For about $500, you can get into mirrorless compacts. They have large sensors and sophisticated processors like DSLRs, but they are much smaller. You can do everything with them, including shooting in full manual mode and all the other modes.
mode: full manual
focal l: 34mm
white balance: custom manual
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