Recently I have been leaving the camera at home when it comes to personal trips as my camera has become a work tool and a bit of a burden when I’m travelling.
My main kit is heavy and awkward to carry all the time so I decided for my trip to Paris last week that it was time to get a lighter personal camera to carry with me.
I picked up the Nikon D3200 from Argos and 30gb card for under 300.00 which I considered a bargain as I remember buying a compact camera years ago for around the same price.
During the christmas period I had a lot of people asking me for advice on which camera to buy so I hope this blog may help you when choosing a new camera.
Nikon and Canon are the most popular camera brands, though there are many more. I would always say this is a personal choice. My first SLR was a Nikon brand and that is what I am used to. I would almost have to retrain now in order to use a different brand therefore I stick to Nikon because its what I know.
Even in new models the overall lay out of the buttons and settings don’t change much so I can upgrade without hassle. So just keep in mind whichever camera you start with is most likely your brand for life.
Room to progress.
The Nikon D3200 is perfect for beginners who would like to develop their photography skills, but still has the safety net of the automatic settings while you are getting the hang of the manual settings. I always use manual settings when taking photographs, but it is comforting to know that there is an automatic setting for this spontaneous moments when you may not have time to get the manual setting correct.
Easy to carry.Most people starting out in photography feel uncomfortable carrying a large camera. This camera is the perfect size to fit into a reasonably sized hand-bag. This is one of the main reasons I chose this camera model, so that I could take it with me on trips and not miss out on anything. I carried this with me on my travels around Paris without feeling weighed down by it.
The camera can easily switch to video mode to make great quality videos. Once you have mastered the manual settings you could get very creative with this video mode.
It is hard to judge the quality of the camera until you have used it in a number of different situations and then view them on a good screen or print. I was really happy with the quality of the images from this camera, even in low light. The colours were vibrant and real to life, even when using automatic mode I found the colours were correct.
Below are some of my favourite images from my recent Paris trip, using the Nikon D3200.
ps. I don’t work for Nikon!