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.

Nikon Coolpix S7000
Nikon Coolpix S7000
from $139
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
9.2 fps

Learn more about the Nikon Coolpix S7000

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
from $279
Zoom Great zoom Help
25x
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots
Screen size Large screen Help
3"

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
from $198
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots
Screen size Large screen Help
3"
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS
from $119
Size Really small Help
Compact (100×58×23 mm)
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Thickness Thin Help
0.9"

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS

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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 $620
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon EOS Rebel T6
from $469
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available Help
220 lenses
Announced New Help
March 2016
Weight Light-weight Help
485 g

Learn more about the Canon EOS Rebel T6

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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 $791
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,379 ISO
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

Learn more about the Samsung NX500

Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $497
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon 1 J5

Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M3
from $399
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,169 ISO
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

Learn more about the Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M10
from $439
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies

Learn more about the Canon EOS M10

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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.