How to: Capture Your Honeymoon Memories

The time has come: all of you who rant about me doing a bit too much enabling during my Weekly Enabler Reports can rest assured that I’ve officially over-enabled myself. Planning the wedding, honeymoon and bachelorette has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to enable myself into a whole slew of new items – clothes, wedding-specific novelties and yes, a new camera.

Best cameras for honeymoon

I bought my Nikon D90 from Henry’s in 2010 and have been picking up lenses, flashes and other accessories for it ever since. When I started attending lots of blogger events in 2012, I purchased a small Sony point & shoot (that I love and adore) from them as well. With the honeymoon on the horizon, I knew I wanted a camera that was between the two – something that was portable yet powerful. I reached out to Henry’s Expert Ren Bostelaarfor for his advice on the best cameras for honeymooning and he was incredibly helpful. Here’s his advice and what I ended up purchasing!

Smartphone Upgrade

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Smartphones have made leaps and bounds and it’s no surprise that their cameras are now top-notch. Sometimes you just need the real thing, though – especially when you’re preserving important memories! Your smartphone is probably also a great camera, but sometimes you need the real thing. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, though. Ren Bostelaafor’s pick? “Canon’s cute and compact Powershot Elph 160 comes in a variety of colours, boasts a serious 8x zoom and squeezes 20 megapixels into every shot. Even better, it retails for just $139.99!” 

Adventurous? Go Waterproof!

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Now, an adventurous honeymoon isn’t my idea of a good time, but it’s what others dream about. Whether you’re planning a rough-and-tumble adventure, a climb up a mountain or even just want to take some underwater shots, Ren recommends the Fuji XP70:  “Fuji’s durable XP70 is waterproof down to 10 meters (33 feet), and shockproof to a height of 1.5 meters (5 feet)!”

Compact DSLR

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I love my DSLR but hate hauling it around. Nothing beats the features of a DSLR, but sometimes you just need something a bit more portable. If this is you, Ren recommends the popular Nikon D3300 DSLR: “it offers some big features in a small body. With a powerful 11-point autofocus engine and an impressively quick shot-to-shot speed, you’re guaranteed to be able to freeze the action and capture every shot. You can explore your creative side by taking advantage of manual overrides like aperture and shutter-priorty, and switch seamlessly to video mode to record beautiful 1080p footage.” 

The In-Between

Even with all the options presented to me by Ren, I still hadn’t had my own Cinderella moment. I needed a camera that would be a nice in-between for my DSLR and a point and shoot: something extremely portable but that also took fantastic shots.

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Enter the Compact System Cameras, often called “Mirrorless”. Ren recommended I purchase the  Sony Alpha A5100 : “one of the best of the bunch, with an incredibly fast autofocus system and a convenient flip-up LCD screen to help you capture great selflies. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows you to control it remotely with your smartphone, and Sony’s unique “PlayMemories” apps can be installed directly on the camera to add new features and special effects. 

My new camera: Sony Alpha A5100

Oh, I’m so in love. You may have seen my first shots with the Sony Alpha A5100 when I shared snaps from my bridal shower a few weeks ago. They were so crisp and bright that numerous people thought the professional photos had already come in! Not the case. This camera is small but mighty.

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Chloe FuscoWhat sold it for me: the flip-out screen for selfies (a life-saver for a honeymoon, in my opinion!) auto-focus video (time to vlog, perhaps?) and the retro look & feel of it. It’s a bit bigger than I would have wanted – it won’t fit in my smaller bags – but it’s definitely way more portable than my Nikon D90. My one gripe: the extremely audible shutter. Yikes. If you can get past that, the camera is pretty much perfect!

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As you can see, the quality is pretty great and the colours are vibrant – exactly what I want in a camera! I also really love the option to send photos to your phone via wi-fi: expect lots of mega-crisp travel porn from the South of France in a few weeks time!

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This post was not sponsored and I did not receive any discounts towards the purchase of my camera. I did get some awesome expert advice from one of Henry’s in-house experts, though, and am so grateful! 

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  • Kaitlynndodge

    You HAVE to check out Flytographer. Where are you honeymooning? They are awesome. Let’s talk offline and I’ll tell you about it.