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The Best Travel Digital Cameras

Last updated on 07/01/2013

Going on vacation gives us a much-needed respite form the daily grind. We see new places, eat new foods, and experience things we that couldn't at home. We use cameras to capture a visual record of the once-in-a-lifetime memories, so having the right digital camera for the job is as important as remembering your passport and packing enough socks. The digital cameras below are all great choices, just choose the one that satisfies your desired feature-set and price point.

Nikon COOLPIX S6500
High-Quality Compact
from $129.00
[Read our full Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Review] Nikon's S6500 compact size and affordable price make it a good camera for travel. Plus, the wi-fi feature enables sharing and uploading on the go. The 12x zoom and HD video make the S6500 a nice travel companion for a variety of different shots. Image quality is really quite good, much better than most cameras in this class, and its straightforward controls just get the job done.

Runners-up: Canon Powershot ELPH 330
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
For Travelers: Speed and Features
from $199.00
Compact yet equipped with a powerful 20x zoom, the SX280 is easy to take along, yet brings the sights in closer than an average point-and-shoot. The GPS is also a nice plus, tagging those vacation photos with the spot they were taken. With up to a 14 fps burst mode, the SX280 makes it easier to capture the perfect moment.
Well-Rounded All-Weather Performer
from $279.99
For you intrepid explorers out there, the AW100 is everything one would hope to find in a rugged camera: it's waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 5, and freeze-proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The zoom range is as good as you'll find in a rugged camera, 28-140mm, and there's even 1080p HD video with stereo sound. There are a lot of good choices for more money (or less if you sacrifice the GPS), but we believe the AW100 is the best all-around package.
Nikon 1 J3
Fast and Compact
[Read our full Nikon 1 J3 Review] There are several good mirrorless models out there--but none are as compact as the Nikon 1 J3. Smallest in its class at the release, the body measures in at just 29 mm deep, the size of a point and shoot. The lenses are also fairly compact, making the 1 J3 a great mirrorless option for those who like to travel. Nikon was able to pack quite a bit of performance into the small size, with a 15 fps burst and upgraded sensor. RAW capture and manual modes also make this model a good option for the traveler who wants the most control over their photos.