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

[ Updated 12 August 2020 ]

Our highest award, The Photo Review Editor’s Choice Award is given only to products that represent significant technical advances or offer special features that are of exceptional interest to photographers.

The Photo Review Recommended Award is given to products that meet our expectations for build quality, performance, value-for-money and usability for the product’s designed purpose.

DSLR – Pro 
Sophisticated digital SLRs for professionals
Editor’s Choice:
Canon EOS-1S X Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

DSLR – Advanced
Full function DSLRs for keen photographers
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D7500
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DSLR – Entry Level
Interchangeable lenses, superior image sensors, full control
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D3500

Mirrorless Cameras
High-performance, compact, interchangeable lens cameras with RAW file support.
(Learn more about Full Frame, APS-C, M4/3 sensor sizes)

Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras
Editor’s Choice:
Panasonic DC-S1H
Sony ILCE Alpha 9 II
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Nikon Z7

APS-C Mirrorless Cameras
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm X-T4
Fujifilm X-T3
Canon EOS M50
Sony ILCE-α6500

M4/3 Mirrorless Cameras
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Lenses – Full Frame
Editor’s Choice:
Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM
Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Model A022
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004)
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 G ED

Lenses – APS-C
Editor’s Choice:
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3DC Macro OS HSM
Sony SAL85F14Z Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA

Lenses – M4/3
Editor’s Choice:
Panasonic DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens (H-X1025)
Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for M4/3 
Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.2 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Premium 45mm f/1.8
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. lens (H-E08018)
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-ES12060E)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph. POWER O.I.S.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4.0-6.3 ASPH Power O.I.S.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO
Panasonic Lumix 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 PRO Fisheye Lens
Panasonic Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH lens H-HS043E
Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. 
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO  
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
Editor’s Choice:
Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens SEL24105G
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD
Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Fujifilm XF23mm f/2 R WR
Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.  
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS SEL70200GM 
Sony E35mm f/1.8 OSS lens (SEL35F18)
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art lens 
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G-Master
Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 R WR
Sony FE 28mm f/2
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD
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
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm X100V
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II
Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2500
Canon PowerShot G9 X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1
Leica Q
Sigma DP3 Merrill  
Fujifilm X20

Point and Shoot
Small-sensor digicams with special features…

Waterproof
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus Tough TG-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 

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

Travel Zoom
Slim compact cameras with long zoom lenses:
Editor’s Choice:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ110

Camera Bags
Editor’s Choice:
Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW Camera Backpack
Lowepro Hardside 200 Video case 
Manfrotto Allegra-30 Messenger Bag

Software
Editor’s Choice:
DxO PhotoLab 3.2 
Serif Affinity Photo 
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2020
Portrait Professional Studio 12
RawTherapee 4.0.11
SpectraCal CalPC Software

Monitors
Editor’s Choice:
Eizo ColorEdge CS2740
BenQ SW271 PhotoVue Photographer
BenQ SW240 PhotoVue IPS
Eizo CG2730
Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch
Eizo ColorEdge CS240
BenQ PG2401PT Monitor
Eizo FORIS FS2333 Monitor
Recommended:
BenQ SW321C PhotoVue Photographer Monitor

Colour Management
Editor’s Choice:
Datacolor Spyder X Elite
Eizo EasyPIX Colour Matching Tool

Printers
Editor’s Choice:
Epson SureColor P5070
Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
Epson SureColor SC-P600
Epson Artisan 1430 Inkjet Printer
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: http://imatest.com/.

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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ASP = approximate street price at the time of the review
MSRP = manufacturer’s suggested retail price

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Camera Review Ratings
Ratings are based on how the camera performs in comparison to other cameras of the same type with the same sensor size at the time the review was done. Readers should check the date of review and take that into consideration before making any purchase decision. The Overall rating also considers the camera’s price at the time of review.

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