Overview of the Best Advanced Cameras Under a $500 Budget
Nowadays, if you wish to find a nice camera which is a combination of DIL and DSLR cameras for beginners and an advanced point and shoots camera, it is completely possible with the $500 budget. The most impressive thing is that at the present, it is not difficult to find out good DSLR cameras, even with the inclusion of a kit lens.
Of course, you should not expect that this kit lens would be as strong as the separate lens with high quality. However, with such DSLR cameras, you can start to take a lot of beautiful photos. Having a kit lens at this price range is really nice.
The summary: There are many impressive features for the sub-$500 cameras as mentioned before. Especially, some of those cameras are included with unique strong features that you cannot find in others. The best cameras which have the prices under $500 are arrange in the below alphabet.
Besides, the DSLR camera buying guides will be very useful for you if the best DSLR camera is the thing you are looking for.
The list of best high-end cameras under 500 dollars
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR
While the past Rebel DSLR cameras were pretty good, now Canon’s Rebel T3i camera is even better with a lot of strong features and advanced technologies.
The image sensor of the T3i is an APS-C size one while the Canon EF lenses is really nice with this camera. The resolution is pretty high, up to 18 megapixels. At the moment, the T3i is one of the favorite choices of many people, in which the award-winning T3i has supported up to AF points. The 3 – inch LCD screen also has a very high solution and this is able to swivel away for the camera.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR
You can find a variety of nice features with this Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR. Some of the greatest features can be listed such as: the pretty high resolution which is up to 18 18MP, the support of the CMOS technology image sensor, the full HD video in which you can record many nice movies. Besides, you are able to shoot five frames per second and swivels and tilts the 3.0-inch widescreen LCD away from the body of the camera.
If you want to shoot photos at a far distance or with the wide angle, you can change the proper lens. In this case, Canon interchangeable lenses do a very great job. Moreover, the Rebel DSLR camera also can bring a lot of fun to help your photography more inspiring.
Canon PowerShot G16
If you are find a strong camera with the fixed lens and included with many advanced feature, the PowerShot G16 is one of the nice recommendation. The f/1.8 lens is very fast with this camera. Especially, the inclusion of this kind of lens is not common beyond DSLR lens.
The image sensor of the G16 uses the CMOS technology which has the size of 1/1.7-inches and the resolution of 12.1 megapixels. Although the fast lens is just limited to 5X optical zoom lens, it works pretty well for this camera. The ability to choose between the 3.0-inch LCD screen with high resolution and the optical viewfinder make it more comfortable to frame photos.
This is a really a great option for even advanced photographers thanks to many of the above mentioned features.
Nikon D3300 DSLR
One of the latest entries of Nikon is the D3300, which enter the low end of the DSLR market. There is another name for this camera called HD-SLR. (Beside the ability to record full HD movies, I don’t really know exactly what classifies the D3300 as an HD-SLR, therefore calling it DSLR is the best way in this case.)
The overview is that the Nikon D3300 DSLR is a good camera for shooting still images, which can be purchased at a very reasonable price. The image sensor of this camera is large with the resolution up to 24-plus megapixels. And the outstanding image quality does satisfy you.
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 DIL
To say something about the PEN family of DIL cameras, I’d like to tell you that its design looks great and it is included with a lot of interesting options. In comparison with the previous models, the Olympus PEN PL-5 is a nice one with some improved features.
The touchscreen LCD is articulated with a16MP of resolution for this PEN PL5. The interchangeable lenses helps bring a lot of flexibility in using the cameras and you can shoot 8 frames at maximum per second with the inclusion of burst mode shooting. There are three color options with this camera, including silver, black, or white.
Recently, one of the Olympus model that I reviewed to be a great camera is the Olympus PL3. And another product of this PEN family, also called the “PEN Lite, would be a good models as well. It is the the PL5 camera.
Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 DIL
After the successful launch of the Olympus Mini PEN E-PM1 which I have rated one of the best 5-star cameras, Olympus has decided to introduce a next model – the latest “mini” camera, called the PEN E-PM2. This is also a nice models which deserves to be listed in my review of the best cameras for this year
There are four color options with this camera bodies, including: red, white, black and silver. With the resolutions of 16.1 megapixels, it produces the pretty nice image quality. Besides, the Micro Four Thirds lenses can be interchangeable, which is very flexible to use the camera. The E-PM2 also has 3.0-inch touch screen LCD and the full HD mode is supported.
Panasonic Lumix GF2 DIL
The Panasonic Lumix GF2 DIL is actually not a DSLR camera due to its mirror-less design. Therefore, it has another name called a DSLM (DSL micro) despite its popular acronyms are EVIL and DIL. The Panasonic Lumix GF2 follows the Micro Four Thirds standard in which the ability to use interchangeable lenses make the GF2 similar to a DSLR camera.
The technology used in the image sensor of the Lumix GF2 is Live MOS with the 12.1 MP resolution. In this sensor technology, both the image quality of a CCD sensor and a CMOS sensor which help reduce the amount of require power is mixed. The LCD of the GF2 is also a touch screen which has the size of 3.0 inches.
Panasonic Lumix LF1
There are two color options for you to select with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, including black or white.
There is one great feature with this camera that you cannot help ignoring, which is the availability of Near Field Communication technology.
This technology enables you to connect directly your camera to Panasonic TV which is supported with DLNA in the cases that there are not any wires but you want to show your photos easily. The built –in Wi-Fi capabilities are a nice advantage
The image sensor of this LF1is measured at 1/1.7 inches and included with the 12 MP resolution. Thanks to this sensor and resolution, the photos are produced with better image quality in comparison with those of a point and shoot camera. Besides, the 7.1X optical zoom lens and a 3.0-inch LCD are pretty nice with this camera while the full HD mode support and an electronic viewfinder are other advantages that you cannot help paying attention to.
Panasonic Lumix LX7
If you are finding a camera with a lot of strong features, I won’t hesitate to recommend the Lumix DMC-LX7, one of the latest models among Panasonic’s models with the fixed lens and a variety of advanced features. Some of those featured can be listed: the fixed lens of high quality, the MOS image sensor measured at 1/1.7 inches, an aperture ring and other high-end features as well.
The 10.1 MP resolution included with the high-end image sensor shall satisfy you with the great image quality. The 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD and the 3.8X optical zoom lens which are good for wide-angle photos are other good features. In addition, the full HD mode helps you produce wonderful movies. Last but not least, you can make your photos more interesting with the 3D photography.
Although the price is a little high, the Lumix LX7 is really a powerful camera for those who afford to purchase it. There are two color options with this camera, including black and white.
10. Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung is an innovative manufacturer that is always ready to launch the new modes. One of these is the Galaxy Camera, which is run with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. With this award-winning camera, the gap between cell phones and digital cameras become small thẳn ever.
The image sensor of the Galaxy Camera uses the CMOS technology with the resolutions of 16 megapixels. It is possible to record movies of high quality with the support of the 1080p HD video mode. The optical zoom lens is pretty large, up to 21X. And the touch screen LCD is also impressive with the size of 4.8-inches. The built-in Wi-Fi, and 3G or 4G support make it convenient for you to connect the camera to the Internet easily. All of the above mentioned features are wonderful.
11. Sony Cyber-shot HX300
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 camera has two great features that totally outperform other camera in the market now. They are the extremely large zoom lens, up to 50X and the super high resolution, up to 20 MP.
Actually, this resolution of the Sony HX300 is even up to 20.4 megapixels. However, the small image sensor, just limited to 1/2.3 inches, is a drawback which lower the quality of the photos.
To gather with the ultra 50X optical zoom lens, the 3.0-inch LCD screen helps record movies of high quality in the 1080p HD video mode.
To consider the small image sensor, the price of the Sony HX300 seems not to be proper for many people. However, to take a look at the outstanding zoom lens and resolution, it outperforms many others.
12. Sony Cyber-shot QX100 Lens-Style Camera
Sony has introduced two lens-style digital cameras in the market recently. Among these two models, there is one which has been officially launched, named the Sony Cyber-shot QX100.
This lens-style camera does bring a lot of benefits for users despite the fact that it looks quite similar to a normal lens. You can start to capture images with this lens-style camera by linking the QX100 with a smartphone port, adding a PlayMemories Mobile app to your smartphone in which you frame the image via your smartphone screen. You are able to control the camera’s settings with this mobile app.
The QX100 is not a cheap one at all. But to consider the features, you also cannot ignore its 1-inch 20.2MP image sensor using the CMOS technology and an optical zoom measurement of 3.6X. The focus can be adjusted manually as well. This camera is really interesting although it seems to look like a lens more.
If your budget is limited, the QX10 lens-style camera aimed at the entry level may be more proper with the half price.