2010 Best Budget P&S Cameras for Backpackers

Through extensive research, I’ve put together a list of what I think are the best budget Point and Shoot digital cameras for backpackers. A few things were kept in mind: price, weight, quality, resistance, and size. These five things are essential to all backpackers. All cameras are priced around $200USD and are not only recommended by me but also recommended by reviewers on Amazon and other top photography bloggers.  Check it out for yourself. Full details about the camera is included within each link.

Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1 10MP

Canon PowerShot SX200IS 12 MP

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 12MP

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 10.1 MP

Nikon Coolpix L20 10MP

Canon PowerShot S90 10MP

Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP

What camera do you recommend? Any cameras that should be included in this list?

28 Comments

  1. goteresago on May 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’m a personal fan of Canon’s simply because they are a lot easier to use, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Lumix. Might want to go with them if you want something in the advanced level, while Canon’s for me seem a bit easier to learn.

    • Michael on May 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      Canon may be the next camera I get.

  2. Transcendental Gypsy on May 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I’m a personal fan of Canon’s simply because they are a lot easier to use, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Lumix. Might want to go with them if you want something in the advanced level, while Canon’s for me seem a bit easier to learn.

    • Michael on May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      Canon may be the next camera I get.

  3. Globetrooper Todd on May 22, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Great round-up Michael. I’m also a proponent of compact cameras.

    Out of the lot in the post, I think the Canon s90 is absolutely the pic of the bunch. We also just posted the 3 secrets to buying a great travel camera (which also includes a recommendation for the S90, amongst a few others). http://globetrooper.com/notes/3-secrets-to-buying-a-great-travel-camera/

  4. Globetrooper Todd on May 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Great round-up Michael. I’m also a proponent of compact cameras.

    Out of the lot in the post, I think the Canon s90 is absolutely the pic of the bunch. We also just posted the 3 secrets to buying a great travel camera (which also includes a recommendation for the S90, amongst a few others). http://globetrooper.com/notes/3-secrets-to-buying-a-great-travel-camera/

  5. David Rothstein on May 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I replaced my Powershot with the Lumix ZS3. Great camera, but it takes a moment for it to open its huge lens, and I’ve lost shots I would have had with the Canon. Other than that, great camera for pictures & video.

  6. David Rothstein on May 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I replaced my Powershot with the Lumix ZS3. Great camera, but it takes a moment for it to open its huge lens, and I’ve lost shots I would have had with the Canon. Other than that, great camera for pictures & video.

  7. Anil on May 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Got a review of my favorite, the Casio Exilim series. I’ve used several of their cameras and they are extraordinarily hardy plus have a good set of options for those who like to tinker with the settings.

    • Anil on May 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

      I’m typing too fast :/ meant to say I’m working on a review of the Exilim cameras I’ve used. Although I’ll admit the SLRs and their falling prices have me tempted.

      • goteresago on May 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

        Let us know how that goes! I had one that I broke in Barcelona =( But, it was probably one of my favorites. Had it for years so I’d imagine the newer models must be good.

  8. Anil on May 23, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Got a review of my favorite, the Casio Exilim series. I’ve used several of their cameras and they are extraordinarily hardy plus have a good set of options for those who like to tinker with the settings.

    • Anil on May 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      I’m typing too fast :/ meant to say I’m working on a review of the Exilim cameras I’ve used. Although I’ll admit the SLRs and their falling prices have me tempted.

      • Transcendental Gypsy on May 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

        Let us know how that goes! I had one that I broke in Barcelona =( But, it was probably one of my favorites. Had it for years so I’d imagine the newer models must be good.

  9. NaN on December 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I’d take a kodak zi8. it’s only 5 megapixels when taking photos, but it has 1080 hd video and a stereo audio in, which you could use with a small zoom h1 stereo recorder for a complete portable hi quality multimedia recording studio, and also use the zoom h1 as a mp3 player.

    • Fgadea on December 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      by the way: nice site. Goes to my favorites!

      • Michael on December 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

        Thanks! Really appreciate it 🙂

    • Michael on December 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Nice. Not bad. The mic input in must be a really nice to have.

  10. NaN on December 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I’d take a kodak zi8. it’s only 5 megapixels when taking photos, but it has 1080 hd video and a stereo audio in, which you could use with a small zoom h1 stereo recorder for a complete portable hi quality multimedia recording studio, and also use the zoom h1 as a mp3 player.

    • Fgadea on December 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      by the way: nice site. Goes to my favorites!

      • Michael on December 10, 2010 at 12:13 am

        Thanks! Really appreciate it 🙂

    • Michael on December 10, 2010 at 12:13 am

      Nice. Not bad. The mic input in must be a really nice to have.

  11. tomschinablog on December 28, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Which camera do you have..the powershot s90, right? I thought it was only 300?

    Will be in the market for a new camera soon.

    • Michael on December 28, 2010 at 4:52 am

      Yeah, the S90. There’s a newer model now though of the same type.

  12. tomschinablog on December 28, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Which camera do you have..the powershot s90, right? I thought it was only 300?

    Will be in the market for a new camera soon.

    • Michael on December 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

      Yeah, the S90. There’s a newer model now though of the same type.

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