$400 - $500 Cameras

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
EDITORS' TAKE

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Along with a dust- and splashproof body, Panasonic brings 4K video and a number of other improvements to its constant-aperture megazoom.

Olympus Air A01
EDITORS' TAKE

Olympus Air A01 ( with 14-42mm EZ lens, black)

A competitor for the Sony QX1, Olympus' lens-style camera is designed to be customized.

Pentax K-S2
REVIEW

Pentax K-S2 ( Body Only, Black)

For the first-timer or family photographer, the Pentax K-S2 is a nice dSLR, but it drops the ball for video and you should pass on the new 18-50mm kit lens.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 1, 2015
Nikon 1 J5
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Nikon 1 J5 ( with 10-30mm lens, Black)

The newest addition to the Nikon 1 line, the J5, brings a 20.8-megapixel sensor and a selfie-friendly LCD, among other things.

Nikon Coolpix P610
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Nikon Coolpix P610 ( Red)

The new Coolpix P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 all offer big zoom lenses like their predecessors, but get a bit more shoot-and-share flexibility.

Panasonic Lumix CM1
REVIEW

Panasonic Lumix CM1

While the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is undeniably pricey and bulky, its wealth of photography kit helps it achieve image quality that's unrivalled in the smartphone world. If you love the idea of always having a great camera to hand but don't want to be weighed down with two devices, the Lumix CM1 is the phone for you.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 21, 2015
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Olympus PEN E-PL7
REVIEW

Olympus PEN E-PL7 ( Body Only, Black)

A likeable interchangeable-lens model, the Olympus PEN E-PL7's overall package makes an attractive alternative to an advanced compact and has quite a bit to offer as a first ILC.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 1, 2014
Canon PowerShot G7 X
REVIEW

Canon PowerShot G7 X

The Canon PowerShot G7 X would jump from very good to excellent if it could just pick up the pace.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 7, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 ( Black)

The small but notable change of swapping a built-in flash for an EVF is welcome, but the price...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30

At IFA 2014, Sony announced a second round of its lens-style QX-series cameras that use your smartphone's screen for their viewfinder and controls.