Maximum Dynamic Range
Nikon D750 The Nikon D750 has the largest dynamic range we've seen of any camera at 14.5 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-RX10 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
from $1,163
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots
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 $927
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

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

Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $475
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

Learn more about the Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
Canon PowerShot G3 X
from $795
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,620k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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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 $498
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid

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Samsung NX1
Samsung NX1
from $1,099
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Sony A7S
Sony A7S
from $1,735
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,993 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
85.0
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm

Learn more about the Sony A7S

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
from $829
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Screen type OLED Screen Help
Bright and vivid
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.74x

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Entry Level DSLRs

The following entry level SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200
from $879
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,333 ISO
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

Learn more about the Nikon D7200

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $529
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Pentax K-3 II
Pentax K-3 II
from $717
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
8.3 fps

Learn more about the Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-S1
Pentax K-S1
from $300
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.63x
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,200 ISO

Learn more about the Pentax K-S1

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Pro DSLRs

The following Pro SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,560
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
14.5 EV

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $2,268
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,979 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
96.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.7 bits

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Nikon D4s
Nikon D4s
from $5,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,965 ISO
Battery life Great battery life Help
3020 shots
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0

Learn more about the Nikon D4s

Sony SLT A77 II
Sony SLT A77 II
from $898
Autofocus Autofocuses shooting video Help
Phase detection
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

Learn more about the Sony SLT A77 II

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