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Best compact digital cameras

Updated April 21, 2014 9:44 AM PDT

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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Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR

If you crave a compact megazoom that gives you a lot of control over your results, look no further than the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters and enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.

4 stars Excellent

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.

Price: $647.49 - $749.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent The best enthusiast compact to date

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.

Price: $329.00 - $602.49 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $548.00 - $615.90 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.

Price: $649.83 - $699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $313.89 - $379.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries.

Price: $199.00 - $249.99 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: $2,399.95 - $2,798.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $499.00 - $499.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm X100S

A great enthusiast compact for manual-focusing fans.

Price: $1,299.00 - $1,299.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

If you miss having a zoom lens, but don't want to add too much bulk and weight to your travels, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is a very good choice.

Price: $229.00 - $329.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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