Recommended cameras and lenses

Every week Photo Review evaluates the latest digital imaging equipment. Our independent product tests use objective benchmark software* that is internationally recognised.

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DSLR - Pro 
Sophisticated digital SLRs for professionals:
Nikon D810 
Sony SLT-A99 
Canon EOS-1D X  
Canon EOS 5D Mark lII 

DSLR - Advanced 
Full function DSLRs for keen photographers:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II (above)
Nikon D750 
Sony ILCA-77 Mark II 
Nikon D610
Nikon D5300 
Pentax K-3  
Canon EOS 70D  

DSLR - Entry Level
Interchangeable lenses, superior image sensors, full control:
Nikon D3300 
Canon EOS 1200D 
Canon EOS 100D 
Canon EOS 700D 

Advanced Compact - Interchangeable Lens
High-performance compact cameras with RAW file support:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (above) 
Sony ILCE-α6000
Sony α5000 
Sony α7R 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Fujifilm X-E2
Olympus OM-D E-M1    


Lenses - Full Frame
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC 
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens 
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (above)
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art 
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR 
AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x 
Canon EF 24-70MM F/4L IS USM 
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (A009) 
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004) 
AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM 
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) 

Lenses - APS-C
Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II 
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro 
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG (OS) HSM Art 
AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR 
SMC Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 
Fujinon Super EBC XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS (above) 
AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 
Fujinon Super EBC XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II (Model B001)
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3DC Macro OS HSM 
Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM 

Lenses - M4/3
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC 
Samyang Reflex f/6.3 300mm ED UMC CS 
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH 
Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN A MFT 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro 
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN A 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II 
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm f/2.8
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital Ed 60mm f/2.8 Macro  
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital Ed 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S  

Lenses - Other ILC 
Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R 
Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 
Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS 
1 Nikkor 18.5mm F/1.8 

Advanced Compact - Fixed Lens
High-performance compact cameras with RAW file support:

Fujifilm X100T 
Sigma DP3 Merrill (above)
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark III 
Fujifilm X20 

Point and Shoot
Small-sensor digicams with special features...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 

Long Zoom 
SLR-like cameras with long zoom lenses and manual controls:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 

Travel Zoom
Slim compact cameras with long zoom lenses:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 

Camera Bags
Lowepro Hardside 200 Video case 
Manfrotto Allegra-30 Messenger Bag 

Portrait Professional Studio 12 
RawTherapee 4.0.11 
SpectraCal CalPC Software
Eizo EasyPIX Colour Matching Tool

BenQ PG2401PT Monitor 
Eizo FORIS FS2333 Monitor
Eizo EasyPIX Colour Matching Tool 

Canon PIXMA Pro-10
Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer 
Canon PIXMA Pro-1
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 

* How We Review
All cameras and lenses tested at Photo Review are subjected to Imatest evaluation, which uses a test target/software evaluation system developed by Norman Koren in Boulder, Colorado (USA). The system provides objective measurements for:
- Image sharpness and the camera's ability to record fine detail
- Chromatic aberration
- Colour recording quality, tonal response and colour noise
- Camera tonal response and dynamic range.
See more information on Imatest at:

For more information on how we review see: Understanding our test Procedures.
In addition to image quality testing, our camera reviews include an examination of innovative features, build quality, ease of use, and ability to shoot in low-light conditions.

Photo Review quotes imager area dimensions in millimetres for all cameras reviewed, allowing buyers to calculate the actual size of photosites, which is the best indicator of potential picture quality.

Where possible Raw files for analysis are converted with Adobe Camera Raw, our preferred conversion software.

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RRP = recommended retail price
ASP = approximate street price at the time of the review 
MSRP = manufacturer's suggested retail price 

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Camera Review Ratings
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