Best Point Shoot Cameras Under $500 [in 2019]

The list of the best point shoot cameras under $500 have seen some reshuffling over the last year. A few new cameras that qualify for this segment saw the light of day. A few older cameras have been replaced with new ones. Some older cameras like the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, however, are still going strong.

Best Point Shoot Cameras Under $500* in 2019:

*Prices are updated once a day from Amazon.com and BHPhotoVideo.com.

  1. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS (🏆 Our Pick: Best Allrounder)
  2. Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 (Amazing Zoom)
  3. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II (Very Stylish)
  4. Sony DSCHX80
  5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V
  6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
  7. Panasonic Lumix DCZS80
  8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-X99

1. Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

We had listed the Canon PowerShot SX730 in our previous list. But the camera has been replaced recently by the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS.

  • 20.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 24-960mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 40x Optical Zoom with OIS
  • 3" Tilting LCD Display
  • ISO 100-3200 (Extended)
  • 4K Video and 4K Time-Lapse Recording
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 10-fps Continuous Shooting
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

The new SX740 HS comes with the new DIGIC 8 image processor, compared with the older DIGIC 6 image processor in the older camera. The second function is the ability to shoot 4K / UHD.

You also have 4K time-lapse feature on this camera. One more functionality is the increased continuous shooting speed. You can now shoot at 10 fps compared to 5.9 fps in the older camera.

2. Panasonic LUMIX FZ300

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 is an amazing Panasonic model that is liked by many users because of its long zoom.

  • 12.1MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 Lens
  • 25-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1.44m-Dot 0.7x OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Free-Angle Touchscreen
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • ISO 6400
  • 12-fps Shooting
  • 4K Photo Mode
  • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+
  • DFD AF System
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

Some of the features include a 4K video at 30 frames per second. Plus, 4K photo modes-free your creativity. This 4K feature operates in three ways:

  1. to burst shoot images as long as the shutter function is pressed,
  2. 4K burst stop/start function that enhances movie recording and
  3. 4K burst pre-burst that is modified to start recording one second prior and after the user presses the shutter function.

The camera has a 25-600mm zoom with full-range f/2.8 aperture and a ELMARIT lens that contributes to enhanced caption even in low light.

Unlike other models in this category, this unique camera has a high-speed auto-focus with DFD advancements that ensures quick calculations of the background and foreground distances to bring the object into fine focus.

Other exciting characteristics that customers liked include high image quality, 5-axis correction/tilt correction.

The LUMIX FZ300 has everything in the right place:

  • 1,440k-dot, 0.7x Large OLED LVF
  • 3.0″ free-angle display
  • rear touch panel
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • close-up macro shooting

Disadvantages

The large-sensor superzooms image quality is not that good.

3. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is great because it captures and produces remarkable images and quality videos even in low light or bad weather.

  • 20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 3x Optical Zoom f/2-4.9 Lens
  • 28-84mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
  • Extended ISO 12800 and 8.2 fps Shooting
  • Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Video Function
  • In-Camera Raw Conversion
  • Picture Style
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

This camera is easy to carry around because of its small size and low weight. The point & shoot camera has an impressive 20.2 Megapixel sensor, a powerful image processor, and a quick f/2.0-4.9 lens (3x optical zoom, raging from 10.2 to 30.6mm focal length).

The G9 X Canon connect application available for this camera helps users to post photos to social media via the inbuilt Wi-Fi. The camera also has an inbuilt Near Field Communication (NFC) icon that works to do away with the manual way of starting the Canon Camera Connect App.

The ISO range is 125-12800 which enables sharp and bright images even when shooting fast moving / low light situations.

Additionally, the Canon Power Shot G9 X is fitted with a DIGIC 6 Image Processor that captures excellent steady quality MP4 videos.

Customers also liked:

  • remote shooting with the camera connect application,
  • a mobile device connect button,
  • an image synchronizing function, and
  • compatibility with the canon connect station CS 100

Disadvantages

The camera has slightly noisier high-ISO images and poor auto white balance when shooting indoors in tungsten light. The performance is also under-rated because 6.5fps JPEG is limited to 10 frames only.

4. Sony DSC HX80 High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera

The Sony DSC-HX80 is another fascinating camera that Sony made in order to get clear details up close with the small and light 30x zoom camera.

  • 18.2MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 30x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-720mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 638k-Dot Pop-Up OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p/60 Video in XAVC S
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 12800 and 10 fps Shooting
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

The Sony has a 30x optical ZEISS zoom lens plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom to help users get very close to the object under focus for high-quality imaging and video recording.

The image quality has been advanced further by the gorgeous 18.2MP image quality with backside-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor to deliver stunning images under low light environment and reduce the image and video shakes.

Moreover, this model has an inbuilt retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder that accurately displays what will happen in your recording for accurate monitoring of the results. Additionally, this camera has the ability to capture high-quality HD movies with the help of XAVC S that ensures minimal noise and little shakes.

The Sony DSCHX80/B has a simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC to allow you transfer images directly to your smartphone and to family members, and even uploading to social media and websites by just one touch.

Besides, it is fitted with selfie-ready multi-angle 3″ Xtra Fine LCD display. Other additional features liked by customers include customizable settings, 5-ais image stabilization greatly reduces blur and many more.

5. Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V

Users like this great camera because of its stunning features. It has all-inclusive characteristics that a user may need and some include:

  • high zooming ability (attributed to the 50x optical zoom) and
  • smooth full HD video recording.

In addition, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX400V is fitted with a new BIONZ X processor and an optical steady-shot function that work simultaneously to ensure quality images with minimal blur and low noise.

  • 20.4MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 50x Optical Zoom Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 24-1200mm Equiv. Focal Length
  • 3" Xtra Fine 921k-Dot LCD & Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080/60p/24p AVCHD Video
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 10fps Continuous Shooting & Lock-On AF
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama 360˚
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • GPS & NFC
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

Furthermore, the model has a 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor that makes it easy to use in the low light environment. Also, it has an inbuilt Lock-On AF that ensures that the images taken are in focus even when the camera is shaken or when in motion.

Transfer of images to Android devices and subsequent uploading has been made easier because of a simple connectivity to a smartphone through Wi-Fi and NFC.

Moreover, this camera has GPS installed in it that enables a user to track a photographic trip and later view the track and pictures on a plot.

Additional features include:

  • the motion-shot video traces subject movement,
  • ability to create cinematic full HD videos,
  • downloadable camera apps such as Play-Memories Camera App, and
  • 4k quality still images production through HDMI2.

Drawbacks

  • Few post-capture and in-camera picture effects
  • cheap plastic feel

6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

We had the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 in our old list of best. That camera is still quite relevant after 4 years of being launched. But the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 clearly is the winner if you compare to two spec by spec. That said, it may not be fair to the LUMIX FZ300 because that camera is powered by a smaller 1/2.3” MOS sensor.

  • 20.1MP 1" High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 10x Zoom Lens
  • 25-250mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1166k-Dot Live View Finder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K 3840 x 2160 Video at 30p/24p
  • 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.
  • ISO 25600 and up to 50 fps Shooting
  • 4K Photo Modes and Post Focus
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

While the Lumix DMC-ZS100 is powered by a 1” high sensitivity MOS sensor. The two cameras have more differences than similarities. Needless to say, larger sensor means more light gathered. Resultantly, less noise. Especially, when shooting in low light situations. Plus, there is the question of bulk.

The Lumix DMC-ZS100 is a compact camera. The dimensions make it the ideal sort of point and shoot camera for travels. Easy to use, is super light, slips right into your pocket and makes wonderful images when you press the shutter.

The LUMIX FZ300, on the other hand fits the definition of a mega-zoom camera. It is still a travel camera though. But it is shaped like a DSLR and has the genes of a compact. Sort of a bridge camera. So, if you don’t need the 25-600mm (35mm format equivalent) zoom of the LUMIX FZ300, then the Lumix DMC-ZS100 clearly makes better buying sense.

On the plus side you get the larger sensor and the advantage of a lighter camera. Notwithstanding, we keep the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 on this list of the best point shoot cameras under 500. Because, one more critical advantage of that camera is it is weather sealed.

7. Panasonic Lumix DCZS80

The Panasonic Lumix DCZS80 is a point and shoot camera designed around a 20.3 megapixel 1/2.3” MOS sensor. The camera has a zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent zoom lens that gives a 24-720mm equivalent zoom range.

  • 20.3MP 1/2.3" MOS Sensor
  • Leica DC Vario-Elmar 30x Zoom Lens
  • 24-720mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.33m-Dot Live View Finder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30 and Full HD 1080p Video
  • POWER Optical Image Stabilizer
  • ISO 80-6400
  • up to 10-fps Shooting
  • 4K Photo Modes and Sequence Composition
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Connectivity
Amazon.com price as of 2019-08-09

The lens is equipped with 5-axis POWER optical image stabilization. The major features of the camera is UHD / 4K video capability and a 10 fps continuous shooting speed. There is also a 4K photo mode for capturing stills while recording 4K videos. But the two features which stands out are Post Focus and Focus Stacking.

Both these functionalities are made possible because of a combination of focusing technologies used. These are contrast detection focusing as well as intelligent depth from Defocus.

Basically the images are recorded as a 4K video file. Focus is spread across the frame allowing you to choose any specific spot in the frame where you wish to have focus. A still image will be created using that point in focus.

8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-X99

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-X99 is an upgrade of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-X90. There are a few revamped functionalities and a few major feature upgrades.

  • 18.2MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar 30x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-720mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 638.4k-Dot Pop-Up OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30p Video with Full Pixel Readout
  • ISO 80-12800 and up to 10-fps Shooting
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
B&H price as of 2019-09-18

The sensor resolution remains the same. So does the image processing engine. The lens remains the same too. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-X99 has 4K / UHD shooting capabilities with full pixel readout.

Full pixel readout means the sampling size is larger than what is necessary for creating 4K videos. That helps in reducing moiré and false colors which are normally seen on 4K videos created by some cameras.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Rajib, I’m looking for decent camera under $500 to do some product shots as well as some videos of my gym workouts. Would Canon PowerShot SX740 be up for the job or shall I better go for Panasoci Lumix? Lumix just looks a bit more towards the professional level. 🙂

    Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks

    • Hi Ed, the Canon PowerShot SX740 is a good camera with 4K video capabillities and a macro focusing range of 0.39″. Both features that you require. Plus it has Digic 8 image processor. You could also look at the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300. It has 4K/UHD capabilities and an articulating touchscreen.

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