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.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
from $699
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
25,600 ISO
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
from $1,498
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.4
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
from $948
Movie format Shoots UHD movies Help
UHD @ 30fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
120 fps
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $529
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

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Mirrorless Interchangeable-lens Cameras

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

Samsung NX500
Samsung NX500
from $798
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,379 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0

Learn more about the Samsung NX500

Samsung NX1
Samsung NX1
from $1,660
Movie format Shoots 4K movies Help
4K @ 24fps
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,363 ISO
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Learn more about the Samsung NX1

Sony Alpha A5100
Sony Alpha A5100
from $448
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,347 ISO
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
80.0

Learn more about the Sony Alpha A5100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
from $763
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

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Entry Level DSLRs

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

Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200
from $849
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,333 ISO
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

Learn more about the Nikon D7200

Nikon D5500
Nikon D5500
from $565
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,438 ISO
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
84.0

Learn more about the Nikon D5500

Pentax K-3 II
Pentax K-3 II
from $850
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

Pentax K-S1
Pentax K-S1
from $327
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.63x
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
51,200 ISO
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Learn more about the Pentax K-S1

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Pro DSLRs

The following Pro SLRs have the best overall image quality.

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,700
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps

Learn more about the Nikon D750

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Discussion

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Avatar for mildgargle mildgargle (1:54 AM, September 22, 2015)
Canon cameras have inferior image quality compared to other camera brands. However, the reason why they are so popular is because of post processing. It's RAW format is supported by more editing softwares such as photoshop and lightroom than RAW formats from other companies. I have a Sony a6000 and it is pretty hard to process the pictures. I can use, "Image Data Converter" provided by Sony but it is not as good as photoshop. However, if i use photoshop, i need to install an add-on which takes quite a lot of time. Canon's RAW format is already supported by photoshop and so there is no need to install an add-on separately. Nikon/Sony is better if you don't want to process it later but Canon is better if you're going to process it later.
 
Avatar for Shizuppy Shizuppy (7:16 AM, July 01, 2015)
If you don't like the results, run your own tests.
 
Avatar for Shizuppy Shizuppy (7:15 AM, July 01, 2015)
Finally a logical comment.
 
Avatar for Shizuppy Shizuppy (7:15 AM, July 01, 2015)
Wow, two of the exact same logic fails by two different people in one short comment thread. Impressive.
 
Avatar for Shizuppy Shizuppy (7:13 AM, July 01, 2015)
Logic fail. Appeal to popularity. "It's popular therefore it can't be bad" is such a fallacious argument that I can't believe you actually proposed it.
 
Avatar for Babur Schehzad Babur Schehzad (4:34 PM, June 04, 2015)
According to above article, this is the "NEWS" for me that canon doesn't make any professional DSLR with great (more specifically 'considerable') image quality. Only Nikon has this prestige?? Isn't this unfair to be so biased?
 
Avatar for EMa Borg EMa Borg (0:10 AM, December 06, 2014)
It will be great if SNAPSORT could finally include the mid format cameras
 
Avatar for EMa Borg EMa Borg (0:06 AM, December 06, 2014)
Look... The ranking is based on color depth, dynamic range and image quality at high iso. Most Canons camaras score poorly in "Lower noise at high ISO" And that´s why Canon is off any descent ranking. If People Likes better canon, it´s fine with me... but this is a technical score, not a popularity contest
 
Avatar for Pete At FfocalPoint Pete At FfocalPoint (8:45 AM, June 05, 2014)
FI_photo
You clearly do not know what you're talking about.
It's not a popularity contest - it's about the quality of the image as proved by a DXO algorithm.
Unfair to generalise but this is a typical Canikon user comment.
 
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!!!