The 7 Best Ultra Thin Cameras to Buy in 2017

Find the Best Cameras Measuring Less Than 0.92 Inches in Thickness

Point-and-shoot cameras often come across as simple devices for simple uses, but they actually constitute a huge variety of products at virtually every price point. And not only do point-and-shoots have impressive shooting performance and power at the mid- to high-end range, they can be conspicuously compact and lightweight. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best pocket-sized point-and-shoot cameras you can find in 2016.

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Best Overall: Nikon COOLPIX A900

Nikon COOLPIX A900
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The forthcoming Nikon COOLPIX A900 manages to hit the sweet spot of being a high-end camera that’s not outrageously overpriced. The specs and features this thing manages to pack are on par with more mid- to high-end interchangeable lens shooters. In the vanguard you have the 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor—a highly sensitive sensor that boasts the highest resolution in the 1/2.3-inch format. It also features a 35x optical zoom lens with dynamic zoom capabilities up to 70x. It has a three-inch tilting LCD; Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC connectivity; remote shooting via smartphone or tablet; and an ISO sensitivity of up to 3200, with continuous shooting at 7 fps. And it shoots 4K (UHD) video at 30 fps. This is Nikon’s attempt to breathe life back into the somewhat stale realm of mid-range point-and-shoots, and looks like it will be a breath of fresh air.

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Best for Travel: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS30R

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS30R
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The Panasonic TS30R is a somewhat odd looking camera—it looks sort of like a video game controller—but it serves a niche category that could prove indispensable for travelers. It’s slim, lightweight and confidently designed, but more importantly, it’s all-weather. It can handle water depths of up to 26 feet, drops from as high as five feet, and temperatures as low as 14°F. It also features a dust-proof design, which helps preserve longevity and functionality. The camera itself features some middling specs: a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, MP4 HD (720p) video recording, 4x optical zoom and 220MB of built-in memory. It also has a number of shooting modes and creative controls, including a creative panorama function, which allows you to shoot and overlay consecutive images in a horizontal or vertical fashion.

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Best Value: Sony W800

Sony W800
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Low-end, budget point-and-shoots tend to either scrape the bottom of the barrel in the hardware department, or offer one or two stand-out features while plastering the cheapest parts on the rest of the camera. With the W800, Sony managed to maintain a quality build and design without compromising on performance or reliability. At the heart of this shooter is the 20.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor, which is quite impressive for the price point. Thee 5x optical zoom is nothing to write home about, but given the super slim, lightweight design (.28 pounds), the low-powered zoom is acceptable. The W800 also has some nifty creative controls, a 360° sweep panorama mode, image stabilization, and smile shutter technology, and it even shoots HD (720p) video.

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Best for Mobile/Connectivity/Sharing: Nikon COOLPIX S810c

Nikon COOLPIX S810c
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Connectivity and social media options are increasingly important factors for digital cameras, especially among point-and-shoot devices. People want to be able to share and store their photos as quickly and easily as they can from their phones. That’s a reasonable request. Nikon seems to have had this on its mind when it designed the S810c. It gets straight to the point in that it’s an Android smart device. It features a touchscreen LCD with built-in WiFi and GPS, allowing you to instantly post photos and video to social media, e-mail, blogs and other online venues. Beyond sharing capabilities, the Android functionality allows you to check e-mail, Facebook, browse the Web, download apps and stream music, just as you would with any smartphone device. The S810c also features a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens, a 3.7-inch display and a 16-megapixel low-light CMOS sensor. And it shoots Full HD (1080p) video.

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Best Zoom: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40S

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40S
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When it comes to optical zoom, there’s definitely such thing as going overboard. While some wildlife and sports photographers have a legitimate need for high-end, high-powered telephoto lenses, most people can get by with a modest optical zoom range. For those who still like to push the envelope, the Panasonic ZS40S hits the sweet spot. It’s a slim, compact shooter with a Leica 30x Super Zoom (24-720mm) lens. Despite it’s point-and-shoot design, the ZS40S has a few features that afford mirrorless or DSLR-level controls, including an eye level electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a lens-mounted control ring. It’s also future-proofed with GPS, WiFi and NFC functionality, all of which allow you to quickly and easily geo-tag your photos and to wirelessly share them online.

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Best High-End Point-and-Shoot: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100
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The Panasonic LUMIX ZS100 costs most than a brand new iPhone, so right off the bat you know you’re targeting a category of shoppers for whom budget is not an issue. That also means you’re getting some top specs and features. The ZS100 features a huge (one-inch) 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that maximizes color and minimizes artifacting. It has a 10x optical zoom with a wide f/2.8-5.9 aperture, an eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF), touch-enabled LCD and a lens-mounted control ring to help provide DSLR-level exposures. It also shoots 4K (UHD) video. By all accounts, this is one of the best compact point-and-shoots you can find for less than $1,000.

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Best Design: Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
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Another high-end point-and-shoot, the Fujifilm X70 is a chief competitor of the Panasonic ZS100. It costs roughly the same and has a lot of the same features, save for a few keys specs like megapixel and telephoto range. But when it comes to sheer design and appearance, the X70 has the ZS100 beat. It evokes the impression of an old-school film camera while still delicately balancing the nuances of modern digital photography. Beyond aesthetics, the X70 also boasts a practical, intuitive design, featuring a three-inch touchscreen LCD that articulates a full 180°. It has enhanced exposure control through the shutter speed dial and aperture ring, and the F2.8 wide-angle fixed lens allows for a host of focus options. It features the high-tech 16.3-megapixel APS-C sized X-Trans II sensor, as well as six high-speed autofocus modes for a variety of shooting conditions. Did we mention it looks great?

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