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Cameras are smaller, faster, and more durable than ever. But it’s hard to find a good camera on a budget.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a millionaire to own the camera to make it happen. There’s a sea of digital cameras out that can get the job done. Listed below are five of the best cameras under $500.
Best cameras under $500
This pocket-sized point and shoot is perfect for photography noobs and lifelong enthusiasts alike. The 20.1 megapixel, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor captures crisp and clear photos. The touchscreen panel makes switching modes and tweaking settings super simple. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, so you don’t need a card to share your pictures.
Price: $429 (regularly $529)
Waterproof cameras have completely changed the game, but they have their limits. The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 extends the limits of your average underwater cam. It takes videos and be safely submerged for up to 50 feet. It’s also freeze-proof, shockproof and dust-proof. Regardless of climate, this baby is prepared to capture it all. And if you pair it to a smart device (like your phone), you can take advantage of wireless shooting and image transfers.
Some photographers prefer viewfinders, others opt for the LCD screen. Sony respects our ability to choose, which is why it designed a camera that lets you do both without being bulky. This lightweight 18.2 MP camera is selfie-ready and app-enabled to let your creativity to truly flow. The Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom camera also features image stabilization, infinity telephoto, WiFi, smartphone connectivity and more.
4) Nikon D3300
DSLR cameras can cost you a pretty penny… a couple thousand dollars, to be more specific. Luckily, if you know how to shop you can get your hands on some top tier equipment for bargain prices. The trick is to look for a camera body that’s a few years behind the latest release and always bundle! And if you’re not sure where to start, the Nikon D3300 is a great option. Swapping lenses is easy and you can adjust how you shoot – using auto support or manual, it’s completely up to you. And the near 25 MP means every shot is as clear as crystal!
This compact camera is incredibly versatile. It will documents trips in HD and shoot high-quality interviews. Great for shooting in low light, this is the perfect device for late-night walks on the beach. Shoot in full 1080 HD for videos or stills. At under $100, the price is practically unbeatable.
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Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.