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

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

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.

[ Updated 7 October 2020 ]

DSLR Cameras – Pro 
Editor’s Choice:
Canon EOS-1S X Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

DSLR Cameras – Advanced
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D7500
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DSLR Cameras – Entry Level
Editor’s Choice:
Nikon D3500

Mirrorless Cameras – Full Frame
Editor’s Choice: 
Canon EOS R6
Panasonic DC-S1H
Sony ILCE Alpha 9 II
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
Nikon Z7
Recommended:
Sony α7C
Nikon Z5
Canon EOS R5

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

Mirrorless Cameras – M4/3
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
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
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS lens SEL24105G
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G-Master
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
Recommended:
Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM 
Sony FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 (SEL2860)
Nikkor Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR

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
Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
Sony SAL85F14Z Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA

Lenses – M4/3
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS
Panasonic DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens (H-X1025)
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm f/4.0 IS PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
Panasonic Lumix G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S

Fixed Lens Cameras
Editor’s Choice:
Fujifilm X100V
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII
Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

Fixed Lens Cameras – Waterproof
Editor’s Choice:
Olympus Tough TG-5

Fixed Lens Cameras – Long Zoom 
Editor’s Choice:
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV

Fixed Lens Cameras – Travel Zoom
Editor’s Choice:
Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ220

Camera Bags
Editor’s Choice:
Lowepro Pro Trekker 450 AW Camera Backpack

Software
Editor’s Choice:
Serif Affinity Photo

Monitors
Editor’s Choice:
Eizo ColorEdge CS2740
Eizo CG2730
Recommended:
BenQ SW321C PhotoVue Photographer Monitor

Colour Management
Editor’s Choice:
Datacolor Spyder X Elite

Printers
Editor’s Choice:
Canon PIXMA PRO-100S
Epson SureColor SC-P600
Recommended
Epson Premium EcoTank ET-7700

Scanners
Editor’s Choice:
Epson Perfection V850 Pro Photo Scanner

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 the Imatest website.

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.

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

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Camera Review Ratings
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