(Re)Learning Photography: A Novice's Blog on Today's Technology

September 2, 2015

Camera shopping does not sound like fun to me, even a little bit, but it’s Friday and it’s an excuse to leave work a little early so I decide to head over to the Creve Coeur Camera store in Ladue.

When I got to the store, Dan sat me down and asked me some questions to try and determine the best camera for me. He asked what I was planning on doing with the camera.
In case you’re wondering, I asked that last question out loud. So Dan clarified for me, “Nature, travel, sports, food-” he kept going but that’s where I kind of zoned out. This is getting a little complicated.

At this point Dan brings out three cameras. A Canon Rebel T6i, an Olympus OM-D E-M10, and a Nikon D5500. The first thing I notice is that the Olympus is the least intimidating. It’s the smallest and looks the most similar to cameras I’ve used before. Dan asked me to pick each one up and see how they feel. I was genuinely surprised that the Canon and Nikon felt the best in my hands despite their added size. Dan then explained, however, that I could get a “grip” added to the Olympus to give me the same feel. He put one on for me and, he was right, it felt great.

Knowing that all things have pros and cons, I asked Dan to tell me the shining feature for each of the cameras what sets them apart from the others. He immediately told me the Olympus got points for its small size, speed, and affordability. I like all of those things, they’re benefits that actually matter to me.

He continued to tell me that the Nikon and Canon had more megapixels.
So, we concluded that megapixels weren’t a huge priority for me.

He mentioned that the Canon was most known for getting really sharp, stable video. Will I be shooting video? At some point probably, but it’s not my focus. “But what is ‘really good video’ though?” I asked. “Is the video on the Olympus better than the video on my phone?
Good enough.”

“The Nikon is lighter and is
out and showed me how easy it is to change settings and change focus points, I was almost sold. I mean I was actually controlling the camera, pretty fancy, but not really worth the extra $250 for me.

So there I was, staring at the Olympus OM-D E-M10 that Dan was clearly leaning towards for my ideal camera. He continued by going over the pros and cons of the different memory cards, filters, and bags, and even helped me pick out what would work best for me. And then I did it; I bought a camera!

Before we started wrapping things up he mentioned the warranty, “
class before I even left the store!

I sighed in relief as I left. I DID IT! And it really wasn’t that bad, poor Dan was very patient with me. However, I do think I deserve ice cream…next stop, Maggie Moo's!