While most smartphones today come packed with DSLR-quality video capability, there’s something to be said about having a camera nestled between your thumb and forefinger. Being able to pull out your camera, adjust the lens and check the zoom is something that’s lost on today’s phones. Plus, with all the bells and whistles most standalone cameras come with these days, it’s worth using one just to have on the side.
From low-cost options to powerful cameras that rival some of the biggest DSLRs on the market, we’ve rounded up four of our favorite compact cameras on Amazon. If you’re getting ready to set out on an adventure this summer—or even if you’re just planning on lounging around the neighborhood—these compact cameras make it easier to capture your surroundings in stunning detail.
1. Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
BEST POINT-AND-CLICK OPTION
When you want a powerful camera with all the bells and whistles but without all the added bulk, the Sony Alpha a6000 is the camera for you. Known for its blazing-fast auto focus, this camera lets you shoot at an impressive 11Fps to help you hone in on an image and take sudden shots with stunning clarity. Great for snapshot photographers, it has one of the best continuous shooting modes on the market. It’s also no slouch in the pixel department. In fact, with a powerful 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, it offers higher resolution quality than most standard DSLRs. Did we mention it also weighs less than one pound?
2. Sony RX100 20.2 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
BEST EVERYDAY OPTION
For a camera as tiny as the Sony RX100, you’d be surprised at just how many features it comes with. Not only does it boast an impressive three-inch zoom (which is great for capturing both distant images and smaller scenes), it also comes with a sleek F/18-49 lens and clean and vibrant three-inch LCD screen. A great option to have on hand for any occasion, it comes standard with helpful steady shot stabilizer tech and rear and front control dials for ease of use. If all that wasn’t enough, it’s also incredibly lightweight; at just .5 pounds, it also features a sleek aluminum frame for worry-free picture taking.
3. Canon PowerShot Digital Camera w/Image Stabilization
BEST BUDGET OPTION
No thrills, no frills, the Canon PowerShot is a classic for a reason. With a super slim and lightweight design, it’s the perfect camera to pop into your pocket and bop around with, and with an impressive 8x optical zoom, it offers an impressive amount of range for such a small camera. It also features a 20.0 Megapixel CCD sensor for crisp, vibrant pics. And that’s not all—it comes packed with 720p HD video capability and a built-in stabilizer to help keep your pics steady even if your hands aren’t.
4. Panasonic Lumix 4K Digital Camera
BEST OPTION FOR TRAVEL
Featuring an extra thin design, the Lumix was made to be used on the go. With a 30x LEICA Lens optical zoom and an impressive 18 Megapixel sensor, you’re able to take great pictures without having to sacrifice frame speed or overall image quality. It also comes packed with stunning 4K ultra video, which is able to record your videos at four times the quality of regular HD. While it may not offer the same jaw-dropping features as some of the other options on this list, it’s a powerful camera that sports an ultra-thin design and is just begging to accompany you on your next big adventure.