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
$767
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
$247
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 4 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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
$948
Compact digital camera, announced 2 months ago
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
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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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
$369
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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Leica C Typ112
$669
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 8 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
$119
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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$119.07
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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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Avatar for RegorAgarb RegorAgarb (10:45 AM, July 13, 2015)
I started photography in the 1950's on my Dad's American Graflex Press camera. it had simple 'rise up' square frame called a 'Sports Finder'. although it didn't frame the action exactly, it allowed the photographer to keep the image centralised so cropping could be done later in the darkroom. Why don't the camera makers offer a simple flip-up rectangular frame on top of the camera in place of an expensive to produce viewfinder. This would at least allow the subject to be included in the desired photo and cropping in could be done later. Squinting through an Lcd screen in daylight on the back of a lot of digital compacts is usually a waste of time.
 
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?