Best compact digital cameras of 2014


Whether you need to be discreet or just want to travel light, a camera's size and weight are important. Our top compact-camera picks run the gamut of megapixel counts, features, and prices, but all the models have two things in common: each fits comfortably into a jacket pocket and weighs 8 ounces or less, even with batteries and media installed. And they're pretty stylish little devices, too.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost.

4 stars Excellent

Best compact megazoom

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

A new processor leads to less noise at higher ISOs and faster performance, and built-in Wi-Fi lets you shoot and share. But neither helps this camera's battery life.

Price: $248.89 Check prices

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Best enthusiast compact

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II - digital camera

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent photos, speedy performance, and a broad feature set in an attractive, compact package.

Price: $309.00 - $542.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best enthusiast compact to date

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

It's been a long wait, but Sony finally delivers a pocketable camera with a large sensor and fast lens.

Price: $49.95 - $837.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Olympus Stylus 1

For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30

A fully loaded travel zoom that's fun to use, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 has a lot to offer both advanced and casual snapshooters.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

A camera designed for image quality purists first and foremost, the RX1 proves that a full-frame compact makes perfect sense — provided you can justify the outlay.

Price: $2,373.05 - $2,999.95 Check prices

5 stars Spectacular Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Nikon Coolpix S9700 - digital camera

Outside of some design quibbles, the Nikon Coolpix S9700 puts big zoom power and nice photo quality (snugly) in your pocket.

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm X20

The Fujifiilm X20 is a great choice for people looking for a well-designed photographer's camera, but the basic feature set and disappointing video might not be for everyone.

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm X100S

A great enthusiast compact for manual-focusing fans.

3.5 stars Very good