How Much Does a Camera Weigh?

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I recently analysed more than 2,000 cameras to answer the question: “How much does an average camera weigh?”.

I considered cameras developed after 2010 from every major camera brand.

This post contains (to my knowledge) the most comprehensive data collection of camera weights.

Summary of My Findings

  • Cameras weigh 386.9 g (0.85 lbs) on average.
  • DSLR cameras weigh 675.3 g (1.49 lbs) on average.
  • Mirrorless cameras weigh 476.9 g (1.05 lbs) on average
  • Compact cameras weigh 292.9 g (0.65 lbs) on average.
Average Camera weight: Dslr vs Mirrorless vs Compact
Graphical representation of the range of camera weights.

On average, DSLRs are the heaviest among the cameras, which comes as no surprise. After all, they consist of more parts and have to be bulkier. On average, mirrorless cameras are 29.4% lighter than DSLRs. Mirrorless cameras don’t have a mirror in comparison to DSLRs. Therefore, mirrorless cameras are significantly leaner and more lightweight than DSLRs.

DSLR vs Mirrorless vs Compact Weight Comparison

BrandDSLRMirrorlessCompact
Canon685.8 g (1.51 lbs)434.1 g (0.96 lbs)240.6 g (0.53 lbs)
Nikon788.4 g (1.74 lbs)320.2 g (0.71 lbs)260.4 g (0.57 lbs)
Sony/471.5 g (1.04 lbs)351.2 g (0.77 lbs)
Pentax753.4 g (1.66 lbs)268.8 g (0.59 lbs)177.6 g (0.39 lbs)
Olympus559.8 g (1.23 lbs)//
Leica/6458 g (1.42 lbs)403.0 g (0.89 lbs)
Average camera weight per Camera brand

As you can see from the table above, some numbers are missing. That is because some camera brands haven’t created any certain camera types since 2010. For example, Sony hasn’t made any DSLRs since 2010.

Popular Camera Weights Tables

Camera modelWeightType
Sony A9676gMirrorless
Sony A9 II678gMirrorless
Sony A7r IV665 gMirrorless
Sony A7r III657 gMirrorless
Sony A7 III650 gMirrorless
Sony A6600503 gMirrorless
Canon EOS R660 gMirrorless
Canon R5738 gMirrorless
Canon R6680 gMirrorless
Canon EOS 90D701 gDSLR
Canon EOS 80D730 gDSLR
Canon 5D IV800 gDSLR
Canon 6D II765 gDSLR
Nikon Z7 II705 gMirrorless
Nikon Z7585 gMirrorless
Nikon Z6 II705 gMirrorless
Nikon Z6675 gMirrorless
Popular camera weights

Are Light Cameras Better Than Heavy?

Generally, light cameras are better for types of photography where you need mobility and a lot of hand-holding, such as wedding and portrait photography. Heavy cameras are better for people who prefer to use bulkier cameras as they fit better into their hands. Also, the heavier cameras might be beneficial for astro and long exposure photography.

Conclusion

Camera weights have a wide range, from the lightest Samsung ST30 that weighs only 87 g up to Canon EOS-1D weighs 1585 g.

While camera weight is more important in some types of photography than others, no camera is exceptionally heavy; at least not to a point where it would be difficult to hold it.

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Matic Broz

Matic Broz is a multifaceted creative professional, with experience as a photographer, graphic designer, and business owner. He has a decade of experience in helping other creatives improve their craft and start their own businesses. His writing and research have been featured in notable publications such as The Guardian, PetaPixel, and USA Today. Additionally, his scientific research has been recognized with a cover feature in the prestigious MDPI-owned journal. In his leisure time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and spending time with dogs. Read more

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