What to look for in buying a DSLR

This past week, my wife and I have been dabbling a bit in this whole blog sensation and we thought, one of the most key elements to a successful and fun blog is having an excellent, well crafted camera, preferably a DSLR over a basic point and shoot.

You may be wondering, what the heck is the difference?

Canon t6i

Image courtesy of Canon.com

Canon Power Shot

Image courtesy of Canon.com

The Camera on the left is a DSLR camera or a digital single-lens reflex camera that is typically used for higher end photography where you have the ability to always upgrade a compatible lens as you wish. As for the camera on the right, which is a basic point and shoot, it is aimed more for beginners who are more into taking pictures closer up. This camera would be ideal if you are just trying to take pictures of family and friends, taking something light to a party or if you just want a camera with low maintenance, light weight and cheaper.

We knew for our needs that there was really no need for a point and shoot due to the fact that our cell phones basically are point and shoot cameras.

After determining we needed a DSLR to help capture every moment in the most perfect way possible, we had to do our research as to which one we wanted.

Sorry in advance to all Nikon lover’s, nothing against Nikon who makes an excellent line of camera’s, but we are definitely Canon people so we were looking strictly for a Canon.

I then decided to get a little aid from a friend of mine who has been a photographer for most of his life owning multiple high end camera’s. After much consultation, he and I agreed that the Canon Rebel series would be the best fit for us given that is a bit more affordable than most DSLR camera’s as well as a little easier to use given that I am only a bit moderate when it comes to knowing how to use them.

We then went ahead and did further research as to which Rebel would be best:

Obviously, just by looking at the pricing alone, I ruled out the Canon Rebel EOS T5 given it is the same price as the T6.

Canon Screen

Image courtesy of Canon.com

The biggest difference I found between the T5i & T6i with the T6 was that the T5i & T6i came equipped with a Flip Touch Screen which can be very handy when it comes to taking pictures that might be easier with the ability to tilt the screen for a better visual.

At that point, it came down to the T5i and the T6i. Obviously, the T6i is a newer model and more ideal, however it is $200 more than the T5i so we had to decided if the differences really outweighed the price.

When comparing, we found the T6i is a 24 megapixel camera as opposed to the T5i which is an 18 megapixel camera. Other than that, the only other main difference we could truly find was the T6i came with WiFi capabilities which in essence, we are able to connect our phones, computers or even printers to it wirelessly to transfer/print photos directly from the camera.

With all that said, we wanted an excellent camera and thought the extra $200 was worth those differences and ultimately elected to get the Canon Rebel EOS T6i.

So far, we absolutely love it and cannot wait to take it out on beautiful days to take wonderful and amazing photos of the world!

We highly recommend though that if you are going to buy a camera of this magnitude, look around, compare prices and even check places like Amazon.com for bundles that may include a bag, tripod, or even extra lenses.

Once again, we would like to thank a friend of mine who was very helpful in helping us determine the right camera for us. Please check out his website at CuddlebumDesigns.com!


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