700 herself and she is so happy with it! She mentioned that Cannon was expensive and the accessories are just as much and as we know investing in a camera can be a good chunk of money so personally I was happy someone told me ahead of time that Cannon just seemed to be money hunters. That was enough for me to decide which I was going with, Nikon for sure!
Once I decided on that I looked through the number of different cameras that are available. To be honest I was extremely overwhelmed there are so many options for example if you want full frame of crop frame, and accessories such as lenses and depending on what type of photography you are interested in depends on the type of camera and lenses you get. So I did what any naive consumer would do, I googled the best cameras for beginners! It came up with a couple of great ones too, the Nikon 3300 and Nikon 3400. Which seem to be some of the most basic and the cheapest as well, but remember the camera you get depends on the type of photography you like to shoot; landscape, candid, wildlife, sports, photojournalism, what’s your style?
The Nikon D3300 is one of the best Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) you can get right now. Although the D3300 and D3400 share a similar set of features the biggest difference I saw was that it didn’t have the connectivity that the D3400 had with the BridgeSnap technology. Even though it doesn’t you can still buy Nikon’s WiFi plug in and get the same output. If you can find one of these, you will have found yourself a great beginner camera for a great price!
What I found was great about the Nikon D3400 was that it had a great battery life, has the Nikon SnapBridge Bluetooth connectivity to connect to your phone (for the perfect Instagram pic!) and a pretty good single shot autofocus (AF). On the other had this camera doesn’t have a touch screen and no microphone port if you were looking to shoot video as well.
In my research I kept running into these two camera’s but I wanted to know what else was out there what newer models were there? So I took my friends advice and checked out the D7200! This camera is a great one I will say that, this is the camera that I found to be almost perfect! It’s weather proof, a little heavier than that of it’s predecessor the D5600 also in comparison I found that it has two SD slots so you always have a backup! The AF in this model is much better, the shutter speed is much faster which basically explained; is the amount of time that the shutter is open and how much light that reaches the film. Another great difference, again depending on what type of photography you like but this camera has a built in flash while the other does not. They both have LCD screens the D7200 is a bit bigger but counter to the D5600 the LCD is not articulated and it is not a touch screen.
At this point in my research, I was convinced that one of these two cameras was going to be the one I purchased but how could I determine? Well, I broke it down basically made a pro’s and con’s list for each, by the camera quality, AF system, speed,sensor what I liked and what I didn’t like. What it came down to was this I knew both cameras were great so whatever purchase I decide to make will be a good one!
To summarize, you should buy the D5500 or D5600 if you:
want a great, all-around camera
shoot primarily with natural light (or manual flash)
need an articulated LCD screen for video or photos
really care about the weight of your camera
think you’ll really enjoy using a touchscreen
want to save money to buy the best lenses possible! At Amazon, the current price for the D5600 body is: $646.95
Buy the D7200 if you:
shoot lots of action, especially in long bursts
are hard on your equipment and need a more durable body
use flash for action or fill, and need high-speed sync
use Nikon’s CLS and want to use the built-in command module
shoot macro (or other focus critical work) and need to make micro adjustments to your lenses
shoot a lot of video and want a simple headphone jack on your camera
don’t need to worry about spending a little more. At Amazon, the price for the D7200 body is $1097
This research has been mind opening and I hope it has been for you as well! If you have any other information on these specific cameras I would love to know! Any information is greatly appreciated but for those of us just as naive as I am I hope this gave you a bit more outlook on cameras like these and spark your interest in creating a work of art through photography!
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
— Ralph Hattersley