Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Digital Cameras Under $500

1. Canon Canon T6 K1 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 82 3

Canon Canon T6 K1 First Impressions

"I received it on time."

But I'd buy from Canon again, so they've got that going for them. I got it at the best price for this kit. Very good camera for the size. Absolutely great Digital Camera for the price. The software also defaults to save your original pic.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 is II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2X Telephoto Lens + Flash + 48GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle
  • This Photo4Less Top Value Camera And Lens With USA Warranty and manufacturer's supplied Accessories Kit includes:
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera body -18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 is II lens - 58mm high definition wide angle lens & 58mm 2x professional telephoto lens
  • Transcend 32GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card - Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card - Photo4less DC59 Camera Case P4L-CCS-30 - Photo Video Quality Tripod
  • Digital DSLR auto power Slave flash - rs-60 remote switch for Canon - 3 piece UV filter kit (UV-cpl-fled) 58mm - high-speed SD USB card reader - 58mm ultraviolet UV protector filter - memory card wallet - LCD screen protectors (clear) - table top tripod - 3 piece cleaning kit - lens cap holder
  • 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 is 12800, 3 fps shooting built-in Wi-Fi with NFC scene intelligent auto mode Basic+ and creative auto modes
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon Canon T6 K1
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon Canon T6 K1 Final Thoughts

"I received it on time."

The Canon Canon T6 K1 captured the action like a pro. Canon still services this camera. This is the best Digital Camera and I love it! The Canon Canon T6 K1 captured the action like a pro. The Canon Canon T6 K1 has all the tech and features I was looking for in a camera.

Overall Score
4.7


(1507 Points)

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2. Canon 8253B001 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 5

Canon 8253B001 First Impressions

"That is a bargain."

Overall good camera and value but needs improvements in the hardware. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Digital Camera. Fast shipping and everything packaged nicely. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. It took me a while to figure it out.

  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
  • ECO Mode to reduce power consumption
  • Capture impressive 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • 16 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 image processor deliver enhanced image quality
  • 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens with Digital Image Stabilizer
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • USB cable not included
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 8253B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 8253B001 Final Thoughts

"The battery was awesome."

I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. The initial charge using the Canon 8253B001 to charge the battery took about 2 hours. This camera has so many features for its size. That is the reason I bought this Canon 8253B001. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.3


(1482 Points)

3. Canon 8254B001 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 5

Canon 8254B001 First Impressions

"Quality."

I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. In some reviews this Canon 8254B001 is said to be heavy. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now.

  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) (OLD MODEL)
  • ECO Mode to reduce power consumption
  • Capture impressive 720p HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • 16 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 image processor deliver enhanced image quality
  • 5x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens with Digital Image Stabilizer
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects the proper settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • USB cable not included
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 8254B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 8254B001 Final Thoughts

"All on Auto."

Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. A great camera for the money and my needs! So glad I chose the Canon 8254B001. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. I get great photos, and it does not take long to import them to my laptop.

Overall Score
4.3


(1482 Points)

4. Panasonic DC-FZ80K Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"Plenty of features."

Low Light video is very well done. Secondly the EVF is amazing amazing amazing. The Panasonic DC-FZ80K is an awesome camera as most already know. The focus speed in general is so much faster and more reliable. Switching back and forth between photo and video is cumbersome.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera : 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zoom DC Vario lens (20 1220millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight.Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance : Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note : Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and WiFi Connectivity: Enjoy Travel Ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to Your favorite devices; Max resolution:4896 x 3672
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"Love this guy."

It is light and easy to carry with you. Only gripes are slow focus and short battery life. Mirrorless has come into it's own. The Panasonic DC-FZ80K was with me at all times. I will be upgrading to a better lens when finances allow.

Overall Score
4.3


(1466 Points)

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5. Panasonic DC-FZ80K Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"Camera works just fine."

I will update this report once I have used it more. If you receive an error message to turn off and then on remove the lens cap. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Excellent two characteristics in a Digital Camera.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera : 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zoom DC Vario lens (20 1220millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight.Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance : Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note : Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and WiFi Connectivity: Enjoy Travel Ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to Your favorite devices; Max resolution:4896 x 3672
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"It's range is awesome."

I bought this Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. They make it look like I know what I'm doing. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. The zoom and autofocus makes it easy. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle.

Overall Score
4.3


(1465 Points)

6. Panasonic DC-FZ80K Digital Camera

User Ratings: 64 8

Panasonic DC-FZ80K First Impressions

"Now about this Camera."

Best price, fast delivery and good support in case something goes wrong. I've had the Panasonic DC-FZ80K for about two weeks now and it's been great! I use it as a backup camera to my Canon 7D mark II. 5 years I've gotten to know this groundbreaking Digital Camera well. The different modes are useful.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ80 4K Digital Camera, 18.1 Megapixel Video Camera, 60X Zoom DC VARIO 20-1200mm Lens, F2.8-5.9 Aperture, Power O.I.S. Stabilization, Touch Enabled 3-Inch LCD, Wi-Fi, DC-FZ80K (Black)
  • Point and Shoot Long Zoom Camera : 18.1 megapixel MOS sensor plus 60X zoom DC Vario lens (20 1220millimeter and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) captures far off moments
  • High Resolution View Finder & LCD Display: High resolution 1,170K dot view finder and rear touch enabled 3 inch LCD Display (1040 dots) are clear even in bright sunlight.Lens:14 elements in 12 groups
  • 4K video Capture: 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160) with three unique 4K ultra HD video pause and save 4K photo modes extracts individual high resolution Photos from 4K ultra HD video filmed at 30 frames per second to capture split second moments
  • Low Light Performance : Low light capture lets you enjoy photography during your nightlife again with impressive results; Note : Refer to user manual PDF attached below in technical specification for trouble shooting steps are on page 54
  • USB Charging and WiFi Connectivity: Enjoy Travel Ready technologies like USB charging and Wi Fi connectivity to your mobile device; HDMI D (Micro), Micro USB and USB 2.0 provide additional connectivity to Your favorite devices; Max resolution:4896 x 3672
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DC-FZ80K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DC-FZ80K Final Thoughts

"Work Horse."

No focus peaking, even in live view. Again, slim margins for a lot of money. Very good camera for the size. The read/write speed is seriously blazing fast. Again, slim margins for a lot of money.

Overall Score
4.3


(1465 Points)

7. Nikon 1590 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 83 5

Nikon 1590 First Impressions

"Solid deal."

The extra batteries don't work all that well. I use it as a backup camera to my Canon 7D mark II. It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I shot video of my 5 year old son riding his bike today. Very versatile and swiftly configurable.

  • Nikon D3500 W/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Black
  • A DSLR That's as easy to use as a point and shoot camera
  • Compact, comfortable design That's great for travel and Special events
  • Image sensor That's 15x larger than those Used in Typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon's snapbridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080P full HD videos with monaural sound at the touch of a button.Bluetooth Version 4.1
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1590
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1590 Final Thoughts

"On and on."

I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. I love this camera a lot so far! I finally decided I liked the features of the Nikon line. It has a great feel, not too heavy but still substantial. I am also a white balance and color nut.

Overall Score
4.6


(1315 Points)

8. Nikon 1588 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 83 5

Nikon 1588 First Impressions

"Great lens!"

It sucks up way more battery life than the D7100/D7200. I mean, I still shoot film with my old F3 and FE and push film. However, once I saw the images files I was hooked. Very versatile and swiftly configurable. It has a very similar look to a high end smartphone screen.

  • Nikon D3500 DX-Format DSLR Two Lens Kit with AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, Black
  • A DSLR that's as easy to use as a point and shoot camera
  • Compact, comfortable design that's great for travel and special events
  • Image sensor that's 15x larger than those used in typical smartphones for sharper, clearer pictures
  • Works with Nikon Snap Bridge app for sharing photos with a compatible smartphone or tablet
  • 1080P Full HD videos with monaural sound at the touch of a button
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1588
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1588 Final Thoughts

"Low light performance."

This is an excellent camera for beginners. However on contacting Nikon about it, they sent us a memory card. The camera is highly capable and flexible. The colors of course are very good as expected, and here is a surprise. I got it at the best price for this kit.

Overall Score
4.6


(1315 Points)

9. Canon 5096B001 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 60 7

Canon 5096B001 First Impressions

"Shots were FANTASTIC!"

I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Canon 5096B001. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over.

  • Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
  • World's thinnest digital camera with a 24mm ultra Wide-Angle lens and 5x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • Canon's HS SYSTEM with a 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves shooting in low-light situations without the need for a flash
  • Full 1080p HD Video for exceptional quality with stereo sound, plus a dedicated movie button for easy access.
  • Get high-speed shooting in a point-and-shoot camera: High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.0fps and
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.
  • Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow slow motion playback.
  • Zoom optically while shooting video and keep footage stabilized with Dynamic IS.
  • And lowers noise levels at higher ISO settings.
  • Batteries: Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 5096B001
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 5096B001 Final Thoughts

"Decent battery life."

Every thing was fine except I would have liked a better memory card. Auto-ISO is on the conservative side, which I would like to have more control over. I don't really see a good excuse for that, wildlife photos may prove nearly impossible. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about.

Overall Score
4.2


(1299 Points)

10. Nikon 25472 Digital Camera

User Ratings: 78 4

Nikon 25472 First Impressions

"Very good deal!"

However on contacting Nikon about it, they sent us a memory card. Very versatile and swiftly configurable. The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses. This Nikon 25472 takes absolutely beautiful images! The software also defaults to save your original pic.

  • Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • 14.2 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 230,000 dots
  • 1080p HD video with full time AF
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 100 3200 range (12800 expanded)
  • RAW + JPEG shooting
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 25472
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 25472 Final Thoughts

"And a good deal."

I would highly recommend this Nikon 25472 and bundle. I really love the features on this body. Again, slim margins for a lot of money. Basically, when doing astro-photography. Sometimes I still wish I had purchased the 40D at a comparable price.

Overall Score
4.6


(1242 Points)

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