Best Travel Cameras Under $500 – Top 5 -Hobo Travel Tips

Fall is here.

The year 2017 is drawing to its end and with digital cameras constantly improving, you can easily find yourself shooting high quality photographs with an excellent camera for less than $500.

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All while staying within your budget, you can find big brand names like Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus.

There is even variety in the different types of cameras that you can buy without going over budget. DSLRs or mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Advanced point and shoot or super zooms.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of the best cameras you can find for under $500


Best Travel Cameras

Number 6

Nikon D3300 ($447)


  • 24.2 MP CMOS DX-format sensor
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 11 AF points with 3D tracking
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps) HD video (MPEG-4/H.264/MOV).The D3300’s 11-point Autofocus System locks onto your subjects as soon as they enter the frame and stays with them until you catch the shot you want.
  • 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots; Lens Compatibility at a Glance***AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus ; Optical Zoom 3x

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Number 5

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS ($279)


  • Powerful 50x Optical Zoom (24–1200mm).Connect easily using Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 461,000 dots allows easy viewing even from a wide angle

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Number 4

Canon EOS Rebel T5 ($390)


  • 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor
  • EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens expands picture-taking possibilities
  • 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing
  • EOS 1080p full HD movie mode helps you capture brilliant results
  • Features include continuous shooting up to 3fps, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, creative filers, built-in flash and feature guide

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Number 3

Olympus OM-D E-M10 ($350)


  • Lightweight and compact for easy portability
  • Fast autofocus lets you capture stunning images quickly
  • Image stabilization keeps your shots crisp
  • Built-in Wi-Fi provides remote shooting control and easy photo and video sharing
  • Included 14-42mm zoom lens is great for landscapes, street shooting, and family photos
  • HD video capability lets you capture your memories in motion

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Number 2

Sony DSC-RX100 ($448)




  • 20.2 MP, Exmor CMOS Sensor, 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens, ISO 125-6400 Expandable ISO 80, 100, and 25,600, 3-Inch LCD screen with 1.2M dots
  • 1080p video, Steady-Shot image stabilization,Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
  • Burst Mode (shots)-Approx.10 fps,(VGA) Moving Image Size -640×480 30fps Approx.3Mbps
  • Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom, Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record, ,Ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body
  • Dimension: 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.9 mm, Weight: 213g (7.5 oz)

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Number 1

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS ($309)


  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom with Intelligent IS helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 Image Processor helps deliver stunning image quality even in low light.
  • Capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video at 60p with stereo sound.
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) allows easy viewing even from a wide angle.

See the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS




Whether you’re looking to take high-quality photographs or just want something to throw in your bag to take snaps on the go, for less than $500 you have the ability to find the perfect camera for your needs.

My favorite on the list would have to be the Canon Rebel T5, but I might just be a little biased since it’s the camera that I carry around with me on my adventures. It does however provide high-quality shots and is very user friendly (There’s still tons of settings on this thing that I still have no idea how to use…lol)

A close second, would be the Nikon D3300. I find it similar to the Canon Rebel and it rivals it in all aspects. I like its usability and how easy it is to take great high-quality snapshots with the auto-focus. The interchangeable lens is also a huge pro.

Overall, whether you want a digital SLR camera or just a simpler shoot and point, you can easily find an excellent travel camera for under $500

What camera do you carry with you on your adventures? Have any camera tricks that you’d like to share?


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