Sunday, 24 April 2016

Geek Latte | I got a new DSLR Camera

Hi Dolls!

I cannot contain my excitement as I type this! I am the proud new owner of the Nikon D5500 DSLR camera! The previous DSLR I was using is my parents. Nothing wrong with that; however, they love traveling and want to take the camera with them to capture moments from their trips. Also, I have been hogging the camera, so it was time I bought my own. I went with a Nikon since the settings are familiar to me. I did not want to branch out into a different company as I would have to re-learn all the functions as well, Nikon is the biggest producer of high quality camera lenses. A lot of Canon users actually purchase Nikon lenses. 

After saving up money, I made the big splurge. I bought the D5500 in a bundle pack with the 18-55mm lens, commonly known as the kit lens. If you are just starting out, be sure to purchase a bundle and not purchase the body alone. There was also a 50mm lens bundle, but I purchased the lens last winter. Personally, I think it is good to have the 18-55mm lens if you are just starting out as it is easy to use and is quite diverse. The 50mm is more restrictive for what you can use it for. 

My new D5500! The picture is much brighter and crisper. 
Disclaimer: I am not a professional when it comes to photography. These are simply my own observations as a photography enthusiast who is self taught :) 

Now a little comparison between my new Nikon D5500 DSLR and my parent's Nikon D3100 DSLR. 

Similarities: 
  • Brand - Nikon
  • Still in the smaller body size (half sensor) 
  • More in the hobbyist category vs. professional (usually full sensors)
What the Nikon D5500 has that the D3100 does NOT:
  • A flip out LCD screen that is also now touch screen
  • Better capability of taking video as well much better microphone
  • Weighs less and is more compact
  • The new 18-55mm lens is considerably smaller - it also has a "lock" on it
  • Higher resolution and clarity! There is a huge difference! 
  • Reaches a higher ISO without making the picture grainy
  • A different interface
  • Takes better pictures in the dark
  • The pictures are brighter
My parents' Nikon D3100 I want to say was purchased around 2008? It is fairly old; however, it works perfect and we have yet to encounter a problem with it. In fact, a lot of professional photographers will purchase new lenses, but stay with their old body. Why? Because they are familiar with the camera. Haha I do not know how to explain it, but its like you know how to adjust everything on the camera to get the best picture. 


The Nikon D3100. The same settings; however, a very different picture. Much darker. 
When I switched the D5500, it took me a while to find my groove when it came to adjusting the settings for a picture. I have had my new camera for almost two months now and am much more comfortable using it now. 

My favourite part of the D5500 has got to be the flip-out LCD screen! Sometimes I want to take a selfie haha! And it makes it much easier when I am trying to film something. The flip screen is just nice. I also like that I am able to take bright pictures even in low lighting because I prefer pictures with more light and try to go for white backgrounds. 

I hope this post helps anyone who was thinking of getting the Nikon D5500. I definitely give it two thumbs up! 

BYES

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