We're not here to dispute the worth of a traditional DSLR, but sometimes we just don't feel like lugging one around. Here, 9 compact options from powerful point-and-shoots to pro-level smartphone accessories that'll guarantee you capture just as great of a shot.
Fujufilm's X100F may be petite, but the pocket-size cam is packing a slew of sophisticated specs. With a 91-point autofocusing system, a handful of film simulation modes, and built-in WiFi for easy file transfers, the sleek model delivers incredibly sharp images.
DxO One Digital Connected Camera for iPhone
In the age of the iPhone, just about everyone fancies themselves a photographer. But for the serious among us, there's DxO One. The four-ounce, professional-grade camera attaches to your iPhone turning your display into a viewfinder. With its own battery and memory card, you'll never have to worry about running out of storage.
Canon Powershot G9 X Mark II
This Bluetooth compatible Canon model packs a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor into an ultra-slim, stylish body. While you can always opt to shoot using auto settings, if you're looking to toy around with more advanced, DSLR-esque imaging capabilities, you can also manually adjust the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
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Insta360 Nano Camera
This spherical iPhone camera is for the social media savvy. Simply plug it in and with a few swipes and clicks you can stream real-time 360 video on Facebook, WeChat, and whatever live-streaming sites you're into these days.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100
Panasonic basically invented travel point-and-shoots when they released their first DMC model back in 2006. Now, the DMC-ZS100 boast's the brand's signature compact build and powerful 10x zoom, plus 4K video capability, quick continuous shooting, and a 49-point autofocusing system.
Leica Q (Typ 116)
At $4,250, the Leica Q is not an everyday purchase. But, if you can look past the gut-punching price tag, you'll see it's worth it. Wielded by many a professional travel photographer, the ultra-portable camera features a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, full 1080p video capability, built-in WiFi, and intuitive design.
Amir 2 in 1 Professional HD Camera Lens Kit
This nifty kit comes with a 0.6X super wide angle lens and enhanced 15X macro lens, both of which minimize lens glare, reflection, and ghosting. If you’re not looking to invest upwards of $500 on a new camera, this $28 smartphone clip-on is a quick and affordable way to increase the quality of your photos.
This portable model has a lot of features to love, but we’re all about the face detection and face registration technology. Focusing on up to eight faces at once, the RX100 automatically adjusts exposure, white balance, and flash to capture the clearest shot. If you’re still figuring things out when it comes to manual settings, you’ll also appreciate Sony’s Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN). The feature auto detects thirty-three different photo scenes and forty-four different movie scenes and then picks the camera setting that will deliver the best results.
Nikon Coolpix A900
Nikon’s Coolpix A900 comes in particularly clutch when capturing ultra-magnified shots. The 35x optical zoom allows for wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, while an extended 70x Dynamic Fine Zoom—working in step with the Vibration Reduction feature to reduce the appearance of camera shake—delivers clean images. Built-in Bluetooth also means the compact cam can connect to compatible smart devices for instant file transfers.