I have been on a search for a new “big girl” camera for our upcoming trip to Europe. Oh, have we not told you yet?! Mom and I are going to Italy (Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast), Paris, and London in just a few short weeks! Eeeek! So, back to my search.. I have been wanting to get into photography for some time now and what better time than before our trip?
Of course, the obvious question is Canon or Nikon? I have never had influences from either side, so I had no clue which to go for. I asked many friends into photography which they prefer and I got nowhere.
After failure in picking which brand to go with on my own, I went to the good ol’, trusty Internet. From various websites I gathered a few facts.
1. Which Camera? Canon Rebel T5 vs. Nikon D3300
According to my research, the Canon Rebel T5 and Nikon D3300 are the best two DSLRs on the market for a beginner. (DSLR=digital single lens reflex camera). I’ve read multiple articles about these two cameras and they appear fairly identical.
2. The main difference between the two is the number of megapixels.
The main difference that I found was that the Nikon D3300 has 24.2 megapixels, whereas Canon T5 only has 18. However, this won’t really matter too much unless you are planning to enlarge your pictures into posters.
3. The difference in size and weight.
When comparing the size and the weight of these two cameras, the Nikon D3300 is just slightly smaller than the Canon, but not enough to really make a difference.
4. Built-in Wi-Fi.
Sadly, I discovered that neither of these two cameras has built-in wi-fi.
So, undecided, I went to Best Buy to check out what they had. Once inside, my top choices became the Nikon D3300 and the Canon Rebel T6, mainly because the T6 is newer than the T5.
I ended up choosing the Canon Rebel T6 and I already love it! Unlike the older version, it does have Wi-Fi capability.
As I learned through my research, Canons seem to perform better than Nikons when you’re photographing in low lighting.
The package that I purchased included the camera body, an 18-55 mm lens, a 75-300 mm lens, and camera case with camera strap. All of this, with a two-year warranty was $699.
In one word, I would describe this purchase as AMAZING! I am so excited to see what my camera can do! I’ll be sure to share about it again after our trip to let you know how it goes!