My favorite camera
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Other than cheap point and shoots, my Nikon DSLR was one of the first big purchases for Justin and I. We were inspired after seeing my cousin Kelley around the holidays back in 2009/2010, and she showed us the capabilities of the Nikon that she had. It goes without saying that you can’t really do much with a great camera unless you learn how or have natural ability.
Justin and I had absolutely zero ability with our new DSLR, but we had two small kittens, and were planning an upcoming ski trip, so Justin pulled out the DVD that came in the box and put it in our DVD player. I’m sure I laughed at him because WHO ACTUALLY WATCHES THOSE THINGS (that falls into the same category of “registering” your new dishwasher. . ?!)? But as it turned out, he learned a lot and actually taught me how to use the camera and get a nice blurry background.
He took these photos of baby Gravy and our first cat Biscuit!
Over the years I got a little more comfortable, but it wasn’t until my girl Jordan sat down with me and REALLY taught me why and when to adjust the settings in manual that it clicked. I still feel like there is so much to learn, but I can say I’m pretty comfortable behind the camera these days.
So I had this enormous DSLR and then I had 2 kids. And pretty quickly I realized that I didn’t just want iPhone photos of my boys, but I also didn’t want to lug around a big DSLR.
My sister, like I mentioned, bought a similar Samsung and I played around with it when I visited her last December. It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up buying the Samsung NX500 because it had better video capabilities than the version she had.
I use this camera much, much more than my Nikon, and if I could go back in time I would have bought this one first. My Nikon is essential for shooting for the blog (both video and stills) but if I wasn’t a blogger, I wouldn’t even think twice about getting a larger DSLR when I could have so many great features on a smaller camera.
I almost never use the kit lens my Samsung came with, and between my 16mm + 30mm, I use the 30mm 90% of the time. I only shoot in manual and find it really intuitive to manipulate the settings on the camera to get the look I’m going for in the photo.
It has a really easy to use wifi function that allows you to upload photos you take directly to your phone. So any instagram pic that looks a little bit crisper than an iPhone photo is likely shot with my Samsung! You can certainly upload photos to your computer like normal, but I find that more often than not I simply upload them to my phone.
Here are just a few of my favorites:
Justin and I shot David’s birthday video with this camera, and my only complaint is that I should have used a different lens for some of the shots, but otherwise the clarity and color was great!
I’m no photographer, but I do love having nice photos of my kids, and cannot recommend this camera enough if you are in the market!