Hey lovelies! So I was supposed to be saving money in 2018 but I’ve wanted a good quality camera for a very long time so I finally took the plunge, used some of my savings and bought myself a DSLR! It’s a Nikon D3400 in red and it is gorgeous, it was definitely worth my money I’m so happy with it!
I looked at a lot of different cameras before deciding on this one, I’m usually an impulse buyer but for how much money they cost I wasn’t going to buy one without doing my research! I know a lot of people LOVE Canon cameras but when comparing the specification of this camera to the Canon of a similar spec it was practically the same (the Nikon is actually supposed to be better in low-level lighting).
I finally bought the camera as PC World and Jessops both have an offer on at the minute so I got a £100 discount! This meant that the camera worked out at only £374! This is only £45 more than the Canon 1300D which is only 18 megapixels compared to the Nikon at 24.2 megapixels!
I have to give a special shoutout to Jessops who I ordered from, it was around 1pm on Sunday when I ordered it and they offer free next working day delivery if you order on a Monday-Friday so I wasn’t expecting it to arrive until Tuesday, however, by 1pm on Monday it had been delivered! Absolutely amazing customer service!
The camera comes with an 18-55mm lens, a battery, a battery charger and two plugs to fit the battery charger one with a UK adaptor and one with an EU plug adaptor! It also comes with a camera strap which I was quite shocked about, I thought I would have to buy one separately, because I bought a red camera it came with a lovely red Nikon strap!
The only extras I have had to purchase are a memory card and a camera case. When you are buying a camera most stores will offer different bundles which you can build yourself including the extras you would like. I got my SD card in a bundle so also saved around £20 on that and then I bought the camera bag separately. It is always a good idea to check the bundles shops offer as you will often get them at a discounted price for buying extras!
If you are looking to buy a good quality camera I would definitely recommend going to your local camera shop and talking to someone who works for the brands! I spoke to a lovely man in PC World who showed me a bit about how the camera worked and some of the shots he had taken with the same camera so you can see the quality it will produce for your images!
I’ve never used a DSLR before so when I finally got to have a play around with it last night (after waiting a few hours for the battery to charge) I was a little overwhelmed at all the different buttons and settings! There are so many different ones that I didn’t know where to start but what I love is that there is a ‘guide mode’ on the camera which talks you through different shots depending on what you want to take. This will definitely come in handy for me until I get used to all the settings!
I cannot wait to get out and start shooting some beautiful photographs with this new camera! Do you have a DSLR or are you considering getting one? If you have any advice for a new DSLR user I’d really appreciate it!