Best Cameras For Around £500/$665 2018

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When you set a budget to get a new camera you might be unsure what kind you want, or what’s actually available for your money. Here, we set out the different types of camera and some high-scoring examples that are available for around £500 (slightly more money if you’re buying from the USA). If you need some help in choosing the right type of camera for you, have a look at our Camera Buying Guide.

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What kind of camera are you looking for?

I want a DSLR for around £500

I want a bridge camera for around £500

I want a mirrorless camera for around £500

I want an advanced compact camera for around £500

Digital SLRs

Canon EOS 750D

Canon EOS 750D 

The Canon EOS 750D (and 760D) update the Canon EOS 700D from two years earlier, with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, along with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.

D5300 GR 18 55 Front

Nikon D5300 

The Nikon D5300 has a 24.2-megapixel sensor and sports a flip-out screen for extra versatility. It’s compact for a DSLR and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. It’s also in black, red or silver. You can get it with an 18-55mm lens and still come in under budget.

A68 Front W SAL1855 Large

Sony Alpha a68 

The Sony Alpha 68 has a 24-megapixel sensor and features 4D focus tracking. It has the same focusing system as the a77 II with 79 AF points. It has good colour reproduction and a good battery life to boot.

Bridge Camera

Lumix FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 

The Lumix FZ1000 was the world’s first compact to feature 4K video recording and also has a 16x zoom lens. With a 20.1 megapixel sensor and Leica optics, it’s a high-spec camera for the money.

Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900 

The Coolpix P900 has an impressive 89x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel sensor. It can also record full HD 1080p video and is capable of focusing on something less than a centimetre away from the lens. If you don’t want the hassle of changing lenses and want a lot of zoom, this camera is an ideal choice.

Mirrorless (Compact System Cameras)

OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II 

The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a stylish MFT camera that scored highly in our review. It has a 16-megapixel sensor and features impressive 5-axis image stabilisation. It has a premium build and is great value for the price.

Lumix GX80

Panasonic Lumix GX80 

This 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor camera has 5-axis in camera sensor-based image stabilisation, 4K video recording and a post-focus function. it has a newly developed, quieter shutter unit.

X T10 Front Silver18 55mm

Fujifilm X-T10 

The X-T10 is another stylish mirrorless offering that has a 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor and FullHD video along with 8fps continuous shooting. It also has built-in Wi-Fi allowing remote control and transfer.

Alpha a6000

Sony A6000 

The Sony a6000 claimed to have the world’s fastest AF when it was released in 2014. This mirrorless camera has a 24.3-megapixel sensor and is capable of 11 fps continuous shooting.

Compact Camera

Lumix LX100

Panasonic Lumix LX100 

The Lumix LX100 has a Micro Four Thirds sensor in an advanced compact body and has a bright f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens. It features Built-in Wi-Fi and an electronic viewfinder.

Sony Cyber Shot Rx100 II

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III 

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is designed for those that want better landscapes and portraits, and is only 9g heavier than the RX100 Mark II. The Mark III features a 24-70mm equivalent wide-angle lens and a built-in pop-up viewfinder. As well as better auto-focus modes, the camera features a tilting screen that tilts to face you.

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 Silver (8)

Panasonic Lumix TZ100 

This advanced camera is designed to give the highest image quality possible while still fitting in your pocket and is a little powerhouse. It has a 10x optical zoom and bright f/2.8 aperture.

Powershot G1 X Mark II

Canon Powershot G1X II 

The Powershot G1 X Mark II is an advanced compact offering a 1.5 inch CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and control rings around the lens for easy adjustment of settings.




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