Best Budget Cameras

Capture the Most Amazing Travel Moments with These Trendy Cameras for Every Budget

With all the amazing things you are doing and seeing as you travel, you naturally want to capture them and have a quality graphic keepsake to remember them by. You can do this with the help of a great travel camera.

You may be worried about the prices of cameras as quality cameras are known to be expensive these days. The good news is that not all cameras have high price tags. Some inexpensive cameras can still do a pretty good job at capturing great moments. Read on to find the best travel cameras available for any budget.

DSLR Cameras

Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras can take incredible photos but are often more costly than other types. That said, two cameras stood out from the rest.

This DSLR offers superior autofocus which enables the traveler to capture better pictures in different lighting conditions. The camera also boasts of a higher LCD resolution so you get a clearer image of what you just captured on your camera. The LCD is built with touchscreen functionality for easy navigation of previous photos. It offers 30.4 megapixels and a sensor size of 864 sq. mm. This camera fetches a hefty price tag but if you are serious with your travel photography, this is an investment worth having.

The less expensive DSLR camera you can try is the Nikon D750. This one may only have 24 megapixels but it can sure shoot fast with 6 frames per second. If you are looking for a camera that can capture great photos that also fits your budget, this camera can be the one for you. It comes with an EXPEED 4 image processor which ensures you get amazingly clear photos.

Point and Shoot Cameras

Point and shoot cameras are smaller and more compact than DSLRs. This can be an advantage for travelers, as it can be tough to lug along additional photography equipment that comes with DSLRs.

This camera aims to reduce blurred photos that occur due to slightly shaking a camera, with its 5–axis stabilization solution. This is great for novice photographers. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi so you and your traveler friends can easily share photos. It also has remote camera control so you can take pictures without actually touching the camera.

This point and shoot camera has 7.1 optical zoom capability which is great for taking photos of images that are far from you. It works great on low lighting conditions so if you expect to take a lot of photos on your night out with friends while you travel, this small camera does the job fine. The auto mode on this camera helps you take quick photos that still look amazing. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity.

Action Cameras

Action cameras are the best types to bring along while you are taking videos and action shots. These are often made with tougher exterior and come with many accessories to protect it from breakage and outside elements. These can also be mounted on helmets to give the viewer a first person perspective.

The name GoPro is often associated with taking great action videos and images. The Hero 6 is the latest in the line of GoPro cameras. These cameras offer stable, clear images no matter what condition. Whether you are shooting underwater or while riding on a motorcycle, the images and videos look incredible. This one transfers the footage that you have captured straight to your phone.

This waterproof camera up to 30m is Olympus’ answer to all your travel needs. It takes 240 fps and has a wide 204 degree lens. The stylish design is also hard to miss. With its bright green color you don’t have to rummage through your luggage to look for it.

Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are similar to DSLRs but they do not contain the mirrors inside. This means they are more compact but can still take DSLR quality photos.

This 16 megapixel mirrorless camera comes in at less than $1000 and has the capabilities of any DSLR camera. It has great manual controls for the experienced photographer and also basic and auto controls that beginners can start with. It can take 4K videos and has Wi-Fi and touchscreen capability.

A lightweight camera that can take great pictures is a traveler’s dream come true. This camera is just that and more. It is easy enough to use for beginners and has enough features to excite the photography experts. This camera sells for just under $600 and can be beefed up with a lot of great accessories.


Drones are technically action cameras that you control remotely that can hover and fly around the subject you want to shoot. If you want to capture images and videos of your surroundings, drones can be your best friends.

This is considered as one of the best drones for travelers. Its main great feature besides taking great photos and videos include compact storage. It can shrink down to the size of a water bottle when packed away. It offers 4.3 miles in range so you can take images and videos from far away. GPS and satellite are in play when you have to control the drone from that far away.

If you are not very well versed in the world of drone photography, the Syma X5C is great for beginners. The price tag is also very affordable and its controls and design are easy enough to understand. This drone comes in at 2.1 pounds which is considered as light enough for any sort of travel photography.


Smartphones come equipped with some of the best types of lenses. If you run out of batteries for your camera you can always use your phone as a backup.

Whether you choose a DSLR or a point and shoot camera to take your photos, you can only take great shots with more practice. So go travel and take as many as you possibly can, so you could look back at great pictures to relive your travel memories.