The Best Small Cameras of 2019

First of all, good photography isn’t just about the camera. It’s also about the photographer’s vision and ability to frame a shot with the best lighting. Amazing shots can be achieved with DSLRs, medium format film cameras, pocket cameras, or smartphones. Amateur photographers believe that they need huge cameras to take good photos. That isn’t always the case.

Photographers should try as many different cameras as possible. The best camera is the one that feels comfortable and will inspire the user. For some people, a big DSLR is more hindering than inspiring. Thankfully, there are plenty of small cameras with incredible capabilities. Many photographers who have been using large cameras for years are making the transition to small cameras all the time. If you’re looking to add a compact camera to your photography arsenal, we’ve got you covered. These are the best small cameras of 2019, to clarify, this post has not been sponsored by any brand, it’s a compilation of different models with distinct functions. Ready?

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200

Lumix cameras have always been a favorite with travel photographers, for instance. The zoom function is impressive for such a small camera. Therefore, it’s the right choice for beginner and intermediate photographers who like to point and shoot as they go. The 4K video function is quite good as well. 

This is a great pocket camera for any occasion, at home or on the road.

Canon PowerShot G9 Mark II 

The Canon PowerShot G series has been a favorite with amateur photographers for many years. Plus, they only get better every year. Now, the G series has connectivity to the web and social media. The Canon PowerShot G9 Mark II takes excellent photos and videos with DSLR style manual controls which give the photographer an extensive creative range. The visual content can easily be shared online and synced with the cloud. It’s almost like this camera is a companion to a smartphone. 

Fujifilm X100F

The Fujifilm X100F is not your ordinary point-and-shoot pocket camera. In other words, it has a fixed 35mm lens, which might be limiting for some and a pleasure for others. This is your type of camera if you love the essence of photography and know how to use manual controls. Likewise, the hybrid viewfinder is easy to work with. Using this camera will make you feel like a real classy photographer with an edge. This is not your camera if you want to make videos. There are other cameras better for that.

Sony Cybershot RX10 IV

The Sony Cybershot RX10 IV has the feel and body of a DSLR camera and has a bit of a higher price tag. This style of camera is called a bridge camera, it’s not pocket size, in addition, it has a large lens that is not retractable. This style of lens is good for manual focus control with a wide focal range. However, this is not the compact camera that a professional photographer gets for a bit of change. In fact, is a camera for amateur photographers who can’t yet afford a DSLR.

Panasonic Lumix FZ2500

This camera has a killer zoom in a solid body. It fits in your hand but isn’t pocket-sized. That is to say, that the Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 is a bridge camera with a specially large sensor. This a great travel camera if you can handle the “not in your pocket” size. Similarly, the price is especially good, considering the quality of the zoom.

Olympus Tough TG-5

For those photographers looking for an underwater camera, this is certainly the best one in the market right now. It’s both water and crushproof, making it almost indestructible in travel and adventure scenarios. 

Leica Q2

The Leica compact camera is not so much about paying less for a camera but more about having a fantastic camera on the palm of your hand. Above all, the Leica Q series has always been ridiculously expensive, but it’s also a beauty of a camera. It has a 28 mm. f/1.7 lens meaning that it can catch details even at lower lit environments. This is the compact camera of a photographer’s dreams. It’s not versatile in terms of lenses. However, every image taken is impressive. It’s all about the Leica lens.

Huawei P30 Pro

This is not a compact camera; it’s a smartphone. But it’s worth mentioning because the cameras on this phone are amazing. Photographers will tell you that “smartphone photography” is different from classic photography, but with this phone, it doesn’t even matter. If you are looking for a fantastic camera in a phone, go with this one.


If you are looking for a small compact camera, consider first what you want it for. Are you a classic style photographer who wants to size down? Or are you an amateur photographer looking for a small camera to get started with? We hope this list helped a bit with your decisions!