Earlier this month I decided to get a smaller camera for more everyday use. I wanted to continue sharing small moments of my day on my social accounts, but neither my iphone nor my DSLR were ideal for my between-blog-post moments (most of them at home). While I loved the field of view and ease of using my iphone, I wanted more control and crisper photos than I was getting with my phone. My DSLR was just impractical for everyday use. The most obvious reason is its size, but beyond that, it’s not a full frame camera. When I launched the blog and shop in mid-2016, I just bought a beginner’s DSLR (Nikon D5300); I didn’t know the difference between a crop or full frame camera. My prime lenses for the DSLR don’t offer an analogous field of view as an iphone, and the kit lens is a disaster in low lighting. I needed something completely different than what I had. Something between the iphone and the DSLR… like an iphone on steroids!
My wish list for my new camera was the following:
1) Something smaller/more practical than my DSLR for everyday type use.
2) A field of view comparable to that of an iphone (29mm – focal length 35mm equivalent)
3) The ability to shoot manually and in RAW
4) The ability to transfer photos wirelessly to my iphone
5) Wireless shutter release compatible.
Obviously it goes without saying that by default, I’m looking for a camera with good reviews and crisp performance.
My final decision? The Sony a6000 (body only) with the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens. Much smaller than my DSLR, this mirrorless camera packs 24.3 megapixels and affords me all the control that my DSLR offers. That means I can put my shutter speed fast enough to catch every detail in my kids’ water splashes. It also means crisper photos at higher ISOs, so I’m able to take better photos, more often, in tighter and darker spaces in my home. I passed on the 16-50mm kit lens and went straight for a wide angle prime lens. I should note here that Sony does have a 20mm lens that’s thinner than the Sigma lens, but at a price tag of $150 more than the Sigma, it wasn’t worth it for me personally (although a great solution for folks that travel beyond their kitchen). The Sigma lens gives me a nice wide aperture, and a field of view comparable to the iphone (about 28mm – focal length 35mm equivalent). Finally, the infrared shutter release I purchased with the camera was the Foto&Tech IR Wireless Remote Control. The camera also has wifi, so I can share my photos with friends and family right away 🙂
Collectively, these gave me about 95% of what I needed for under $1000.00. I do wish that the camera’s screen could face the front (like a selfie mode). This just gives you the greatest transparency into your photo composition when you step away from behind the camera. I also wish the camera shot in square mode (an aspect ratio of 1:1). Ultimately I’ll crop many photos to square since that’s how they display on my go-to social platform, so it would be handy if I was able to create the composition I wanted with greater accuracy and less noise from the grid lines.
All in all, I’m really happy with it! I added a few photos below that I’ve taken recently with it 🙂
I hope you enjoyed!! Also, the adorable “Mama Bear” mug (my favorite) in the top photo can be purchased here! Have a great day guys! Let me know what questions you have!! XOXO