Whether you’re looking for a compact camera with image quality exceeding that of your smartphone or just want something to sit alongside your more expensive gear, there are some impressive products that won’t bust your wallet.
The cameras in this buying guide are light and portable, and several feature selfie-friendly LCDs. Generally speaking, you won’t find a lot of direct controls or a lot of customizability, and 4K video is rare, but for those seeking a point-and-shoot experience with better image quality, these cameras fit the bill.
Our pick: Canon EOS M200
Canon’s EOS M200 is an approachable camera that is capable of excellent image quality and will just about fit in your pocket. The EF-M lens lineup offered by Canon and Sigma isn’t terribly varied, but there are good options available for most users. The controls are well-judged, and the touchscreen interface is polished and responsive.
For a camera whose price hovers around the $500 mark (with a lens), the M200 provides a lot of bang for your buck.
If you’re not convinced by our recommendation, take a look at all of the cameras we considered in the list below, and read on for a detailed look at how they stack up.
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Nikon’s combined the best of its DSLR and mirrorless cameras into one tough-built body, equally well-suited for stills as it is for video. For effectively modernizing one of the brand’s all-star camera lines, it receives our silver award.
It’s not cheap and the initial setup is time-consuming, but the Loupedeck+ improves on its predecessor in some important ways and makes a lot of sense for those with demanding photo editing needs.
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a 20MP high-end Micro Four Thirds camera. It brings a whole heap of E-M1X capability to a sensibly sized body.
With a slew of significant updates, the Fujifilm X100V’s formula remains the same as the previous models; it’s stylish, engaging to use, and takes great pictures. Find out what Fujifilm’s added to (and taken away from) its fifth X100-series camera in our initial review.