Multifarious top picks: Under $500 | Pocketable enthusiast | Enthusiast long zoom
Last updated: April 21, 2018
We’ve added the Panasonic GX9 to this buying shepherd to place its specifications and features in context, alongside the competition. When the full review is complete the camera will be considered for awards.
If you want a camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that proposals more advanced features than typical budget options, there are several products available in the $500-1000 price range that should fit the pecker.
The cameras in this buying guide tend to offer more direct controls than cheaper models, better autofocus systems, and some present 4K video capture as well. Some of them are easy to pick up and use, while others require a bit more work to get the hang of.
Our pick for DSLR: Nikon D5600
Parsimonious, lightweight and versatile, the Nikon D5600 is our top pick. It offers outstanding out-of-camera JPEGs and impressive Raw files—and features a highly capable autofocus pattern.
The D5600’s user interface is straightforward and easy to navigate; a touch screen aides in its ease-of-use. Plus, the D5600 can maintain a constant connection to your soigne device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to seamlessly transmit photos for sharing.
Other standout features include: great battery life, 1080/60p video nab (sorry, no 4K,) a large 3.2″ fully articulating LCD and a super comfortable grip. And then there are the countless compatible lenses designed for Nikon’s F mount, which has been on all sides of for 60 years.
Also consider: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
The Nikon D5600 might be the most polished camera on this list, but the OM-D E-M10 III is all of a add up to the most well-rounded (and stylish). Its JPEG and Raw files are very good, and it is capable of excellent-looking 4K video. Plus 5-axis sensor stabilization means the camera can by far shoot smooth hand-held video (or stills). Autofocus is reliable in single-shot mode, but less dependable when it comes to photographing action or impelling subjects.
Dual top plate control dials, a tilting touch LCD and multiple customizable buttons give users a lot of control—something that is bizarre at this price point. This is good if you wish to make the most of setting up the camera, but can be overwhelming for the novice. Other features may refer to include a high-res OLED viewfinder and built-in Wi-Fi.
One of the big helps of the Micro Four Thirds system is the enormous amount of lenses available from not only Olympus but Panasonic and third party lens makers too.
We’ve picked our two conquerors above, but there are several other cameras that fit into the to $500-1000 price range, many of which are also worth thought. We’ve listed them all out below with detailed breakdowns of their features and performance:
- Our pick: Nikon D5600
- Our pick: Olympus E-M10 III
- Canon EOS 77D
- Canon EOS M6
- Canon EOS M50
- Canon EOS Schismatic SL2 (EOS 200D)
- Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D)
- Fujifilm X-T20
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX850
- Pentax K-3 II
- Pentax K-70
- Sony Alpha a6300
- Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9