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Reviews for Digital Cameras Around $500

 
For $500 more or less you can get a state-of the art compact digital camera or even a decent SLR but the SLR may not include a lens
Canon Digital Camera - 600D
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Bargain Hunters
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 18.0 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection • Wireless Connectivity
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 77 / 100) • 20 user reviews): "The most notable new feature on the T3i is ..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 77 / 100) • 20 user reviews): "The most notable new feature on the T3i is its articulating 3-inch LCD...Besides that, the T3i looks and feels nearly identical to the T2i, right down to the SD/SDHC/SDXC card door on the right side...Like its design, the T3i's list of features is also nearly identical to the T2i...However, the T3i's lens uses Canon's IS II image stabilization, and the T2i's lens uses IS image stabilization...Noise levels are also very good, with the camera keeping photos relatively free of grain up to ISO 1600...Video looks very good when it's in focus, but unfortunately the focus in movie mode is almost as bad as the focus in Live View mode..." see less »
Panasonic Digital Camera - DMC-FZ200
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Panasonic digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 24 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Noise and Detail : Detail is pretty good at the lowest sensit..." see more »
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Noise and Detail : Detail is pretty good at the lowest sensitivity settings, but even as low as ISO 100, we see noise as well as smudging in the finer details and some hints of chroma (color) noise in the dark shadows...The Panasonic FZ200 shows the same limitations in print quality as we find in most bridge or superzoom cameras with smaller sensors and at this resolution...The Lumix FZ200 takes about 2.4 seconds to power on and take a shot, a little slow..." see less »
Sony Digital Camera - DSC-HX300
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 20.4 Megapixel • 50 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "Huge 50x 24-1200mm zoom range...Excellent optical image stabilisati..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "Huge 50x 24-1200mm zoom range...Excellent optical image stabilisation...Articulated 3 inch LCD screen...Dial...No wifi or GPS option...Lacks eye sensor for EVF...Lacks built-in ND filter...In the combined battery and card compartment accessed via a door in the base of the grip, the HX300 takes the same NP-BX1 battery as the HX50...The HX300 is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC including UHS-1 cards as well as Sony Memory Stick cards using an adaptor...The HX300's..." see less »
Olympus Digital Camera - E-PL5
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Olympus digital camera: 16.1 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Olympus digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 87 / 100) ): "The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16-megapixel sensor and p..." see more »
Reviews for this Olympus digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 87 / 100) ): "The Olympus PEN E-PL5 shares the same 16-megapixel sensor and processing engine as its big brother, the OM-D E-M5...The E-PL5 features a hinged 3-inch LCD that moves up and down allowing for easy composition when holding the camera at a low angle or above your head...I recommend doing this so you don’t inadvertently change your settings while taking pictures...Olympus uses its proven “sensor shift” image stabilization system in the E-PL5, which gives you the freedom to use any lens you want and still have the benefits of IS..." see less »
Nikon Digital Camera - P7700
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Good Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Nikon digital camera: 12.2 Megapixel • 7.1 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Nikon digital camera (4 expert reviews (rating 80 / 100) ): "Not only is the optical viewfinder gone, the Nikon P7700 also has..." see more »
Reviews for this Nikon digital camera (4 expert reviews (rating 80 / 100) ): "Not only is the optical viewfinder gone, the Nikon P7700 also has no rectangular mask around the optic, which also means the built-in lens shutters are no more, replaced by a lens cap...Lens adapters are supported requiring the removal of the lens ring which simply screws off, though Nikon currently doesn't list any accessory lenses for the P7700...Now's a good time to point out that there are no less than six dials on the Nikon P7700, three for quick access to important settings and three for adjustments to key photographic controls...Most of them have good, firm detents, but are still easy enough to turn when you want to...Noise and Detail : Detail is quite good at ISO 80 and 100, with slight visible blurring beginning at ISO 200..." see less »
Sony Digital Camera - DSC-RX100
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 20.2 Megapixel • 3.6 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "If you're an RX100 owner that's happy with the camera'..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "If you're an RX100 owner that's happy with the camera's performance, there isn't enough here to justify an upgrade...If you're already considering the RX100, there's little reason not to take a close look at the RX100 II...I was pretty happy with the control over depth of field that the camera was able to muster...The RX100 II doesn't have a viewfinder built-in, but unlike its predecessor you can opt to add one..." see less »
FujiFilm Digital Camera - HS20
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this FujiFilm digital camera: 16.0 Megapixel • 30 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "24mm wide angle and manual zoom ring...Unique EXR modes reduce ..." see more »
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (1 expert review (rating 82 / 100) ): "24mm wide angle and manual zoom ring...Unique EXR modes reduce noise or boost DR...1080p HD video...RAW...Manual barrel zoom not ideal for movies...Sluggish autofocus...Relatively...The FinePix HS20 EXR also has an electronic viewfinder with 200k pixel resolution providing 97 percent coverage...The FinePix HS20 EXR has a 24 - 720mm optical zoom which is manually operated via a zoom ring on the lens barrel...It's always worth putting the numbers to the test..." see less »
Pentax Digital Camera - K-30
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Pentax digital camera: 16.3 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Pentax digital camera (4 expert reviews (rating 76 / 100) • 2 user reviews): "Very good image quality with excellent high..." see more »
Reviews for this Pentax digital camera (4 expert reviews (rating 76 / 100) • 2 user reviews): "Very good image quality with excellent high ISO performance Flexible noise reduction options Very good dynamic range from raw files Weather-seale...Larger than some recent Pentax mid-range SLRs (but no more so than competition) Reversed...Two factors stand out to make the Pentax K-30 worth a closer look: One: it's weather resistant so you can take the K-30 out on your next adventure without concern for water, dust, or cold..." see less »
Nikon Digital Camera - J1
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Nikon digital camera: 10.1 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Nikon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 69 / 100) ): "Better image quality than one might expect given the sensor size..." see more »
Reviews for this Nikon digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 69 / 100) ): "Better image quality than one might expect given the sensor size Good dynamic range in RAW files Very small body...Not much smaller than APS-C and Micro Four Thirds system cameras Noise performance...Someone will, though, and get good at capturing Motion Snapshots for some art show that requires monitors and projectors, making them millions...Again, it's the camera's target market that determines..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - Rebel SL1
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 18.0 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (2 user reviews): "The Rebel SL1 measures 3.6 by 4.6 by 2.7 inches and weighs just 14.4 ounces...Despite ..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (2 user reviews): "The Rebel SL1 measures 3.6 by 4.6 by 2.7 inches and weighs just 14.4 ounces...Despite its size, the SL1 uses the same image sensor as the Rebel T5i, which is larger at 3.9 by 5.2 by 3.1 inches and heavier at 1.1 pounds...The fixed display helps to minimize the SL1's size, and can be used to adjust the focus point or even focus and fire the camera when working in live view mode...Having wireless capability would be nice, as the SL1's size is clearly intended to be a carry-everywhere SLR..." see less »
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