Top Compact Digital Cameras for Travel

Slip One of These Ultra-Portable Cameras in Your Pocket

No more excuses: Don't travel without a camera just because they can be heavy and bulky. Instead, try one of these compact digital travel cameras, selected for the best image quality for their size. Today even compact cameras have good wide-angle lenses -- all the better to fit those travel landscapes and architectural pictures into the frame. If you're short on space and want to travel light, check out these compact cameras that you can slip in a pocket.

  • 01 of 08

    The RX100 V is a large-sensor camera with a 1-inch sensor that is Sony's most advanced compact camera yet. It features a fast 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens. It can shoot 1080p60 video and capture 21MP stills simultaneously. It has 24fps burst shooting. It's perhaps one of the most flexible compact cameras for travel shooting. 

    The camera features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for both wireless image sharing and camera control via smartphone.

    The camera will be fairly fat in your shirt pocket, measuring 4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61 inches and weighing in at 0.64 pounds.

    The 4k video is particularly good and will capture 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p) video.

  • 02 of 08

    Like the Sony above, this is a compact camera with a 1-inch sensor. The PowerShot G7 X has more range to its lens on both ends @ 24-100, an ideal lens for travel​​ -- and it's fast with an aperture range of F1.8-2.8. The camera weighs 0.67 pounds and measures 4.06 x 2.36 x 1.57 inches.

  • 03 of 08

    An amazing long-range zoom, 24mm to 720mm will fit any style of photography, but you pay for this long range with a slower lens: F3.3 –F6.4. You can control it with a smart phone for remote control of the camera. MPEG-4, AVCHD video output. Eye-level viewfinder, GPS, and Wi-Fi with NFC. The camera weighs 0.95 pounds and measures 2.52 x 4.37 x 1.34 inches.

  • 04 of 08

    Are you hard on a camera? Planning a trip to Greenland in the cold season? Here's what this compact camera will do: waterproof to depths of 50 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof to 7 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds. Wide-angle zoom: 25 to 100 with macro. Resolution of 16 megapixels and controllable with a smartphone.

     

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  • 05 of 08

    What does dumping a whole lot of money on the counter get you in a camera you can stuff in your pocket? A full-frame sensor with a fixed Zeiss 35mm F2.0 lens. Besides being expensive, it's pretty silent, allowing you to shoot inside churches without anyone knowing -- as long as they're not looking at you. 

  • 06 of 08

    Do you need a lot of lens, including a very decent wide-angle option? This compact Nikon has a 18x optical zoom; focal length: 4.5-81.0 mm (approximately 25-450 mm); and aperture: f/3.5-5.9. If you get tired of shooting quaint villages and crumbling castles, you can take this one out and try your hand at sports such as the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia. The camera isn't expensive; you can get it for less than $350, so the lens isn't the fastest but should be adequate for most amateur needs. Takes full HD (1080p) video with stereo sound, too.

  • 07 of 08

    If you're looking for a compact camera that does both good stills and decent full HD video, this Sony might be for you. The lens offers a 16x range with impressive 24mm wide-angle coverage on the wide-angle end. The 20.1MP high-resolution back-illuminated CMOS sensor should do well in low light, like those times you need a food shot in a dimly lit (romantic) restaurant. Good price on a feature-rich digital camera.

  • 08 of 08

    This may be the value leader for this pack of travel cameras: a 10x zoom, equivalent to 28-280mm on a 35mm camera gives you a nice range from landscape and city photography to portraits and sports. Reviewers gush over the image quality from this compact camera. Noise levels are held in check until just over ASA 800.