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A New Experience: My Wild Adventures with Finding a New Camera

You know it’s time to buy a new camera when your smartphone takes better pictures than your digital camera.

When I decided to start this blog, I had a lot of excitement in my mind of posting pictures every day of my food experiences, crafts, friends, family, everything. It was when I was making my cheese and yogurt that I realized something: My camera sucks.

Let’s see. My Sony camera that I got back when I was in middle school (So, at least 6 years ago) was not up to my smartphone’s camera standards. And when HTC made my phone, like every other HTC One, they accidentally made it so the camera easily overheats and everything turns purple (as you can see in my granola pictures.) I’ve been stealing my mom’s smartphone every time I need a decent picture, and I just wasn’t having it anymore. I had to get a new camera.

After doing some research, I thought the best camera for me was a Sony NEX 5T. I was super excited, and as I went onto Amazon to get it I found there was only one left in stock. I bought it right then and there without even giving it a second thought.

A week later, it arrived at my doorstep.

As I anxiously opened the Amazon box, I noticed something a little off. The camera box itself had a small tear, and it looked as if it had already been opened once and then closed with scotch tape. There was even a sticker saying that it was amazon warehouse inspected.  I remember thinking to myself “did I buy a used camera?” When I checked, I had not.

But apparently, I had. Not only had it already been opened and the box was damaged, but the camera didn’t come with the most important parts: The adapter cable and the camera charging cord. Frustrated and tired, I packed everything back up, printed a return form, and headed to the UPS store.

The next day came, and I went to Best Buy in hopes of finding an NEX 5t there. Well… there were no NEX series. Then I checked PC Richard & Son. They didn’t even have any Sony cameras there (Mind you: When I have my mind set for something I want, I won’t take anything other than that. That meant Sony camera, or no camera at all.) I then decided to try target, but before I even decided to leave and use up the gas to get there, I sat in my car and checked Sony’s website. They didn’t even produce the NEX series anymore, which meant no NEX series anywhere I would be going.

I went back to Best Buy, just to begin pricing out my options. That’s when I looked hard, and found a Sony Alpha 5000. I quickly researched it a bit, and then decided Why not? And got it!

And I’m super happy that I did. The pictures are amazing, and I can’t wait to try taking videos with it, either! It was, by far, one of the best investments that have happened recently!

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