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Best Travel Camera Under 500

by eng.izajJuly 8, 2017

The question I get asked most often by my non-photographer friends is, “What are the best travel cameras under 500?” They don’t know an f-stop from an ISO and think more mega pixels equals more mega! They just want the best bang for their buck and some nice looking pictures at the end of it.

This list includes 23 of ‘The Best DSLR/SLR, Mirrorless and Point and Shot travel Cameras under $500 ’, has been updated for 2017, and is meant for the average non-camera enthusiast who has little to no photography knowledge. I’ve tried to write it in a way that’s easy to understand, and will hopefully serve as a useful guide to the cameras I would recommend to my friends.

For those of you who already know a lot about cameras and photography, please bear with me – I’ve dumbed down my recommendations a lot in the hope that the information is easy to digest for everyone.

Also, remember that we’re dealing with the best digital camera under $500 here, so the points below are relevant in this price category only.

Nikon D3300

$499.95
$446.95
8 new from $ 446.95
47 used from $ 321.55
Free shipping
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Features

  • 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.

Nikon D3200

$429.00
3 new from $ 429.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty
  • 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor,Display Screen 3.0-Inch Rear Screen, LCD (921000)
  • EXPEED III Image Processing
  • Wide ISO sensitivity range,Filter Thread: 52 mm
  • One-touch Full HD 1080p movie recording

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

$599.00
1 new from $ 599.00
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Features

  • This 33rd Street Camera Saving Kit With 1 Year Warranty and Standard Manufacturer Supplied Accessories Bundle Includes:
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 - 18 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Clear View II Touchscreen, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps, 9-Point AF and Hybrid CMOS AF II, Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 25600, 4 fps Shooting for 28 JPEG, 7 Raw Files
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (Image Stabilization) STM Lens, 29-88mm (35mm Equivalent), Aperture Range: f/3.5-38, One Aspherical Element, Optical Image Stabilization, Stepping Motor, Internal Focusing System, Supports Movie Servo AF Feature, Manual Focus Override in AF Mode, Constant Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8", 58mm Filter Diameter
  • 2Pcs 32GB Commander Memory Card+ Air Blower + Lens Cap Keeper + Lens Pen Cleaner + Extra Battery
  • 33rd Street Cleaning Kit - Includes: Lens Cleaning Pen System + High Quality Lens Brush + Air Blower Cleaner + Handy Empty Spray Bottle + 3 Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

$514.95
8 new from $ 514.95
31 used from $ 279.99
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Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3.7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable to 12800
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls

Nikon D3400

$646.95
$496.95
23 new from $ 496.95
17 used from $ 379.95
Free shipping
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Features

  • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting. Compatability information: C firmware v. 1.10 and later ( released August 31, 2016 )

Canon EOS Rebel T6

$459.00
2 new from $ 459.00
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Features

  • This 33rd Street Camera Bundle Kit comes complete with all manufacturer supplied accessories with a 1-year warranty and includes:
  • The EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera from Canon is an APS-C format digital SLR camera with an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor. With 14-bit Analog/Digital conversion, an ISO range from 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), and Multi Shot Noise Reduction, it offers sharp details, accurate colors and low-noise imaging in both bright and low-light shooting situations. The Rebel T6 can continuously shoot up to 5 fps.
  • Canon 18-55mm II Lens - a standard zoom compatible with Canon APS-C format cameras. It features a focal length range of 18-55mm which is equivalent to 29-88mm in the 35mm format
  • 2 x SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Cards + Canon Camera Case + Flash Light + 3pc Filter Kit + Extra Battery Pack + AC/DC Car & Home Charger + High Speed USB Card Reader + 50" Camera Tripod
  • 0.43x Auxiliary Wideangle Lens - it conveniently mounts to the front of your fixed or zoom lens, and allows you to capture a wider field of view, 2.2x Auxiliary Telephoto Lens - brings you twice as close to the action. Perfect for long-distance photo situations such as sporting events

Canon EOS Rebel T5

$549.00
$359.00
37 new from $ 359.00
41 used from $ 286.84
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Features

  • 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

Sony Alpha a6000

$648.00
22 new from $ 648.00
110 used from $ 484.89
Free shipping
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Features

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Hybrid AF with 179-point focal plane phase-detection and 25 contrast detect points
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

$949.00
3 new from $ 949.00
1 used from $ 748.00
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Features

  • Built-in 5-Axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2.3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.62X magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • 8.5 frames per second burst shooting
  • Fast Touch auto focus from camera or phone

Olympus PEN E-PL6

$855.00
2 new from $ 855.00
14 used from $ 357.19
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Features

  • 16 Mega Pixel Live MOS sensor
  • 3-Axis In Body image stabilization
  • Interval shooting mode plus Time Lapse movie
  • ISO range from 100 to 25,600

Sony NEX-3NL/B

$599.00
1 new from $ 599.00
13 used from $ 238.44
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Features

  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
  • New SELP1650 lens with motor zoom lever and body control
  • Create easy self-portraits with 180° tilting LCD screen
  • Full HD movie shooting 60i/24p

Sony NEX-5TL

$698.00
1 new from $ 698.00
16 used from $ 236.24
Free shipping
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Features

  • DSLR-quality in about half the size and weight
  • 16 MP APS-C sensor with fast 10 fps shooting speed
  • Fast Hybrid phase-detection AF for DSLR-like focus

Fujifilm X-A1

$329.00
1 new from $ 329.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with Hi-Speed EXR Processor II
  • Tilt able 3-inch LCD (920K-dots high definition)
  • PC Auto save Wi-Fi (*6) connectivity to PCs (for easy image backup)
  • Wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablet PCs via FUJIFILM Camera App
  • Full HD video recording at 30fps

Sony Alpha a5000

$449.64
2 new from $ 449.64
34 used from $ 284.56
Free shipping
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Features

  • 20.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
  • Mirror less DSLR - Compact Interchangeable Lens camera system
  • Quick Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones via NFC
  • Model: ILCE5000L/B

Nikon 1 J5

$360.99
2 new from $ 360.99
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Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished it shows limited or no wear
  • Includes all original accessories plus a 90 day warranty
  • 20.8 MP CX format BSI CMOS image sensor
  • Shoot Full HD 1080/60p videos including time-lapse and stop-motion
  • 105 Phase-Detect AF Points let you instantly focus on your subjects

Sony DSC-RX100/B

$448.00
12 new from $ 448.00
67 used from $ 252.93
Free shipping
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Features

  • 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 -640x480 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)

Canon PowerShot SX720

$379.00
$296.95
26 new from $ 290.00
17 used from $ 225.49
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Features

  • 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.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7K


17 used from $ 249.40
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Features

  • 10.1MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
  • 11 FPS continuous shooting (12 frames max) / 5.5 FPS with continuous AF
  • 3.8x F1.4-2.3 optical zoom lens (24-90mm equivalent)
  • ISO 80-6400
  • 1080 HD video in AVCHD format

Fujifilm X20


5 used from $ 333.65
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Features

  • 12MP 2/3-inch CMOS sensor
  • 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom (4x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12800)
  • 2.8" LCD with 460,000 dots
  • 1080, 60 fps HD video

Canon SX610

$199.00
3 new from $ 199.00
Free shipping
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Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified by the manufacturer or by a third-party refurbisher to look and work like new,with limited to no signs of wear.The refurbishing process includes functionality testing,inspection,reconditioning and repackaging.The product ships with all relevant accessories,a minimum 90-day warranty,and may arrive in a generic white or brown box.Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon
  • 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor;18x Optical Zoom (25-450mm)
  • 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 922,000 dots allows easy viewing even from a wide angle

Olympus STYLUS Tough TG-4

$449.00
44 new from $ 389.00
12 used from $ 244.11
Free shipping
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Features

  • 4X wide-angle optical zoom with fast f2.0 high speed lens
  • Waterproof to depths of 50 feet, Freeze proof to 14 degrees F, Shockproof to 7 feet, Crushproof to 220 lb.
  • RAW capture, Live Composite, Underwater modes with Underwater HDR
  • Wi-Fi / GPS / e. Compass

Canon SX530

$379.00
$279.00
22 new from $ 279.00
30 used from $ 145.56
Free shipping
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Features

  • 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

Canon PowerShot G9 X

$529.00
$399.00
15 new from $ 399.00
8 used from $ 370.95
Free shipping
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Features

  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon's powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800, enhanced image quality and fast operation
  • Ultra-slim, lightweight and pocket-size camera with intuitive LCD touch panel that has an improved user interface, which allows for quick and easy setting changes even while taking a picture
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video (60p/30p/24p options) for lifelike images and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output. Record at up to 60 frames per second for even more detailed, superb results in MP4 format
  • Easily transfer images and videos to a compatible smartphone, tablet or Canon Connect Station CS100 device with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability, and share on social networking sites or view on an HDTV
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.0 fps helps capture dynamic movements of fast moving subjects

Price Compare

Canon SX610

amazon.com
$199.00
Free shipping

Canon SX530

amazon.com
$379.00
$279.00
Free shipping
$379.00
$296.95

Fujifilm X-A1

amazon.com
$329.00
Free shipping
$549.00
$359.00

Nikon 1 J5

amazon.com
$360.99
$529.00
$399.00
Free shipping

Nikon D3200

amazon.com
$429.00
Free shipping

Nikon D3300

amazon.com
$499.95
$446.95
Free shipping
$448.00
Free shipping
$449.00
Free shipping
$449.64
Free shipping
$459.00
Free shipping

Nikon D3400

amazon.com
$646.95
$496.95
Free shipping
$648.00
Free shipping

Sony NEX-5TL

amazon.com
$698.00
Free shipping
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