The digital camera market can be quite daunting to traverse. Even within a narrow price range you’re apt to find a host of competing standards, designs and use cases. For the sub-$500 category, it is no different. However, if you focus in on a few keys specs and styles, you may be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here, we’ve organized a list of the best sub-$500 cameras according to design, style and use case.
Best Waterproof: Canon PowerShot D30
The Canon PowerShot D30 is a lesson in durability. Yes, it’s waterproof, but that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. It can withstand temperatures from 14 degrees Fahrenheit up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit; it’s shockproof up to drops of 6.5 feet; and it’s waterproof up to depths of 82 feet — that’s one of the deepest waterproof performances around.
As for the camera, its 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor takes high-quality pictures, shooting in Full HD 1080p video at 24 frames per second and 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. As an adventurer on the go, you’ll most likely want a camera that can keep up with you, and the D30 packs in GPS technology to do just that, although the feature doesn’t work underwater. It lets you geotag your photo and map them out, so you have essentially a photo diary of your trip.