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This list of the best Sony digital cameras under $500 is narrowed down to the digital cameras which have favorably rated by various digital camera reviewers. Some of the best DSLRs a entry-level DSLRs from Sony are affordable under this price range. These cameras can be put into use to capture action shots, interiors and portraits because of their offering of best image and video quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony SLT-A58
Sony SLT-A37
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 3D
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony SLT-A58K Digital Camera
Sony SLT-A37K Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
Sony NEX-F3K/B 3D Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
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Release Date
Aug 2015
Mar 2014
Feb 2013
Jun 2012
Jun 2012
Camera Type
Compact
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
SLR/Professional
3D Digital Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
3.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
18.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.5 Megapixel
16.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
27.84 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm
28.2 mm

  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V has an incredible zoom range and an excellent EVF, but its images suffer when the light gets low.


  • We liked last year's HX60V, but with slightly underwhelming image quality and no EVF or lens barrel control ring like the competition from Panasonic, it couldn't quite compete. Sony has clearly listened though and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V addresses most of our concerns.
    The move to an 18.2MP Exmor R sensor has given the HX90V a much-needed image quality boost, and although the results are no better than the class-leading Panasonic TZ70, they're certainly on a par, whether shooting in daylight or indoors.


  • With the HX90V/HX90, Sony presents a serious contender for the title of best 30x compact: it provides all-round performance, a plethora of features and is the only model to offer an electronic viewfinder, adjustable screen and customisable settings ring, all in one compact package. Indeed, despite having all these features, it's still the most compact camera of its kind. Unfortunately, this all makes for a relatively high RRP.


  • The new Sony A5000 is a rather modest refresh of last year's NEX-3N cameras, ditching the NEX branding, upgrading the image sensor and processor, and adding wi-fi and NFC connectivity, a better handgrip and the more intuitive Alpha menu system. Despite a slight price increase, the A5000 remains an excellent first "serious" camera for smartphone/compact camera upgraders.


  • An excellent buy for those looking for their first compact system camera. Image quality is good, handling is great and there's a good solid system for E Mount cameras.


  • The Sony A5000 is a very good everyday compact system camera that offers a lot for its entry-level price. It's just a shame Sony has chosen to stick with a slightly underwhelming screen.


  • The new Sony A58 offers most of its predecessor's design, features and performance at an aggressive price-point, which can only be good news for us consumers. Look under the hood and you do find a few corners have been cut to keep the cost down, but all things considered, this is simply a very good interchangeable lens camera at a very attractive price.


  • Overall, Sony has produced a very good camera in the Alpha a58, and we're sure that anybody who buys one will be very pleased with its performance. At its current retail price of £449 / US$599.99 / AU$799 with the 18-55mm kit lens, it also offers excellent value for money, especially compared with its closest rivals.


  • The entry-level DSLR market is one of the most competitive in photography and, as a result, anything that a camera can do to stand out is more than welcome. Sony had achieved this with past SLT range cameras, but the Sony A58 is a step back. The full resolution continuous shooting rate of 5fps isn't even best in class - other similar DSLRs shoot faster and maintain that speed for longer.

    The Sony A58 is a decent camera, but it's difficult to recommend it above several other models in a competitive market.


  • A good option if you're looking for something fast with a viewfinder and tilting LCD, the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 is a solid but not outstanding sub-$800 dSLR-style camera.

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    The Sony Alpha A37 is a fairly standard upgrade for the company's entry-level SLT DSLR lineup. It replaces the A35 with some basic upgrades to control, a new image sensor, but a largely unchanged design. The A37 is aimed largely at beginners, with most of its features designed for those adapting to DSLRs from point and shoots. The highlight feature is the auto portrait framing mode, which will automatically crop your portraits shots to better highlight your subject according to standard rules of photographic composition.


  • The Sony A37 is a compelling entry-level DSLR camera with features, still and video image quality, and overall performance that beat its main rivals. Only the small, low-resolution, non-articulating LCD screen detracts from an otherwise outstanding camera that will more than satisfy the needs of its target audience. The A37 marries most of the core features of its bigger brother, the A57, with the more diminutive body of its predessor, the A33, resulting in the cheapest SLT camera to date.


  • While the Alpha NEX-F3 doesn't wow me for any particular aspect of the camera, overall it's a nice package that should suit many point-and-shoot upgraders looking for the versatility and photo quality of a dSLR without the bulk.


  • The Sony Alpha NEX-F3 is a worthy successor to the Editors' Choice NEX-C3. The latest iteration impresses with superb image quality, even at very high ISO settings, and you get a deeper handgrip, built-in flash, and support for an optional EVF.


  • The Sony NEX-F3 is the follow-up to the critical darling Sony NEX-C3, the most petite offering in Sony's lineup of APS-C image sensor-packing compact interchangeable lens cameras. The NEX-F3 offers some significant upgrades to the NEX-C3's internals, but what is most interesting is its actual shape.


Top 5 sony digital camera under $500:

  1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
  2. Sony Alpha A5000
  3. Sony SLT-A58K Digital Camera
  4. Sony SLT-A37K Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens
  5. Sony NEX-F3K/B 3D Digital Camera with 18-55mm lens