Buying My First Canon DSLR for Travel Photography

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.

Canon EOS T4i 18.0 MP

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)

Canon T4i Compared to Nikon 5200


Canon t4i vs. Nikon 5200 Specs


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.

Lake Tenaka

So why buy another camera if I already have a stellar 16 MP point and shoot adventure camera?

You of course! Remember, the goal for this blog is to assault your mind and spirit with inspirational and awe-inspiring photos to show you the world you are missing!

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?




  1. Name January 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Just because you bought a DSLR does not mean that you are anywhere near being a semi-professional photographer. It takes a lot more than buying a camera to become a professional photographer.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      I never stated that I thought I was going to magically become a semi-pro at photography by buying this camera. What I said is that I took a dive by buying a camera labeled for amateur and semi-pro level photographers, admitted I was a noob at photography, and hoped this equipment would help grow this hobby into something more. I would never assume an object would make me a professional. Becoming a professional involves passion, practice, hard work, and much more that helps create one. Many professionals don’t deserve to be called one anyway and I don’t take the label lightly. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Wends of Journeys and Travels January 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    That is originally my camera of choice but they dont sell it yet here in the city where I live and will take longer than usual to order them so I bought Nikon D90 and whoa, I was blown away.

    As regards being a travel photographer, that is what I intend to do while on the road too but wanted to put some stories behind every capture and wants to deal not so much on technicalities but of emotions.

    Never a professional photographer but a struggling travel photographer/blogger, I enjoy every photo I took with or without the necessities of a schooled photographer.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 11, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Hey Wends, bummer they don’t sell the camera in your area, so far I’m really loving it. But I’ve heard some great things about the D90 as well.

      Well I think you take fantastic photos, and most of the time a schooled photographer won’t be able to teach you better than practice and getting out there to actually shoot. So jut like you, I plan to get plenty of practice around the world.

  3. Kate - CanuckiwiKate January 8, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I recently took the dive, as well! I was faced with the same Canon vs Nikon debate and made all the same considerations… but as I know you can appreciate, electrontics and pricetags in New Zealand do not get along well…. I decided that the Nikon was probably more flash (aka pricey) than I really needed to be at my particular level, and a Canon would still be able to grow with me.

    I ended up buying what I think may be a T3, but I’m not certain because the model is actually “1100D” but I’ve been enjoying snapping away, playing with different settings. I said if I was going around New Zealand AGAIN, this time I was taking a GOOD camera with me to capture it!

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author January 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

      I totally understand that Kate. Even though my point and shoot was great for what it was worth, I always found myself wanting more. And hell yeah technology prices there are horrendous!

      I’ll have to check out some of your new photos, I am in a complete learning state right now and just shooting as much as possible. Where are some places you will be heading off to test our new baby out?

  4. Sophie January 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I am glad the site that I showed you helped you with your decision making. I think you made the right choice of camera because I know that making large prints was not something that was the most important. I think the quality of the images will be perfect and the video quality on the canon will be awesome for you. Get a good camera bag for it so it doesn’t get harmed while you travel. Also, you should get a lens protector! It is always good to have one of those on your precious lenses because it is way easier to replace that, than a lens. Enjoy your first DSLR!


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