What are the best cameras under 500 dollars?

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    #1Nikon 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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    Jose Schultz
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Good camera at a good price for a DSLR. It takes clear looking pictures. Still prefer Canon's though."
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    #2Canon PowerShot G9 X

    Canon PowerShot G9 X
    The Canon Powershot G9X Digital Camera produces impressive image quality and stunning videos. It is a camera that helps you capture inspiring images even in low light with detail and color.

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    Ronald Butler
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "The PowerShot G9 X is a great little camera. It is compact and very light so you don't have to lug a large DSLR around to get quality pictures. The 3X zoom is handy when you need it and the 3" screen is huge for such a small camera. The Canon makes good pictures that rival either of my compact Nikons. I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants a good portable camera. "
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    #3Nikon D3300

    Nikon D3300
    The new ultra-compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, the D3300 is a small, easy to use HD-SLR. Capture beautiful 24.2-MP photos and 1080p Full HD videos with vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds, then share them instantly with your compatible smartphone and the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter. Whether you"re creating high-resolution panoramas, adding fun special effects or recording dazzling HD video with sound, the D3300 will bring you endless joy, excitement and memories--just like the special moments of your life.

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    Diane Harvey
    Written on February 6, 2018
    "At well under 500, this camera will make you look like a professional. My friends would never guess that I got the camera as cheap as I did (on a black friday sale.) It's got all the fancy professional features, but also a lot of easy, fun things that really make you look innovative and like you know what you're doing. It's video that you can stream on your TV and it doesn't look like it came from a small handheld camera. You really have to try it to believe it. It's inconvenient to buy the add on to wirelessly connect to other devices, but doing so STILL puts you under the $500 range. "
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    #4Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50K

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50K

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50K is a 30X Travel Zoom Camera with eye viewfinder. It enhances images by having low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness without the use of flash. 


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    Margaret Mills
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Panasonic Lumix line is top notch all around. This Travel Zoom Camera is a great option as it is a one of the best quality cameras available at a very reasonable price."
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    #5Samsung Gear 360

    Samsung Gear 360

    Samsung Gear 360 is a 4K VR camera with 360-degree image and video capture. This camera is easy to hold with its slip-free grip and it comes with built-in social sharing apps. Samsung Gear 360 is designed for an underwater experience.


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    Echo Du
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I love this camera! But, I will say, if you do not have a current Samsung phone. The software works great on the phone but not as well on the computer. But, overall a very good camera!"
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    #6Canon PowerShot D30

    Canon PowerShot D30

    Canon PowerShot D30 is a waterproof digital camera ideal for outdoor trips and underwater experience. This camera is designed with a built-in GPS tracker and an LDC monitor that works even under the bright sun.


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    Vishal Das
    Written on April 19, 2018
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    #7Canon AE-1

    Canon AE-1

    The Canon AE-1 is a 35 mm SLR camera with an electronically controlled AE and a focal plane shutter. The camera has a fixed eye-level pentaprism with a field of view that is 93.5% vertical and 96% horizontal coverage of the actual picture.


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    Wayne Hall
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "a good buy for a shutterbug"
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    #8Canon EOS 1200D

    Canon EOS 1200D
    Embrace every opportunity Capture the emotion of the moment, with a DSLR camera that's easy to use and delivers results you'll love.

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    Dennis Franklin
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "I decided to try to make some extra money by selling photos on content websites such as Shutter Stock. I live in a rural area where there a lot of iconic, pastoral scenes that could be of interest to users. While my iPhone takes good pictures it just doesn’t cut it in the competitive stock photography market. I search for a good quality digital camera at a reasonable price and found the Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR camera for $379 on Amazon. This camera has really enhanced my ability and flexibility as a photographer. I recently sold my first photo for $.75. Now only 500 more photos to sell before I break even on the cost of the camera."
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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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    Mary Walters
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "waterproof camera is best use under the sea and below water level we can able to take pictures under the sea and while travel under the sea we can take photo of various species "
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    #10SVP 5800 Underwater Camera

    SVP 5800 Underwater Camera

    SVP 5800 Underwater Camera has a dual screen with 2.7-inch LCD display in the back. It can take a video underwater up to three meters in depth with 18-megapixel and 4x digital zoom. 


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    Jeffrey Black
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This camera is great for trips. I can take it to the beach or on cruises and not worry to much because it can take a little abuse and works great underwater. I used it on my last cruise when I went snorkeling and the pictures came out great. The picture quality is great and has a decent zoom. It can even shoot video. I use it a lot and don't regret the purchase one bit."
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    #11Canon PowerShot SX540

    Canon PowerShot SX540

    Canon PowerShot SX540 is a 20.3-megapixel digital camera with DIGIC 6 Image Processor and 50x optical zoom, which also includes a Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity. It can also record 1080p full HD video at 60p. 


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    Raymond Aguilar
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The Canon PowerShot SX540 is a good camera, but not great. Although it does come at a more reasonable price than many of Canons products, it simply doesn't have the video and picture quality expected of a camera in 2018. Although the camera serves its purpose, I wish it possessed features such as 4k video. Good, but simply not great."
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    #12Sony DSCHX90V/B

    Sony DSCHX90V/B

    Sony DSCHX90V/B is an 18.2-megapixel digital camera with three-inch LCD screen, 30x optical zoom, and a built-in retractable viewfinder. It also can be connected to smartphones through Wi-Fi with NFC.


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    Jean Larson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A bit pricey but worth every dollar. The unique features I like is the low light intensity as our business is mostly conducted in low light venues and the ability to connect it to a smart phone. It has many bells and whistles but is relatively easy to use. One drawback is that some of the buttons are tiny and you may find yourself unintentionally pressing one or the other."
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    #13Nikon COOLPIX B700

    Nikon COOLPIX B700

    Nikon COOLPIX B700 is a digital camera with 20.2MP and 60x optical zoom lens. Its is uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL23 and can record UHD 4K video at 30P. It also includes a built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. 


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    Gerald Knight
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This camera is definitely a safe buy. Low chance to be disappointed."


Best What are the best cameras under 500 dollars
1Nikon D5300Electronics 1 Paid
2Canon PowerShot G9 XElectronics 1 Paid
3Nikon D3300Electronics 1 Paid
4Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50KElectronics 0 Paid
5Samsung Gear 360Electronics 0 Paid
6Canon PowerShot D30Electronics 0 Paid
7Canon AE-1Electronics 0 Paid
8Canon EOS 1200DElectronics 0 Paid
9Olympus Tough TG-5Electronics 0 Paid
10SVP 5800 Underwater CameraElectronics 0 Paid

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