Upgrade! I have had my Nikon D3200 for six years now and in that it time it has been a solid and reliable friend. Although it is an entry level camera I have achieved a lot with it. Multiple exhibitions, published in local and international magazines and recently, photographer in residence at the Oriel Q Art Gallery in Narberth. It just goes to show that equipment dosent matter.
With that in mind you may be wondering why I’m upgrading? Well, because of my new-found responsibilities I dont want to be relying on a single body. So it was time to upgrade.
Choosing my next camera proved a challenge and it came down to two choices, The 12 month old Nikon D5600 or the 3 year old Nikon D7200. Both cameras have their strengths and weaknesses. The former is smaller, lighter and features a vari-angle touch screen. The latter is weather sealed, can use older lenses and has slightly better low light performance.
However in terms of image quality there is very little that separates these two cameras. They both use a 24-megapixel APS-C (Advanced Photo System type-c ) sensor that lacks an anti-aliasing filter. These filters sit on top of the sensor and are used to blur the lines between repeating patterns in order to avoid wavy lines, often called moire. By removing this filter more detail can be recorded.
After much deliberation I finally decided on the Nikon D5600. I chose this camera because I do a lot of walking. Size and weight is very important and on my hikes I dont want to be carrying a brick! The D5600 also features a vari-angle touch screen, something the D7200 completely lacks. The touchscreen is invaluable if like me you shoot from low or unusual angles.
When it comes to buying your own camera, the best advice I can give is buy according to your needs. There is no point in buying a camera that is jammed packed with features you are never likely to use. Instead, find something that suits your style of photography, and any money you save, invest it in better lenses.
P.S My Nikon D3200 is still going strong and is being used for all my macro work.