What are the top 5 video cameras under $500? Let us help you make that decision. Wether you are a video novice, an aspiring videographer or just want to have something to document your family’s travels and history, here is the top 5 best video cameras in which you can record video as well as pictures. Life becomes so much more memorable when you can document it. We will include a feature list for each of our picks, and our opinion and suggestions about the product.
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p h.264
Frames Per Second: 5.4 fps
Optical Sensor Resolution: 20 MP
Image Stabilization: Sensor-shift
Other Features:micro-HDMI, Built-In Flash, 7.8 Watt Hours, optional wireless remote
Coming in at #5 is the Pentax K-S1 SLR.
This is a great camera for the novice who is just starting out. It is an entry level SLR, but don’t be fooled by this inexpensive powerhouse. It’s features, for the price, is on par with some of the mid priced SLR cameras. The menu controls will keep you busy for hours with some pretty impressive tweak settings. While the buttons and controls feel a little bit on the cheaper side, the images are really great, and upgrading the lens can further the performance and application.
Video Capture Resolution: 1080/60p HD
Frames Per Second: 12 fps
Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
Image Stabilization: Optical
Other Features: Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe,Contrast Detection, Auto/Manual Focus, Contrast Detect (sensor)
#4 is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200.
Some people say for the price, this can rival the Nikons in terms of clear images. The lens is made by LEICA, which is a well reputable company. Even without the flash, this camera can take some pretty remarkable images. The design and build quality feels really durable, and comfortable to hold. Video is great. Focus is quick and the zoom is smooth. The image stabilization is quiet and makes for hand held use very steady. The price seems to be going up in some places on these models, so act quick before they rise in price.
Price: $459.95 (with accessory bundle)
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p HD
Frames Per Second: 4 fps
Optical Sensor Resolution: 24.2 MP
Image Stabilization: none
Other Features: Auto focus & Manual, Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector, Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View
We now come to #3 on the top 5 video cameras, the Nikon D3200 Digital SLR.
While toting one of the more higher price tags on the list, this is not one camera to leave out. It may be well worth it to grab the accessory bundle, to get more bang for your buck. The camera itself has many features, and filters in which can be applied. This is an awesome camera for the entry level or novices.
Price: $399.00 ($519.95 with accessory bundle)
Video Capture Resolution: 1080p HD h.264
Frames Per Second: up to 3fps
Optical Sensor Resolution: 18 MP
Other Features: Secure Digital card, mini-HDMI
Next we come to #2, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR.
The true staple of entry level cameras. There is not many people who have not heard of this camera and there is a reason why! Here you have a choice of the t5 or the t5i. We have linked to the t5. Although if you would like to step up your game we recommend the t5i, which came with a better lens, faster and better resolution on viewing on large screens. Even though some consider this a “budget” camera, the features it boasts are incredible. Unless you are a very season professional, there is no need to have anything more than this one.
Video Capture Resolution: 2.7K30
Frames Per Second: 30fps
Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
Image Stabilization: none
Other Features: Touch Display, Standard Housing 131′(40m), Skeleton, Touch Backdoors, Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, Flat Adhesive Mount, Quick Release Buckles, 3 Way Pivot Arm
Coming in at #1 on our list of top 5 video cameras that we choose to review is the GoPro HERO4 Silver .
While some make shake their head while comparing with cameras such as the nikon or canon. It’s usefulness may out weight the benefits of the aforementioned. The GoPro includes water resistance, rugged design and ease of use. So if you are a person on the go, or like taking your camera in places that normal videographer/photographers would not go, then this is the camera for you. This camera probably is the easiest to use for any novice or beginner. There is also a phone app which can be used along side of it for more control.
Top 5 Video Cameras Conclusion
While the GoPro HERO4 Silver maybe #1 on this list of top 5 video cameras that we tried out, it is still best to do research and find one that suits you the best. If you are rugged, like going outdoors, or just like to have a camera that is easy to use, then the GoPro HERO4 Silver is the best choice. While, if you would like to step up your game from novice to intermediate, with more professional video/images, and you are not worried about going “off road” then we recommend the Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them below. We hope this article review can further assist you in making the right decision on which camera to purchase.
Written by: gray