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 $217
Zoom Great zoom Help
20x
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
from $149
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps
Size Really small Help
Compact 100x58x22 mm
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
from $108
Size Really small Help
Super compact 93x52x22 mm
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Weight Light-weight Help
122 g

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
from $498
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 $747
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 $420
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,385 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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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 $348
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
80.0
Focus points Many focus points Help
179

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Samsung NX2000
Samsung NX2000
from $230
Screen size Large screen Help
3.7"
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,152k dots
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $448
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 $569
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

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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.