Best Portable Camera: Top Small Handheld Camera

By Rachael E Stout

Best Small Camera

They say the best camera for the shot is the one you have with you. Unfortunately, your cell doesn’t always take pictures as nicely as you would like. Now that you have decided to get a portable camera, the question is which one?

It’s important to have the best portable camera available for your needs. I’ve put together a few reviews for the top compact cameras.

Small Camera Comparison Table

Image

Product

Megapixels

Features

Cost

Rating

Samsung EC-WB350

16MP

Touch Display, 21x Zoom

$$

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

16MP

Rear Display, 20x Zoom

$$$

Cannon Powershot A2500

Canon Powershot A2500

16MP

Large Buttons, 5x Zoom

$$

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX3000

20MP

Interchangeable Lenses, Flip Display

$$$$$

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70

16MP

Interchangeable Lenses, Flip Touch Display

$$$$$

I’ve placed my best small camera reviews in an approximate price order (low to high). They are all excellent cameras, but your budget might be different than someone else’s.

Samsung EC-WB350

  • Megapixel: 16

  • Video: 1080p

  • Battery: Rechargeable

  • Zoom: 21x

  • Viewing: Rear panel display, touch

Samsung WB-3500

I carried this camera everywhere. It’s nice and small, takes great photos, and has an incredible zoom. It’s marketed as having numerous wireless and app features, but I found the on camera apps to be clumsy. When I got the chance to control the camera with my phone, on the other hand, that was a great experience.

The optical zoom is amazing, and the image stabilization really makes it useful. With a steady(ish) hand, the image was still comes out clear enough to make text out far away.

The camera pairs with your phone using Samsung’s app (both phone and camera shared a wifi signal). You can sort through the pictures on the camera using your phone, and share your favorites by email or social media.

My favorite feature was the touchscreen focus option. Want to focus on your child’s hand and not her face? Just tap her hand on the screen and the camera will ensure that part of the photo is crystal clear. This element was very responsive. I never found a feature too small for the camera to select and focus on.

Nikon Coolpix S7000

  • Megapixel: 16

  • Video: 1080/60i

  • Battery: Rechargeable

  • Zoom: 20x

  • Viewing: Rear panel display

Nikon Coolpix S7000

The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is similar to the Samsung EC-WB350. But of course the Nikon boasts a Nikkor lens and is even smaller and lighter. One of the problems with the Samsung can be a longer turn-on time, but the S7000 performs very well for quick, pull-it-out and shoot moments.

If you love the Nikon name and have purchased Coolpix cameras in the past, then you’ll love this camera. Some people found that the mode dial on the top could be accidentally turned when you weren’t paying attention. This could leave your camera in a different mode than you were expecting, which could ruin your quick shot.

Overall, this is a great camera.

Canon Powershot A2500

  • Megapixel: 16

  • Video: 720p

  • Battery: Rechargeable

  • Zoom: 5x

  • Viewing: Rear panel display

Cannon Powershot A2500

The Canon Powershot series is well known for their small size and quality photos. The A2500 is no different. It is similar in size and specs to the Nikon and Samsung above. The Powershot features really nice, large buttons that you’ll be able to quickly hit even without looking.

The camera feels good in your hand, with a nimble balance. It’s easy to hold the camera steady even while zoomed in.

This is by far and away the most reviewed camera. Everyone loves it. While it does have less zoom than the last two options, this is still a great choice.

Samsung NX3000

  • Megapixel: 20

  • Video: 1080p

  • Battery: Rechargeable

  • Viewing: Rear panel display, 180 degree rotation

  • BONUS: Includes Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Samsung NX300

The people buying this as a small camera are the ones that don’t want to take their DSLR with them everywhere. The Samsung NX series features a very large, high quality sensor for excellent photos. There are a whole line of lenses you can buy for the different environments you want to take pictures in. Because it’s made by Samsung, it also utalizes their app. This camera takes professional level photos at a mid-level price.

The only downside to the NX3000 in particular is that it doesn’t have touchscreen focusing. The higher-end models in the NX series do, though. If you positively need a touchscreen on your camera, then for a little bit more money you can have that as well. This camera could be the one you are looking for otherwise.

Fujifilm X70

  • Megapixel: 16

  • Video: 1080p

  • Battery: Rechargeable

  • Minimum Aperture: 2.8

  • Viewing: Rear panel display, 180 degree rotation, touch

Fujifilm X70

Ok. This is where all of you photographers (and wannabes) sit up and take notice. The X70 was just released in February of 2016 and it is a piece of art. It has a larger sensor than the NX3000. It shares a sensor and image processor with some of the higher-end Fujifilm cameras. It has a fully articulable rear display so you can flip it up and use it for the most expensive selfie camera ever.

Like the NX3000, it has removable lenses and a host of add ons. Oh, and its rear display is a touchscreen. You can control most of the primary features using it, including tap twice to focus and take a picture at once.

This camera is a dream. It’s also a bit on the expensive side. If you are looking to take your compact photography seriously, it is worth the look.

Conclusion

Which camera to buy is going to be a very personal decision. You may be trying to increase the quality of your snapshots by using a camera instead of your smartphone. It may be that you want the quick pictures of an instant camera. Or, you may be tired of lugging your DSLR around, but don’t want to skimp on quality.

Think about how important a powerful zoom is to you as well. Just remember that zooming in can cause image clarity to deteriorate. I’ve found that a 10x is usually sufficient for most situations.

Remember, you’ll still need to purchase a compatible memory card for all of these cameras. Unless you plan on going off the grid for a long time, a 32GB should be sufficient. Mine gives me over 800 photos at 20MP.

If you are planing to travel, check out more durable travel cameras.

No matter where you find yourself, you can’t go wrong by choosing one of these to be the best small camera for you.

Product Images Sourced From Amazon.com

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