View Full Version : Looking for the smallest, compact DLSR

02-14-2008, 07:54 AM

I currently have a Panasonic DMX-TZ1 point and shoot. It's great but I want a real camera.

The biggest draw back for me with DSLR is the size. What is the smallest camera out there?


02-14-2008, 12:02 PM

02-14-2008, 12:12 PM
I think the smallest body is the D40 but the lens you put on there should also be an consideration. The kit lens for the D40 isn't too big. Pentax has some "pancake" lens primes which help with the size of the camera as well.

02-14-2008, 12:41 PM
Olympus E410, and Sigma DP1 is a pseudo-slr.

02-14-2008, 01:16 PM
Olympus E410

Ah, I forgot about that one. I can't imagine it's very comfortable to hold though.

02-14-2008, 07:35 PM
That would be the Olympus E-410 with the 14-42mm and 40-150mm kit lenses, which would give almost identical but slightly longer zoom range than your TZ1, between the two of them. Supposedly there are other non-zoom lenses that are even smaller, but they might be hard to find. The E-410 is also one of the cheaper DSLR's, especially with that zoom range.

02-14-2008, 08:12 PM
Supposedly, the Nikon D60 is going to be the "smallest DSLR in Nikon's history". So I assume, it is even smaller than the D40. I have no idea how it compares to the E410, but when you get this small, you really should worry about how the camera feels in your hands. For example, the XTi and the D40 are about the same size camera, but the D40's grip feels better in the hands. We are talking fractions of an inch in size difference, but the D40 feels like a camera, and the XTi felt like a plastic toy.

Sorry XTi owners...

If small is what you are looking for, go to a store and test out how the small DSLR's feel in your hands. If it doesn't feel good, then you probably wont want to use the camera. There's nothing worse than a $500 paperweight.

Try them out, see how they feel, how their ergonomics are, and when you have tested them out, you may find that you wont choose the smallest DSLR of the bunch.

02-14-2008, 09:31 PM
thnx 4 every1s responses