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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 9 DSLRs for image quality for less than $500, and ranks the Pentax K-50 the best. Snapsort looked at 37 recent DSLRs for image quality to give this recommendation, they range from $261 to $6,799, with an average price of $1,543.

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#1

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

$397 - $476 (Body only)
$470 - $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 - $477 (With 18-55mm lens)

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Nikon D3200

#3

Nikon D5100

95

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score

Nikon D5100
$378 (Body only)
$556 (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 9 DSLRs for low light for less than $500, and ranks the Pentax K-50 the best. Snapsort looked at 37 recent DSLRs for low light to give this recommendation, they range from $261 to $6,799, with an average price of $1,543.

See more of the best DSLRs for low light for under $500.

#1

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

$397 - $476 (Body only)
$470 - $497 (With 18-55mm lens)
100

explain score

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
arrow Learn more about the Pentax K-50

You might also consider one of the runner ups:

#2

Nikon D3200

92

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score

Nikon D3200
$319 (Body only)
$389 - $477 (With 18-55mm lens)

Learn more about the
Nikon D3200

#3

Nikon D5100

90

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score

Nikon D5100
$378 (Body only)
$556 (With 18-55mm lens)

Learn more about the
Nikon D5100

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 9 DSLRs for movies for less than $500, and ranks the Pentax K-50 the best. Snapsort looked at 41 recent DSLRs for movies to give this recommendation, they range from $261 to $14,501, with an average price of $1,861.

See more of the best DSLRs for movies for under $500.

#1

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

$397 - $476 (Body only)
$470 - $497 (With 18-55mm lens)
100

explain score

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
arrow Learn more about the Pentax K-50

You might also consider one of the runner ups:

#2

Nikon D3200

92

explain
score

Nikon D3200
$319 (Body only)
$389 - $477 (With 18-55mm lens)

Learn more about the
Nikon D3200

#3

Nikon D5100

90

explain
score

Nikon D5100
$378 (Body only)
$556 (With 18-55mm lens)

Learn more about the
Nikon D5100