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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
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) ): "3 inch articulated touch-screen...Excellent 16 Megapixel image ..." see more »
Reviews for this Olympus digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 87 / 100) ): "3 inch articulated touch-screen...Excellent 16 Megapixel image quality...1080p30 movies with manual exposure...IS not as good as some optical systems...AF hesitant in movie modes...16:9 screen...About the only drawback with the E-PL5 way of doing things is you can't use the flash with the screen in the forward-facing orientation - well, you can, but you just can't see a great deal...The other thing the E-PL5 screen has in common with the NEX models is its 16:9..." 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 »
Panasonic Digital Camera - DMC-GX1
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Bargain Hunters
Specs for this Panasonic digital camera: 16.0 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Compact but solid build with lots of manual controls...Compar..." see more »
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Compact but solid build with lots of manual controls...Comparable quality to DSLR, but may need to tweak defaults...Snappy and responsive...Live view and AF not available in bursts above 3fps...No 1080p AVCHD, no manual movie exposures and...The Lumix GX1 supports the optional LVF-2 electronic viewfinder, which costs around $249 USD, slides onto the hotshoe and connects to the small proprietary port on the rear...This mounting process may be similar..." see less »
Sony Digital Camera - DSC-RX100
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Strong Buy for Bargain Hunters
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) ): "In particular, Sony is predicting a 10% improvement in the time ta..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (5 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "In particular, Sony is predicting a 10% improvement in the time taken to achieve an autofocus lock when shooting in low light when compared to the RX100, since the contrast detection system should have higher-quality data from the new image sensor to work with...Another important change is aimed at turning the RX100 II into something of a system camera, albeit one with a fixed lens...Unlike the RX100, the new camera now sports a flash hot shoe...And when connected, you can control your RX100 II remotely from the smart device, including a remote live view stream on the screen of your Android / iOS device, using a free app...The Clear Image Zoom function is based on what Sony calls By Pixel Super Resolution algorithms..." see less »
FujiFilm Digital Camera - X-E1
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Good Buy for Everyone
Specs for this FujiFilm digital camera: 16.3 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 2.8 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Excellent image quality...Superb high ISO noise performance......" see more »
Reviews for this FujiFilm digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 85 / 100) ): "Excellent image quality...Superb high ISO noise performance...Big, bright, high resolution EVF...Built-in flash....EVF prone to extraneous light...No direct movie record button...Limited movie...Moving round to the back of the camera, The X-E1 has a very similar control layout to the X-Pro 1, but there are some significant differences...Though the X-E1 is generously endowed with physical controls the layout doesn't look at all cramped, quite the opposite...The..." see less »
Sony Digital Camera - NEX-5
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 14.2 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection • Smile Detection
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 70 / 100) • 5 user reviews): "The first two models from Sony, the NEX-5 and..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera (3 expert reviews (rating 70 / 100) • 5 user reviews): "The first two models from Sony, the NEX-5 and the NEX-3 are what Sony refers to as the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras...The Sony NEX-5 reviewed here is the more expensive version of the two NEX cameras and it has a slightly different body design and records full HD video, with the rest of the features being same as the NEX-3...The Sony NEX-5 offers a 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor which Sony claims is 60 percent larger than that of the Micro Four Thirds sensor found on the Panasonic G-series and Olympus PEN-series of cameras...Eliminating the mirror box design of the DSLR, the Sony NEX-5 offers an interchangeable lens design in a much more compact body...In fact, the NEX-5 currently is the smallest mirrorless and interchangeable lens camera in the market...Overall, the NEX-5 offers enough features and potential to let you play with as many advance features as a standard DSLR would..." see less »
Panasonic Digital Camera - DMC-FZ47
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
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 (2 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Very good photo quality Monster 24X, 25 - 600 mm Leica le..." see more »
Reviews for this Panasonic digital camera (2 expert reviews (rating 83 / 100) ): "Very good photo quality Monster 24X, 25 - 600 mm Leica lens Power OIS image stabilization, with "active" mode for movies 3-inch LCD with 460,000...Photos are on the noisy side; highest sensitivities should be avoided Images have yellow/brownish...As you can see, the FZ47 is generally a nice improvement over its predecessor, and that doesn't include a 35% increase in autofocus performance that's not listed in the chart...Is the Lumix DMC-FZ47..." see less »
Canon Digital Camera - SX130 IS
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Older product, look for current models
Specs for this Canon digital camera: 12.1 Megapixel • 12 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture • Face Detection
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 86 / 100) ): "Great image quality...Fully manual PASM exposure modes...Excellent..." see more »
Reviews for this Canon digital camera (1 expert review (rating 86 / 100) ): "Great image quality...Fully manual PASM exposure modes...Excellent optical image stabilization...720p movies...Large and heavy compared to rivals...Poor continuous shooting speed...In Manual modes the PowerShot SX130 IS has two main autofocus modes...The PowerShot SX130 IS's Face Detection is quick and reliable, guaranteeing in-focus shots as long as people aren't too far away and the lighting is reasonably good...It's a shame the SX130 IS doesn't employ the..." see less »
Samsung Digital Camera - NX1100
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Good Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Samsung digital camera: 20.3 Megapixel • 2.5 x Optical Zoom • 3 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Samsung digital camera: "Samsung NX1100 Reviews & Sample Photos (last updated: 19 April'13), Ratings, video review..." see more »
Reviews for this Samsung digital camera: "Samsung NX1100 Reviews & Sample Photos (last updated: 19 April'13), Ratings, video review, User Manual Download, Features & Specifications" see less »
Sony Digital Camera - STL-A58K
 
Retrevo's Recommendation
Average Buy for Everyone
Specs for this Sony digital camera: 20.1 Megapixel • 3 x Optical Zoom • 2.7 in LCD Display • Video Capture
Reviews for this Sony digital camera: "The Sony Alpha 58 (SLT-A58K) offers an upgraded OLED EVF and kit lens, but it isn't the top D-SLR in..." see more »
Reviews for this Sony digital camera: "The Sony Alpha 58 (SLT-A58K) offers an upgraded OLED EVF and kit lens, but it isn't the top D-SLR in Sony's lineup...The Sony Alpha 58 (SLT-A58K) offers an upgraded OLED EVF and kit lens, but it is..." see less »
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