10 Best Mirrorless Cameras of 2016 under $500

With the expanding lens options, buying a mirrorless camera now makes more sense than ever for both beginners as well as experienced photographers. With these mirrorless cameras you get better quality as compared to other point and shoot ones available in the market. And not just that, they are also less bulky than the DSLRs.

In this blog post, we will discuss the best budget mirrorless cameras available. All of these micro third cameras are under $500. After reading the article, you can also check our related post on 5 best Micro four third cameras.

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1. Sony NEX-5TL
Price- $399

Sony has some great models in the mirrorless camera category and the NEX-5TL model just proves that very same thing. Starting with the design, the camera is very small and sleek which can be easily fitted in a handbag or even the pockets of your pants.

But don’t get fooled by its size the camera has so many powerful features that it goes far beyond its bulky competitors. NEX-5TL has a 16.1 megapixel sensor along with a hybrid auto focus which makes photographing any memory a complete breeze.

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The camera has the ability to shoot 10 fps and it also has a flip screen that can be rotated to 180 degrees to take the perfect selfies. The only drawback is that it does not have an externally connected battery charger and an in-built flash, though you can get an external attachment for that.

2. Fujifilm X-A1 Kit With 16-50mm Lens
Price- $370

This is the first entry level camera in Fujifilm’s X series. This camera is designed in a way that though it looks a lot like an old vintage camera, it still has all the powerful features of a modern digital camera. The image quality is definitely good and there is very less noise present at high ISO levels.

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But the drawback to this camera is that it has a APS-C CMOS image sensor which isn’t as superior as the X-Trans CMOS sensor which is fitted in all the other models of the X series.

3. Samsung NX300
Price- $289.99

With hybrid auto focus and 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, Samsung NX300 has definitely got what it takes to be the best mirrorless camera in the market. And with the 18-55mm lens which is included in the kit, the camera takes exceptionally sharp pictures.

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This camera actually has APS-C sensor which is much bigger as compared to the micro third camera system that is usually used in the other mirrorless cameras and because of this sensor, Samsung NX300 is able to take just as sharp pictures as the DSLRs.

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4. Nikon 1 J5
Price- $497

Just like all the other mirrorless cameras from Nikon, this one too has a smaller sensor compared to the other cameras on our list. It has a CX sensor in it.

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But there is no denying that the Nikon 1 J5 is one of the best models launched by the company. It has a very classic look to it that is definitely appealing to the eyes and it also has a good grip. With 20.8 megapixel and EXPEED 5A processor, this is a good budget buy. And also, Nikon 1 J5 does not have an optical low pass filter which means you get sharper images.

5. Olympus OM-D E-M10
Price- $499

Olympus has been offering some great mirrorless camera models over the years and its OM-D E-M10 is for sure its leading model. It has 16 megapixels with an autofocus feature which is accurate as well as fast and it gives great image quality.

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The camera is extremely light and compact which might be liked by many but at the same time professional photographers would find it difficult to work with such a small camera.

6. Sony Alpha a5100
Price – $498

The Sony Alpha a5100 comes at an affordable price and it will make you question why you would want to buy a point and shoot camera. It has 24.3 megapixels with an APS – C sensor to develop amazing images. Though the lack of the electronic view finder can definitely prove an issue for many seasoned photographers, its burst rate is also relatively slower.

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But overall, the camera is light weight and compact and it is a great option if you are looking for your first mirrorless camera.

7. Olympus PEN E-PL6
Price – $299

With a strong camera body, 16 megapixels and a high quality LCD touch screen to help you view your pictures, Olympus PEN E-PL6 is a definite deal if you are looking for a mirrorless camera under $300. And because it has micro four thirds sensors, there are many options when it comes to lenses.

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Though there is no denying the camera lacks some much needed features, for the amount it is priced, it’s still a great deal.

8. Samsung NX500
Price – $369

Samsung is a rookie to the camera market but its turning more and more heads with its new mirrorless ranges. The NX5000 has 20.3 megapixel accompanied by an amazing tilted LCD screen.

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But here is how Samsung tries to give this camera its own touch – the camera has Wi-Fi connectivity, it can be easily synced with Samsung phones and tablets through its “Smart camera” app. There are also many lens options available to make this camera all the more amazing.

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9. Sony A3000
Price – $400

This camera by Sony is an entry level model specially made for people who don’t know what a mirrorless camera is. And this is why this camera actually looks more like a DSLR.

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It has 20.3 megapixels with an APS CMOS sensor and an LCD screen. And just like its competitors, it also has an electronic viewfinder. And though the camera does have a built-in flash, it also has a multi-purpose shoe that lets you fit more powerful accessories to help you out.

10. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3KK
Price – $388

Panasonic definitely took people for a surprise when it launched this GF3 model just 6 months after launching GF2. The company has made it clear that this new model is in no way a replacement of GF2 which was a comparatively bulky model mainly targeted at professional photographers.

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This model is more compact, lighter and is targeted towards those who generally prefer point and shoot but want to upgrade to a camera which provides better quality than the former. The camera has 12 megapixels with a touchscreen LCD screen and MOS sensor.

With the list of these amazing cameras, we are sure you will find your best budget mirrorless camera to enhance your photographs even more.

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