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The best Nikon digital camera under $500 price range are the SLR/professional cameras and entry-level DSLRs useful for low light photography. Some of them are also point and shoot cameras supporting ultra zooming options along with HD video recording capability.

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Nikon 1 J5

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Nikon 1 J5
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon Coolpix P610
Nikon Coolpix A
Nikon D5100
Nikon 1 J5
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon Coolpix P610
Nikon Coolpix A Digital Camera
Nikon D5100 Body Only Digital Camera
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Release Date
May 2015
Mar 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2013
Apr 2011
Camera Type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact, Large sensor compact
SLR/Professional
Resolution
21.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.9 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-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
13.23 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
28.34 mm
28.2 mm

very capable camera

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If you're on a tight budget and are prepared to sacrifice a built-in electronic viewfinder, the COOLPIX S9900 represents great value for money - especially considering it sports a fully-articulated screen and built-in GPS.

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quite versatile digicam

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Excellent photos you'd expect from a large sensor

Practical feature set contribute to the Nikon D5100's strengths.

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