Maximum Dynamic Range
Nikon D610 The Nikon D610 has the largest dynamic range we've seen of any camera at 14.2 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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $798
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
from $573
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $998
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
69.0
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots

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Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Cameras

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

Sony A7
Sony A7
from $1,498
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,248 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
90.0
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate

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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $620
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,347 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Focus points Many focus points Help
179

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Sony Alpha NEX-6
Sony Alpha NEX-6
from $480
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
78.0
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
13.1 EV

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Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5R
from $508
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
78.0
3D Takes 3D photos Help
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
13.1 EV

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Entry Level DSLRs

The following entry level SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
from $1,097
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,256 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300
from $720
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,338 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
from $988
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,216 ISO
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
25
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-5 II
from $700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,235 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.1 EV

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Pro DSLRs

The following Pro SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,897
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
94.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.1 bits

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $3,297
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
True resolution High true resolution Help
36.2 MP

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Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $6,497
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,074 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

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Sony SLT-A99
Sony SLT-A99
from $2,298
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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