$400 - $500 Cameras

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
Olympus OM-D E-M10
REVIEW

Olympus OM-D E-M10 ( with 14-42mm Lens, Silver)

Though it doesn't deliver the best photo quality, the sum of the Olympus OM-D E-M10's design, performance and features add up to a nice upgrade from a point-and-shoot.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 25, 2014
Nikon D3300
REVIEW

Nikon D3300 ( with 18-55mm II lens, Black)

Very good photo quality for its class plus decent performance make the Nikon D3300 A solid choice for a first dSLR.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 14, 2014
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Olympus Stylus 1
REVIEW

Olympus Stylus 1

For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 18, 2013
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Fujifilm X-E1
REVIEW

Fujifilm X-E1 ( Body Only, Black)

It's not a general-purpose recommendable camera thanks to subpar video and slightly sluggish performance, but for photo-quality-first photographers who want the analog-ish shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E1 rules in its price range.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 6, 2013
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Fujifilm X-M1
REVIEW

Fujifilm X-M1 ( Body Only, Silver)

While it may not be the best overall camera available for less than $1,000, the Fujifilm X-M1 does deliver the best photo quality in its price class.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 26, 2013
Pentax K-50
REVIEW

Pentax K-50 ( with 18-55mm WR Lens, Red)

A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 18, 2013
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
REVIEW

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 ( with 18-55mm STM lens)

While the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a perfectly reasonable entry-level dSLR, you can get the same photo and video quality in a smaller body for the same money (or less) by opting for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 14, 2013
4.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Canon EOS Rebel T5i
REVIEW

Canon EOS Rebel T5i ( with 18-55mm STM lens)

While the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is -- almost literally -- the same solid camera as its predecessor, it's starting to lag frustratingly behind the competition in some ways.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 24, 2013
4.9 stars User rating out of 4 votes