What are the best cameras in the 550 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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    Dhruv Jain
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This camera has a lot of bells and whistles. I love all the features and my photos have never looked better. I have started taking this camera with me everywhere. I just love taking photos with it that much."
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    #2Polaroid Mint SLR670

    Polaroid Mint SLR670

    The Mint SLR670 is a vintage camera by Polaroid that allows you to take the world-known instant photos. It features the Time-Machine accessory that allows you to play with the light getting astonishing images. 

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    $599

    Yolanda Escobar
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Polaroid Mint SLR670 is an incredible camera by Polaroid. It's not int he 550 price range, it is currently selling for closer to $869, but the camera is a great SLR instant film camera. Includes 16 different manual settings."
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    #3Panasonic DMC LX100

    Panasonic DMC LX100
    LUMIX LX100 Integrated Leica DC Lens Zoom Camera with Advanced Controls: DMC-LX100.
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    Mildred Boyd
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I am a professional lifestyle, portrait, and wedding photographer with huge, expensive full-frame Nikon DSLRs and lenses. I love them. And I love to have them on me pretty much constantly since once the photography bug bites, you see beautiful photos everywhere. But it's just plain annoying to carry around a camera bag all the time, especially when traveling for leisure. Thus I went on the search for an alternative camera that would be on me 100% of the time, no matter where I go, and would provide a full manual feature set and great image quality. I've owned, rented, or used lots of camera systems, but they always had interchangeable lenses, which I specifically did not want for this purpose. After looking at the Fuji X100T, Sony RX100III and IV, Leicas, and even the Sony RX1 Mk2 (in my wildest, most expensive dreams), I found this little camera at the bottom of the price bracket and decided to give it a try."
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    #4Canon EOS 750D

    Canon EOS 750D
    The Canon EOS 750D is a compact digital SLR of 22.3 million pixels with a processor DIGIC 6. Complete unit and has multiple functions, it will be ideal for portraits and photos travel memory. With an optical viewfinder and intuitive controls on the touch and swivel screen, EOS 750D offers pictures and videos.
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    Julia Wilson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Again, with the cameras, I think it all just depends on someone's preference."
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    #5Nikon D5300

    Nikon D5300
    With built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet, GPS and mapping, a cutting edge 24.2-megapixel image sensor, an extra-large swivelling Vari-angle LCD and more, D5300 brings an outstanding new level of image quality and capabilities in a compact, ergonomic design. Pair it with any NIKKOR lens—like the outstanding AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens—and unleash the full potential of its innovative image sensor.
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    Scott Bryant
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "i would love to this little beauty in my hands when was a professoinal photographer. what it does not have you don't need. Full range of iso and fully automatice. You will never miss the decisvie moment "
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    #6Sony 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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    #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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    Gary Holland
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I bought a camera Panasonic DMC-GF7KK as a self-birthday gift, and I'm really enjoying using it! The camera has two interchangeable lens, and also a wi-fi connection that makes easy to share and print pictures. I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #8Sony 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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    Olivia Vasquez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I was looking to get into photography because I enjoy taking family photos a lot recently. This was my first high priced camera and it is fairly easy to use. It comes with a lot of great features as well. "
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    #9Nikon 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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    Charlie Tian
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a really strong camera for the price. I used to sell cameras and this one is definitely great for most amateur photographers. "
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    #10Canon 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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    Luis Alberto García
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "a great item for photos"
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    #11Panasonic HX-A1MK

    Panasonic HX-A1MK

    Panasonic HX-A1MK is a lightweight action camera that can connect using Wi-Fi and USB technology. This camera is also suitable for traveling because of its dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof design.  

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    Jane Hou
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a Panasonic action camera so it prioritizes some things over others in favor of design for what it is aimed to be used for. Because of that, this is not one of the best overall cameras on the market. It is only a decent option for this specialized use, otherwise you would be shortchanging what you could get for the money."
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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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    Bobby Butler
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Size is okay for what I wanted. This camera comes without memory or a USB download cable. It took forever to setup before taking its first picture. Manual is very sketchy. It is a real disappointment compared to my earlier Canon cameras. Moving pictures to a computer is a real pain."
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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 Thompson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "It's a good camera and will last you a few years. By now there are probably better ones in this price range since it's an old model."

Summary

Best What are the best cameras in the 550 price range
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Nikon 1 J5Electronics 20 Paid
2Polaroid Mint SLR670Electronics 16 Paid
3Panasonic DMC LX100Electronics 15 Paid
4Canon EOS 750DElectronics 14 Paid
5Nikon D5300Electronics 12 Paid
6Sony a5100Electronics 10 Paid
7Panasonic DMC-GF7KKElectronics 8 Paid
8Sony Alpha a6000 Electronics 7 Paid
9Nikon D3400Electronics 7 Paid
10Canon EOS M10Electronics 5 Paid
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