Lightest DSLR available
Nikon D5500 The Nikon D5500 is the lightest DSLR we've seen weighing 420 g.

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 $170
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Size Really small Help
Compact (96×55×26 mm)

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Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S7000
from $197
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS
from $159
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×23 mm)
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
from $209
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×23 mm)
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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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 $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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Lightest Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras

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

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
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,347 ISO

Learn more about the Sony Alpha A5100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
from $440
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses

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Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $487
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon 1 J5

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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.