The Best Camera for Everyday Use

You’ll be happy to hear that it’s whatever camera you have with you! The goal here is to get into the habit of taking more photos and doing it with intention. It’s the photographer that creates the art, not the camera.

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Smartphone cameras have come a long way over the last few years. They are getting sharper and more sophisticated and people seem content to choose their phone over a bulky digital camera for capturing life’s most precious moments. Our phones are attached to us these days. It’s so simple to pull it out of your pocket, swipe up to open the camera, and take the picture! With a DSLR, you’re likely fumbling around with settings and there’s a chance you could miss the moment.

Why would I bother with a DSLR then?

There are limitations to your smartphone. Your phone is not going to be able to capture movement as well as a DSLR. It also can’t handle low light as well. And the image quality that comes from a DSLR is better than your phone. But, for those everyday moments that just won’t wait, your smartphone is always there.

I’d also argue that it’s a great tool to learn about light and composition without worrying about aperture or shutter speed. Plus, there are endless options for editing and sharing your images that are simple and inexpensive.

Still, there are times I will always choose my DSLR over my cell phone.

A DSLR will always produce better images

Yup, I said it. It’s the truth. A DSLR is going to give you more control when it comes to creating the kind of photo that you love.

Better image quality. More detail. More control. You can play around with depth of field and focus in a way that’s just not possible with a cell phone camera. Plus, your iPhone has limited zoom capabilities. And there are a variety of lenses to choose from for your DSLR.

Choosing a camera that's right for you. What's better? A DSLR or your cell phone? My answer might surprise you!

So let’s say I want to upgrade, what’s the best DSLR for me?

That’s a very personal question. Lol! I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III. I’ve always shot with Canon. My husband gave me a Canon Rebel almost 10 years ago as a Christmas gift and that’s just what I’ve stuck with. I don’t think one brand is better than the other. It all comes down to what you prefer.

The first thing to think about is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Come up with a number and stick to it. There are a lot of options out there so it’s easy to end up spending more than you wanted to. I wouldn’t worry about investing in a bundle that includes a million different lenses. Just get the camera and the kit lens and you can invest in better lenses down the road. Once you know what you will be using your camera for, you can choose a lens that is right for you.

For instance, let’s say you want to capture your son at his soccer games. You’ll be shooting from the sidelines so you’ll want a longer lens with a better zoom to get you close to the action. If you love the look of a blurry background and want to practice taking portraits, a lens with a wide aperture is better for you.

If you’re ready to upgrade, check out this review for the best beginner camera. It’s super thorough and even has some great info on lenses and camera modes that is easy to understand.

Owning a DSLR is definitely an investment and why so many people opt to use their phones these days. Camera gear is expensive!! And the latest iPhone is usually ‘good enough’ for most people. Whatever you choose, whatever tool you use, the goal will always be to take the shot! Life happens in the blink of an eye and the only way to slow it down is to record it!

So what are your thoughts? Leave a comment and tell me what camera you use most often. If it’s your cell phone, do you ever feel limited?




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