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Pocket Cameras
tiny camera stored in a pocketUltra compact and super compact digital cameras are extremely convenient. You don't notice the camera when not taking photos. Simply storing it in your pocket is an easy option.

The size property refers to the overall size of the digital camera - height, length and width. We break up camera size into eight different groups using the total volume (HxLxW). The size of a camera is an important consideration when choosing and comparing what camera to buy. A small portable camera will provide a different experince to a large and heavy full frame DSLR. When looking at the size you'll need to consider how you'll be using, storing and transporting the camera. Do you want the camera to fit into your pocket or will you be carrying along a large camera bag with a lens collection. Typically the smaller the camera gets the less zoom range it will have. That being said travel zoom cameras pack a lot of zoom into a small package and are a great compromise.

Ultra Compact Cameras

Smallest Camera Available
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Looking for a tiny compact camera? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is one of the smallest digital cameras you can buy (Ultra compact 96x59x15 mm).

Ultra compact digital cameras are the smallest class. Only digicams are available as ultra compacts. We classify a ultra compact as a camera that uses up to 100k cubic milimeters of space - imagine a credit card sized camera. Because ultra compact cameras are so tiny they tend to sacrifice some features for the smaller package size. Typically zoom is sacrificed with these compacts as it get hard to fit all the lens glass in such a small package.

Best Ultra Compact Cameras

Here is an overview of some of the smallest and best overall ultra compact digicams.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
from $198
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Screen size Large screen Help
3.3"

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GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
from $280
Movie format High resolution movies Help
4096 x 2160 @ 12fps
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
5 mm
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Samsung WB30F
Samsung WB30F
from $88
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 98x58x17 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
0.7"

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GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition
from $345
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
5 mm
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 60x42x30 mm

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Highest Zoom Ultra Compact Cameras

Here is an overview of the smallest cameras with at least 5X optical zoom.

Samsung WB30F
Samsung WB30F
from $88
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 98x58x17 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
0.7"

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
from $198
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Screen size Large screen Help
3.3"

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
from $144
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 94x54x18 mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Samsung DV150F
Samsung DV150F
from $91
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.5
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 96x55x18 mm
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Super Compact Cameras

Highest Zoom Super Compact
Fujifilm FinePix T550 Looking for a small zoom camera? The Fujifilm FinePix T550 with 12x zoom, is one of the highest zoom super compact digital cameras.

Super compact is the second smallest class of digital cameras. Only digicams are available as super compacts. We classify a super compact as a camera that uses between 100-125k cubic milimeters of space. This puts them approximately 25% larger than the ultra compacts. The credit card size example is mostly relevant - just think of this class as slightly larger. These cameras tend to offer slightly more zoom than ultra compacts but are still somewhat limited in this regard.

Best Super Compact Cameras

Here is an overview of some of the smallest and best overall super compact digicams.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170
from $160
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
from $198
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Screen size Large screen Help
3.3"

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
from $148
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Size Really small Help
Super compact 92x52x22 mm
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Samsung MV900F MultiView
Samsung MV900F MultiView
from $250
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.5
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid

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Compact Cameras

Small Package - Large Sensor
Ricoh GR Looking to get the biggest image sensor you can in a small pacakge? The Ricoh GR packs a DSLR style sensor (APS-C 23.7x15.6mm) into a tiny package making it one of the smallest large sensor digital cameras you can buy.

Compact is the third smallest class of digital cameras. This is the size you would typically associate with a digicam. This is a size where you can get a huge array of cameras from very compact SLR quality shooters to high zoom compact digicams. We define compact cameras as those which have between 125k-250k cubic milimeters, making them up to twice as large as the super compacts and up to three times as large as the smallest ultra compacts. With the additional body size you get the array of of options including DSLR style image sensors in a tiny package. Most users will find what they're looking for in a package this size and need not look further.

Best Compact Cameras

Here is an overview of some of the smallest and best overall compact digicams.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
from $536
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
from $666
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S110
Canon PowerShot S110
from $235
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.0
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO

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Big Zoom Compact Cameras

Here is an overview of compact cameras with at least 10X optical zoom. These cameras represent very versatile digicams in a small package.

small list of top ultra compacts with zoom of at least 5X

Nikon Coolpix S9700
Nikon Coolpix S9700
from $327
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Focus points Many focus points Help
99

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Panasonic Lumix ZS40
Panasonic Lumix ZS40
from $444
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
920k dots
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures

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Samsung WB800F
Samsung WB800F
from $149
Zoom Great zoom Help
21x
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
from $278
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures

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Mid-size Cameras

Mid-size Means Quality
Sony A7 Looking for SLR quality in a small package? Micro four-thirds have invaded the mid-size camera space. The Sony A7 four-thirds camera is one of the best if you want small SLR quality in a small compact package.

Mid-size is the third smallest class of digital cameras. This is the size you would typically associate with a larger digicam, definetely not compact, but much smaller than a SLR. We define mid-size digital cameras as those which have between 250-450k cubic milimeters, making them between 2-4x larger than the range of compact cameras and almost 5X larger than the smallest cameras available. With the increased size you open a whole new world of camera options including SLR style interchangable lens four-thirds cameras, superzoom compacts, even full frame sensor rangefinders. Many of the pro digicams with larger sensors, raw shooting and other advanced features find themselves in this size class also. If you're looking for pro features and SLR style performance in a much smaller package this is the best place to look.

Pro Digicams

Here is an overview of some of the best overall midsize pro digicams.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
from $666
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing

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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
from $536
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing

Learn more about the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Sensor size Large sensor Help
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot G16
from $499
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Sensor size Large sensor Help
1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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Large Sensor Midsize Digital Cameras

Here is an overview of the mid-size cameras with very large sensors. These cameras represent the state of the art in terms of pro features in asmall package.

Ricoh GR
Ricoh GR
from $649
Size Really small Help
Compact 117x61x35 mm
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots
Startup delay Almost no delay when powering up Help
160 ms startup delay

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Nikon Coolpix A
Nikon Coolpix Coolpix A
from $1,097
Size Really small Help
Mid size 111x64x40 mm
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Thickness Thin Help
1.6"

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Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-5T
from $448
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
78.0
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $648
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Focus points Many focus points Help
179
True resolution High true resolution Help
24.3 MP

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Standard Size Cameras

Standard is the fourth largest class of digital cameras. This class introduces more very compact SLRs as well as some super-zoom digital-cameras. We define standard size digital cameras as those which have between 450-650k cubic milimeters, making them about between 50-200% larger than a mid-size digital camera. If you're looking for a super-zoom, small SLR or larger camera on purpose this may be a category to look in. Many of the features of the camera in this class can be found in smaller packages so be certain the increase in size is worth it.

Best Standard Size Cameras

Here is an overview of some of the overall best overall standard sized cameras.

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Prosumer Cameras

Entry Level SLR
Pentax K-30 The Pentax K-30 is the least expensive prosumer size entry-level DSLR for only $432.99.

Prosumer is the third largest size class of digital cameras. This class is primarily made up of entry level SLRs and Super-zoom Digicams. We define standard size digital cameras as those which have between 650k-1000k cubic milimeters, making them about between 50-200% larger than a standard size digital camera and up to 12X larger than the smallest of digital cameras. These are not small cameras by any stretch, they are large, generally prosumer geared digicams and SLRs. If you're looking for professional fetures at entry-level pricing this is the class you're likely to find yourself in.

Top SLRs

The following is an overview of the best SLRs in the prosumer size segment.

Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-5 II
from $660
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,235 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Battery life Great battery life Help
980 shots

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Pentax K-30
Pentax K-30
from $433
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
162 ms shutter lag

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Pentax K-50
Pentax K-50
from $497
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,600 ISO
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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Pentax K-500
Pentax K-500
from $439
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,600 ISO
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
162 ms shutter lag

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Top Digicams

Here is an overview of some of the overall best overall prosumer size digicams.

Nikon Coolpix L820
Nikon Coolpix L820
from $180
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps

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Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
from $219
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 24fps
Macro focus Great macro Help
0 cm

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Olympus Stylus 1
Olympus Stylus Stylus 1
from $260
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Samsung WB2100
Samsung WB2100
from $175
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Zoom Great zoom Help
35x
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Professional Size

Incredible DSLR
Pentax K-5 II The Pentax K-5 II is one of the best professional sized DSLRs.

Professional is the second largest size class of digital cameras. This class is primarily made up of semi-pro DSLRs. We define standard size digital cameras as those which have between 1000k-1350k cubic milimeters, making them about between 50-200% larger than a prosumer size digital camera and up to 17X larger than the smallest of digital cameras. These are large cameras and that is exactly what many pro shooter want - the weight and size can be advantages and are typical of better build quality and optics. If you're looking for a semi-professional or professional DSLR the professional size is a good place to start.

Top Professional Size Cameras

The following is an overview of the best SLRs in the professional size segment.

Nikon DF
Nikon DF
from $2,700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,279 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,897
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Nikon D600
Nikon D600
from $1,600
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D
from $1,690
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,340 ISO
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x

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Large Size

Serious Business
Nikon D4s The Nikon D4s the largest 35mm SLR you can buy.

Large is the largest size class of digital cameras. This class is primarily made up of professional DSLRs. We define standard size digital cameras as those which have between 1350k-3000k cubic milimeters, making them about between 400-300% larger than a professional size digital camera. These are very large, typically heavy pro grade cameras. For professionals the large size are part of the appeal, permitting two handed shooting and a level of steadiness, build grade and handling that result from the larger more durable bodies. If you're looking for a professional DSLR the large size is a good place to start.

Top Large Cameras

The following is an overview of the best SLRs in the large size segment.

Nikon DF
Nikon DF
from $2,700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,279 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,897
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Nikon D600
Nikon D600
from $1,600
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D
from $1,690
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,340 ISO
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x

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