Half the fun of traveling nowadays is documenting it on Instagram. We all want to post to gorgeous photos that will get a lot of “likes,” but our phones’ built-in cameras might not cut it and high-quality professional camera equipment can cost thousands of dollars.
For the amateur photographer on a budget, here are some of the best cameras that are under $500.
Point-and-Shoot cameras are the easiest for beginners to use. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket and the lens is already built in, making them hassle-free.
- Cannon PowerShot G16-$450: This camera’s f/1.8 lens allows you to take awesome photos at night, and its built-in Wi-Fi makes it super easy to share your photos on social media.
- Panasonic Lumix LX7-$245: Its burst mode can capture 11 frames per second, allowing you to freeze motion anything. It’s also great for taking night photos and it can do so without using flash.
- FujiFilm X20-$395: This camera has a large selection of manual controls, making it a great choice for an amateur photographer who wants to become more advanced. It still has plenty of great automatic features for those who don’t though.
DSLR cameras are what the pros use. They provide more flexibility than Point-and-Shoot cameras because you can alter your images by changing the lens. These cameras all come with a basic lens, but additional lenses are sold separately and cost extra.
- Nikon D3300-$447: This camera’s Easy Panorama mode is awesome for taking landscape photos. It’s also great for shooting videos, including slow-motion ones and it has the longest-lasting battery life on the market.
- Canon Rebel SL1-$499: The bright LCD touch screen makes it easy to adjust its settings. It’s Night Mode and its ability to reach an ISO of above 6400 make it the best choice for taking sharp photos in the dark.
- Nikon D3200-$405: This camera is easy for beginners to use because of its handy menu guides that cover various shooting scenarios. Since the release of the D3300 (see above), it’s price has gone down significantly. It has many of the same features, including video but at a slightly decreased quality.
When it comes to your final decision on which camera to purchase, there are a lot of factors involved. Do you just want nice photos of your kids to post on Facebook? Or are you considering doing photography professionally? Do you want to take photos underwater or at night? A high-quality camera can