Hi Guys, Craig Dearsley here! It’s that time of year when we pack our bags and head off around the world on our holidays. Whether you spend a month in the Maldives (these Bespoke Bride girls are lucky devils!!) or a long weekend in Blackpool, you will want to capture those memories. Not sure what camera to get? Here are my top 6 cameras for immortalising those moments.
1. Best Entry Level DSLR – Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (RRP £300 with kit lens)
Photography Credit: Craig Dearsley Photo
This was always going to be my first choice for an entry level DSLR, because the Canon 1100D was the first DSLR that I owned, I still have it in my kit bag for sentimental value. It has all the features you need to get started on DSLR photography and once you start using it in priority and manual modes, you can get some really good quality images. As it’s an entry level camera it has a cut frame sensor, which also makes the body slightly smaller and lighter than a higher end model, very handy for travelling.
2. Top Notch Compact – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40EB-K Compact Camera – Black (18.2MP, 20x Optical Zoom Leica DC Lens, Wi-Fi with NFC, Built in GPS, 24mm Wide Angle, 50P Full HD Video – AVCHD) 3 inch LCD (RRP £220)
This is the newer, more improved version of the already very well proven TZ30, it is the ideal travel compact camera, it’s a nice size, feels solid and is bursting with features like a staggering 20x optical zoom, WIFI and has 18.1 of your super mega pixels. The range across the optical zoom makes this camera a great all-rounder, the price is also very good for the quality you are getting.
3. Wet and Wild Waterproof – Kodak Sport Single Use Camera (RRP £16)
A decent digital waterproof camera can be very expensive, so these disposables from Kodak are ideal for a bit of underwater snapping. They are waterproof up to a depth of 50 foot, which is deeper than you will find me going in a hurry and they have a total of 27 exposures. What’s more you can get them developed onto a CD fairly cheaply. They are ideal if you fancy a go at underwater photography but can’t commit too much of your hard earnt cash on a super duper digital camera.
4. Instant Fun – New Model Fuji Instax 8 – Pink – Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera Polaroid Type (RRP £60)
Photography Credit: Craig Dearsley Photo
I bought one of these for my wife a couple of years ago and I must say it was an excellent buy. We have one of the older 210 models which are quite clumpy to carry around, so the mini 8 has been ideal just to chuck in a bag and still have instant pictures on the go. These cameras really are awesome, and as it takes the fuji mini film, it’s slightly cheaper than its big brother.
5. Under £100 Bargain Badboy – Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-WX80 ( 16.8 MP,8 x Optical Zoom,2.7 -inch LCD ) (RRP £99)
Sometimes you don’t want to carry an expensive camera around, so this little compact is outstanding value. It has every feature you will need for getting decent shots, with 16.2 megapixels and 8x Optical zoom. The only thing you don’t get that I would like is a proper viewfinder, but I think that’s asking a bit too much from a camera that costs less than £100, so the LCD screen on the back will have to do.
6. Wildcard – Lomography Fisheye One Camera – Black
Photography Credit: Pete Smyth
You may love it or hate it, but I think fisheye definitely has its place in the photography world and can make for some kick ass, super fun images. The Lomography Fisheye is a great, low budget way of experimenting with shooting with a fisheye lens. Yes it is a 35mm film camera which may put some people off, but 35mm film is cheap to buy and develop. The Lomography Fisheye is very basic, this makes it very lightweight and easy to carry around, oh and also fisheye lenses are great for selfies!
Bespoke Bride Loves: GoPro Hero 3 Camcorder – White Edition.
We used a GoPro for the majority of our adventures in the Maldives and we loved it! It was amazing to have a camera that we could take absolutely everywhere with us whether it be land, Air or Sea, it captured every moment. If you missed it here is our sneak peek video of our Maldives trip with clips filmed using the GoPro so you can see for yourself just how awesome it is!
We love Craigs choice of cameras, I have to say I have been asking Santa to bring me a Fuji Instax for a while now, maybe this year will be the year. *hint hint!
If you have any questions let us know in the comments section and feel free to let us know where you are going on your hols this year, we will try not to be too jealous I promise 😉
Much Bespoke Love
Craig & Emily x