I'm looking for a compact digital camera with manual controls.


  • Price1: As low as possible
  • Flash, SD Card Slot
  • Maximum Size2: 6 x 5 x 2 inches
  • Manual Control: Aperture, ISO, Shutter speed
  • Specifications
    • Minimum Aperture: f/2.8
    • Picture Resolution: 12MP
    • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 @ 24p
    • Microphone: any quality
    • Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec - 30 secs
    • Zoom: 5x optical


Lower Number is Higher Priority

  • RAW Images (1)
  • Specifications
    • Picture Resolution (2): 20MP
    • Shutter Speed (3): 1/2000 sec - infinite
    • Zoom (4): 20x optical
    • Video Resolution: (5) 1920 x 1080 / (7) 3840 x 2160
    • Video Framerate (6): 60p
  • Interchangeable lenses3 (8)

Not Necessary

But fine to have!

  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI/VGA/DVI/Other output
  • Internal storage
  • WiFi

1Please post other cameras fitting the preferences above the budget for others who stumble upon this post
3Consider the price of a decent lens when comparing to alternatives with fixed lenses, up to your discretion

  • Unless I'm missing something in the camera world, I would say that a lot of these features are exclusive to dslr. – Edward Nunn Aug 31 '17 at 6:52
  • I've managed to find the Pentax XG-1. I'm going to look at it a bit more tomorrow, but so far it looks like it fills all your requirements – timuzhti Aug 31 '17 at 8:35
  • There are a couple of others just outside your price range, like the Panasonic FZ80, but I'm fairly sure the Pentax is the best match you're going to get under $300 – timuzhti Aug 31 '17 at 8:41
  • @EdwardNunn, bulb mode and interchangeable lenses are pretty much exclusive to DSLRs, but the rest of the features can be found on (or added to, in the case of Canon) mid-range to high-end point-and-shoot cameras. – Mark Aug 31 '17 at 20:05
  • The problem with DSLRs is their size and pricing both do not fit my requirements. – Rubydesic Aug 31 '17 at 20:17

I have the Nikon 1 J5 and I get some great photos out of it.

It's around $300 and comes with loads of in-camera effects (toy camera, wide angle, colour selection so on) and considering it's a mirror-less camera it captures really hi-res photos, plus its not a pain to lug around!

  • This camera starts at $500 in the U.S., but I'll definitely be looking at used models of this since it fits my criteria. EDIT: That is, with a lens. – Rubydesic Aug 31 '17 at 14:07
  • @RubyJunk if you end up getting one I couldn't recommend it more! – Max Astall Aug 31 '17 at 14:47

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