We are writing this post to aware our users that there are lot of affordable options available in the market if you want to buy a big sensor digital camera, the camera listed below are not only affordable but will also give you better image quality than your pro compact camera and comes within the pro-compact price range.
So if you are thinking to buy Canon G16, Nikon P7800, Panasonic LX7….others, please take a look at the affordable high-quality options below.
Take a look some of the best deals available under $500
BEST APS-C sensor based Mirrorless / DSLR camera Under $500
Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens
Fujifilm X-A1 Kit with 16-50mm Lens (Black) Price – $449 — Buy at Amazon | B&H
The Fuji X-A1 is newly announced entry level mirrorless camera from Panasonic and features APS-C sensor and Hi-Speed EXR Processor, support for a maximum ISO of 25,600 and a titling screen for beautifully composing your images.
Sony NEX 3N camera with 18-50mm Lens
Buy Sony NEX 3N available at $298 Amazon | $319 at B&H
Sony NEX 3N Compact camera with APS-C sensor and 18-50mm kit lens available under $300, the camera features 16.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor, ISO range from 200-1600, New SELP1650 lens with motor zoom lever and body control and 180° tilting LCD screen.
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Nikon P340 features 12.2MP 1/1.7″ CMOS image sensor, Bright F1.8-5.6 lens with 5x optical zoom and image stabilization, on the rear side we have high resolution 3″ LCD screen and the camera also features built-in Wi-Fi for wireless data transfer, however no NFC available for $379.95
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Text from Press Release
P340 Primary Features
- Nikon optical technologies for superior rendering performance
A fast NIKKOR lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, an effective pixel count of 12.2-million pixels, and a large, 1/1.7-in. backside illumination CMOS sensor
The P340 is equipped with a NIKKOR lens that represents the accumulation of Nikon optical technologies and offers a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. The camera is also equipped with a large, 1/1.7-inch backside illumination CMOS sensor, and is able to more effectively acquire light with an effective pixel count of 12.2-million pixels. The combination of fast lens and large CMOS sensor achieves superior resolution with excellent texture, definition, and a more three-dimensional feel.
5x optical zoom covering the wide-angle 24mm to telephoto 120mm angles of view
The P340 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of angles of view, from the wide-angle 24mm to the telephoto 120mm (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm  format). The lens also offers powerful support for macro photography with shooting as close as 2 cm to the lens. A seven-blade iris diaphragm makes capturing photos in which backgrounds are beautifully blurred possible. In addition, it is equipped with Dynamic Fine Zoom, which enables 10x* zoom with which resolution is preserved in the digital zoom range.
- *At the maximum image size.
Compact body with adoption of high refractive index lens and aspherical lens elements
Adoption of high refractive index lens element(s) and aspherical lens elements enables a slimmer lens barrel for a more compact camera body. This high level of performance makes for consistently sharp rendering from the center of the frame to frame edges.
Built-in ND filter that supports shooting in bright surroundings
When the built-in neutral density (ND) filter is enabled, the amount of light that passes through the lens can be reduced to a degree equivalent to a three-stop reduction in shutter speed. This allows users to emphasize subject movement with slower shutter speeds, even in bright places or situations.
- Advanced operation with adoption of a multi-functional control ring
Users can easily assign a function to the control ring adopted around the lens barrel and use the control ring to adjust that function’s setting (in P, S, A, M, U and Auto shooting modes only). It can also be used to fine-tune effects applied in scene modes and Special Effects mode. The P340 also offers a command dial and rotary multi selector that can be used for independent control over primary shooting settings such as ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and aperture setting. The Fn (function) button, to which a frequently used function can be assigned, and movie-record button, which enables movie recording at the touch of a button, also help to make P340 operation smoother and more natural.
- A high-performance lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function with Active mode for advanced compensation for camera shake
Photos captured with high-power zoom applied are often blurred by camera shake. The P340, however, is equipped with a high-performance lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed 3.5-stops* faster, enabling worry-free shooting even with super-telephoto photography. In addition, Active mode effectively reduces the effects of greater camera shake and makes framing images easier for sharp, clear still images and movies, whether photographing landscapes from a moving vehicle or recording movies while walking.
A variety of shooting functions that support imaging as intended
- *Measured at the maximum telephoto position.
M Exposure Preview
As the view through the lens displayed in the monitor simulates exposure at current settings, users can preview resulting images with greater accuracy.
AF Area Mode
The size of the focus area can be selected from Normal, Wide, and Spot. The ability to specify the size of the focus area makes for more flexible fine-tuning of focus in accordance with the size and position of the intended subject.
The cameras also offer four exposure modes—P, A, S, and M—that make mastering manual camera operations more fun, as well as COOLPIX Picture Control, which enables adjustment of imaging characteristics such as vividness and sharpening prior to shooting in accordance with the subject, shooting conditions, or photographic intent, Special Effects mode, which allows users to enjoy applying effects, such as those concerning color and contrast, to still images and movies before they are recorded, and Filter Effects that can be applied to still images already recorded.
- Built-in Wi-Fi® that makes connecting with others enjoyable with simple connection to smart devices
The built-in Wi-Fi® function can be used to transfer photos* to a smart device over a wireless connection as soon as they are taken. Photos taken with this digital camera can be easily shared with family and friends, or uploaded to blogs or social networking service (SNS) sites. In addition, the display on a smartphone, tablet, or other smart device can be used to frame images and control shooting remotely. This is very convenient when taking group photos and the like in which the user is included. With remote shooting, the self-timer, zoom, and shooting information are also displayed on the smart device screen.
Function for recording 1920×1080/50i/60i movies
- * The Wireless Mobile Utility app must first be installed on the smart device (the app can be downloaded free of charge from the smart device’s app store), and Wi-Fi® connection settings must be applied before image transfer is possible.
High-quality and smooth 50i/60i movies with stereo sound can easily be recorded by simply pressing the camera’s movie-record button. What’s more, the P340 offers a movie pause function, with which recording of a single movie file can be paused and then restarted (within 5 minutes), as well as the ability to save movie frames as still images while movies are being recorded. As movie frames can also be saved as still images and unwanted portions of movies can be eliminated with movie playback, users can save only the desired portion of movies for recording and editing of movies as intended.
- Faster AF for quick and nimble response
Autofocusing is initiated faster than with previous cameras, and has also been optimized for faster focusing and a shorter shooting time lag. Smooth focusing ensures stress-free shooting with certain capture of photo opportunities.
Other P340 Features
- A 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot TFT LCD monitor for which the bright, power-saving RGBW system has been adopted
- Target Finding AF, with which the user need simply point the camera at the intended subject and the camera automatically predicts, and focuses on, the intended subject
- Scene Auto Selector mode, with which the camera automatically identifies shooting conditions and applies the optimum scene mode
- A Zoom Memory function that enables simple switching in steps between preset focal lengths with zooming
- A Startup Zoom Position setting that automatically shifts zoom to a preset focal length when the camera is turned on
- Active D-Lighting, which prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadows for images exhibiting brightness similar to that seen with the naked eye when shooting scenes with extremes in both light and dark
- High-speed battery charging (when the EH-71P/EH-71PCH and USB Cable UC-E21 are used)
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We told you earlier that Canon G2X / G1X II (Name is still not confirmed yet) Coming on 12th February (see here), the first image surfaced over the web and more to arrive as the announcement date is coming closer,
As from the image we can see a optional EVF is attached to the upcoming Canon G2X camera and optical viewfinder is finally removed, the body look slim as Canon G16 model.
Canon G2X / G1X II Rumored Specification
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 24 – 120mm f/2.8-5.8 lens
- New 1.5″ CMOS sensor
- 3.0″ LCD touch screen with 922,000 dots
At Feb 16 2014 not only Canon G1X successor is coming Canon is also rumored to announce a affordable entry level model Canon 1100D Successor (Canon 1200D?) ,
Take a look at the list of rumored camera coming on Feb 12, 2014
- A new DSLR below the Rebel SL1
- Canon G1 X Replacement
- Canon PowerShot S200
- Canon PowerShot SX280 IS, a new super-zoom compact camera
- Possibly more PowerShot cameras
We have already published the post a month ago about Canon S200 – Canon S200 with a dull Specification available in Asian Countries
We have done a quick specification comparison review between Canon S200 and Canon S120, see here - Canon S200 vs Canon S120 the S200 is available outside USA and UK (Just like Canon EOS M2) with a lo-fi specification….
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We have done a quick specification comparison review between Canon S200 and Canon S120, the S200 is available outside USA and UK (Just like Canon EOS M2) with a lo-fi specification…. take a look
Canon S200 uses Canon old CCD sensor, the lens aperture is not as bright as Canon S120 lens and ISO range is also limited. The continuous shooting speed of Canon S200 is 4.5fps only and Canon S120 can capture 6.4 frame per second.
The S200 is limited to HD recording only on the other hand S120 can record Full HD video at 60 or 30fps.
The other major difference we see is the absence of RAW mode in Canon S200, whereas Canon S120 features RAW shooting capability.
At the end we can see clearly that Canon S120 comes with smaller body shape and longer battery life.
Verdict: Canon S120 is a winner, we recommend you to buy Canon S120.
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The Panasonic GM1 camera is compact as Panasonic LF1 Camera
According to latest rumors [almost confirmed] the upcoming GM1 will feature same sensor and image processor as Panasonic GX7 camera , take a look at the detailed information below
Panasonic GM1 Major features
- 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
- Venus Engine Image Processor
- 12-32mm is about the same size as a 14mm F2.8
- Full HD 1080p AVCHD Video at 60 fps
- Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
- 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Upcoming Ultra-compact size is similar to Panasonic LF1 / RX100 camera and the build quality is excellent / same as high-end M4/3 camera, Stay with us on Facebook to get live updates about Panasonic GM1, See more Panasonic Rumors.
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Sony NEX Full Frame Camera Specification surfaced over the web, according to latest rumors the upcoming Full Frame Mirrorless camera may feature 5 axis image stabilization, upto 12fps of shooting speed and only 15% larger body compared to NEX7.
This is what he writes about the NEX-FF:
- Resolution still not confirmed – 24, 32 or 36 mpix
– 5 axis image stabilization, upto 5 stops gain
– 1400 focus points, much improved metering
– 3,5,8,12 fps modes, also something they called ‘mega fast mode’ 14 pcs
– 1 new flash unit
– improved video
– 15% larger body compared to NEX7 and 20% more weight than 7
– 1gb +
– wifi and NFC
– 3” screen, articulated in 3 axis
– 2 colours /black and some gray version/
– some new global software support
– new small adapter for a lenses
– New Oled EVF
Some High End Compacts are now available at Stock, Take a look at the details below
Buy RX1R from Amazon | Sony RX1R is world best Full-Frame Compact camera that comes with Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor (without OPLF) and Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens with macro compability. Highly Recommended by New Camera.
Fuji X100S available at B&H store at $1299, hurry up. + Fuji X100S also in stock at Amazon via third party sellers (with high price) Buy X100S from Amazon | Fujifilm X100S is the best APS-C Compact camera available today, It features Low-Pass Less architecture and Hybrid AF system.
+1 Ricoh GR also in Sock at B&H Store.
Buy Ricoh GR from Amazon | Ricoh GR is best affordable APS-C Compact camera available today, Recommended by New Camera.
+ Sony DSC-RX100M II is also in Stock at Amazon, The RX100 M2 is world best Travel Compact Camera with 1 Inch Sensor and Ultra Compact body with F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens w/3.6x zoom. Highly Recommended by New Camera for street-shooter and travel photographers.