Treat yourself to the perfect Christmas gift
If your canon camera has reached the end of its useful life, treat yourself this Christmas and upgrade to a new model that better meets your needs.
At Christmas time, we’re all busy running around trying to find the perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest. But while the focus may be on giving to others, that doesn’t mean that you can’t also treat yourself. If your Canon camera is no longer cutting the mustard, why not give your hobby a new lease of life this festive season, and upgrade to a new and better model.
Time to upgrade?
There are a number of reasons why you might want to upgrade your Canon camera. A key reason could be to breathe new life into your photography. If you’ve recently found that your enthusiasm and inspiration are waning, your equipment could be to blame. Upgrading your current camera to a model with more features and technical capabilities could help to breathe new life into your photography, helping to regenerate your interest and spark your creativity.
Similarly, you may want to replace your camera if you feel that your current equipment is holding you back from achieving your full potential as a photographer. For a novice photographer, a fairly basic point-and-shoot DSLR may well suffice, but as your abilities improve you will need a more advanced model that can keep pace with your development, with an array of useful features such as better low-light performance, an increased pixel count, and faster shooting times.
Last but not least, you may want to replace your camera if your current model is simply coming to the end of its life. A camera that is past its best will negatively affect the quality of your photographs – and that’s the last thing you want at Christmas when there’s a photo opportunity around every corner.
Choosing the right camera
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade your Canon camera – but how do you decide which camera is the right one for you?
It’s easy to be tempted by a camera with an array of flashy features, but if you’re never going to use half of them, it will turn out to be a bad investment. Before you start shopping, think carefully about what you want to achieve with your new camera and what features will enable you to do this. For example, high shutter speeds are great for wildlife and sports photography, whereas travel photographers are better served by a camera that is small and lightweight. Understanding your needs from the very beginning will enable you to put together a focused shopping list of potential cameras that will meet your needs.
Another thing to consider is how much you want to spend – set yourself a budget and do your best to stick to it. New cameras, particularly the high-end models, can be very expensive, so you may want to consider checking out a reputable second-hand camera dealer to see if you can snag yourself a bargain. You could even make some money by using a dealer to sell used canon camera equipment that you no longer have a use for. The money you make can then go towards your new purchase, so it’s a win-win situation.
Which brand to go for is also an important consideration. Canon has a great range of cameras for all levels and abilities, from professional-grade all-rounders such as the EOS 5D to lightweight, go-anywhere beginner models such as the Canon EOS 200D. However, don’t feel like you have to stick with one brand. Brands such as Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic (to name just a few) also have some great products, so do your homework before making a commitment.
From snowy scenes to candid snaps of loved ones opening presents, the festive period offers fantastic photo opportunities for keen photographers. And with an upgraded camera, you can capture quality images at Christmas and all year round.