I’m taking gadget geekery on a slightly different tangent today because I wanted to share with you 2 new cameras that I think people who blog or like to share photos on the go may like. I’m a huge tech/gadget geek, and I know some of you are too. Besides, I consider cameras to have a beauty of their own!
I recently attended a showcase of the latest cameras by Canon, and one or even two of the new Canon babies stood out to me as cameras that bloggers, or even beauty (and food!) bloggers, will appreciate 😀 (Caveat: No monies or products exchanged hands for this post, unfortunately. Only information because I was quite excited about them 😛 )
If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting a new camera, here’s a place to start. I’m pretty much firmly entrenched in the Canon camp as you can tell 😛
Following on from my post about starting your own blog, I mentioned having a camera on hand to take photographs, whether of products, yourself or just about anything at all. You don’t have to be all professional photographer at it, you just want something that will take a decently sharp and focused photo. The smaller, the more convenient.
Enter the affordable new Canon Powershot N which is so dinky, it looks like a toy! I didn’t get a chance to play with it at the showcase because everyone was grabbing at it and its so tiny, it could actually get lost in the sea of hands. This is the one I christen “The Blogger’s Camera” because it looks like a great little entry level camera, perfect for toting about to capture blogging material. Its my label, not Canon’s but when I saw it, I just knew it’d appeal to many young bloggers out there 🙂
Its got loads of features and Canon has thoughtfully placed the shutter on the ring at the front of the camera so it makes it easier to take self-portraits or in blogging speak “selfies”. If you have twisted your arm into a pretzel to take a selfie using a regular camera, you may appreciate how easy it will be from now on from any angle. You just press on the ring, to take a picture. The LCD touchscreen swivels but only 90° so you still can’t view yourself from the front. Useful I suppose if you are taking those angled shots from above, less useful for straight on portraits.
What’s fun is that you can pair it with your smartphone, print pictures using wifi and have some in built filters and effects. I think its a fun little toy (yes, toy) to complement the limited abilities of your smartphone camera. Its not something photography geeks will geek out over, but it’ll appeal to many young people who just want something quick and easy to take a picture so they can post to Instagram or Facebook, slip into their pocket and take lots of camwhoring selfies 😛 It even takes a short video so while you can’t record a full length product review, you can use it to show how something works. See, I told you its “The Blogger’s Camera” 😛 The RRP is RM949 (you may even get it for less if you know where to look and are good at bargaining) which isn’t cheap, but sample images online look promising. Its not one I’d go for personally because I find it a bit too dinky and simple for my needs.
The other model that I was much more excited about when I first read of its impending launch a few months back is the Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1). I’d consider this one the “Blogger’s Entry Level DSLR” – you can attach a label to anything if you really try 😀 What this one is, is a full functioning DSLR but in a tiny little body that is so adorable!
See how tiny it is!
I had the chance to hold the EOS 100D but not to really play around with it as I preferred to. It is really compact and if you have small hands like I do, it fits beautifully into small hands and I can see that many women will flock to this one for size. Yes, size matters when you are trying to fit your camera into your handbag!
I did find it rather weighty once it had a lens on, but still not as weighty as my current DSLR so its still a plus. Its very lovely and compact and if you are looking to upgrade from a point and shoot or a prosumer camera and aren’t so keen on the mirrorless cameras available out there (Canon has the EOS M) then the 100D might be one to consider.
I was very keen on this initially but having seen it and its specs, I think I’ll pass on it. I love the compact size and the potential of being able to fit it into a handbag (They are really targeting this one at women, I tell you!) although I can’t tell you if it really will and how big a handbag it’ll have to be. Maybe if I can finagle a review set from Canon (yeah, I wish!) I’ll be able to tell you then but as of now, think of it as a DSLR, just smaller and made for women 🙂
As you can see from the presentation slide, the camera is really targeted at people who want something quick and easy and dare I say it? Bloggers! It is quick at 4 frames/second so you can capture children and pets who may not sit still long enough to take a picture (Mommy bloggers!); it has a feature to enhance colours in food so food looks better (food bloggers, take note!) and it even has a candlelight feature so your dim or candlelit photos turn out well (lifestyle bloggers take note!) LOL See, I told you its the Bloggers’ Entry Level DSLR! 😀 The EOS 100D kit comes with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and retails at RRP RM2,299. If you know where to look, you may even get it for less.
Personally, I have my eye on the EOS 700D or maybe an upgrade to the 2 digits EOS series from the EOS 550D I presently use. Haven’t quite decided, but I’m actually quite impressed at the smallish pricetags I’m seeing!
Regular beauty news resumes tomorrow – weekends are for relaxing … and for being behind the camera 😉
What’s your favourite camera brand (if you have one)? Do you enjoy being behind the camera?
I started out with an Olympus Mju in the days of film (Ah, the good ol’ days!) But my first digital camera and all my digital cameras thereafter were by Canon all the way till I lost my Powershot G10 and replaced it with the Lumix LX5. Its a good camera but I prefer the colours of a Canon, so when I decided to get a DSLR, Canon was my pretty obvious choice 🙂 I love being behind a camera too. A lot more than being in front of it 😛 You?