Last month you may have noticed a slight change on my Instagram… my photos suddenly got a hell of a lot better!
That’s because I decided to bite the bullet and finally buy myself a proper camera! I’d been wanting to get one since starting uni earlier in the year and having a photography module in the first semester. I’ve been doing photography since I was 17 but I’ve never had enough money to buy my own camera: I’d either borrow my dads old crappy one or rent one out from the design department- neither of which was particularly practical.
I’d been looking at a few different ones: the Olympus PEN that pretty much every blogger seems to own, the Canon ESO M3 and the ESO M10. They’re all compact cameras that better suited what I wanted to use them for: mainly a mix between my finally photography module at university next year and to up my blog photography. I’m also considering vlogging and/or starting a YouTube channel later in the year but since I really don’t have the confidence to do either of those just yet, the video side wasn’t too high on my priority list.
The only problem with both the PEN and the M3 was their price: as a student living solely on my student loan there was no way I could afford to spend that kind of money on something that won’t be bringing me any money back! Really should consider monetising my blog but I don’t want to see ads all over the place…
In the end I decided to go for the M10, looking at the specs it was more than good enough for what I need: it would take high quality, professional looking photos for university and my blog while also being lightweight and portable enough to take and use on holiday/day trips.
I bought mine from PC World for £299, which for a camera like this is actually a reasonable price and it was the cheapest place I could find (for a brand new one anyway). I did consider getting a second hand one from eBay but they weren’t that much cheaper and in all honesty I’d rather spend a little more on a brand new camera that comes with insurance for only £2 a month!
The camera was exactly what I expected: the auto mode is brilliant and really easy to use which means it’s great for people who have very little knowledge or experience with a professional grade camera. I’m not going to lie, I just stick it on auto then point and shoot- it’s that good!
However the custom mode is also easy to use and has all the feature you would expect on a professional camera. I won’t go into all the techy stuff here, I might actually do a dedicated post on how to set up and get the most out of your camera next month.
It comes with a 15-45mm wide-angle lens which is a great starter and fits lots of different situations. It blurs the background of your photos without narrowing your photos and the auto focus is easy to use- simply tap on the touchscreen and it will focus to that point! While it only has a LCD screen instead of the tradition viewfinder this isn’t really a problem: I thought it would drain the battery pretty badly but I charged the battery up fully on the day I got it and it lasted all the way until a few days ago, I was using it daily too so I really can’t complain!
The main reason I looked at this and the other cameras originally was that it has a tillable screen, perfect for taking selfies and if I decided to start vlogs! This is also really useful if you’re taking photos low down or at a awkward angle, as you can just tilt the screen as much as you need until you can see the display clearly- which means to more twisting yourself into awkward positions just to try and get the perfect shot!
Another thing I absolutely love about this camera is the fact it has an app that allows you to take the photos straight off it and download them to your phone. This means that if you’re out and about you can instantly take the photos from your camera and upload them onto social media- no computer needed! Not only that but it has a remote control feature that means you can take photos remotely, perfect if you want to take a long distance shot and you don’t have someone to help you. You don’t even have to guess if the shot is framed right as it shows your cameras display on your phones screen!
Overall I don’t know how I ever managed without it! Yes I was happy enough taking photos on my iPhone but I really do love having a proper camera to play with, I’m not going to lie it does make me feel more professional.
Sad I know.
I’m planning on taking it with me on holiday next week so I can take a ton of photos and maybe even do a mini vlog!
What camera do you use?
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.