It was time.
We have been through two low quality cameras and were just not very satisfied with the results. And for people who travel, take pictures and blog as often as we do, those low grade cameras were just not cutting it.
We are going to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival next weekend, which has been a dream of mine for years since seeing photos from Chiang Mai's sky lantern festival, and I wanted to take a camera with me that would fit the occasion. Plus, New Zealand is a traveler's and photographer's heaven. Those were reasons enough to head to NOVA, Taiwan's uber electronic store, and shop around.
We settled on a Canon EOS M with a 22mm lens. It certainly was not the most expensive Canon camera there bit it also wasn't the cheapest. We are looking at it as an investment. Plus, it comes with a converter so you can switch out the 22mm lens with other ones too.
This morning/afternoon, we bundled up, got vanilla lattes and headed down to Lake Placid. It's the lake right by our apartment. Sean and I spend a lot of time there. We try to go running every weeknight but on the nights when we just.don't.feel.like.it, we walk around the lake instead. It's usually busy with walkers/runners but it still has a very peaceful + serene feel to it. Another huge bonus is that there is a bunch of really interesting things to look at + explore. So we headed down there with our new camera and just set out to play around with the camera and its setting to get a feel for it.
It was a lot of fun and we are pretty happy with the results of our test run:
By the time we got home, we felt like we made the right choice by buying the Canon EOS M. We handled other Canon cameras that were more sophisticated/expensive but we felt like the EOS M was more user friendly for people who didn't know much about photography but wanted to produce better quality photos.
The camera has great, easy to use settings that you can manipulate for a more custom shot. Before heading to Pingxi, we will definitely practice nighttime shooting by heading to our roof at nighttime and trying to capture the city + constant fireworks!
If you are a traveler in the market for a high quality, user friendly camera, I would definitely recommend the Canon EOS M!