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Compact Cameras with RAW Format

Updated on July 10, 2013

DLSRs aren't the only cameras with RAW support

Serious photographers know that shooting uncompressed RAW files can offer many advantages over compressed JPG files. But until recently, RAW support was only available in digital SLRs. Now more and more compact cameras with RAW format are being released. Manufacturers such as Nikon, Canon and others have all recognized the demand for this feature and are creating new cameras to meet the need. This page lists some of the most popular and well-rated compact cameras with RAW support. Take a look below to learn more about them.

(Image of Nikon Coolpix P7100 compact camera provided by Amazon)

Nikon COOLPIX P7100 - 10.1 MP resolution and 7.1x optical zoom

  • "This is a camera for people who want full creative control. Five Stars!" - Amazon reviewer

Is it any surprise that Nikon has one of the best compact cameras with RAW format? The P7100, which was released in late 2011, already has a 4.3- out of 5-star rating with over 50 reviews on Amazon.

In addition to its ability to shoot RAW, the P7100 offers users plenty of other great features, such as a 7.1x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, 10.1-MP, 1/1.7-in. CCD sensor, 3-inch 921k-dot Vari-Angle monitor and optical viewfinder, macro mode, and 720p HD video.

Nikon COOLPIX P7100 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD
Nikon COOLPIX P7100 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD

Product description: If you're looking for a compact companion to your D-SLR gear for road trips and vacations, grab the Nikon COOLPIX P7100 and keep on shooting. This portable camera doesn't compromise quality or creativity, delivering the versatility, performance and speed that keeps you in the game. Get amazing photos and HD (720p) movies with intense detail powered by a large 10.1-MP, 1/1.7" CCD sensor and Nikon's imaging technology. Process every moment with faster performance—even minimize image blur with VR image stabilization. Then add in-camera special effects to take your photos in a new direction. You'll keep the photography passion burning.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 - 10.1 MP with 3.8x optical zoom

  • "Overall, I highly recommend the LX5 if you are in the market for a serious photographer's P&S camera." - Amazon reviewer

Panasonic may not play in the Big Leagues of DSLRs, but when it comes to point-and-shoot compact cameras, this manufacturer know how to hit a home run. Over 370 reviewers have given the DMC-LX5 an average 4.4- out of 5-star rating on Amazon. The quality and pricing make this camera a favorite.

The 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-LX5 sports a 3.8x optical zoom, 24mm ultra-wide angle Leica lens, 3-inch LCD viewer; and the ability to shoot HD video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black (OLD MODEL)

Product description: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is a unique compact digital camera offering photo enthusiasts the ideal way for capturing professional-quality photos and High Definition (HD) video. With an ultra-bright F2.0 ultra-wide-angle 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summicron lens, the Lumix LX5 minimizes image distortion, resulting in stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail.The F2.0 lens is twice as bright as a F2.8 lens, making it easy to produce beautiful photos with a soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.


Fujifilm X10 - Another popular option

  • "This camera has absolutely exceeded ALL my expectations." - Amazon reviewer

Fujifilm is another popular brand in compact cameras, and more than 90 customers have given this Fujifilm compact camera an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars. The X10 features a 12 MP CMOS sensor, 4x optical zoom, 1080p HD video, motion panorama and a variety of shooting modes.

Fujifilm X10 12 MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with f2.0-f2.8 4x Optical Zoom Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD
Fujifilm X10 12 MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with f2.0-f2.8 4x Optical Zoom Lens and 2.8-Inch LCD

Product description: Take your passion for photography to the next level with Fujifilm's X10 digital camera. The X10 demonstrates exceptional performance that will ignite your creativity. Explore X10's potential through it's top quality components, intuitive controls and advanced operability; while enjoying the precise fit and finish typically found in much more complicated, less approachable photographic products. Finally, revel in the design that gives you that feeling of holding something special; something unique. Fujifilm's X10 digital camera invites you to master its every possibility.


Canon G12 - Best-rated compact camera with RAW

  • "Easy to use camera that takes great pictures." - Amazon reviewer

With an average 4.4- out of 5-star rating from more than 275 reviews, Canon's G12 is currently the best-rated compact camera with RAW on Amazon. The 10 MP camera offers such features as a 5x optical image-stabilized zoom, 28 mm wide angle lens, 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor and optical viewfinder,ISO range from 80 to 3200, multiple scene modes, and the ability to shoot 720p HD video in stereo sound.

Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD
Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD

Product description: Feast your eyes on an updated G Series digital camera: The G12. It's ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G Series. The G12 is still loaded with powerful technologies that has made the G Series cameras so renowned, like the Canon HS SYSTEM, 2.8-inch Vari-angle PureColor System LCD, and RAW + JPEG image modes. Now, this flagship camera paves the way with these new upgrades like 720p HD Video with stereo sound to get crystal clear footage, multiple aspect ratios, High Dynamic Range, Electronic Level, Tracking AF, a Front Dial and much more to give you even more creative control than before!


Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera - Another highly rated compact camera with RAW format

  • "I highly recommend it to anyone looking to move up from a simple point and shoot, but not yet ready to go full on with a dslr and a bunch of lenses.." - Amazon reviewer

With over 70 reviews, the Olympux XZ-1 compact camera is winning positive feedback from reviewers who have given it an average 4.4- out of 5-star rating. This compact camera with RAW format also features a 10-megapixel CCD sensor, iZUIKO 24mm wide angle lens with 4x zoom (28-112 mm equiv.), 720p HD video at 30 fps, a 3-inch OLED monitor, six creative Art Filters and much more.

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