Depending on where you live in Canada, you had shocking / average / incredibly mild winter (from east to west, respectively). But no matter where you are, summer is just around the corner, as are water fights, short nights and lots of good times. Without doubt some of the best memories we make in life happen in summer and if you want to capture those memories and treasure them for years to come, you better have a camera handy.
Today I’m going to take give you my Top 3 DSLRs For Summer!
So what are some of the reasons we might choose one DSLR over another as a summer companion?
- Size – especially if you’re going on a hike.
- Battery life – in case you won’t be able to charge.
- Sharing images – so everyone knows what an awesome summer you’re having!
When I think about portability and DSLRs, I immediately think of the Canon SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR. This is an impressively compact unit, that nevertheless gives you all the benefits of a big APS-C sensor and the exceptional image quality you would expect from a Canon camera. The SL1 comes with lots of auto modes to choose from, depending on the scene you’re photographing, and it also has a touchscreen with a smudge-resistant coating, perfect for sunscreen covered fingers! And despite the size of the camera, the touchscreen is still an impressive 3 inches wide, and you can actually adjust your focus point simply by touching the screen at the position where you want the focus to be. Super handy.
Battery life is always a nagging concern for me, because there’s nothing more frustrating than carrying a dead camera when there’s awesome moments happening in front of you. But battery life is also a specification that very few people consider when purchasing a camera. The Sony A58 is a DSLR with some great features, but it also shoots up to 700 shots per charge, about 25% more than it’s rivals. One of the other features I really like is the ‘Trufinder’, an electronic viewfinder that gives you a realtime preview of the image you are about to shoot. This is great, especially for novices, because it lets you know if your settings are off and you need to adjust something.
While battery life is an area in which DSLRs excel over other cameras, one of the areas that I feel they are lagging behind is in wi-fi capabilities. It’s surprisingly rare, considering how popular image sharing is these days, to find a DSLR that allows you to share images via wifi. Which is why I want to recommend the Nikon D7200, one of the very few DSLRs that you can connect to your smart device, with no add-on accessories, to instantly share your images with the world. The D7200 also shoots an impressive 6 frames per second, which is great for capturing sequences of summer hijinks, and with a maximum ISO setting of 25,600 you’ll be capturing images long after the sun goes down!
Here’s to an awesome summer of fun with photography!