The design of the control system resembles a pocket game console. The buttons on the Nikon Coolpix W100 are large and comfortable.
This camera has children’s and adult menu.
And here’s the thing…
The children’s menu allows your kids to take pictures in a game form, with animated characters on the screen, and they can put colorful stamps on already-taken shots.
Pretty cool, right?
There are different colors available of the body of this camera. The most original is with a bright drawing of marine subjects on a white background.
For little photographers additional accessories are available:
designer backpacks, and,
a floating camera strap.
And, as already has been mentioned before… In addition to an interesting bright design, the body of this camera is shockproof and waterproof.
Basically, Nikon Coolpix W100 can:
withstand a drop from a height of up to 1.8 meters,
a dive to a depth of 10 meters, and,
is capable to handle a cold weather of up to -10 °C,
…. while retaining all its technical capabilities.
Important thing to mention:
When you turn on the camera, on the screen you will see “waterproofing precautions” greeting. It will guide you through that water doesn’t get into the camera when you’re using it underwater or in bad weather conditions.
The battery compartment requires a two-step unlocking process so that you don’t accidentally open it underwater, or when anything else that may get inside your battery compartment.
What about image quality?
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix W100 is quite decent for its price category.
It is equipped with a 3x NIKKOR zoom lens with the option of electronic magnification up to 6x, and a CMOS sensor with a resolution of 13.2 million pixels.
In plain English:
This is quite enough to make sure you captured any important event in your life in good quality.
Shooting in Full HD format with stereo sound is a definite plus of this camera!
Additional features to mention:
This camera has an HDMI output, which means you can view your captures images and videos on the big screen.
However, Nikon’s SnapBridge App provides a better opportunity. With this application, available for Android and iOS devices, your camera automatically syncs with various mobile devices.
Wi-Fi connection allows you to view pictures and manage the camera in real time.
And thanks to Bluetooth, pictures can automatically get transferred to your smartphone as they are taken, consuming a small amount of battery power.
The process of setting your smartphone with your camera is simple and is only done once as the camera automatically detects a previously connected device on all subsequent occasions.
Best Family Camera Under $500 (For Vacations)
Let me remind you:
The cost of Nikon Coolpix W100 is less than $200 so don’t expect the same level of a camera for $1,000.
And still it offers decent image quality.
I will say this:
The gadget implies that you will be able to shoot in those conditions where other cameras simply give up.
For those who love adrenaline and extreme travel, this camera is gorgeous.
It has a 18x optical zoom lens with equivalent focal lengths of 25-450 mm. The wide-angle position of the lens allows you to shoot breathtaking landscapes and group portraits alike.
The ZoomPlus function enhances the zoom capability by twice as much, without serious loss in image quality.
Also, Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has an optical image stabilizer, which promises less blurry images made in low-light conditions.
This is important for a lens with a large zoom level.
And thanks to a modern CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 million pixels, high-quality images can be captured in the evening time and indoors.
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is compact enough and weighs approximately 191 grams. At the same time, this Canon camera is able to record video in full high-quality (1920 x 1080 with a frequency up to 30 frames/s).
This camera both fully auto and program mode of operation. In addition to automatic and program modes, the camera menu has a hybrid auto mode and a creative auto mode.
In the hybrid mode it produces small video clips, which are then automatically pasted into one large video clip.
And at the end of the day, in addition to photos, you can see an interesting video digest of your adventures.
In the creative auto mode, after pressing the shutter, the camera automatically selects and applies special creative filters to the finished image.
Both of these modes will appeal to creative photographers, who like creating extraordinary photos and videos.
The shots that you took can later be viewed on a smartphone or a tablet, which then can be downloaded online or stored in the internal memory of the device using Wi-Fi and NFC.
And if you install the Canon Camera Connect application on your gadget, you can also remotely control the camera.
Canon SX610: A Lot of Value for The Money
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has a lot of great features to share despite it being around $200.
I will say more:
This Canon camera is a kind of Swiss knife in the world of cameras for a price not more expensive than a cheap smartphone.
This point-and-shooter definitely is worth considering as your next compact camera for 2019.
Therefore, you can choose a camera not only for casual photography, but also for creative work in art photography.
Many of the following models are capable of making high-quality video too.
So, here they are…
The 6 best cheap digital cameras under $500.
Choose the one that suits you best!
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Type: Compact SLR
Weight: 480 g
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF/EF-S
ISO: Auto, 100-6400
As of today:
Canon EOS Rebel T5, (which goes by the name of Canon EOS 1200D in other parts of the world), is one of the most affordable SLR cameras.
(I personally would go for Rebel T6i entry-level DSLR but if you want it cheap and just get your feet wet, Rebel T5 is also a good deal).
It certainly is not a new thing on the market, but if you have already outgrown your point-and-shoot camera and want something more than blurry pictures in the “auto” mode, then you definitely should pay attention to it.
Rebel T5 is the continuation of the most budgetary branch of Canon SLR cameras. It must be noted, however, that “budgetary” doesn’t mean bad camera or low-quality images.
This camera has everything you need to make good-quality images (with a 18 MP resolution).
The camera sensor:
The most important thing that you need to know about your camera is that you have a decent sensor, the same as on more expensive models, like 700D, which means that the quality pictures will be as equally great.
Since the sensor is identical to the previous model, there are no kinks with noises at high ISO. It produces a completely clean picture on ISO 6400, just like 700D.
In Canon Rebel T5, 9 points for auto-focus are available, which is more than enough for all occasions.
And for beginners, a few areas of auto-focus – on the contrary, is an advantage. It’s easier to figure out what you’ve focused on and if necessary, you can switch faster.
The Live View mode works just fine, focuses very accurately, even in poor lighting, albeit slowly enough.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 Is A Great Digital Camera for Beginners – Small, Simple and Under $500!
Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a good simple SLR option for amateur photographers.
Photos taken with this camera will not differ much from pictures taken on more expensive camera models, so if you don’t care about a display with lower resolution, then you can safely get this camera for yourself.
I will say more:
This is probably one of the best compact DSLR cameras under $500 on the market right now.
(The ladies will definitely appreciate its compactness.)
Overall, from first sight it becomes obvious that the camera is not designed for professional photography.
Its plastic body and almost no buttons or mode dials on it. It looks like the manufacturer was counting on the fact that the target audience will be shooting mainly in the numerous auto scene modes.
Let’s face it:
This is good for a beginner, but unattractive for advanced photographers.
A touch screen is provided if you want to manually configure the Canon EOS M10.
The display is large enough and shows good sharpness, which is convenient for preliminary evaluation of the shot taken.
In addition, the tilting screen makes it possible to take a selfie.
The burst speed is 4.6 frames per second thanks to which you can record full HD video, with the ability to overlay various creative effects.
This camera has Wi-Fi, which means that storing and moving pictures and videos from the camera to cloud services, including Canon Irista, has become very easy.
The dynamic NFC function, which is missing from the flagship Canon EOS M3, makes it simple.
With just one tap you can connect to your smartphone and instantly move the pictures there. In addition, thanks to the Canon Camera Connect application, you can take advantage of wireless remote shooting with a fully manual control.
Overall, Canon EOS M10 is a camera which should provide decent image quality and which is on the same level as the SLR camera.
EOS M10: Best Mirrorless Camera Under $500
It is compact, light, and it has a high resolution touch screen that offers full control over the camera and in some way compensates for the lack of a viewfinder.
Nikon Coolpix A900 is a compact camera with a large zoom and the ability to record video in 4K format.
(Awesome for a cheap camera if you ask me.)
A900 model looks like a typical point-and-shoot camera and it uses a very modest 1/2.3″ sensor. However, it can be quite large if compared with mass video cameras of a similar price.
With the modest sensor in the compact body, it was possible to accommodate a 35x optical zoom.
Among the features – having control using a smartphone via Bluetooth and recording a 4K-video.
A few features worth mentioning:
The Nikon A900 features a three-inch tilting screen with a resolution of 920 thousand pixels, which can be rotated 180 degrees to take a selfie.
Generally talking, this camera is quite standard.
Exposure can reach a value of 8 to 1/4000 seconds.
The ISO sensitivity expands to 3200, which is not very impressive compared to full-frame cameras, but it is quite enough for ordinary life photography.
It is equipped with wireless functions, through which you can remotely control the camera using a smartphone or tablet, as well as download pictures and immediately send them to the Internet using the built-in features of the proprietary SnapBridge program.
Check out the video-review below:
Best 4K Camera Under $500 in 2019
Thanks to the 35x optical zoom, the compact Nikon Coolpix A900 offers much more features than any smartphone camera – perhaps it is its main advantage.
The Nikon A900 camera is very easy to use, with full manual control for those who need advanced capabilities.
Although there are not so many compact cameras these days (mainly because of smartphones), the A900 is still worth the try.
It’s bad that shooting in RAW format is not available, and the screen is not touch-sensitive, but it’s still an excellent camera for beginner photographers and travelers.
Nevertheless, this camera is ideal for shooting under such extreme conditions in which other devices simply would never survive.
This camera uses BSI-CMOS sensor. The lens has a 5x zoom range, with a wide angle of 21-105mm, which is the widest among compact camerasof this class.
The manufacturer explains that this zoom “makes it easy to capture the whole scene, especially with group selfies”. The aperture of the lens is F/3.5-5.7.
Among other features, the Olympus Tough TG-870 has a tilting 180 degree upward screen with a resolution of 921,000 points, a programmable front panel button, 13 Art Filters processing filters, high-speed video recording, time-lapse shooting.
You will also enjoy the presence of built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, which makes taking selfies, for example, a lot easier.
Below I am attaching a video-review done by Kevin Breeze:
Olympus TG-870: A Camera that Can Withstand Extreme Shooting Conditions
Generally speaking, the smartphone camera could definitely work for everyday use.
You can’t dive with your smartphone 15 meters under the water just for the sake of taking a selfie, and even more you shouldn’t drop your smartphone when climbing a mountain.
And that’s why there is still a demand for compact cameras that can withstand extreme shooting in difficult conditions, like the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870.
It is able to create surprisingly beautiful pictures, and the excellent characteristics of the device helped it to occupy an honorable place in my top-10 list of the best digital cameras under $500 (for beginners).