Whenever I’m deciding to buy something crucial (a.k.a those that would cost a lot), it always takes me more than a month and even then, I’m still not sure whether I made the right decision or not. I mean, I do my research and I ask around from friends who I know has knowledge on what I’m seeking advice for, and I always consult my moral compass—my ever practical boyfriend. Lol. But somehow, I still keep feeling as though I still haven’t done enough. So I decided, why not just make a segment on my blog of me soliciting for your advice? Haha! A year before, I wouldn’t even consider this but since people are now commenting on my blog posts (thank you everyone!! I’m the happiest when I read and reply to your messages <3), I thought it’s worth a shot.
I’ve been stuck on an Instagram rut for some days now. None of the photos I have on my phone (which I also took with my phone) seemed to suffice my aesthetics and/or standards anymore. I was looking at all of it and I’m like, I shot this with enough natural light but why is it still so grainy. It’s frustrating. And I’m thinking of all the cute and beautiful places I’ve been to and I’m wishing that I had a decent camera that I took with me to take pictures of it. Lastly, ever since I’ve started this new blog I’ve shied away from a lot of themes because my photos are crappy and it would just ruin the whole feel of the blog. I just had to accept the reality that my phone just isn’t enough for my needs anymore.
High school me would be rooting for a DSLR but the 20 year old me now can’t be bothered to lug around a bulky camera. What better way to satiate my photography enthusiasm than by jumping on the mirrorless camera bandwagon. I started off my search with “the best mirrorless cameras in 2016” and I came across this TechRadar article. They had a pretty decent list and it’s what I narrowed my list down to.
Nikon 1 J5. This is the one that I’m seriously considering to buy. It has 20MP, a tilting screen, and its ISO is adjustable. I’m also digging the retro look! I’ve read that the downside was it records at 15fps only but it’s really not something I concern myself with as I’m not much into taking videos. [Price on Lazada: 22, 000+PHP | 25, 000PHP accoring to PriceMe]
Fujifilm X-M1. With its 16MP and adjustable ISO, this was actually my first choice a few months back but I was having such a difficult time finding one! I was searching for this on Lazada but it costs so much! I even found one that costs 25, 000PHP. I guess if I ever do find one, I’ll have to settle for secondhand because the saleslady at the Fujifilm store I went to told me that they don’t make the X-M1 anymore. 🙁 [2nd hand on OLX: 16, 000PHP]
Panasonic GF7. I’ve mentioned before that my lust for DSLR has dialed down a notch because I hate carrying around bulky stuff which makes this camera from Panasonic perfect for the lazy girl in me. It has 16MP, a retractable lens (similar to those of compact point and shoot cameras), and a tilting screen. The only downside with this is that its kit lens, 12-32mm, can only shoot a short zoom range. Some people say that it can be remedied by buying another set of lens but I don’t think I can afford a camera + lens at the same time just yet. [Price according to PricePanda: 16, 000+ PHP | 18, 000+PHP on Lazada]
Canon EOS M3. I have always been a fan of Canon cameras. I like the quality of the photos that their DSLRs produced and when I viewed sample photos taken by the M3, they did not disappoint. It has an unbelievable 24MP! The only downside that I’ve read was that there aren’t a lot of lenses available but as a beginner/enthusiast, I think I can live with it for the time being. [Price according to YugaTech: 25, 998PHP]
I took out Fujifilm X-A2 and Fujifilm X-A3 out from my list because they are on the pricier end of my budget (assuming that I am going for brand new ones). I know my reasons for listing the said cameras are pretty basic — megapixels, adjustable ISO, tilting screen, low light picture quality and whether or not I like the sample shots from various blogs — but I’m not a pro. I just want to produce better quality pictures for my blog and my Instagram. I’m not really planning on making a living out of it so I’m really keen on splurging too much for it. If you have any suggestions: a better but cheaper unit; a better unit; where I can buy one (brand new or secondhand, I’m not really picky); or you simply just want to share you experience with any of the said cameras or what you think are the major dealbreakers/pros and cons, please feel free to share them with me on the comments section down below! I’ll really appreciate it. 🙂