Apart from the soaring price of D-SLRs the market also have the cameras that come under the attainable range can give you the powerful imaging options and the camera that can elevate you photography skills to you desired level. So, here we have some selected numbers of cameras of different manufacturers and there price range comes under $500.
Best entry-level DSLR under $500.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 (1300D)
The entry-level DSLR Canon T6/1300D sports 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 4+ Image Processor 3.0″ 920k-Dot LCD Monitor , Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps, 9-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point, Extended ISO 12800, 3 fps Shooting, Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC. It is one of best and affordable camera for both professionals and beginners. It gives amazing result with clarity even in the rain. It is suitable for landscapes, wildlife and portraits photography. It offers consistently good quality JPEGs in good lighting, and provides a decent amount of control that’s likely to be sufficient for a range of beginning to intermediate photographers.
The little and lesser weight DSLR having exceptional specifications, which allows you to capture your every desired subject. Nikon D3300 is great for sports photography, and there are no cons about ISO range that surely suit the indoor as well as dimlight shootings. The camera is for those who just want to start their photography with DSLR (means for the beginners). The Nikon D3300 features 24 MP CMOS Sensor, EXPEED 4 Image Processor, No Optical Low-Pass Filter, 3.0″ 921k-dot LCD monitor, Full HD 1080p Video Recording MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, 11-Point Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor, Expandable ISO 25600 and 5 fps Shooting.The D3300’s simplified interface will be familiar to any Nikon user and can shoot comfortably.
Best compacts camera under $500
Canon Powershot G9X-
The compactness and the lightweight of the camera is commendable that sports a large 1.0” 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 image processing engine to provide superior quality of images. Even in dimlight situation your camera can deliver you the sharp images with very lesser noise because the camera has high ISO speed of 12800. The camera can also record 1080p Full HD videos (at 24p and up to 60p in MP4 format). Also, the versatile 3x optical zoom lens covers a wide-angle to portrait-length 28-80mm equivalent focal length range and incorporating the unique Image stabilization to compensate the camera shake problems.
Although the RX100 is bit old but the camera is able to deliver the impressive results in variety of shooting conditions, which makes the camera an ideal for travel, portraits or street photography. RX100 uses 1.0-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels to provide the users standard quality of images (clarity and sharpness). The new RX100 camera features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,229k dot Xtra Fine LCD display. It also extends sensitivity up to ISO 25600 allowing for exceptionally clear handheld images in low light conditions.
Best rugged camera under $500:
AW130 of Nikon is highly rugged camera that is not only confined to water-proof but also offers superior shock- and cold-proofing. The beautifully designed camera that equipped with 5x optical zoom (up to 10x* with Dynamic Fine Zoom) NIKKOR lens.
The 16MP, 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor and the image processor work together to deliver high-resolution still images and Full HD video. ISO sensitivity from 125-6400 to deliver you the clear images even in lowlight shooting conditions and 5-fps continuous shooting at full resolution.
Best Smartphone camera under $500
Ricoh Theta S–
The camera can capture high-resolution spherical images of up to nearly 14 megapixels. The camera can also record spherical video in full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 30fps) with a maximum recording time of 25 minutes. The new RICOH THETA S app for smartphones and tablets can be used to configure settings and instantly view spherical photos and video via wirelessly connected devices. With single click of the camera you can capture 360° stills and full HD movies.
Best Mirrorless camera under $500
Fujifilm X-A2 announced in January, 2015. It sports 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor along with EXR Processor II,3.0″ 920k-Dot 175° Tilting LCD. The users can enjoy Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps with Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity. It comes with Eye AF, Auto Macro AF, Multi-Target AF and has up to 5.6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600. It also features Q Menu Button and Super i-Flash and Film Simulation and Multiple Exposure.
The users can opt it for nightclub photography. It is easy to use and due to its light weight and portable, the users can carry where they need. It is a well performer in low light conditions. The qualities of the photos are excellent and even in low light, image quality in both JPEG and Raw modes looks good. It has better Battery life and also supports with a CIPA rating of 410 shots per charge.
It comes with Bayer pattern array, which offers cleaner, less moiré-prone footage compare to more expensive siblings which use X-Trans arrays.
Hence, there is no doubt, that it is one of the best cameras around $500.
Sony A5100 announced in August, 2014. It comes with 24.3MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS Sensor,BIONZ X Image Processor,Gapless On-Chip Lens Design,3.0″ 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD,Full HD 1080p Video in XAVC S at 50Mbps, Fast Hybrid AF & 179 Phase-Detect Points,Up to 6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600. It offers Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC,Manual Focus Peaking and Zebra Function.
This camera is small, light and handy. It takes great pictures and video. The a5100’s touch-sensitive LCD can be flipped up 180 degrees and makes it for selfies. It also has a ‘help’ button on its back to guide shooters, and includes a small pop-up flash. It delivers better quality photos and video in low light conditions. The users can use it for travel, street, landscape and panorama. Overall image quality is very good, both from JPEG and Raw output. Video quality is also good; the camera can capture 1080p/60/30/24 fps using the XAVC S codec and offers a built-in stereo mic.
Canon M10 announced in October, 2015. It is a compact and stylish design camera and sports 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600). A Hybrid CMOS AF II for accurate autofocus along with maximum continuous shooting speeds up to 4.6 fps, 3.0-inch tilt-type (180º up) LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) integrated into the rear side of this M10 to provide the photographers an easy shooting from any angles or position.
The users can record Full HD 1920×1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format. A new retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens has been utilized by this camera to help the photographers to achieve an outstanding image quality that helps the EOS M10 camera remain small and lightweight so that the users can carry easily.