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Nikon D3300
24.2 megapixels, 3.06x
Check Prices: $496.95
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Sony Alpha SLT-A58
20.1 megapixels, 3.06x
Check Prices: $495.42
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Olympus PEN E-PL7
16.1 megapixels, 3.00x
Check Prices: $486.41

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Most Popular Cameras Priced Between $400 and $499

Camera Name Res Lens Avg. Price
Nikon D3300 digital camera image Nikon D3300 24.2 3.06x $496.95
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Sony Alpha SLT-A58 digital camera image Sony Alpha SLT-A58 20.1 3.06x $494.99
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Olympus PEN E-PL7 digital camera image Olympus PEN E-PL7 16.1 3.00x $485.99
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Nikon D3200 digital camera image Nikon D3200 24.2 3.06x $446.95
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 digital camera image Olympus OM-D E-M10 16.1 3.00x $456.29
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera image Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 20.2 3.60x $445.29
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 digital camera image Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 16.0 2.67x $463.95
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Fujifilm X30 digital camera image Fujifilm X30 12.0 4.00x $495.99
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 digital camera image Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 20.4 50.00x $425.29
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Samsung NX300 digital camera image Samsung NX300 20.3 3.06x $454.72
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Editor's Choice Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera Canon PowerShot G11 10.0 5.00x $577.00
The Canon PowerShot G11 is the G10 done better Giving ear to your most ardent supporters is always a good idea when planning new products, and that's just what Canon did with the Canon PowerShot G11. That change in focus brought back the articulating LCD that was sorely missed by many G-series fans. Canon also took a bold step and reduced the resolution from 14-megapixels to 10, all in an effort to make the Canon G11 a better low-light camera rather than an unnecessarily high-resolution design that struggled to strike a balance between noise and its suppression. Our printed results show that Canon succeeded in reducing chroma (color) noise in the Canon G11's images well enough to produce images of about the same size, but with less noise and less blurring from noise suppression overall. Lens quality is still quite excellent, with minimal chromatic aberration and excellent sharpness in the corners, also likely a result of the switch to a 10-megapixel sensor. The Canon G11 is a joy to use, with its manual EV compensation and ISO dials, articulating LCD, and extremely capable design. Click here to read our Canon PowerShot G11 Review for more on this fine camera. (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 10.1 2.50x $449.95
One of the finest premium enthusiast cameras on the market Almost in a category by itself, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital camera really impressed us. With a 10-megapixel imager, a high quality Leica lens, and a high-resolution 3-inch wide-screen LCD, the Panasonic LX3 was built to deliver high image quality in a small package. Gone are the noise problems of the LX2, and detail is lush. A full range of capture modes graces the LX3 -- auto and manual -- plus a hot shoe, manual AF and aspect ratio controls, and the little digital camera even shoots RAW. The Panasonic LX3's color was natural, and impressive printed results tell the rest of the story. The Panasonic LX3's price is competitive, too, more than an inexpensive digicam, but less than a digital SLR. Click here to see why the Panasonic LX3 has put my piggy bank on the endangered species list. (minimize)

Other Top Choices Res Lens Avg. Price
image of Fujifilm X30 digital camera Fujifilm X30 12.0 4.00x $496.41
A new and improved exterior meets a tried and true imaging pipeline!
Remaining largely the same under-the-hood compared to its X20 predecessor, the Fujifilm X30 brings most of its improvement to the exterior: an EVF over the flawed optical viewfinder, a larger, higher-res tilting LCD screen, updated styling and controls, and Wi-Fi. All combined, the Fuji X30 is a more capable, easier to use camera. Maintaining its impressive image quality chops and performance capabilities, the X30 brings welcomed improvements to Fuji's unique X-Trans premium compact camera lineup. Read more about the X30 in our in-depth Fujifilm X30 review! (minimize)

image of Nikon Coolpix A digital camera Nikon Coolpix A 16.2 1.00x $483.17
With the Nikon Coolpix A, the large-sensor, fixed prime lens camera finally goes mainstream
Nikon's Coolpix compact camera line finally has its first large-sensor model, thanks to the debut of the Nikon Coolpix A. It's the company's first entry into the burgeoning large-sensor, fixed prime lens market, and the category's first offering from a mainstream brand. As of its announcement it was also the smallest and lightest by a fair margin, and tied for the most affordable. While it's since been bested in those areas by the Ricoh GR, it's still a very compact camera, especially when you consider that it's packed in a large APS-C image sensor and a bright f/2.8 wide-angle lens. But is it just a niche model, or can the Coolpix A appeal to a broader demographic? And how does its image quality compare to interchangeable-lens models? Read our Nikon Coolpix A review, and find out! (minimize)

image of Nikon D3200 digital camera Nikon D3200 24.2 3.06x $446.95
Another great family SLR from Nikon
Affordable and easy to use, the Nikon D3200 really doesn't disappoint, providing a small body, improved controls, and a remarkably high-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. We found it capable and pleasantly quiet to shoot, and it's still easy to recommend to novice or advanced amateur alike. We wish the lens stood up a little better to the high-resolution sensor, but we think most family photographers will be quite happy with both camera and lens. Click here for our review of the Nikon D3200! (minimize)

image of Nikon D3300 digital camera Nikon D3300 24.2 3.06x $496.95
Big on resolution, not on size. The compact entry-level Nikon D3300 ups the detail and image quality for their entry-level DSLR.
The Nikon D3300 is a solid camera, in more ways than one: solid build quality and solid image quality. While autofocus performance is a little below average, and the limited external controls and smaller size may be a turn off for some, the Nikon D3300 excels in most areas. If you're ready to make the jump to a DSLR camera, the Nikon D3300 provides a nice starting point with a great combination of image quality, ease of use and price. Read more about this compact, lightweight, and high-resolution DSLR in our in-depth Nikon D3300 review! (minimize)

image of Olympus OM-D E-M10 digital camera Olympus OM-D E-M10 16.1 3.00x $456.14
High-end features, performance and affordability come together in this versatile mirrorless camera.
Olympus combines the enthusiast-oriented E-M5 and professional E-M1 cameras into the lightweight and affordable Olympus E-M10. With the E-M1's powerful image processor, a similar AA-filterless sensor and the E-M5's compact design, the E-M10 manages to bring impressive class-leading image quality, dynamic range, and excellent high ISO performance in a lightweight design down to an entry-level price point. With improved HD video quality, built-in Wi-Fi and a raft of customizable functions, dials and buttons, the E-M10 is great for entry-level shooters and enthusiasts alike. Click here for our Olympus E-M10 review! (minimize)

image of Olympus PEN E-PL7 digital camera Olympus PEN E-PL7 16.1 3.00x $486.41
The E-PL7 gets a sizable upgrade with better ergonomics, excellent image quality and a few more new tricks up its sleeve.
The Olympus E-PL7 brings significant upgrades to the popular PEN "lite" mirrorless camera line, most notably in the form of improved ergonomics and a more professional feel, bringing it more in line with the flagship E-P5. It has excellent image quality for its class, including very good performance as ISO rises, and also sports an upgraded 3-axis image stabilization system. Add in solid numbers in the performance department and we found the E-PL7 to be quite a capable and worthy addition to the Olympus line-up. See more in our Olympus E-PL7 review! (minimize)

image of Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 digital camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 16.0 2.67x $463.95
The first truly 'micro' Micro Four Thirds camera packs the power of the GX7 into your pocket
While we may have called the GX7 the Micro Four Thirds model we've all been waiting for, the Panasonic GM1 make take its spot, or at least be called the perfect companion camera to the GX7 or other larger M43 cameras. The GM1 packs the same sensor and processor as the GX7 providing excellent image quality and performance as well as offering a ton of advanced features such as a touchscreen LCD and robust Wi-Fi capabilities. The super-compact size lets this well-built camera go practically anywhere, while still retaining the larger sensor and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. Read our in-depth Panasonic GM1 review for all the details, or shop for one now! (minimize)

image of Samsung NX300 digital camera Samsung NX300 20.3 3.06x $454.72
Affordably-priced, retro-meets-modern mirrorless camera shoots great photos, shares them wirelessly
The 20.3-megapixel Samsung NX300 is the most fully realized mirrorless, compact system camera the company has produced yet, and one of the best on the market in its class. Though the NX300 is slightly bigger and heavier than its predecessors, its "retro modern" design looks great, and it's still highly portable. Its brand-new APS-C sized, CMOS image sensor forgoes a pack-in-more-pixels upgrade in favor of better image quality and on-chip phase detection autofocus, allowing a quicker and more accurate Hybrid AF system. The NX300 also adds a larger, sharper display, and makes it both tiltable for versatility, and touch-sensitive for ease-of-use. The NX300 is also a faster performer than previous models, and sports improved wireless connectivity that helps put your photos on your smartphone. Read our Samsung NX300 review for more on this affordable, comprehensively-upgraded compact system camera! (minimize)

image of Sony Alpha SLT-A58 digital camera Sony Alpha SLT-A58 20.1 3.06x $495.42
Arguably the best image quality we've ever seen from an entry-level DSLR
Though the 20.1-megapixel Sony A58 DSLR made some compromises to come in at a more consumer-friendly price than its predecessor, the A57, the camera doesn't skimp on imaging performance. The A58 delivers sharp, detailed photos that rival those from much more expensive models, as well as smooth, high-quality video. Add in responsive and accurate autofocusing, and the camera makes picture-taking an absolute joy. Some may be disappointed by the A58's plastic lens mount (rather than metal), downgraded LCD screen and slower max still and video frame rates, but there's no doubt it's still a tremendous value for beginners. Read our in-depth Sony A58 review to learn more, or buy one now! (minimize)

image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 digital camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 20.4 50.00x $425.68
Sony's feature-packed, all-in-one superzoom captures images few camera can
Boasting an incredible 50x optical zoom (24-1,200mm equivalent) reach, the all-in-one Sony HX300 showcases one of the most versatile built-in lenses we've ever tested. This bridge camera's relatively small 1/2.3-inch imaging sensor means its image quality won't rival the output of a DSLR or premium compact -- especially in low light -- but it's definitely capable of capturing photos few other cameras can. Packed with features including Full HD video at up to 60p in a comfortable, ergonomc body, this superzoom is ideal to take on any photo trip when you need to travel light. Read our Sony HX300 review to find out all the details, or order one now! (minimize)

image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 20.2 3.60x $445.68
Sony RX100 takes the premium pocket camera crown!
We were so impressed with the Sony RX100's specs, we had to rush and give it a complete review in a hurry to see if it truly measured up. We were not disappointed. The Sony RX100's 1-inch-type, 20.2-megapixel sensor, f/1.8, 3.6x lens, and small body combine to create a new pocket digital camera benchmark. Sony didn't skimp on special features for amateurs or enthusiasts, either. Click here to see our Sony RX100 review! (minimize)

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