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Choosing a camera is quite a personal thing and there are a lot of factors that influence the purchase, not least the price!! Depending upon your usage you need to choose wisely, so whatever you decide, ultimately you need to start at the beginning and think about what you will be taking photos of and if you will need decent video capability.

DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) are digital cameras that combine the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor. They offer more power, speed and features than a point and shoot model and allow you to manually control certain aspects of a shot. It’s a camera that has an interchangeable lens option and full manual mode which means absolute control over your images. They cost more and are larger than point and shoot cameras.

A point and shoot camera however is very easy to use, as it doesn’t offer quite the level of manual control options that a DSLR camera offers, which is where it receives its name. It has a fixed wide angle plus super zoom lens but limited manual mode.  But this means you can just point the camera at the subject and shoot in fully automatic mode, in fact, they work best when shooting in fully automatic mode.

A DSLR and a point and shoot is all together a very different thing, so having explained a little behind my dilemma as to which type of camera to at least consider, I’ll now explain why I ultimately chose the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera, of the point and shoot variety.

It’s part of Canon’s premium range of compact cameras and for me it sits somewhere between the excellence of a DSLR and the easy to use, compact features of a point and shoot. It’s intended to appeal to those who want a high level of control and excellent image quality, but also slots into your pocket, making it a great travel companion.

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It offers a premium set of specifications in a pocket-friendly body and comes with a tilting screen and a longer lens. Screen tilt is helpful, both when shooting from awkward angles, and also when bright light shines on the screen; simply tilt it out of the direction of the light. The screen also faces all the way forward, making it ideal for capturing selfies.

The screen displays good colours, and it’s also touch-sensitive. This means you can set the AF point by quickly tapping on the screen, as well as navigating through both the quick menu and the main menu. When viewing images in playback, you can pinch to zoom to check focus, and swipe through images.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera is compact, versatile and great in low light.  I’ve used it every day for my Disney holidays and for the blog and Instagram shots. Not the cheapest point and shoot but a good solution for me for a decent, easy to use every day and holiday camera that provides great shots for ‘asweetgeordielife’.

I’ve also purchased a Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod with Handgrip for Compact System Cameras, Black. It’s incredibly sturdy and really comfortable to hold. So watch this space, I may also have some vlogs one day!!

What’s your must-have equipment for blogging/vlogging and do you have a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera?  Let me know in the comments below.

4 comments

  1. Did you consider a micro 4/3rds? I have a dslr which I almost never use as it weighs a ton and it’s take that or take everything else. I got a micro 4/3rds last year after trying a friends. I feel it gives me the flexibility of the lense changing of a dslr with compact joys of a point and shoot. Even takes good pictures on the rare occasions its in skilled hands 😉

    • Hi John, no i didn’t at the time, but i have researched this on the receipt of your comment, and it does look like a good option. If i hadn’t already purchased my Canon i think i would have looked into this range, they certainly do seem to give a good combination between DSLRs and point and shoots. Thanks for the info!!

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