Whether you're looking for a compact camera with image quality exceeding that of your smartphone or just want something to sit alongside your more expensive gear, there are some impressive products that won't bust your wallet.

The cameras in this buying guide are light and portable, and several feature selfie-friendly LCDs. Generally speaking, you won't find a lot of direct controls or a lot of customizability, and 4K video is rare, but for those seeking a point-and-shoot experience with better image quality, these cameras fit the bill.


Our pick: Canon EOS M200

Canon's EOS M200 is an approachable camera that is capable of excellent image quality and will just about fit in your pocket. The EF-M lens lineup offered by Canon and Sigma isn't terribly varied, but there are good options available for most users. The controls are well-judged, and the touchscreen interface is polished and responsive.

For a camera whose price hovers around the $500 mark (with a lens), the M200 provides a lot of bang for your buck.


If you're not convinced by our recommendation, take a look at all of the cameras we considered in the list below, and read on for a detailed look at how they stack up.

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