I love my Canon DSLR, it was a massive purchase, but I was tired of using my iPhone to take photographs, especially when I was on vacation, the battery would die too quickly; and there I would be, sad, with only half the day's events captured. So I decided to jump in with both feet and buy a DSLR camera, I'd heard all these great things about them but I also knew that they could be very expensive. I did my research and realised with the volume of photographs I take, especially while traveling, purchasing one seemed to be in my best interest. I have to say, it really has been one of the best decisions I've made!
Let's just start with the the way it looks and feels. It's sleek but it has some heft and solidarity to it. When you are carrying it around and you lift it to take photos, it feels very sturdy and the size makes me feel like I am a professional! The photos you can take are amazing and with the memory card, you can take thousands of photos. There are so many different ways to use it as well; portrait, daytime, evening shots, landscape, etc. By far, my favourite was the video feature. On my last trip I wanted to capture my friends and the amazing places we went to, but in a longer format than a photo. For me, those videos alone were worth it, I not only have amazing views, but there's audio, so I have also captured the voices of my friends, and the unique audio signature of each city we visited.
Pros: The camera takes very good pictures and is fairly easy to use and set up. Very good battery life, even when using video. Photos are clear and sharp. The video feature is phenomenal, easy to use and it's pretty steady even if you are holding it, it self corrects so you don't get jumpy, shaky video.
Cons: The learning curve can be a bit steep. I had to read all the directions for all of the functions, but even then, it took a lot of practice and figuring out what to do when. Also, this is an expensive camera, but all of the good ones are. If you find that you photograph a lot of landscapes or wide shots, it is going to cost you. You will have to purchase new lenses, as the generic lens you get with the camera is good for mainly basic things. All in all, I highly recommend it!