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Our listing of best cheap cameras for travel include the compact point and shoot cameras with an optical zoom range of at least 10x. The below listed top-rated cameras for your travel have been arranged in the ascending order of their prices. These cameras are also lightweight models which are highly portable and pocketable. Available from Nikon, Panasonic and Canon under the Coolpix, Lumix and Powershot product lines, the best price travel cameras are available under the $200 price range.

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Nikon Coolpix S6900

Nikon Coolpix S6900


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Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Nikon Coolpix S6900
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
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Release Date
Nov 2014
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Aug 2014
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
20.0 x
12.0 x
18.0 x
10.0 x
Weight
0.4 lb.
0.36 lb.
0.39 lb.
0.42 lb.
0.27 lb.
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact
Compact
Ultracompact
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.53 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a compact camera with a small sensor and average resolution for its class. Yet it has enough style in terms of unit design and feature implementation to catch the eye of the casual observer, plus a couple of tricks up its sleeve (flip down ‘arm’/stand and swivel LCD) that should appeal to the self-portrait obsessed generation, or those simply wanting a simple-to-use snapper with the advantage of retractable 12x optical zoom.


  • A range of decent features including a 12x optical zoom, touch sensitive articulating screen and inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC are let down by less than fantastic image quality.


  • With its swivelling touchscreen, gesture control, built-in stand and front-facing shutter button, the Nikon Coolpix S6900 is a fun camera for taking selfies. And it's much faster than its predecessor. But if you're looking for a 12x compact, there are many others out there that will give you better picture quality for a lower price.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a simple camera but it offers quite a few useful features which make it appealing, and with a 20x optical zoom, perhaps particularly to those who want a camera to take with them on holiday.
    Although it doesn’t offer full manual control, at least you can change a few key settings (such as sensitivity), and handily, the autofocus point.
    It’s also quite a fun camera to use, with a nice range of digital effects, the ability to create panoramas and other nifty features such as the ability to create a video comprised of short clips with an added soundtrack.


  • A basic but well-specced camera that's worth considering if you're looking for a long zoom compact that will let you capture pleasing images on your next trip with the minimum of fuss.
    Offering a neat little package for your money, the S7000 performs well and boasts some useful features that will appeal to those looking for a simple family or holiday camera.
    The Nikon S7000 offers versatility and value for money.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a very simple camera which is aimed at those who probably intend to use it as their holiday or family camera. If you have a smartphone with a half decent camera, then you might find that you already have something which is just as capable as the SZ10 - but of course you have to rely on battery life lasting you throughout the day.
    Otherwise, image quality is decent in good light.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an attractive compact camera with an 18x zoom lens, but image quality takes a step back from last year's edition.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use thanks to its chunky, ergonomic build, and an intuitive menu design. You can also be sure it’ll snap accurately focussed and well exposed shots.
    Performance and image quality are also good, though not outstanding. The switch to a 20.2-megaixel sensor sounds great on paper, but in reality the camera can only resolve marginally more detail than the 16MP SX600 HS.

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    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is the latest basic point-n-shoot model from Canon, but there just isn't much in this camera that will make you take notice of it. The SX610 offers 20.2-megapixels of resolution, but its image quality simply isn't where it should be for a camera with that much resolution and an MSRP of $249. Even under nearly perfect lighting conditions, the PowerShot SX610's image quality isn't good enough to make mid-to-large-sized prints. This model has no manual control features.


  • Conventional wisdom suggests that the smaller the camera, the lower its image quality. Whilst that’s still mainly true, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 does pack a hefty punch for such a slimline snapper. You’ll be very hard-pressed to tell its photos apart from the bigger, pricier DSC-WX350 thanks to the well-resolved detail, punchy colour reproduction and unobtrusive noise levels.


  • Reasonably priced, with good performance, a decent zoom range and fine in-camera processing abilities, the WX220 is a good choice for an all-round compact.


Top 5 cheap camera for travel:

  1. Nikon Coolpix S6900
  2. Nikon Coolpix S7000
  3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
  4. Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220