Sony… you have stolen our hearts. With so many great features that blow our minds away it is hard not to.
Amy and I have been shooting for our entire photography careers with Canon…so why would even consider switching? Switching means a lot of hassle and expense. We have spent SO MUCH on our Canon gear. This is not a Canon bashing post because our Canon gear is great. We have captured so many beautiful images with that system. That being said..here are the reason we are loving Sony as moms and will most likely be changing our professional gear over to Sony as well.
THE TOP 6 FEATURES I LOVE
1. The size. I got the a6500. It is a crop sensor camera with interchangeable lenses. It is crazy how amazing the images are with this camera and it fits in my purse. Cell phone pictures can be great, but this camera makes it easy for me to take great pictures and have it on me all the time. I have an Ona camera purse and I know that it is safe and sound as I go about my daily tasks. I would suggest either a 35 mm or 50 mm lens to keep the size and weight manageable if you want to carry your camera in your purse.
2. Wifi. I know this is not unique to Sony, but it is an amazing function. I love that I can upload images on the go right to Instagram. My Chatbooks are being built for me on the go too! I don’t to go home, upload all the images, edit, and then get sucked into the black hole of the internet.
3. The focus. The focusing abilities are amazing and easy. First off, it tracks faces in both still and video. Did you really read that… it tracks faces in video!!!! For us that is huge. Usually, in video, we suggest manually focusing which is tough when chasing munchkins. Not anymore. As my kids run, it is tracking them. Love that. I also love the touch screen focus points. I touch..it focuses.
4. The internal stabilization. We do video in our personal work and business. And typically we are doing it on the go like most moms. We don’t have the time or the arm space to carry a tripod to create really stable footage. Sony did some kind of magic and created a camera that is a million times easier to have smooth footage…even with longer focal length lenses. Sony uses Zeiss lenses and they are amazing. The combination of the body and lens is stabilization magic. There is magic there… I swear. So cool. Another amazing thing about that for all of my sport moms out there who like to have long lenses, the internal stabilization will make make it easier to have crisp images without a monopod. I know Canon and Nikon have IS (image stabilization) lenses…but Sony takes it to a whole new level.
A couple of lenses and converters to check out. Sony 50 1.8, Sigma Converter (Canon) allows yo to use your canon lenses on Sony, Nikon Convertor. I will say Sony lenses are the best to use with a Sony camera. I am sure we will be purchasing the Sony equivalents to our Canon lenses.
5. The Viewfinder. This is the most dorky thing I think I could love and I have to say it wasn’t love at first sight (haha..that is a pun!) Typically in my Canon when I looked through the view finder it looked just like I saw the scene with my eyes. The Sony’s viewfinder shows you what your image will look like with the exposure settings you have set. You see right away if you need to make a change. That really has been great when I have handed my camera to my son who knows very little about photography. At least he knows right off the bat if he needs to ask how to make it lighter or darker. The other benefit is when I am out on a bright day (soccer game, hike, baseball, etc) and too much sun it hitting the back LCD screen, the viewfinder also shows the image playback. Since it is dark inside the viewfinder you can see what it really looks like. The LCD screen can be a little deceiving when it is too bright.
6. The Silence. I can turn of all sound on the camera. It doesn’t make a peep. My kids have no idea I am taking a picture. NONE. It is silent. Kind of weird, especially if you are used to a DSLR, but I love it! I need every advantage if I hope to get candid pictures of my kids. As soon as they hear the shutter they scatter.
So moms, as you are thinking about getting a new camera for you (or for your kids!) consider a Sony. I know everyone you know has a Canon or Nikon..but just look into them. You will not be disappointed.
IS THE A6500 RIGHT FOR YOU?
The more I use this camera the more I love it. Don’t let the size deceive you. It is powerful. If you love taking your camera places with you I would highly suggest it. Again, I typically keep 55 1.8 lens on which is perfect for portraits and lifestyle shots in most cases. I will say that since this camera is a crop sensor the lens isn’t a “true” 55 mm… maybe more like an 80 mm or so. If you are wanting something wider I would suggest a 35 mm lens. This is a great camera if you want the option of changing lenses to suit your creative needs.