9 Best Compact Cameras for Trips

Yes, getting choice Instagram-worthy travel shots requires more effort than simply whipping out your smartphone and clicking away. But you needn't worry: You can stow away high-quality cameras that aren't much larger than your phone—no camera bag necessary.

Sony RX100 V photo

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Sony RX100 V

People who really, really don't have much room in their carry-on should consider this extremely lightweight point-and-shoot wonder. The lens on this camera has some fantastic reviews and the autofocusing system is lighting-fast. ($949.99; bestbuy.com)

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX90V photo

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX90V

If you're looking for a more affordable point-and-shoot camera—especially if you happen to be an aspiring photographer—this is a good model for you. It won't shoot raw files, but beginners rarely need those. ($448; amazon.com)

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Fujifilm X100F photo

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Fujifilm X100F

This is an extremely lightweight camera that's perfect for documenting busy streets and markets. The autofocus on this model is particularly useful for quick, easy, and, best of all, quality pictures, especially if you want to snap a depth-of-field shot. ($1,299.99; bestbuy.com)

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Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100 photo

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Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100

A more affordable option than some of the other similar models on the market, this version of the Lumix still packs a punch. The large sensor size—it makes it easier to capture better photos in low light environments—is what really makes it stand out from the pack. ($547.99; amazon.com)

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Olympus TG-5 photo

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Olympus TG-5

This camera is perfect for klutzes (or people who really enjoy their umbrella-adorned drinks on poolside vacations) since it's so hard to break. Plus, it's waterproof, so you can drop it in the pool with no repercussions. ($399; amazon.com)

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Light L16 photo

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Light L16

We know: This doesn't even look like a camera. It's more like a futuristic gadget you'd see in a spy flick. That's because it uses sixteen separate camera and lens assemblies to make a single image. This camera line is brand new and, sure, the accompanying desktop editing software had hiccups at first—but it's also an experimental technology that's sure to carve out space in a competitive market. Hop on the trend before it blows up. ($1,950; light.co)

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Leica Q photo

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Leica Q

This is a gorgeous feat of German engineering with a price tag to match. But if you have the dough, there's nothing like taking the Leica Q on vacation. Get ready to take inimitable photographs at every destination. ($4,250; bhphotovideo.com)

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 MARK II photo

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 MARK II

This mirrorless camera is perfect for the serious photographer who doesn't want to lug a giant DSLR around. As a bonus, it is quite weather-resistant (though notably not waterproof) and the body alone is an especially perfect if you already have some great lenses lying around. ($1,799; amazon.com)

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Panasonic Lumix GH5

Pictures aren't the only way to capture memories. Video also does the trick—and few cameras on the market right now can beat the GH5 in this department, which takes crystal clear video in 20.3-megapixel quality. ($1,999.99; bestbuy.com)

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