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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

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.

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Highest Zoom Ultra Compact Cameras

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

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Super Compact Cameras

Highest Zoom Super Compact
Nikon Coolpix A300 Looking for a small zoom camera? The Nikon Coolpix A300 with 8x 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.

Nikon Coolpix A300
Nikon Coolpix A300
from $137
Size Really small Help
Super compact (96×58×20 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
0.8"

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
from $99
Size Really small Help
Super compact (95×54×22 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Weight Light-weight Help
126 g

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Nikon Coolpix A100
Nikon Coolpix A100
from $125
Size Really small Help
Super compact (95×59×20 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
0.8"
Weight Light-weight Help
119 g

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Compact Cameras

Small Package - Large Sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 Looking to get the biggest image sensor you can in a small pacakge? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 packs a DSLR style sensor (Four thirds 17.3x13mm) 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.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
from $429
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
from $948
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
from $229
Zoom Great zoom Help
25x
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3"

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Nikon Coolpix A300
Nikon Coolpix A300
from $137
Size Really small Help
Super compact (96×58×20 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
0.8"

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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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
from $338
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Battery life Great battery life Help
390 shots

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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
from $229
Zoom Great zoom Help
25x
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3"

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
from $179
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×23 mm)

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
from $138
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm
Size Really small Help
Compact (95×57×24 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Mid-size Cameras

Mid-size Means Quality
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Looking for SLR quality in a small package? Micro four-thirds have invaded the mid-size camera space. The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 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.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $639
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
from $948
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
from $429
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.4
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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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.

Leica M10
Leica M10
from $6,895
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
50,000 ISO

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $639
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
from $948
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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Sony Alpha a6300
Sony Alpha a6300
from $748
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Focus points Many focus points Help
425
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,200 ISO

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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
Nikon D3400 The Nikon D3400 is the least expensive prosumer size entry-level DSLR for only $369.00.

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.

Nikon D5600
Nikon D5600
from $529
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,037k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

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Pentax K-70
Pentax K-70
from $595
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

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Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400
from $369
Battery life Great battery life Help
1200 shots
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
230 lenses
Sensor size Large sensor Help
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm

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Top Digicams

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

Nikon Coolpix B500
Nikon Coolpix B500
from $199
Battery life Great battery life Help
600 shots
Zoom Great zoom Help
39.1x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
from $215
Zoom Great zoom Help
42x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

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Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
from $350
Zoom Great zoom Help
50x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Professional Size

Incredible DSLR
Nikon D5600 The Nikon D5600 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.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
from $2,809
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36x24mm

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Pentax K-1
Pentax K-1
from $1,700
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.9x24mm

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Large Size

Serious Business
Nikon D5 The Nikon D5 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 D500
Nikon D500
from $1,649
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Focus points Many focus points Help
153
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
from $2,809
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36x24mm

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Pentax K-1
Pentax K-1
from $1,700
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.9x24mm

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
from $5,271
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.76x
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
16 fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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