The #1 question I get is "Do you have any suggestions for a good camera?" I decided that since this is such a popular question, that I should do some research. This will be biased. I am a Canon girl. I know how to use them and therefore feel like I can give an honest opinion. I have heard multiple times that Canon is easier to use/learn than Nikon, but don't let this stop you. If you've gotten some great advice on Nikons and are set on one, I'm sure you'll be just fine! There will be a few non-Canon brands and after research feel confident in giving them a high recommendation. Most people who ask, are asking for recommendations for their family. They want to capture everyday moments, birthday parties, sporting events and vacations. So this post is geared toward capturing moments for your family (not geared towards an aspiring photographer).
So without further ado....
1. Your phone. I know, I know. It's not a real camera, but 99% of people have their phone on them. Invest in a nice phone with a nice camera, because it is what you will alway pull out faster than anything else. Also the ability to edit it, instantly is pretty much unbeatable. I think this is why point and shoots get the raw end of the deal. Editing your pics instantly is pretty amazing! I love the iPhone, however have heard great things about the new Google phone. If you hate carrying around a camera, invest in a good phone. **However DO NOT justify your phone as a PROFESSIONAL CAMERA. It can't and will not give you the quality and longevity of professional quality images. Think of it as a polaroid. Do polaroids stay the same? Do they last? No. They fade and their quality fades pretty rapidly. So don't confuse the convenience with quality and longevity.
Pro: light, easy to use, convenient, great wide angle, edit on demand, good quality for everyday
Cons: awful selfie quality, low low-light and zoom quality, low pixels = low quality for enlargements, expensive
2. Point & Shoot- Ever since the iPhone came out, I've had a hard time wrapping my head around point and shoot cameras. It just didn't click. I already had my phone on me, now I'm going to carry a camera, similar size to my phone, producing similar results? I assume these were your similar thoughts too, because I rarely see a point and shoot these days. However, many point and shoots now have the capability and versatility of zoom and more setting controls. Many of them, you can change all the settings just like a DSLR and some have the option of shooting in RAW, but in a tiny little pocket size machine. If you're wondering, I do not own a point and shoot. It just hasn't been convenient for me to have one, however, that doesn't mean it wouldn't be convenient for you. Price wise, it's a nice medium between the phone and a DSLR.
Pros: light weight, convenient, great zoom and flash, perfect for travel and vacations, variety of price options
Cons: similar to phone quality if you use it on auto, learning curve
Panasonic Lumix ZS 50 $300 or DMC-LX100 $700
Canon Powershot G9X $425 or G7 X Mark II $675
3. DSLR - Although I use my phone for most of my everyday, I do pull my big camera out for all the important things and usually once a week. I tell ALL of my clients to invest in a nice camera. This isn't to take the place of your photographer, this is to capture the moments your photographer won't be there. The one thing I regret is not investing in a DSLR before my son was born. His first 18 months of life were captured by a pretty bleak point and shoot, that just didn't cut it. You will regret not capturing these moments to last forever.
If you'd like to take great quality professional images of your kids and family, I highly recommend the,
Canon Rebel T6i with
*50mm 1.8 - standard prime portrait lens, great in low-light
*18-135mm - for capturing relatively close sports/activities (basketball/volleyball/the arts)
*or 75-300mm - for capturing sports/activities far away (football/soccer/track)
You really only need one of these zoom lenses. Choose what fits your needs best!
This will run you about a $1000. Worth it to capture 18+ years of memories!
Pros: professional quality images, fantastic zoom, great action shots, great quality for enlargements, great in low light (prime)
Cons: heavy, inconvenient, expensive, big learning curve
Ideally, to get the most out of your DSLR, I would suggest taking some classes to use it to it's ability. It's quite a machine and although, shooting in auto mode forever, will do fine, if you're going to invest money in a product, why not know exactly how it works? Most local camera stores(Rockbrook) or community colleges(MCC) offers free or inexpensive classes to get the most out of your new toy.
Leave a comment letting me know if this was helpful and if you're in the market for a new camera! I'd love to hear from you!
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