Cameras:

Best compact digital cameras of 2015

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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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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: $729.00 - $899.99 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: $679.00 - $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: $529.00 - $649.99 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: $398.00 - $399.99 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: $549.00 - $599.00 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 - $2,799.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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: $469.95 - $649.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fujifilm X100S

A great enthusiast compact for manual-focusing fans.

Price: $1,299.99 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: $292.99 - $449.99 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: $276.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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