I have done it! Finally I took the dive into the semi-professional photography camera pool and purchased my first ever DSLR camera!
What shooter did I go for? Behold, my new creative black stallion:
The new Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR with an additional 18-55mm lens.
It’s a beaut, huh?
Really. I can’t tell you how freakin’ excited I am to start shooting with this camera. I’m literally gushing with anticipation as I wait for Amazon to ship my order and for it to arrive Tuesday. It better arrive Tuesday…
So how did I arrive at the decision to buy this specific shooter?
Deciding on the camera is way easier said than was done.
For the past month and half I have been researching all different types of DSLR cameras but landed on a battle between two brands: Canon and Nikon.
Canon has always been my go to brand for my travel videography, but I purchased an AMAZING Nikon AW100 waterproof camera for New Zealand and fell in love.
This was going to be a hard choice…
The two models in question were the Canon T4i and the unreleased Nikon 5200. Both cameras had stellar reviews and on paper seemed very close in specs. Though I know the importance of megapixel and ISO from my filmmaking projects, I am a complete photography noob and most of the information was complete technical jargon.
(see specs comparison below)
I’ve always prided myself in the ability to take some pretty interesting travel pictures, but getting a camera that is right for me and will take me and this blog to the next level was paramount.
It was at the extremely early hour of 3am when I finally made my decision. I had racked my brain, compared stats on tons of websites, and asked every friend I knew that did photography. Most had the same answers:
“I’m biased and LOVE my Canon/Nikon”
Crap. That doesn’t help. So the key deciding factor is going to be what the most important features for the camera, and it was up to me.
I ended up deciding to buy the Canon T4i based on what I really wanted out of the camera — Great video, great photos, and ease of use.
Though Nikon had a one up on higher megapixel (24 MP vs. 18 MP) I wouldn’t be blowing up the photos into large prints, and from the reviews the Canon had very close quality. Also, The T4i was touted as being better for video recording; their new image stabilization and video autofocus system was important to my travel videos.
And lastly, it is the only DSLR to have a smart phone quality touch screen that allows gestures and pinch to zoom making access to settings quicker and amplified the ease of use.
So why buy another camera if I already have a stellar 16 MP point and shoot adventure camera?
I’ve felt my ability to grow as a travel photographer and further bring you even more amazing photos has been stifled by not having a camera that can grow with me. My worst photos were always when I had to zoom in.
Lets face it; subjects aren’t always in the most optimal distance and position.
Now with the ability to use multiple lenses and have an ACTUAL depth of field, and the T4i’s highly touted built-in HDR features I think I can really bring you some gorgeous images.
Hope you are as excited as I am!
I’ll be doing a first impression article and a full review, but I would love to know:
Have ever used the Canon T4i and what are your thoughts?