Lightest DSLR available
Canon Rebel SL1 The Canon Rebel SL1 is the lightest DSLR we've seen weighing 407 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-WX170
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX170
from $160
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
from $148
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Size Really small Help
Super compact 92x52x22 mm
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1
from $144
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact 94x54x18 mm
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

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Samsung MV900F MultiView
Samsung MV900F MultiView
from $250
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.5
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid

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Lightest Digital SLR Cameras

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

Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300
from $720
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,338 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Canon Rebel SL1
Canon Rebel SL1
from $489
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots

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Nikon D3300
Nikon D3300
from $647
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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Sony SLT A58
Sony SLT SLT A58
from $448
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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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 NX1100
Samsung NX1100
from $299
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
12.5 EV

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
from $650
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,036k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Pentax Q10
Pentax Q10
from $193
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Size Really small Help
Compact 102x58x34 mm

Learn more about the Pentax Q10

Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon 1 AW1
from $749
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
1,200 fps
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel

Learn more about the Nikon 1 AW1

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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.