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I have several great cameras, but they all serve a special purpose. My Samsung Galaxy camera is perfect for on-the-road blogging as it allows me to Tweet and send Facebook updates right from the camera. I also have an older Canon which has been my blogging camera for years, but it’s one step down from the DSLR, so it doesn’t have interchangeable lenses so no bokken blur which is a must for food bloggers.
So this year for Christmas I gifted myself with a new camera, but to do so, I spent hours poring over features and specs online and I realized I needed some hands-on time to make my final decision. So I headed to my local Best Buy store to get a closer look. Thankfully I was aided by a very helpful and knowledgeable sales rep who was a camera buff himself so after listening to my needs, we narrowed down my choices to two. One of which wasn’t even on my radar before I walked into the store.
I loved having all the brands I was interested in, in one place so I could compare them side by side. Nikon, Sony, Samsung, and more were available for me to hold, manipulate, and ponder. When I asked a question he didn’t know, he’d look it up on his handy tablet to make sure he gave me the correct information because goodness knows the technology changes so darn quickly it’s hard to know all the details on every camera.
I walked out that day knowing I’d made the best choice and although they didn’t have my camera in stock at the time, I was able to order it online. I’ve had it about 3 weeks now and love every single thing about it. I’m convinced my trip to the store made the difference because the camera I intended to buy was the first one I struck from the list after holding it and realizing that I would truly miss the articulated screen my previous camera had and it was something I definitely needed in a new one.
So what’d I pick? A Samsung with Wi-Fi (though I don’t use the camera’s Wi-Fi, instead I use a Wi-Fi memory card), interchangeable lenses, auto focus, and that articulated screen that it turns out I can’t live without.
What’s the right camera for you? One that you’ll use and enjoy. It may not be the same one I chose, but getting your hands on them and figuring out what features are important to you will help you choose. It’s a big expense; you want to have it for 4-5 years before you look for a new one.
A small sampling of cameras you’ll find at Best Buy:
- Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens: a DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi so you can capture high quality photos and share them instantly; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that enables you to capture sharp photos and video footage. Optical image stabilization helps prevent blurring to ensure image clarity; available in red or gray.
- Sony α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera: a compact system camera with the World’s Fastest Autofocus; 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity; built-in Wi-Fi lets you share stored content across devices; available in white or silver.
- Samsung Galaxy Camera 2: a digital camera that allows you to shoot, share, and use Android Apps; 16.3-megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor allows you to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage; 4.8″ touch screen simplifies operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing stored files easy.
Best Buy is the destination for all the latest in camera gear including DSLR and point-an-shoot cameras to camcorders. Many, including the three cameras above from Nikon, Sony and Samsung, come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your photos almost instantly to your social media accounts and via email. Buy yourself the gift of fabulous memories and upgrade your camera in time for the holidays.
Visit the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center to see more great cameras, whether you’re giving as a gift or upgrading for yourself.
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