Joanna Deakin, via email
Jason recommends a DX-fit superzoom and fixes flash trouble and D-type lens error issues
Jason says… That’s a pretty extensive shooting list, for which a versatile D-SLR will be much better than a phone. We’d bypass the D3400 18-55mm VR kit (around £400/$500) in favour of the slightly dearer D5500 18-55mm VR kit (£650/$700). The newer and pricier D5600 18-55mm VR kit (£730/$800) is only really worth the extra money if you’re desperate for Nikon’s SnapBridge wireless sharing.
The D5500 is more advanced than the D3400, so better able to grow with you as you learn new skills. For example, its Exposure Delay Mode custom setting is useful for avoiding blurred close-ups of your jewellery. For this as well as family portraits on a budget, we’d recommend a dual-purpose portrait/macro lens such as the Nikon AF-S 40mm f/2.8G Micro (£240/$280).
The pivoting LCD screen of the D5500 is great for stills and movie capture, enabling you to shoot easily from creative angles