Top 10 Best Digital SLR or Interchangeable Lens Cameras for under or around £500, ideal for beginners, these Digital SLR and Mirrorless cameras are designed to be easy to use, affordable, and with lenses that you can change let you grow into different aspects of photography, whether it's for photographs of kids and family, or macro close up photography, you should be able to find a camera that suits you.
We've included both Digital SLRs (DSLR), as well as Mirrorless cameras here, with the Digital SLR offering a true optical viewfinder, and the mirrorless cameras feature an electronic viewfinder, but Digital SLR styling and interchangeable lenses.
Panasonic Lumix G6 - Mirrorless: Panasonic like to call this the DSLM, with the M standing for Mirrorless. The cameras has a 16 megapixel sensor, 3inch vari-angle screen, Wi-Fi, 7fps continuous shooting, and built-in mic socket. Using the Micro Four Thirds lens mount there is access to a wide range of lenses.
Sony Alpha A37 - DSLT (Digital SLR with electronic viewfinder) - 16 megapixel sensor, 2.7inch tilting screen, 5.5fps continuous shooting, mic socket, in camera image stabilisation and a compact body for a Digital SLR style camera. The A37 used the Sony Alpha lens mount.
Pentax K-30 - DSLR - 16 megapixel sensor, 6fps continuous shooting, in camera image stabilisation as well as a weather-sealed body available in a number of different colours, ideal for those that want to continue taking photos regardless of the weather.
Pentax K-500 - DSLR - 16 megapixel sensor, 6fps continuous shooting, in camera image stabilisation, this budget Digital SLR features a good level of rubber grip, although lacks the weather-sealing of it's siblings, the K-30 and K-50.
Nikon D5200 - DSLR - 24 megapixel sensor, 3inch vari-angle screen, 5fps continuous shooting, mic socket, full HD video, and stereo mics built in. Using the Nikon lens mount you have access to a wide range of Nikon lenses.