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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
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Looking for a small zoom camera? The Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 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.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180
from $119
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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30
from $145
Size Really small Help
Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Focus points Many focus points Help
23

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
from $90
Size Really small Help
Super compact (95×54×22 mm)
Weight Light-weight Help
127 g
Thickness Thin Help
0.9"

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Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S3700
from $89
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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Compact Cameras

Small Package - Large Sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Looking to get the biggest image sensor you can in a small pacakge? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $948
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $530
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot G9 X
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-HX90V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
from $428
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

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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-HX90V
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
from $428
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
from $368
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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
from $279
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
from $298
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
24 mm

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Mid-size Cameras

Mid-size Means Quality
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Looking for SLR quality in a small package? Micro four-thirds have invaded the mid-size camera space. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 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 $699
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
581 ISO

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $948
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $530
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

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Canon PowerShot G9 X
Canon PowerShot G9 X
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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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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
from $609
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.7
Size Really small Help
Mid size (115×66×55 mm)

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $948
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $699
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
71.0
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GR II
from $680
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×63×35 mm)
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,230k dots
Weight Light-weight Help
251 g

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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-S2 The Pentax K-S2 is the least expensive prosumer size entry-level DSLR for only $499.00.

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 D5500
Nikon D5500
from $640
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0

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Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-S2
from $499
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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Pentax K-70
Pentax K-70
from $647
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
102,400 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x

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Top Digicams

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

Canon PowerShot G3 X
Canon PowerShot G3 X
from $774
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

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Nikon Coolpix B500
Nikon Coolpix B500
from $257
Battery life Great battery life Help
600 shots
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
23 mm
Zoom Great zoom Help
39.1x

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Nikon Coolpix L840
Nikon Coolpix L840
from $189
Battery life Great battery life Help
590 shots
Wide angle Wide angle lens Help
23 mm
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

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Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
from $260
Zoom Great zoom Help
42x
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

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Professional Size

Incredible DSLR
Nikon D5500 The Nikon D5500 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 D750
Nikon D750
from $1,628
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.5 EV

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Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $2,714
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

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Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS R
from $3,250
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,308 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
41

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Pentax K-1
Pentax K-1
from $1,797
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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Large Size

Serious Business
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II 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 D750
Nikon D750
from $1,628
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.5 EV

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Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $2,714
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

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Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS R
from $3,250
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,308 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
50.3 MP
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
41

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Nikon D500
Nikon D500
from $1,880
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
2,359k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
1,640,000 ISO
Focus points Many focus points Help
153

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