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Mirrorless cameras have become the future of photography over the past couple of years, winning fans over with their compact size, fast focus, and a more attractive design than traditional DSLRs. Offerings range from handmade, bona fide luxury from Leica, all the way to more budget-friendly options from big-name manufacturers such as Sony, Canon, and Nikon, among others.
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A successor to the incredibly popular Sony Alpha a6000, the a6300 has a 24.2MP sensor with even faster autofocus system than its predecessor, as well as a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. Other features of the camera include the ability to capture 4K video, tilting 3-inch display, a sharp electronic viewfinder, and an excellent set of manual controls. There are plenty of lenses to choose from for the a6300, too. Overall, this is arguably the best mirrorless camera in its price range.
Looking for a camera under $500? Here are 12 high-quality digital cameras for you.
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The Panasonic Lumix GX85 is an excellent newcomer on the mirrorless camera scene, which delivers 4K video capture and excellent dual image stabilization in a compact body. The 16MP still images captured by the camera feature excellent quality as well, courtesy of the manufacturer's latest image-processing engine. Wi-Fi connectivity and a rich selection of 4/3 lenses make the GX85 a great option for those seeking for feature-rich compact option.
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The Leica M-P (Typ 240) is massively capable photography tool, as well as a masterpiece in terms of craftsmanship and industrial design. Handmade in Germany, the M-P (Typ 240) features a 24MP full-frame sensor, LCD display covered by sapphire glass, and gorgeous body made of magnesium alloy and brass. Prices of the M-P (Typ 240) range from a tad below $7,000 for body-only, all the way to $16,280 for a "Leica 60" limited edition. If money is no object for you, this is the mirrorless camera to get!
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The premium Olympus PEN-F features gorgeous retro styling, rotating display, and a top notch set of external controls that will appeal to "old school" shutterbugs. The tech giant's latest 20MP 4/3 sensor and image processing engine are also excellent, as is the ultra-sharp electronic viewfinder. In-body image stabilization guarantees that photographers will get stellar results regardless of the lens they use. Speaking of lenses, the 4/3 ecosystem offers plenty to choose from.
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The Nikon 1 J5 is a compact camera with interchangeable lenses, advanced 1-inch 20.8MP sensor, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, as well as the ability to capture 4K video at 15fps. With available burst mode of 20fps and Fast Hybrid autofocus, the Nikon 1 J5 is also an absolute speed freak that won't miss a shot when you need it. Nikon's available lenses for the camera are fairly affordable, so you can add even more versatility to your shooting experience down the line. This is one of the best cameras you can buy for $500.
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The second generation of Sony's flagship mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor is also a contender for the best digital camera money can buy. It can capture still images at a whopping 42MP, 4K video, and 5-axis in-body image stabilization. Sophisticated autofocus with 399 phase-detect points, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, and excellent selection of Zeiss lenses, make the Sony Alpha a7R II an easy buy if you have the budget for it.
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The X-T1 is a high-end offering by Fujifilm with large 16.3MP APS-C sensor, retro design, weather-resistant body, and excellent kit lens. Excellent lens ecosystem, convenient controls, Wi-Fi connectivity, 1080p video capture, and 8fps burst mode are also on board. Fujifilm digital cameras are known for their excellent image processing, and the X-T1 is no different. A solid option for well-heeled buyers who are serious about photography.
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The second iteration of the retro-styled Olympus OM-D E-M10 has 16.1MP 4/3 sensor with zippy auto focus, as well as the ability to capture 1080p video at up to 60fps. A body with solid build quality and beautiful retro design, arguably the best set of external controls in its price range, and a massive selection of interchangeable lenses make the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II a solid entry.
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The EOS M3 by Canon has a large 24.2MP APS-C sensor, nice set of external controls, rotating display, and the ability to capture 1080p video. There is a fairly limited number of lenses available for the camera's proprietary mount, but users can tap into Canon's immense range of DSLR lenses via a fairly inexpensive adapter. If you are a Canon DSLR owner looking to downsize, the EOS M3 should definitely be on your list.
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is one of the most affordable mirrorless cameras, capable of capturing 4K video around. It has 16MP 4/3 sensor, excellent autofocus, highly adjustable display, and top-notch external controls. and plenty of additional lenses to choose from. It is worth noting that Panasonic has designed the camera with videographers in mind, so if you are looking to capture mostly still images, you might be better off with a different option.
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Fujifilm X-T10 is a more affordable variant of the X-T1 we already mentioned, whose body is not weatherproof. Retro design, solid build, excellent image quality with optional Film Simulation Mode, and Wi-Fi connectivity make this camera a hugely appealing option in its price range. It is available in silver or black color schemes, though the former is definitely the one to have.
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The Sony Alpha a6000 is getting long in the tooth, but it is still arguably the best mirrorless camera for the money. Priced at $628 with a kit zoom lens, the a6000 sports a large 24.3MP APS-C sensor, freakishly fast hybrid autofocus with 179 phase-detect points, superb 1080p video capture, burst image capture at 11fps, rich set of external controls, and rich ecosystem of lenses and accessories. An excellent Intelligent Auto+ mode ensures that even photography newbies can snap amazing shots. The a6000 can also connect to a smartphone or a tablet over Wi-Fi via a dedicated app.