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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 CyberShot DSC-W800 Looking for a tiny compact camera? The Sony CyberShot DSC-W800 is one of the smallest digital cameras you can buy (Ultra compact (50×22×54 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 CyberShot DSC-W800
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
from $88
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Highest Zoom Ultra Compact Cameras

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
from $88
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Super Compact Cameras

Highest Zoom Super Compact
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 Looking for a small zoom camera? The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 with 10x 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 160
Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
from $99
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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
from $148
Size Really small Help
Super compact (92×52×22 mm)
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
10 fps

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
from $88
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Nikon Coolpix S3700
Nikon Coolpix S3700
from $80
Size Really small Help
Super compact (96×58×20 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Weight Light-weight Help
118 g

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Compact Cameras

Small Package - Large Sensor
Sony Alpha A5100 Looking to get the biggest image sensor you can in a small pacakge? The Sony Alpha A5100 packs a DSLR style sensor (APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) 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 Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $927
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $479
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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $748
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots

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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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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 $398
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
from $298
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
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
from $251
Zoom Great zoom Help
30x
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
920k dots

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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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $927
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 $479
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 Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $748
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps

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Canon PowerShot G5 X
Canon PowerShot G5 X
from $749
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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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.

Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $498
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
from $599
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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Samsung NX500
Samsung NX500
from $498
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid

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Sony Alpha A5100
Sony Alpha A5100
from $448
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
80.0
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Size Really small Help
Compact (110×63×36 mm)

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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-S1 The Pentax K-S1 is the least expensive prosumer size entry-level DSLR for only $299.95.

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 $544
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Pentax K-S1
Pentax K-S1
from $300
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.63x
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-S2
from $438
Shutter lag Barely any delay taking photos Help
124 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.62x
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

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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 $800
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Nikon Coolpix L840
Nikon Coolpix L840
from $179
Battery life Great battery life Help
590 shots
Zoom Great zoom Help
37.2x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots

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Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
from $179
Zoom Great zoom Help
40x
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Popularity Very popular Help
Among snapsort users

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Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
from $229
Zoom Great zoom Help
50x
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Sensor type CMOS Sensor Help
Better in low light

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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 $1,560
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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Sony SLT A77 II
Sony SLT A77 II
from $898
Autofocus Autofocuses shooting video Help
Phase detection
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
12 fps

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Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $3,050
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 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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Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS R
from $3,350
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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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 D750
Nikon D750
from $1,560
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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Sony SLT A77 II
Sony SLT A77 II
from $898
Autofocus Autofocuses shooting video Help
Phase detection
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
12 fps

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $2,268
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,979 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
96.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.7 bits

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Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS
from $3,050
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,381 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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