Photography | Buying the right camera

Nikon D3200

I’m currently in the process of uploading an entire archive of photos (2003 – today) to my SmugMug account It’s boring, a long job but an absolutely necessary one if I want to keep a copy of all my digital images. I read on Facebook recently of a friend who lost all of her photos and was unable to get them back. Hard drives break and the rule of thumb is to have three copies of each image in three separate places. Now I have two copies I feel a little more secure.

I am also about to invest in a new camera which is very exciting and also very daunting, which one do I go for? Do I save a little bit longer and get a better one or opt for the one within my budget now?

I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager, my first were developed from film which was sent off in the post and returned with a new reel of film. In those days you took photos sparingly as many didn’t develop well consequently I’m left with a handful of rubbish to remind me of those times.

I’ve always had a camera of some sort but never had the confidence to try something more professional, let’s face it I thought it was above me and so ruled the option out. It was only when I started blogging that photography became important. Reading other blogs and watching how they documented their lives using photography made me want to improve.

I’ve been blogging for five years now and would like to think I have made some progress but I’m very critical and know I have a long way to go still. So I asked for vouchers and cash this Christmas as I wanted to invest in a DSLR, the very thought alone scares me. Aperture, ISO and ƒ don’t come easy to me so I am following Emma Davies’s 2015 bootcamp photography course where I will pick up some tips and ideas as I go through the year.

Which DSLR camera?

Speaking with Emma about this the one comment (amongst many) she gave was invest in the best you can. With DSLR prices starting at £280 and going up into the thousands that’s quite mind boggling but I’ve narrowed it down and I have been looking at the Nikon D3200, however I may be tempted to go for the D5300. It’s so difficult to decide.

This will be my proper camera, to take good shots with and learn more about light, composition and capturing the moment.

Handbag camera?

Canon Powershot N2

On the other hand I do like to keep a trusty handbag size camera with me. If I’m off on a day trip, I want something light that I’m not afraid of breaking but that is better than my iPhone. I have heard from Jessops that they are launching the perfect product, the Canon Powershot N2 Digital Camera

Here’s what the site says about it

Shoot, create and share life from every angle with the unique PowerShot N2. Enjoy effortless creativity, ‘any way up’ shooting, stunning images and easy Wi-Fi connectivity – all in one minimalist camera.

  • Add artistic twists to shots and movies with Creative Shot
  • Take the perfect ‘selfie’ with Self Portrait Mode and a tilt-up touchscreen
  • Impress with a unique stylish symmetrical design you can carry everywhere
  • Enjoy ‘any way up’ control with all-round release shoot and zoom lens rings
  • Unleash stunning images in any light with Intelligent IS and HS System
  • Get closer to the detail using 8x optical zoom
  • Create brilliant photos with ultimate ease using Hybrid Auto and enjoy a fun movie summary of your day
  • Connect and share easily using Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Enjoy remote shooting via smartphone
  • Experience great Full HD movies in MP4 format with stereo sound

I really like the sound of the Canon Powershot N2, let’s hope it launches soon. A quick check reveals that it will cost £289.