3. Best DSLR: Nikon D500
Ideal for the camera enthusiast, Nikon’s D500 is an outstanding full-frame DSLR that holds the title of Nikon’s fastest DX-level camera ever. Capable of shooting a notable 10 frames per second (fps) with 153 autofocus points, this option is great for action photographers who love shooting sporting events or fast-moving wildlife. The 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is paired with a EXPEED 5 image processor that creates eye-popping photography and lifelike colors. And there’s a 3.2-inch tilting LCD touchscreen display for properly reviewing (and framing) images after you snap the picture. When it comes to video, the D500 includes 4K UHD (ultra high definition) video recording at 30 fps. The camera weighs a manageable 3.75 pounds, which isn’t terribly heavy for the class and still manages around 1,240 images on a single battery life.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best DSLR cameras under $2,000.
4. Best for Beginners: Canon PowerShot ELPH 190
If you’re a first-time camera buyer, you can’t go wrong with the Canon PowerShot ELPH 190. Featuring a 10x optical zoom with optical image stabilizer, the 20.0-megapixel camera with CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor all combine for excellent photo quality. Add in 720p HD video and you’ll quickly find that the ELPH 190 is the ideal camera for both children and adults alike who want to try their hand at something beyond capturing images with their smartphones.
Scene modes such as fisheye, toy camera and monochrome all offer creative freedom to take images outside of the standard photo shoot. Additionally, a smart auto function helps select the proper settings based on pre-defined shooting modes for capturing the ideal photo in different environments such as daytime or evening. It weighs .31 pounds (so it’s definitely pocket-friendly) and you can expect up to 190 shots on a single battery charge.