When it comes to digital camera there is something for everyone regardless of the budget but as the price tag goes up so do the expectations. A 500 dollar camera should be able to provide all the features that even the most demanding buyer would look for. There is no room for compromise. An expensive camera within this price range should have little to no flaws and most of them do offer the expected quality which makes it even more difficult to choose. To make things simple, the top 10 best digital cameras under 500 dollars have been rounded up in an easy to read list.
10. Fujifilm X-A1
The Fujifilm X-A1 is obviously at the bottom of this ranking but that does not make it a less viable choice. It is a balanced camera that offers both functionality and premium picture quality. It uses a 16 megapixel sensor and comes with 16-50 mm lens. It also has a high resolution 3 inch display and wireless connection support which gives it a certain degree of convenience when it comes to data transfers to a different device. Last but not least the camera can record in full HD resolution at 30 frames per second. It is more than clear that it was not built to be used to exclusively record videos.
9. Sony NEX-5TL
Sony’s NEX-5TL camera comes with a 16-50 mm lens straight out of the box. The ones that might want a different lens will be pleased to hear that they are interchangeable which gives the camera a certain degree of versatility. It has the latest generation of 20 megapixel sensors from Sony and uses Carl Zeiss lens which are famous for their quality. In terms of functionality and picture quality, the NEX comes close to DSLR cameras which guarantees great pictures and no shutter lag.
8. Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Everyone dreams of having a DSLR camera. The EOS Rebel is one of the more affordable models from Canon that is priced just under 500 dollars. It does have one downside. The camera comes without lenses which would add a bit to the final price but the money is well spent. Canon has quite a reputation when it comes to DSLR and they are the main competitors for Nikon cameras. The EOS Rebel uses an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, the newest image processor from Canon and can record in 1080p at 30 frames per second.
7. Olympus E-PM2
The E-PM2 is one of the more advanced cameras made by Olympus. It is capable of delivering professional grade pictures which is a bit surprising when looking at its form factor. The camera itself could fit into a pocket if the lenses used are small. The full package includes 14-42 mm lens but they are interchangeable which is a big plus. The other surprising aspect is the sensor. Olympus used a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor that is capable of taking excellent shots.
6. Panasonic DMC-GF6KK
A lot of things can be said about the Panasonic DMC-GF6KK. It is one of the few cameras in its price range that is being sold with lenses. The package includes a standard 14-42 mm lens which is enough to get started. Image capture is done by a 16 megapixel sensor while the processing is handled by Panasonic’s proprietary Venus Engine which is decently fast. Image quality is impressive and the menu makes it a convenient device. Everything about it is intuitive and convenient.
5. Sony DSC-RX100
The Sony DSC-RX100 is one of the most expensive compact cameras sold today but for a good reason. It provides amazing quality and functionality. The only reason why it does not take the number one spot is the fact that it does not support interchangeable lenses. Other than that, everything about this camera feels premium. It has a 20 megapixel sensor, full aluminum body, 1080p recording at 60 fps and many other features that just keep adding up.
4. Sony HX400V
The Sony HX400V is quite similar to the DSC-RC100 in terms of picture quality but it is superior when it comes to features and handling. It comes with some extra options that allows the user to fully control the focus and also supports downloadable apps. It has a GPS photo tagging feature and supports wireless LAN connections. It uses a 20 megapixel sensor and comes with the latest state of the art Carl Zeiss lenses that will bring any picture to life.
3. Samsung NX Mini
The Samsung NX Mini is a compact camera with a lot of surprises. It is one of the slimmest models that supports interchangeable lenses. In fact, the lenses proposed by Samsung are also slim which make the device extremely portable. It has a 20 megapixel sensor and comes with all the regular Samsung features such as wi-fi connectivity, email support, NFC, automatic backup and so on. All these elements make this camera excellent for travelers and people who like to pack light.
2. Sony Alpha a5000
Sony managed to find the solution for the ones that wanted a DSLR camera but did not buy one because most of them are big and bulky. The Alpha a5000 is a compact mirror less camera with a generous 20 megapixel sensor and interchangeable lenses. These simple features make it a great pick even for the pros but it will be much more appreciated by the ones that want a light DSLR. In addition, the camera offers wireless LAN support and NFC which is a bit rare when it comes to DSLRs.
1. Samsung NX3000
The number one and the best camera that 500 dollars can buy is the Samsung NX3000. The Korean manufacturer did not cut any corners during the design of the camera. It is a balanced, well build and reliable camera that can compete with models twice as expensive. The NX3000 uses that latest 20 megapixel sensor from Samsung and comes with a 16-50 mm lens that is interchangeable. It also has a high resolution flip up display and an interesting vintage and compact design. Needless to say, the camera comes with all the well known Samsung features that make their cameras so versatile and user friendly such as the email support, the wi-fi connection, NFC, connectivity with a SMART TV and so on.