Updated on 2 August 2013 by

The SLR/professional cameras are used by photography enthusiasts and mainly professionals. These cameras under $500 are high-end compact models aimed at giving best performance in terms of image resolution, quality and stabilization.


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Sony SLT-A58
Sony SLT-A37
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i
Nikon D5100
Sony SLT-A58K Digital Camera
Sony SLT-A37K Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Nikon D5100 Body Only Digital Camera
$498 - $697
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Jun 2012
Feb 2011
Apr 2011
Camera Type
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
SLR/Professional
Optical Zoom
3.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
16.5 Megapixel
18.7 Megapixel
16.9 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
26.7 mm
28.2 mm
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.2 stars
 4.0 stars