I don't think I've ever lusted after something as much as I did this. Some girls go to bed dreaming of designer handbags, but for almost three months I went to bed dreaming of this baby and now I own it it's become one of my most prized possessions!
I've never written a camera review before (being a photography graduate I probably should have done by now) but I wanted to share my experience of using this camera for those of you still trying to decide whether or not to go ahead and purchase. I read quite a lot of reviews on it before caving in so hopefully this will help some of you!
First things first, this camera is beautiful and really aesthetically pleasing. I collect vintage film cameras and this rivals their beauty despite being digital which is quite an achievement. It also comes in cream (a fashion blogger favourite).
One of the main things that made this a contender when looking to purchase a new camera for vlogging was the fact it has an LCD screen which flips down which means I can check my whole face is in shot when vlogging on the go. It's also tilt-able so if you're shooting flat lays (photo example above) you can see exactly what you're doing without having to stand on a chair/blind photograph the surface.
There are multiple shooting features, such as manual, auto, filming etc, but there's also an 'Art' and a 'Scene' function which allows you to add some beautiful filters or effects to your images. My favs are 'Diorama', 'Vintage' and obviously 'Macro' for getting those beautifully clear close up photographs. The camera also comes with a detachable flash which is fab (makes it less bulky if you're not using it).
Finally, my favourite thing. I didn't actually know it had this feature until I started using it but it is by far what makes it absolutely outstanding compared to any camera I've used before (I'm going to try and explain this as best as I can). There is an app which you can download on your phone (OI Share) and the camera has it's own built in wifi which means once you've connected your camera to your phone, you can view all the pictures taken on the camera and save them straight to your mobile (making it perfect for Instagramming high quality images). Not only that, but you can then use your phone as a remote control to take pictures from your camera. When doing this, you can see on your phone what your camera is pointing at (if that makes sense) even if your camera is on the other side of the room. This is hours of fun and a real party trick that I like to pull out and use to impress people (ha).
Price wise, this retails at around £300-500 and is available online and in most electronic department stores (John Lewis are currently selling it for £299 so I recommend getting it from there to save some money). You can read more about it's features here - link!
I really hope this has helped some of you who have been umm-ing and ahh-ing over it. I also only have the standard lens that comes with the camera but I think I'm going to invest in the 45mm 1.8 lens (love a wide aperture when it comes to fashion & blog photograhy). That's another good point actually; the lens is interchangeable making it a dream camera come true! It really is love!
What camera do you use for blog photography? Would you invest in this?