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.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP130
from $130
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

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Fujifilm FinePix XP140
from $229
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

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Ricoh WG-60
from $240
Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Battery life Great battery life Help
300 shots
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather

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Ricoh Theta V
from $380
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Size Really small Help
Compact (45×131×23 mm)

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Lightest Digital SLR Cameras

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

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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.

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Fujifilm X-E3
from $649
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Size Really small Help
Mid size (121×74×43 mm)

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Canon EOS M100
from $379
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Size Really small Help
Mid size (108×67×35 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
1.4"

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Olympus PEN E-PL9
from $549
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
108 lenses
Size Really small Help
Mid size (117×68×39 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
1.5"

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Fujifilm X-T30
from $899
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
30 fps
Announced New Help
February 2019
Focus points Many focus points Help
425

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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.