Top 10 Best Digital Cameras Under 500 in 2020

By reading this blog, you’ve already made the first step from being a hobbyist smart-hone photographer to being an enthusiast one. That’s bold. Congrats! I must say that there are so many good digital cameras; choosing the right one isn’t easy. There are so many things to consider. When compiling this list, we tried several digital cameras. We’re not just telling you what to buy (or what you shouldn’t). We’re sharing knowledge. We’ll also discuss the common pitfalls you should look for when choosing the right digital camera

Table of the Best Digital Camera Under 500

01. Canon T with 2 x 18mm to 55mm wide angle lens

Canon T with 2 x 18mm to 55mm wide angle lens

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Despite coming at a relatively lower price, this isn’t your typical entry level camera. It comes with an 18megapixel sensor and there’s a major upgrade on its processing capabilities. Its powered by the DIGIC 4+ processor. At the front, you can mount any EE-S lens meaning that you’ll be using the right tools for the right job.

02. Nikon L340 20.2 MP

Nikon L340 20.2 MP

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A 20.2 Megapixel sensor and 28x optical zooming capability. What other combos would you ask for? With it, you will get 35mm of focal range. Nikon has introduced the lens-shift stabilizing feature in this camera and they hope that it will significantly reduce camera shake.

03. Canon SX420 20 MP

Canon SX420 20 MP

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This is a budget digital camera on steroids. I was impressed with its 42x optical zooming capabilities. It’s relatively large (and bulky). I wouldn’t mind carrying though as its zooming capabilities are rather amazing. In addition to this, it’s packed with other cool features that will be reminding you this isn’t your typical point and shoot camera. In well-lit conditions, you get magnificent shots. I wish I could say the same for low light conditions

04. Canon T6 EF- S18mm zoom lens

Canon T6 EF- S18mm zoom lens

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I’ve never been a fan of the 1300D series but this model caught my eye. Ideally, it should be used by first-timers. This entry level camera has inbuilt Wi-Fi for easy posting to social media. Its powered by an even faster processor compared to its predecessor, the T5. It’s a great alternative to Nikon’s D3300. They both have 18 Megapixel sensors. However, this model outranks the D3300 as you can squeeze more than 500 impressive shots from it on a single charge.

05. The L340 Base from Nikon

The L340 Base from Nikon

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This bridge camera comes with 28 times optical zoom and up to 56 times digital zoom. It has a 20.4 Megapixel sensor giving you even clearer shots. It has an AA battery compartment that gives you an average of 600 shots depending on the battery type. In terms of size; it’s smaller than the P610 yet bigger than Canon’s SX60.

06. Canon SX420

Canon SX420

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This model falls on the lower side of the budget spectrum. Just like all other entry-level cameras, it has a CCD sensor. It has a slower shutter speed making it unsuitable for capturing action-packed shots. They’ve done away with all the manual modes and its now harder capturing sports or kids playing. Even though it doesn’t have a long battery life, you will still fall in love with it after it gives you amazing outdoor shots.

07. Nikon B500

Nikon B500

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Just like its predecessor, the B400, it draws its power from the 4 AA batteries. Sadly, it will only let you capture 720P HD video and won give you 10180P video coverage. Considering that this is a budget camera, I was impressed with the 6 inbuilt photo filters.

08. Canon G9

Canon G9

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Looking for a compact camera with a great touch interface? This is the ideal model if you’re looking to upgrade from your smartphone. As long as you’re not shooting fast-paced activities, you won’t notice that it has a sluggish autofocus. The DIGIC 7 processor gives you even faster bursts and you will never complain. The image stabilization features are rather impressive and while in “eco” mode, the Canon G9 gives you up to 300 shots from a single charge.

09. Nikon Coolpix FHD

Nikon Coolpix FHD

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Any amateur can get professional shots from this model. I must say that it gives superior quality pictures especially considering that it’s backed by a 20.2-megapixel CCD sensor. With this camera, you’re sure that your memories will be well preserved irrespective of whether they were captured in perfectly lit surroundings or in the evening.

The image quality is rather impressive even at 26 times optical zoom. It’s a bargain considering that it has an aesthetic user interface.

10. Canon T6 SLR

Canon T6 SLR

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Most beginners think that good SLRs are expensive. I had the same notion too. This model is well designed and will capture good shots even with untrained hands. You can easily switch modes from its button-based menu and will never compromise on image quality – even in dimly lit surroundings. If you won’t love the 9 point autofocus feature, the built-in flash will take you away.

Features to Consider

When choosing the right digital cameraIf you’ve made it to this part of the blog, chances are, you’ve already made up your mind on buying a “real” camera. I mean, there’s only so much you can do with these smartphones. Disclaimer: Please note that the average smartphone takes shots that would compete with an entry-level digital camera. I wish I knew this back in the day when I got my first point and shoot camera.Unless you’re spending 300+ dollars, don’t expect significant quality bumps. With that being said, smartphones have limited phototroph capabilities. With their wide angled lenses, you can neither take good close-ups nor focus on far away objects. If versatility is your primary concern, you will get value for your money even on a $150 digital camera


Look online and you will come across various good cameras from competing brands. Most digital cameras are point and shoot. They’re often built with portability in mind. This way you can carry them without too much fear that the delicate parts may be damaged. Ideally, they should be used by backpackers and hikers where weight is a concern. Again, they’re built for starts (and we all know how sloppy they can get)

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