Maximum Dynamic Range
Nikon D7200 The Nikon D7200 has the largest dynamic range we've seen of any camera at 14.6 EV.

Dynamic range refers to the maximum range a camera can capture from lightest to darkest. Cameras with more dynamic range can capture more variation in tone from light to dark, and can capture detail in lighter and darker parts of the image. This is especially useful when shooting RAW, the more range you have to start with, the more easily you can pull detail back from over or under exposed parts of the image.

Snapsort uses measurements from DxOMark for dynamic range. DxOMark recommends having a lot of dynamic range for landscape photography. These measurements are only available for cameras that shoot RAW which includes all DSLRs and a few high-end point and shoots.

Great Dynamic Range
A b&w photograph taken by Astragony with a Leica M8 An incredible black & white portrait taken with a Leica M8 rangefinder. Photography by Astragony via Flickr. ISO 320, 1/125s, unknown aperture and focal-length.

RAW Measurements

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Dynamic range is measured by DxOMark based on the RAW images produced by the camera, not the final JPEG images. If you normally shoot in RAW, then you can be confident that these measurements will affect the dynamic range you'll see in your images. If you shoot JPEG though, there is further processing done by the camera once the image has been captured, which is not measured by these numbers, which may mean some cameras JPEG images are slightly worse or better than you'd expect.

Digital Cameras with Great Dynamic Range

Compact Cameras

The following compact cameras the largest dynamic range we've seen, keep in mind that only a few compact cameras are measured.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $699
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
71.0
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $940
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
from $1,598
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4

Learn more about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
from $1,295
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Cameras

The following mirrorless interchangable lens cameras have the largest dynamic range we've seen.

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX500
from $791
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,379 ISO
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

Learn more about the Samsung NX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
from $689
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.74x

Learn more about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Nikon 1 J5
Nikon 1 J5
from $497
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
60 fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons

Learn more about the Nikon 1 J5

Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M3
from $399
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,169 ISO
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Entry Level DSLRs

The following entry level SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200
from $789
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,333 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $620
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Pentax K-3 II
Pentax K-3 II
from $846
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
8.3 fps

Learn more about the Pentax K-3 II

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
from $799
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
19

Learn more about the Canon EOS Rebel T6i

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Pro DSLRs

The following Pro SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

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Avatar for David Booth David Booth (6:05 PM, February 23, 2015)
So that readers can assess its relevance, of course. Technology changes very fast. Comparisons that were made 5 years ago are useless. The more recent they were made, the more relevant they are. If there is no date that indicates *when* these comparisons were made, they are nearly useless because the reader has no easy way to determine that they are not obsolete. *You* may know when you made these comparisons, but unless your readers do also, the value of your comparisons is reduced dramatically.
 
Avatar for Khaleesi Khaleesi (11:02 PM, July 25, 2014)
What for?
 
Avatar for David Booth David Booth (10:20 PM, June 27, 2014)
This page is nearly useless without a date. Please indicate when this was written.