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-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $769
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $472
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
71.0
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Less buttons

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
from $1,298
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $898
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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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 $1,198
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,248 ISO
Autofocus Phase detection video autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
90.0

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Sony Alpha A6000
Sony Alpha A6000
from $548
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Lens
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
82.0
Viewfinder Great viewfinder Help
Digital

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Sony A7S
Sony A7S
from $2,070
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,702 ISO
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
409,600 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

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Samsung NX1
Samsung NX1
from $1,499
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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Entry Level DSLRs

The following entry level SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200
from $935
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,333 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

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Nikon D5300
Nikon D5300
from $570
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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Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $580
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0

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Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
from $749
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,216 ISO
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
8.3 fps
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Pro DSLRs

The following Pro SLRs have the largest dynamic range.

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $2,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.7 bits

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Nikon D610
Nikon D610
from $1,295
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 D4s
Nikon D4s
from $5,997
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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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.
 
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This page is nearly useless without a date. Please indicate when this was written.