Top 5 Cameras Under $500 - 2018

28 November 2018 11:13:38 AM AEDT

Under $500

At one stage, a $500 digital camera was a very basic tool that you really didn’t expect too much from. In modern times with smartphone cameras steadily improving, camera manufacturers pull out all the stops, putting top-notch functionality even in their budget cameras.

Below we discuss five of the best cameras in the sub $500 price point.

Sony Cybershot HX90V

Custom-built for the jet-setter, the Sony Cybershot HX90V crams a 30x optical zoom lens and a retractable electronic viewfinder into a camera that slides comfortably into your jacket pocket. The aforementioned EVF is joined by a control ring which is situated around the lens, lending itself to the enthusiast who demands that little extra control over their images.

Full HD video and 10 frames per second continuous shooting are available for capturing your subjects at their most flattering, while a tilting LCD screen is at the back of the camera, great for framing your shots at any desired angle and helping you to produce pleasing selfies.

  • Huge 30X Zoom
  • Tilt LCD screen
  • Retractable viewfinder
  • Full Manual Controls
Sony HX90V

Canon Powershot SX730HS

Canon Powershot SX730HS

Another big zoom lens that will be on the list of any traveller, the Canon Powershot SX730 pairs its 40x optical zoom lens with a pocket-friendly size. The latest bells and whistles have been included to help you attain the best images possible, including a 20.3MP CMOS sensor and intelligent IS, which all but puts an end to shaky, blurry pictures.

For maximum portability the flash pop-ups when in use, but sits flash in the body when not needed, while the large LCD screen on the back of the camera tilts to various angle to enable tricky shooting angles and selfies.

  • 40x optical zoom
  • Intelligent IS
  • Built-in WiFi & NFC
  • HD 1080p/60fps Video

Regular Price: $449.95

Special Price $404.96


Sony Cybershot HX350

A versatile bridge camera, the Sony Cybershot HX350 is ideal for those that demand a bit more from their camera and photography, but are not willing to make the jump to an interchangeable lens model. The HX350 covers you for a DSLR kit and several lenses, with the availability of full manual controls and a humongous 50x optical zoom lens - this is a 24-1000mm equivalent.

Thanks to the back-illuminated 20.4MP EXMOR R CMOS sensor and Sony’s BIONZ X processor, the HX350 produces beautiful detailed images at a rapid-fire rate, such features that are not often expected of a sub $500 camera.

  • 24-1000mm 50x zoom
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full HD video
  • 3-inch articulating LCD screen
Sony HX350

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

Panasonic Lumix FZ80

A portable alternative to a DSLR kit with many lenses, the Panasonic Lumix FZ80 provides comparable functionality at a fraction of the size, and the cost! First things first, there is a mammoth 60x optical zoom lens with Power O.I.S, which makes light work of camera shake. The top continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second is perfect for getting amongst the action, firing multiple shots of your subject and picking your favourite later on.

Keeping up with modern advancements, Panasonic have included WiFI connectivity in the FZ80, as well as 4K resolution video. To stay poised and in the best position for framing all of your photos and videos, you have the choice of the LCD screen, which is also touch-sensitive, or a high-resolution EVF.

  • Power O.I.S
  • 60x optical zoom
  • 4K UHD video
  • Built-in WiFi

Regular Price: $549.95

Special Price $499.95


Nikon Coolpix A900

The portable Nikon Coolpix A900 really packs a punch, with a 20MP CMOS sensor and large 35x optical zoom lens in a rather unobtrusive package.

Although small, this camera is comfortable to hold, thanks to a handy grip on the front of the camera. Some further enticements include 4K resolution video and 5-axis Vibration Reduction, which will take care of blur for you. A 3-inch tilting LCD screen is great for composing your shots in cramped spaces, while built-in WiFi enables intuitive wireless transfers, thanks to Nikon’s unique snapbridge feature.

  • 4K Video mode
  • 5-Axis vibration reduction
  • 35X Optical zoom
  • 3 Inch vari-angle LCD screen
Nikon Coolpix A900

Regular Price: $499.95

Special Price $449.95


There we have it. 5 of the best cameras that you can pick up for under $500. We hope we have convinced you that having a limited budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun.

If you need some more help or would like to discuss your options, the skilled staff at Ted’s camera stores would be more than happy to help.


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