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The best cameras under $800 for 2016 sit between the advanced ILC (interchangeable lens cameras) and the entry level dSLR's. If you have progressed from the compact point-and-shoot cameras and want to enjoy the flexibility of shooting with multiple lenses and various attachments then you have a wide range of options to choose from if you are looking for the best under $800.

On offer are the best interchangeable lens cameras which are less bulky than the dSLR's but come with interchangeable lenses and offer topnotch image quality.

Due to the mirrorless design they are significantly lighter than the dSLR's and can appeal to the beginner turning enthusiast user. For eg the highly acclaimed SONY NEX series is touted as the lightest interchangeable lens camera in the market today and packs a punch with it's advanced features and sensor. However the lens market for the ILC's is just picking up and the lenses for these cameras can be quite costly, so make a judicious choice before buying.

From the entry-level DSLR stable there are a lot of choices from the stalwarts like Canon, Nikon and Sony. Avid photographers who want more creative control over their pictures and the flexibility of using a host of available lenses would want to invest in the new SLR's in the market today. The dSLR's have advanced sensors for unmatched image quality. However at the sub-800$ range only a kit lens may be included and you need to dig deeper into your pocket to get a full range of lenses.

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Fujifilm X-T10
Ricoh GR II
Samsung NX500
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Panasonic Lumix GF7
Fujifilm X-T10
Ricoh GR II
Samsung NX500
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
Panasonic Lumix GF7
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Release Date
Jun 2015
Aug 2015
Mar 2015
Jun 2015
Dec 2014
Camera Type
SLR-style mirrorless
Large sensor compact
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
28.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.28 mm
28.42 mm
28.26 mm
21.64 mm
21.64 mm
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
Image Quality
87% Positive
13% Negative
100% Positive
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Ease of Use
70% Positive
30% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
33% Positive
67% Negative
87% Positive
13% Negative
Look and Feel
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Positive
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Performance
87% Positive
13% Negative
100% Positive
81% Positive
19% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Positive
Low Light
62% Positive
38% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Positive
75% Positive
25% Negative