Cameras are often heavy due to all the electronics and glass packed into them, but the lighter a camera is the easier it will be to take with you. The size of the camera and it's weight are essentially correlated so understanding the different sizes is your best shot at determining the right camera if weight is important to you. The educational section discusses the pros and cons of the different sizes and the typical tradeoffs made when moving up and down in size.

Lightest Compact Digital Cameras

The following are some of the lightest and best digicams available on the market.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
from $213
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S7000
from $177
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3"

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
from $167
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×22 mm)
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
from $368
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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Lightest Digital SLR Cameras

The following are some of the lightest and best DSLRs available on the market.

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $580
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0

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Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300
from $430
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,385 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0

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Lightest Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

The following are some of the lightest and best mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras available on the market.

Sony Alpha A5100
Sony Alpha A5100
from $448
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
80.0
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $548
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
from $539
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses

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Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Alpha A5000
from $284
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
13 EV
Color depth Great color depth Help
23.8 bits

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Discussion

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:15 PM, April 25, 2011)
Great point!
 
Avatar for Noah Van Heukelom Noah Van Heukelom (6:06 AM, April 25, 2011)
Just remember: the lighter your dslr is, more parts that were once metal [like the body!] are now plastic, and the balance is gonna be terrible as soon as you through any lens with decent glass on there.