Interested in a compact digital camera with a viewfinder? Here we've rounded up all ten compact digital cameras with a viewfinder . Some of the top manufacturers of compact digital cameras with a viewfinder are Sony, Panasonic and Leica.

Compact cameras are great for putting in your pocket and keeping with you on the go when you want a really small camera.

Optical viewfinder

Most digital cameras do not have a viewfinder, instead you can preview the photo you're about to take by looking at the screen on the back. Some digital cameras however do have built-in viewfinders, which have several advantages including no battery drain and the ability to use them in bright light.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
$678
Compact digital camera, announced over a year ago
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Aperture
Wide aperture
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f/1.8
Overall image quality
Great image quality
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67.0
Movie format
Full HD
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1080p @ 60fps
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
$252
Compact digital camera, announced over a year ago
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Zoom
Great zoom
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30x
Movie format
Full HD
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1080p @ 50fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
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24 mm
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
$428
Compact digital camera, announced 3 months ago
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Zoom
Great zoom
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30x
Movie format
Full HD
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1080p @ 60fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
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24 mm
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
$410
Compact digital camera, announced over 2 years ago
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Aperture
Wide aperture
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f/2
Movie format
Full HD
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1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
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3"
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
$948
Compact digital camera, announced last month
Placeholder
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Aperture
Wide aperture
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f/1.8
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
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24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
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3"
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Leica C Typ112
$699
Compact digital camera, announced over a year ago
Leica C Typ112
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Aperture
Wide aperture
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f/2
Movie format
Full HD
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1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
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3"
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
Compact digital camera, announced 7 months ago
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Digital
Zoom
Great zoom
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30x
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
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24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
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3"
Canon PowerShot A1400
$121
Compact digital camera, announced over 2 years ago
Canon PowerShot A1400
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Tunnel
Weight
Light-weight
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174 g
Lowest price
Low price
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$121.50
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Canon PowerShot A1300
Compact digital camera, announced over 2 years ago
Canon PowerShot A1300
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Tunnel
Weight
Light-weight
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174 g
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Ikea KNAPPA
Compact digital camera, announced over 2 years ago
Ikea KNAPPA
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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Tunnel
Size
Really small
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Ultra compact (105×65×10 mm)
Thickness
Thin
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0.4"
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discussion about compact digital cameras with a viewfinder

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John (2:05 PM, February 01, 2015)
John
I have been looking to replace a Kodak DC5000 camera (brilliant camera of it's day) used in adverse conditions. A view finder is a must but the rugged cameras do not have them. I have been asking at a number of photographic shops and they tell me the manufactures will not make them on the grounds of cost. Surely some one is missing a trick.
 
pick a name (10:14 PM, December 14, 2014)
I've owned a panasonic lumix Fz 18 camera for a few years. It is brilliant and should be quite cheap now; but it wont fit into thepocket of your jeans
 
Rich (3:02 PM, November 05, 2014)
Nikon P530 has a viewfinder and many other worthwhile features.
 
Avatar for Dick Byrd Dick Byrd (3:14 AM, October 21, 2014)
I bought a Sony Camcorder without a viewfinder and it is nothing but junk. A camera or camcorder without a viewfinder is junk and I should have thrown it in the garbage can the day I bought it. Goodbye $450.00. I will not own another camera or camcorder without a viewfinder again.
 
Avatar for Fliegel Jezerniczky Fliegel Jezerniczky (8:02 AM, October 15, 2014)
For example because SLR-s with interchangeable lens are very prone to collecting dust on the CCD under certain conditions (eg. in the Sahara desert which I frequent). A fixed lens compact is sealed against dust, a much better choice for these conditions. The Canon SX20is one such option, I'm about to try one out under rather demanding conditions.
 
Avinash (4:31 PM, October 10, 2014)
is there any such camera with view finder with zoom in budget
 
Chris (11:12 AM, September 15, 2014)
I have a Sony Cybershot DSC W130 bought on ebay. It takes good photos, is compact and has a viewfinder. Perfect for the hundreds of photos I take on holiday. The new cameras are useless.
 
Avatar for Dave2207 Dave2207 (3:00 PM, September 08, 2014)
At my age (over 60), with presbyopia that affects almost everybody over 50 years old, I cannot see the screen without putting on reading glasses (assuming that I can find them) - but then I can't see the subject that is in front of the camera! Worse, I cannot take even a few steps with reading glasses on, as I cannot see the ground, to keep my footing. I must have a proper viewfinder at all times, not just for conditions of bright sunlight. I have a DSLR, which has a proper viewfinder, but I also want a small camera, that fits into my pocket, for holiday snaps.
 
DocFox (10:51 AM, August 27, 2014)
I agree that LCD screens are hopeless in sunlight but why would anyone spend over £600 on a compact camera for snaps with a view finder separate to the main lens? I'm no expert but surely t that's the sort of money that should be in SLR territory?
 
erja (3:40 AM, August 08, 2014)
"Still looking for a compact camera with good zoom and a view finder.



" Me too.
Have you found???
 
Avatar for Lucy Bieri Lucy Bieri (10:22 PM, July 24, 2014)
I prefer using the LCD to frame the shots and its more convenience. .
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MaryMac (8:43 PM, June 14, 2014)
On a recent whale watching holiday I nearly quietly dropped my camera into the ocean so frustrated was I at not being able to see a bloomin' thing on the screen. 27 shots of the ocean and never a whale in sight. Still looking for a compact camera with good zoom and a view finder.
 
blind Jim. (3:39 PM, June 07, 2014)
why? how do you see what you are trying to take a picture of in sunlight? there must be millions of people squinting at the back of their camera during the summer wondering on the out come. Is it cheaper to make a camera without a viewfinder?