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recommendationBest DSLR for image quality for under $500

Overall image quality

DSLRs typically have great image quality due to their large sensor sizes. Snapsort found 13 DSLRs for image quality for less than $500, and ranks the Pentax K-50 the best. Snapsort looked at 38 recent DSLRs for image quality to give this recommendation, they range from $200 to $6,799, with an average price of $1,366.

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#1

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

$397 - $497 (Body only)
$487 - $497 (With 18-55mm lens)
100

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,600 ISO
Sensor size Large sensor Help
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
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#2

Nikon D3200

98

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score

Nikon D3200
$319 (Body only)
$389 - $506 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Nikon D3200

#3

Nikon D5100

95

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Nikon D5100
$378 - $415 (Body only)
$495 - $564 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Nikon D5100

recommendationBest DSLR for low light for under $500

Movies

DSLRs excel compared to digicams at taking shots in low light situations. Find the DSLR that takes the best quality images at high ISO. Snapsort found 13 DSLRs for low light for less than $500, and ranks the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the best. Snapsort looked at 38 recent DSLRs for low light to give this recommendation, they range from $200 to $6,799, with an average price of $1,366.

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#1

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

$3,399 (Body only)
$3,990 - $3,999 (With 24-105mm lens)
100

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Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,293 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
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#2

Pentax K-50

55

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score

Pentax K-50
$397 - $497 (Body only)
$487 - $497 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Pentax K-50

#3

Nikon D3200

51

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score

Nikon D3200
$319 (Body only)
$389 - $506 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Nikon D3200

recommendationBest DSLR for movies for under $500

Movies

DSLRs capture beautiful movies, with the right settings and lenses you can get that hollywood look. Snapsort found 13 DSLRs for movies for less than $500, and ranks the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the best. Snapsort looked at 41 recent DSLRs for movies to give this recommendation, they range from $200 to $14,501, with an average price of $1,703.

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#1

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

$3,399 (Body only)
$3,990 - $3,999 (With 24-105mm lens)
100

explain score

Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,293 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
arrow Learn more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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#2

Canon EOS 70D

88

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Canon EOS 70D
$999 - $1,231 (Body only)
$200 - $1,149 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Canon EOS 70D

#3

Pentax K-50

86

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Pentax K-50
$397 - $497 (Body only)
$487 - $497 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Pentax K-50