Today I'm going to talking about a shiny new present I bought myself a couple of days ago with the assistance of some well-timed birthday money. Although I'm quite proud of the photos you've seen on my blog thus far, they were admittedly taken with a sub-par camera (and in many cases, my iPhone). I've been planing on upgrading to a better camera for a while now, and since I'm going on holiday to Italy and Portugal next month what better time to invest?
I've spent quite a bit of time researching which DSLR to buy, and narrowed it down to the Canon EOS 700D and Canon EOS 100D. Most people struggle with the Canon vs. Nikon dilemma when deciding what to buy, but I knew I wanted to go with Canon over Nikon from the beginning. I've had quite a bit of practice using my boyfriend's Canon 70D and really like the design and features, so thought it best to stick with what I know.
After reading numerous blogs and photography websites, I found that there wasn't a great deal of difference between the 100D and 700D, other than the price and size. The 100D has a smaller body, which means it will be a bit harder to handle with a huge lens, but weighs quite a lot less than the 700D and was a good couple of hundred dollars cheaper too. In the end, the 100D won out, as I think the smaller size will be a blessing when hauling it around Europe. With the help of a friend who worked at the store where I bought it (JB Hi-Fi for the Australians reading) I received a nice discount on it too, so picked up an EF-S 18-55mm lens, tripod and lens protector at the same time.
Of course, as soon as I got home I had to test it out, and was really happy with the first few pictures I've taken with the camera! I've still got to have a better practice with it to really take advantage of the features it has to offer, but my first impression is definitely a positive one. I've posted a few of the pictures I took in my post-purchase excitement, hopefully it gives you a good idea of the EOS 100D's capabilities, albeit at a basic level. Can't wait to get it out of the house and test it out on something more exciting than my nail polish!