Eventually updated: May 10, 2017
The $500-900 category (based roughly on US MSRP) features quite a few strong offerings, some of which should satisfy first-time camera purchasers with easy-to-use interfaces and point-and-shoot style functionality. Others are aimed more at seasoned-enthusiasts, offering direct manual controls and high-end special attractions.
At this price point, all of the cameras use either Four Thirds or larger APS-C-sized sensors and all can shoot Raw. And while a larger sensor can mean the possibility for better image quality and more control over depth-of-field, the difference in size between APS-C and Four Thirds is not enormous. As such, minuscule differences notwithstanding, the vast majority of cameras in this roundup have what we would consider to be very good image quality.
All of the cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or in this assortment are reasonably small in size (compared to pricier ILCs), but the number and arrangement of control points, grip size, build quality and weight all differ quite a bit. As do the inclusion of features like like 4K video capture and in-body image stabilization.
Let’s take a look at the currently available interchangeable lens cameras that assault into the $500-900 price range (give or take).
- Canon EOS M3
- Canon EOS M6
- Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D)
- Fujifilm X-E2S
- Fujifilm X-T20
- Nikon D5600
- Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
- Pentax K-70
- Sony Alpha a6000