Snapsort uses benchmarks from DxOMark to rank cameras' image quality. DxOMark benchmark mosts cameras that shoot RAW which covers basically all DSLRs and a few high-end digicams. The overall score is an equally weighted blend of three other benchmarks: color depth, dynamic range and image quality at high iso.

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Sunlight through the clouds, taken with a Canon Rebel T2i by japokskee A beautiful shot of the sun behind some clouds, taken with a Canon Rebel T2i. Photography by Japokskee via Flickr.

Digital Cameras with Great Overall Image Quality

Compact Cameras

The following compact cameras with the best overall image quality we've seen, keep in mind that only a few compact cameras are measured.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
from $666
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 Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
from $536
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 $1,298
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
69.0

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Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO

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Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Cameras

The following mirrorless interchangable lens cameras have the best overall image image quality we've seen.

Sony A7
Sony A7
from $1,698
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 $648
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 $494
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-5T
Sony NEX-5T
from $448
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
78.0
Dynamic range Wide dynamic range Help
13 EV
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO

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Entry Level DSLRs

The following entry level SLRs have the best overall image quality.

Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
from $1,147
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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Nikon D5200
Nikon D5200
from $647
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,284 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0

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Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-5 II
from $660
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 best overall image quality.

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 D600
Nikon D600
from $1,600
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 $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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Nikon DF
Nikon DF
from $2,700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
3,279 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Discussion

Showing 9 comments

Avatar for heavenscanwait heavenscanwait (11:56 PM, January 12, 2014)
You know F1_photo, I was thinking the same thing. All the top canon cameras are completely left out in ALL categories. I wonder if the website has an ulterior motive!!!!!!!
Canon is the most popular camera in ALL categories. People who are spending their hard earned money are not fools. This is a good website but certainly heavily biased against canon.
 
Ali (3:31 AM, December 26, 2013)
What about the sharpness and details?The contrast ?colour processing and how real are colours?
 
Kingshuk B (11:06 AM, April 10, 2013)
It will be good for Snapsort, if they put some sample images for each camera and d settings for those picture.
 
Avatar for Marek Medved Marek Medved (11:35 AM, December 19, 2012)
When I benchmark results available for Nikon D5200?(DXO Mark)
 
Slovenian (6:11 PM, November 04, 2012)
Thanks for help. I just love Sony cameras.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:13 PM, October 30, 2012)
Hey @009614a9215fb5be30f1455848a9e741:disqus
It says that the top of the page: "Snapsort uses benchmarks from DxOMark to rank cameras' image quality. DxOMark benchmark mosts cameras that shoot RAW which covers basically all DSLRs and a few high-end digicams. The overall score is an equally weighted blend of three other benchmarks: color depth, dynamic range and image quality at high iso."
The image quality scores have nothing to do with the popularity of a camera brand, they based by independent sensor test done by DxOMark
Hope that helps.
 
FI_photo (9:04 PM, October 30, 2012)
Very interesting to notice that Snapsort seem to claim that none of Canon's models doesn't have "great image quality". Well... Honestly... How credible this is takin account that Canon have about half of professional photographers market. Totally BS, i'm sorry Snapsort.
 
Alex (2:37 PM, February 23, 2011)
Please analyze "overall image quality" for Lumix DCM FZ100. I will appreciate this. Thanks
 
Alejonorway (9:06 PM, December 16, 2010)
this is the best web for compare cameras... thanks!!!