Cameras:

Best compact digital cameras of 2016

Updated

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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Leica Q

A terrific, if expensive, full-frame compact, the Leica Q is worth every penny for landscape and street photographers.

Price: $4,250.00 - $4,899.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

With really good photo and video quality, a great set of features and generally class-leading performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is probably one of our favorite compact cameras ever. It's not for the inexperienced, though.

Price: $519.00 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

A nice choice if you're looking for an advanced compact with class-leading video capabilities, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is a little expensive if you just want a good camera for shooting stills.

Price: $829.00 - $949.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $589.95 - $799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

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

Price: $399.99 - $596.43 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: $359.00 - $399.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 delivers the best photos we've seen from a fixed-lens camera. But that doesn't come cheap.

Price: $2,798.00 - $2,799.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Sluggish performance and a more limited feature set than similarly priced competitors hold the Canon PowerShot G5 back from being a leading contender among its peers.

Price: $749.00 - $749.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot G7 X

The Canon PowerShot G7 X would jump from very good to excellent if it could just pick up the pace.

Price: $439.00 - $699.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm XQ2

The Fujifilm QX2 doesn't improve much on its predecessor, but with its larger image sensor, bright lens and fast performance even in low light, this stylish pocket camera is an excellent step-up from your smartphone or average point-and-shoot.

Price: $299.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm XF1

The Fujifilm XF1 is one of the nicest-looking point-and-shoots available and it performs well, too. But its photos and features might not please some enthusiasts.

Price: $279.00 - $314.31 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Nikon Coolpix S9700

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

Price: $299.99 - $358.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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