Planning your summer adventures and realize it’s time to upgrade your digital camera? The beauty of today is that you don’t have to invest major amounts of cash to enjoy a camera that outputs brilliant photos. Plus, cameras and their accessories are getting smaller and smaller — which means you don’t have to lug around a massive camera, gigantic lenses, and huge camera packs.
To make your life easier, we’ve researched a handful of digital cameras under $500.
Top 5 Travel Cameras
Sony CyberShot Digital W830 – $98
You can never go wrong with Sony’s Cyber-Shot digital camera. A mainstay in the industry, it now boasts of 20.1 MP and comes with an 8x optical zoom.
If you’re looking to spend a bit more and want to take advantage of a 180 degree tilting screen, the Sony a5000 ($448) is a great option. For more Sony camera options go to store.sony.com.
Pentax WG-4 – $320.25
The Pentax WG-4 is an awesome camera if you are seeking a rugged tool that can withstand water, dirt, and even being dropped from 6 feet off the ground. The camera features 16 MP and sensor-shift image stabilization.
FujiFilm XP200 – $205
FujiFilm has developed a truly exciting camera with the XP200. Not only is it handsome, it’s waterproof up to 50 feet, shockproof up to 6.6 feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees. It also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, which is great if you’re on the road and want quick access to your favorite photos.
Sony QX10 – $198
Speaking of Wi-Fi friendly and compact, the Sony QX10 is ideal. The camera is Smartphone attachable — it clips onto your phone and provides a 10x zoom. You can share pictures instantly online for maximum “likes.” The Q10 concept is a great choice if you’re an early-adopter seeking lightweight equipment for your adventures. For more Sony camera options go to store.sony.com.
Nikon AW110 – $220
The Nikon AW110 is the perfect camera for world travelers. It is also waterproof (up to 59 feet), freezeproof and shockproof. The Nikon also offers a 16 MP BSI CMOS sensor, along with built-in WiFi and GPS.