THE BEST TRAVEL CAMERAS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY UNDER $300

Finding the perfect travel camera can be hard! In the past 7 years of travel, we have tried our fair share of cameras and all have had pros and cons. We also know that you don’t want to spend a fortune on a camera just before you travel the world, so here is our best travel cameras for photography under $300!

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Pros: The Nikon COOLPIX B500 has an impressive zoom range extending to 40x with a digital zoom function that nearly doubles that range; making this camera great for wildlife and nature photography. The camera is great for travel photography and video; with Full HD video recording at 30 fps. The camera also has Bluetooth, WiFi and NFC; all helpful for the travelling blogger. It also has image stabilisation, a revolving screen to get those difficult angles and 1/4000s High Shutter Speed.

Cons: ISOs 3200 and 6400 are only available in auto-mode, meaning the camera doesn’t perform as well in low light. It is also run off four AA batteries, which can be expensive and a hassle to find/charge when you’re on the road.

Learn more about this camera here.  Below is an example of the Nikon in action.

best travel cameras for photography
best travel cameras for photography

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Pros: You can’t go wrong with a good, affordable waterproof camera. The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 is just that; it’s good value for money, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and has a 5x optical zoom lens. It is also waterproof down to 20m and shock proof up to 1.8m. This is an ideal camera for those with little knowledge on photography because is has a great face detection focusing feature and image stabilisation. It is also a light weight camera, convenient for travel and day trips.

Cons: The lens is slow, which can be a struggle when you are trying to catch photographic moments quickly. The battery life is also pretty short and it can sometimes produce soft images.

Learn more about this camera here.

best travel cameras for photography

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Pros: This small sensor Superzoom camera has a 1/2.3″ sized CCD sensor. It has image stabilisation and face detection focusing, making it ideal for new photographers. The 24mm Wide Angle Lens is ideal for travellers, as is the 42X Optical Zoom. This is a great camera for those looking for a really good image.

Cons: For those wishing to step up their camera gear, this may not be the answer. There is no RAW shooting available on this camera and the max ISO is 1.600. There is also no full HD video and there isn’t a built-in viewfinder. It is also a heavy camera and has a low battery life; you will get around 196 shots from a full battery.

Learn more about this camera here. Below is an example of the Canon at work.

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best travel cameras for photography

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Pros: Again, this camera has image stabilisation and face detection. It also has a 20.1 megapixel super HAD CCD sensor; meaning it can produce high quality images. It has a 5X optical zoom and is a lightweight, slim camera; perfect for travelling. It is also one of the cheapest options available therefore offering great value for money. It is also easy to use, with a simple interface and you have the ability to charge it via USB; perfect for those photographing on the move.

Cons: This camera struggles with ‘extreme’ light, so photography in settings that are too bright or too dark won’t help you produce best quality images. The lenses can also make a fairly quiet but noticeable noise when you are trying to focus on something during filming. It also has no wireless connection and no full HD video.

Learn more about this camera here. 

best travel cameras for photography

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Pros: The Canon PowerShot SX720 is arguably one of the best all-round cameras on the market. It is light weight and has a fantastic zoom range of 25-750mm on a 35mm camera. It is also one of the of the few budget cameras that offers full HD video.  It has built-in WiFi, image stabilisation and a pop-up flash. It also has a good autofocus speed when compared with other cameras at this price range.

Cons: It is one of the higher priced point and shoot cameras and has a maximum ISO setting of 3200; meaning it struggles in low light. Although is has image stabilisation, the camera has some shake when the zoom lens is fully extended.

Learn more about this camera here.

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Pros: The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 has a huge zoom range of 60x and has fast auto focus. It can shoot in raw at 10fps and films 4K video at 30fps. In comes complete with a touch LCD and Wi-Fi.

Cons: There is no EVF eye sensor on this camera and the rear LCD is fixed; not too helpful for those creative shots or vlogging. This is a more expensive camera at this price point however it gives you a lot of zoom compared to other cameras under $300.

Learn more about this camera here.

These are 6 of the best travel cameras for photography under $300. Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!

Want to read more travel photography tips – see our post about the best destinations to fly a drone! 

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  • Layla - Alial Travel Gal
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    Great post, I love the sound of the CANON POWERSHOT SX720, I’ll research this one more, could be a winner 🙂

    • Katie
      Reply

      Yeah it is a popular one! 🙂

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