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2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $500

Written by Gina Stephens

Diverse top picks: Pocketable enthusiast | Enthusiast long zooms

Last updated: November 21, 2017

Whether you’re looking for a compact camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or with image property exceeding that of your smartphone or just want something to sit alongside your more expensive gear, there are some impressive outcomes that won’t bust your wallet.

The cameras in this buying guide are light and portable, and several feature selfie-friendly LCDs. Generally on, you won’t find a lot of direct controls or a lot of customizability, and 4K video is rare, but for those seeking a point-and-shoot experience with better image quality, these cameras fit the paper money.

Our pick: Canon EOS M100

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a newcomer, there’s something to like about the M100. It’s very lightweight and compact, but contains some compelling components from previous Canon cameras like a 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus. A flip-up touchscreen makes selecting a focus tip easy, and Dual Pixel will ably keep up with moving subjects.

The M100 lacks 4K video capture and is light on direct controls, so groupies looking for multiple dials may find its single command dial frustrating to use. All told, it’s the M100’s portability and just plain good image characteristic that makes it a solid choice for a wide range of photographers.

If you’re not convinced by our recommendation, take a look at all of the cameras we considered in the list below, and interpret on for a detailed look at how they stack up.

  • Winner: Canon EOS M100
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • Fujifilm X-A3
  • Fujifilm X-A10
  • Nikon 1 J5
  • Nikon D3400
  • Olympus PEN E-PL8
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
  • Sony Alpha a5100
  • Sony Alpha a6000
  • YI M1

Republished: dpreview.com

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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