What are the best cameras in the 500 price range?

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    #1Nikon 1 J5

    Nikon 1 J5

    The Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens delivers outstanding image quality and low-light performance. This compact camera is faster than any DSLR on the market, and can shoot 20.8-megapixel photos, 1080/60p videos, time-lapse and slow-motion sequences.

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    Austin Greene
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Let me clear: there's nothing wrong with the Nikon 1 J5. The photos are solid (20.8 megapixel), the videos are gorgeous (1060/60p), and the extras are juicy (time-lapse and slow-mo anyone?). The problem is that all of this also applies to the inexpensive phone you already have in your pocket. It's hard to justify shelling out another couple hundred dollars on a standalone camera unless you're a professional who truly requires it."
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    #2Nikon D3200

    Nikon D3200

    A 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor that excels in any light, EXPEED 3 image-processing for fast operation and creative in-camera effects, Full HD (1080p) movie recording, in-camera tutorials and much more. What does this mean for you? Simply stunning photos and videos in any setting. And now, with Nikon’s optional Wireless Mobile Adapter, you can share those masterpieces instantly with your Smartphone or tablet easily

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    Lu Sun
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I love the high end functions available in this smaller and more affordable camera. I have been able to take this to everyday events like kids soccer game to get professional quality shots without being that awkward parent who live around the oversized gear and stands out. My kids are relieved; they are not embarrassed when I take out this camera."
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    #3Sony Alpha a6000

    Sony Alpha a6000
    The black Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and Full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.
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    Thomas Jensen
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "My Sony Alpha a6000 camera is the best camera that I can imagine getting in the 500 dollar price range. The pictures are so crisp and hi-res. I use it to take pics for my online crystal shop, Gemniverse."
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    #4Pentax K-50

    Pentax K-50
    Forget conformity, and get serious with the PENTAX K-50, a mid-level DSLR with fast, advanced functionality, all wrapped up in bold colors. Featuring specifications of a top level DSLR, enjoy a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at six frames per second, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, 100% field of view, innovative in-body shake reduction, and an advanced auto focus module with four optional focusing screens, not to mention the PENTAX-original weather-sealing. Even with features this generous, the K-50 is also available in 3 brilliant color combinations that are sure to match your personality and style. 
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    Kelly Jones
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is not a very good solution to the topic. This camera has some great reviews and seems to be a really great choice, however; it is almost $700 dollars. While that price is is over the price range that they are looking for which is what makes this not a good solution. "
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    #5Sony a5100

    Sony a5100

    The Sony a5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 16-50mm Lens is a mirrorless digital compact camera with ultra-fast focus and a 24-megapixel sensor. It also records HD video in up to 1080p. 

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    Crystal Lewis
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This camera has very high ratings and packs a punch in a small size. It allows the user to take crystal clear pictures and capture life's memories in the color and focus or real life."
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    #6Canon EOS M10

    Canon EOS M10

    The Canon EOS M10 Mirrorless Camera is a 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor that can create not only photos, but full HD 1980x1080 in MP4 format. 

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    Johnny Stanley
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This camera takes the best pictures for the price and it is very easy to carry."
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    #7Panasonic DMC-GF7KK

    Panasonic DMC-GF7KK

    The Panasonic DMC-GF7KK Mirrorless Digital Camera offers ultra-compact interchangeable lens option and wi-fi connection.

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    Ishan Dutta
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great camera. the image quality is without comparison. vibrant colors and sharp images. Interchangeable lenses are a great feature and the built in Wi-Fi makes it a breeze to get the photos off of the camera."
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    #8Nikon D3400

    Nikon D3400

    Nikon D3400 is a digital SLR camera equipped with an 18-55mm lens that boasts a 24.2 MP. It has a maximum burst rate of 5fps and a full high-definition 1080p video resolution. Its battery can last for up to 1,200 shots per charge.

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    Alexander Rivera
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The camera is superb for its price. I also love the brand this camera comes from, so I can trust that I will get a quality product."
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    #9Olympus Tough TG-5

    Olympus Tough TG-5

    Olympus Tough TG-5 is a waterproof camera with three-inch LCD designed for people who love adventures and want to take outdoor pictures. It has a fast F2.0 lens, and Action Track Sensors that lets record locations and temperature.


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    Patricia Johnston
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This camera for beach vacations and outdoor adventures. I was looking for a waterproof camera that could be thrown in a backpack and could be taken to the beach/pool without worrying about sand/water damage. I was very happy with the durability of the TG-5 and the quality of the pictures. "
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    #10LucidCam LCVR1001

    LucidCam LCVR1001

    LucidCam LCVR1001 is a 3D photo and video camera that produces 4K quality. It is also compatible with Android and iOS devices and features a rechargeable battery that can last up to 1.5 hours. 

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    Nick Wei
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I was looking for a good camera around $500, and decided to buy the LucidCam LCVR1001. It works pretty well, but I was expecting a little more for the price. Its quality is pretty good overall."
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    #11Panasonic DMC-ZS40K

    Panasonic DMC-ZS40K

    Panasonic DMC-ZS40K  is a compact point-and-shoot camera with 18.1 MP high sensitivity MOS sensor. It has built-in Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x optical zoom lens with 35mm focal length. 

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    Helen Lawrence
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Panasonic DMC-ZS40K is a great camera to capture the best images of my family. The built-in zoom lens is the best feature."
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    #12Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

    Canon 1090C001 is a 20-megapixel digital camera with 10x optical zoom and image stabilizer. It has Smart Aut0 setting and scene modes like fisheye effect, toy camera effect and monochrome. 

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    Mark Butler
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "a fantastic camera you should buy it"
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    #13Canon PowerShot SD4500IS

    Canon PowerShot SD4500IS

    Canon PowerShot SD4500IS is a 10-megapixel digital camera with 10x optical zoom. It features  Smart Auto including 28 shooting scenes and 1920 x 1080 pixels video mode. 

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    Elizabeth Reynolds
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Buying a really nice camera has been something that I have been saving up for a while for. I only had a maximum of $500 to spend. I did a lot of research and ended up picking up a Canon PowerShot SD4500IS. This camera will be able to do everything that I need it to."

Summary

Best What are the best cameras in the 500 price range
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Nikon 1 J5Electronics 14 Paid
2Nikon D3200Electronics 10 Paid
3Sony Alpha a6000 Electronics 10 Paid
4Pentax K-50Electronics 8 Paid
5Sony a5100Electronics 7 Paid
6Canon EOS M10Electronics 5 Paid
7Panasonic DMC-GF7KKElectronics 3 Paid
8Nikon D3400Electronics 3 Paid
9Olympus Tough TG-5Electronics 1 Paid
10LucidCam LCVR1001Electronics 0 Paid
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