Mr Mark Jessen

7 Best Cameras Under $500 | Man of Many


1. Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR

The T3i camera has won awards, and with good reason. It uses Canon EF lenses, which are known for both high quality and a wide range of options. In addition, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR has a resolution of 18 megapixels and an APS-C size image sensor. Rebel DSLRs are intuitively designed cameras with a lot of cool features, which is why this line is so popular.

2. Canon PowerShot G16

This little powerhouse proves that fixed lens cameras can produce the same quality as a DSLR. The lens is a surprisingly fast f/1.8. The image sensor is 12.1 megapixels, which is more resolution than a hobbyist needs. Best of all, this camera is made to be used by beginners and experts both. It is easy to use in general, but has a lot of extra features for more advanced photographers to play with.

3. Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 DIL

Some people don’t need a DSLR or fixed lens camera but rather a simple and solid DIL. The PEN line from Olympus is a great little camera that produces professional quality images, has interchangeable lens, and even a mode that takes up to eight frames every second. With a touch screen display, it is certainly easy to use. This camera is pure fun and so easy a kid can use it.

4. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 DIL

Olympus is one of the most popular makers of mini cameras, with good reason. The brand packs all the features of a standard-sized DIL into a tiny package. In this case, the PEN Mini is another camera from the PEN line with the same features: interchangeable lens, high resolution, and an LCD touch screen.

5. Panasonic Lumix LF1

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is notable for how easily it connects wirelessly to a variety of devices. This is made possibly by a technology called NFC or Near Field Communication. This technology can automatically sync with computers, printers, and even Panasonic televisions. In addition, the Lumix LF1 has built-in Wi-Fi.

6. Samsung Galaxy Camera

This tablet-like Samsung camera has won awards for its camera aspects, but it is more notable in that is functions as a smartphone or small tablet in addition to taking photos. It runs an Android operating system and looks just like your friends’ droid phones. In addition to acting as a camera, it offers video recording, WiFi, and a zoom lens. However, don’t think this is a typical camera phone. With a 16 megapixel image sensor, the photo quality is much higher. The apps and WiFi are merely benefits to an already great camera.
The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is an all-around great camera but it has some jaw-dropping numbers–20.4 MP of resolution and a 50x zoom lens . No other camera is offering those. In addition to a ton of resolution and zoom, it also has an LCD screen and and video recording.

7. Sony Cyber-shot HX300

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