So, as our Hawaii adventure approaches, we keep thinking of new things we’d like to take with us and use on the trip. Not surprisingly, this list is starting to get pretty long, and there’s no way we could bring it all along, even if we were inclined to buy everything in the first place (we’re not!).
As a result, besides pruning down our wish list to eliminate stuff that would just be nice to have, we’re looking at ways to get multiple functionality out of a single item. One of those is a new digital camera.
We’ve owned a basic point-and-shoot camera for some time, but it has largely gathered dust since the rise of the smartphone. What we have our eye on now is a digital SLR for taking even better photos during our vacation in paradise.
Speaking for myself, I also expect to get further use out of the DSLR when we return, as photography sounds like a hobby I’d enjoy.
Besides still photos, though, we’d also like to shoot some video, as well. But who wants to drag along two cameras if they can help it?
To our pleasant surprise, we recently discovered that you can do some wonderful video recording with a DSLR. In fact, many independent filmmakers actually use this technology instead of a standard camcorder. This article helped give us a basic idea of the pros and cons of using a DSLR for this purpose, and helped us decide that it was the best way to go for our needs.
Naturally, we also want to make sure the model we buy will still do a great job of taking regular pictures, so we also checked out the Digital Photography School website for some guidance.
In the end, opting for a digital SLR camera is clearly the best decision for us. It will be able to serve two purposes on our trip, and will have the makings of a great leisure time activity for yours truly. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which one of the dozens on the market we want. Next, it will be determining which accessories we need (lenses, tripod, case, etc.).
Obviously, our research is just beginning, but we’re excited by the possibilities!