It only really dawned on me a few weeks ago, that in 2018 I’m going to be turning 25 years old. Not particularly old I’m very aware, however it’s the first time I feel ‘grown up’.
It’s the first time I’ve realised that I want to make everyday count, and spend as much time as I can doing things that make me happy.
Blogging, funnily enough, makes me very happy. So with the money I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas, I treated myself and my blog to a camera.
I know every blogger on the block seems to have an Olympus Pen, and I won’t lie. It’s originally what I wanted. However, after a bit of research and my gut instinct I decided to deviate and went for the Canon G7X Mark II. And spoiler, she’s an utter dream.
As this camera is classed as a ‘point and shoot’ camera, it doesn’t have the capability for additional lenses. Which in all honesty, suits me down to the ground. I wanted something that is zero fuss and I can just chuck/lovingly place in my bag and get going. And for the best part of £500 (I know, I shuddered too), there ain’t no way she’s being treated like anything but a lady.
However, before this lil babe entered my life I was using my iPhone 6s. I know, shock, horror, not even an iPhone 7?! And yet that didn’t phase me one bit, as long as I could get creative I was fine.
Now before I get into it, I think it’s important to clarify that natural light is always king. It will always make your photos, regardless of what you’re shooting on, look 1000x better.
And as I know the vast majority of people seem to have the good fortune to be blessed with an iPhone 7, I thought I would do a little test so you can come to your own conclusions.
I’ve used my iPhone 6s in the first photo, my sister’s iPhone 7 in the second and my Canon G7X Mark II in the third. All of the photos are of the same setup, and all are on their ‘auto settings’ with zero editing and in natural light only.
Original & unedited photos
Image taken on iPhone 6s
Image taken on iPhone 7
Image taken on Canon G7X Mark II
And these are the same photos that I have now edited to my personal taste.
Edited image taken on iPhone 6s
Edited image taken on iPhone 7
Edited image taken on Canon G7X Mark II
I genuinely think that investing in a camera is all well and good. However, I would never put myself in a position of financial difficulty for one. It is a luxury, and not one I took lightly.
In terms of the images, I think on the camera the images come up clearer and sharper, and the colours that it picks up are a true reflection of what you’re seeing. However, with a touch of editing you could easily and proudly use your phone.
It really does just depend on what your aesthetic is and what you want. You don’t want to part with £500.00 for a camera? I don’t blame you. You want to get a camera and 4 different lenses? More power to you.
Do you, and be proud. Your photography is yours alone, no one else should have any say over it.
What are your thoughts on investing in a camera?