The 2010 best budget P&S cameras for backpackers did well and since we’re around the same time that I did the last article, it’s that time of the year again.
While I may not have tried all of these cameras, I checked the reviews and popularity throughout the internet. As I did last year, a few things were kept in mind: price, weight, quality, resistance, and size. These five things are essential to all backpackers. Some cameras are even still on the list while others have been upgraded.
Why have I not included the Canon PowerShot S90? It died on me in less than 6 months. Although the quality of the camera was fantastic, it didn’t last long enough. Colors swirl around every image as if it were on drugs. I do recommend the camera for its great picture quality but maybe I just got unlucky because most reviews on Amazon give it positive. We’ll see what Canon says when I take it in for warranty this summer.
Update: Canon fixed my S90 under warranty and it’s working beautifully again. Not sure if it’ll happen again but for now it does work. I wasn’t able to find anyone else that had this same issue on the internet.
THIS ARTICLE IS FOR REFERENCE ONLY! I don’t provide reviews because that’s not what I do on Art of Backpacking for cameras. If YOU want to provide a review of a camera listed here, then please feel free in the comments. Another thing to note is that although BEST is listed in the title, it doesn’t mean I recommend every camera on here. These are the most popular cameras that others feel are the best through the reviews and popularity on Amazon. I took into consideration what a backpacker looks for to conclude this list of best for backpackers.