Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Small Digital Cameras

1. Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K First Impressions

"Very worth the buy."

While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Panasonic DMC-FZ300K. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K is small and fast. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensor, 4K Video, WiFi, Splash & Dustproof Camera Body, Leica DC 24X F2.8 Zoom Lens - DMC-FZ300K - (Black) USA
  • 4K video & 4K photo : Panasonic’s exclusive 4K photo technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K ultra HD video to extract them as photos; You’ll never miss that moment again
  • Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens : 24x zoom (25 600millimeter with Full zoom range F2; 8 aperture for enhanced low light shooting meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica
  • High image Quality : The 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the venus engine excels in diffraction compensation, yielding images that are crisp & Free from artifacts associated with small aperture settings
  • Rugged Camera Design : Splash Proof/dustProof rugged camera design with tight seals on every Joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging
  • 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus : Reduces blur from one handed video shooting by compensating for five types of movement; Level shot function detects horizon line & maintains it, even if the camera is tilted
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

Color and white balance is generally good. The initial charge using the Panasonic DMC-FZ300K to charge the battery took about 2 hours. The zoom is incredible as well. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. Manual focus would've been nice.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

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2. Panasonic Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic First Impressions

"I also could afford it."

This is the perfect compromise camera for me. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. During my search, I discovered that the Panasonic was about to be released. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Panasonic.

  • PANASONIC LUMIX FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor & Dustproof Camera Body, Leica DC 24X F2.8 Zoom Lens & MegaGear ''Ultra Light'' Neoprene Camera Case Bag
  • 4K video & 4K PHOTO - Panasonic’s exclusive 4K PHOTO technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K Ultra HD video to extract them as photos. You’ll never miss that moment again
  • Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens - 24x zoom (25-600mm) with full zoom range F2. 8 aperture for enhanced low light shooting meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica
  • High image quality - The 12. 1-Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the Venus engine excels in diffraction compensation, yielding images that are crisp & free from artifacts associated with small aperture settings
  • Rugged camera design - splash proof/dustproof rugged camera design with tight seals on every joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging
  • Protective and high quality Neoprene material and foam padding for protection. Protects camera from dust, dirt, scratches, bumps, and moisture
  • Handmade stitches design for a unique look. Available in different colors
  • Fine quality of moisture resistant Neoprene used
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic Final Thoughts

"I can carry it anywhere!"

The Panasonic has many features which are very easy to use and get to. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. Excellent two characteristics in a Small Digital Camera. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

3. Canon 9779B001_002 Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 76 4

Canon 9779B001_002 First Impressions

"Just kidding."

The zoom truly is extraordinary! I've researched this Canon 9779B001_002 A LOT and I only heard great things. This is the must have Small Digital Camera for me. 5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. Takes great low light & fireworks pictures.

  • Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Digital Camera with 50x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD HD 1080p Video (Black)+ Extra Battery + 24GB Class 10 Card Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle And Much More
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button
  • This Kit Includes Canon PowerShot SX530 - Gripster Flexible Tripod Small - Vidpro Camera and Lens 3 Piece Cleaning Kit - Tri-fold Memory Card Wallet - Replacement NB6L Lithium Ion Replacement Battery for Canon NB-6L
  • Hi-Speed SD USB Card Reader - LCD Screen Protectors (Clear) - Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card -Transcend 8GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card - Digital Camera/Video Case (Black)
  • Powerful 50x Optical Zoom (24-1200mm) Large 3.0-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 461,000 dots allows easy viewing even from a wide angle
  • 16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 9779B001_002
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Canon 9779B001_002 Final Thoughts

"Takes awesome pictures."

I'm impressed with how Canon incorporated it seamlessly. I bought this Small Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February. 5 seconds to wait for auto focus is not going to kill me. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid.

Overall Score
4.5


(403 Points)

4. Nikon 1556 Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 78 7

Nikon 1556 First Impressions

"So far so good!"

I love this camera a lot so far! It has a very similar look to a high end smartphone screen. I really love the features on this body. However, once I saw the images files I was hooked. The Nikon 1556 captured the action like a pro.

  • Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR w/ 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
  • 36.3 MP FX format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30 percent faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • 51 point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
  • ISO 64-12,800 expandable to 51,200
  • Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
  • Professional video and audio capabilities
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1556
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1556 Final Thoughts

"Greats products!"

I shot video of my 5 year old son riding his bike today. The extra batteries don't work all that well. The Nikon 1556 has all the tech and features I was looking for in a camera. Thank you Amazon and thank you Nikon! That little piece of glass produces some amazingly sharp pictures.

Overall Score
4.5


(325 Points)

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5. Nikon 1542 Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 78 7

Nikon 1542 First Impressions

"So far so great."

Works great for my daughter and her film school. The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses. SD card that came with camera is fine. I can see using this for years before I would feel the need to upgrade. This camera just feels good in the hands.

  • Nikon D810 FX-format Digital SLR Camera Body
  • 36.3 MP FX format CMOS sensor without an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF)
  • 30 Percent faster EXPEED 4 image processing engine. Shutter Speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec
  • 51point AF system and 3D Color Matrix metering III with a 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
  • ISO 6412,800 expandable to 51,200
  • Featuring a new RAW Small Size option, which produces 16MP images with much smaller file sizes
  • Professional video and audio capabilities
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon 1542
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ergonomics
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon 1542 Final Thoughts

"Solid deal."

They are simply great cameras now at a very attractive price point. 5 years I've gotten to know this groundbreaking Small Digital Camera well. The body is well balanced when using the large Art series of lenses. I've had the Nikon 1542 for about two weeks now and it's been great! Camera, batteries and memory cards all top notch.

Overall Score
4.5


(325 Points)

6. Olympus Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 68 7

Olympus First Impressions

"I am not disappointed."

Low light is extraordinarily good. That being said I just love to travel and taking pics as a hobby. But, this fps was rather limited. Even with the lens, battery and SD card, it weighs very little. Secondly the EVF is amazing amazing amazing.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Micro 4/3 Camera with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses (Black) with Step Up Kit
  • Builtin 5 axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2; 3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0; 62x magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1. 8 (50mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • The 25mm F1. 8 is the ideal, all-around lens. Capture tack sharp portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. The perfect combination of power and portability - perfect everyday lens.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus Final Thoughts

"Are nice additions."

Button feeling and placement is great. The case is great to store the accessories in too. The ergonomics are perfect. I chose to shoot most outdoor shots with an aperture of + or - f/5. I have used the camera for some time now.

Overall Score
4.3


(309 Points)

7. Olympus Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 68 7

Olympus First Impressions

"But alas no."

But I like to see a Olympus GM lenses. In practice, the Olympus produces superlative images. Dynamic range on this camera is also very impressive. Love the screen. So, when Olympus came, I purchased it immediately.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm II R Lens (Black) with Starter Kit
  • Built in 5 Axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2.3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.62X magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • The BLS-50 is a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery containing 1175 mAh of power. Compatible with various Olympus models including the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, OM-D E-M10 Mark II, OM-D E-M10 Mark III, and the PEN E-PL9.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • SanDisk Ultra SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card with 32GB storage capacity and Class 10 performance for Full HD Video (1080p). Store photos, high-definition videos and other content. Maximum Read Speed 80MB/s.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus Final Thoughts

"I'm not kidding."

Simply because they just use the kit lenses the cameras come with. Wonderful color, clarity and detail. Low light seems to be better than the GH4 or G7. With its kit lens, there are several focusing aids. Dynamic range on this camera is also very impressive.

Overall Score
4.3


(309 Points)

8. Olympus Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 68 7

Olympus First Impressions

"No complaints here."

It's not great but it will get you started for sure. Overall, I am very satisfied and glad I made the switch. The digital age is here time for RF lenses. Hope this helps you decide on your next Small Digital Camera! Camera takes beautiful pictures.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera with 14-42mm EZ Lens (Black) US Only with Starter Kit
  • Builtin 5 Axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2.3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.62X magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • The BLS-50 is a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery containing 1175 mAh of power. Compatible with various Olympus models including the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, OM-D E-M10 Mark II, OM-D E-M10 Mark III, and the PEN E-PL9.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • SanDisk Ultra SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card with 32GB storage capacity and Class 10 performance for Full HD Video (1080p). Store photos, high-definition videos and other content. Maximum Read Speed 80MB/s.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus Final Thoughts

"I love it!"

But, for the cost this thing is incredible. It has the best image quality of any Small Digital Camera I have ever owned. The case is great to store the accessories in too. So, when Olympus came, I purchased it immediately. It is light and easy to carry with you.

Overall Score
4.3


(309 Points)

9. Olympus Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 68 7

Olympus First Impressions

"Quick shipping."

I still can tolerate that by just working on selected photos. In spite of all the motion on my end, the pictures were sharp. I can't overstate how nice it is to have a one camera solution. Simply because they just use the kit lenses the cameras come with. Right now, this is the best of the breed.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera (Black) - Body only with Step Up Kit
  • Built in 5 Axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2.3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.62X magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1. 8 (50mm in 35mm equivalent)
  • The 25mm F1. 8 is the ideal, all-around lens. Capture tack sharp portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. The perfect combination of power and portability - perfect everyday lens.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus Final Thoughts

"Very good option!"

The Olympus is an awesome camera as most already know. The rest of the bundle seems okay. I will be upgrading to a better lens when finances allow. I expect features to improve and prices to fall. And I wish the Olympus lenses were a bit cheaper.

Overall Score
4.3


(309 Points)

10. Olympus Small Digital Camera

User Ratings: 68 7

Olympus First Impressions

"No complaints here."

I can't recommend the Olympus enough. Love the screen. Still getting used to the buttons. I love this combo and I must say I am thrilled with the Olympus . In practice, the Olympus produces superlative images.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Micro 4/3 Camera with 14-42mm and 40-150mm Lenses (Black) with Starter Kit
  • Builtin 5 axis image stabilization for sharper images
  • 2; 3 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0; 62x magnification
  • Silent mode (disables all shutter sounds)
  • The BLS-50 is a Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery containing 1175 mAh of power. Compatible with various Olympus models including the OM-D E-M5 Mark III, OM-D E-M10 Mark II, OM-D E-M10 Mark III, and the PEN E-PL9.
  • Easy to carry, light grey camera bag with snap clsoure and adjustable shoulder strap. Features an inner adjustable padded compartment and small zippered compartment. Perfect for taking your mirrorless camera and favorite Micro Four Thirds lens with you when you are on-the-go.
  • SanDisk Ultra SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card with 32GB storage capacity and Class 10 performance for Full HD Video (1080p). Store photos, high-definition videos and other content. Maximum Read Speed 80MB/s.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Olympus
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Picture Quality
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Olympus Final Thoughts

"I am not disappointed."

I can't recommend the Olympus enough. But, this fps was rather limited. Low light is extraordinarily good. Olympus mirrorless system has been advancing rapidly. But white balance flips out often.

Overall Score
4.3


(309 Points)

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