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The best Sony cameras

Sony offers a diverse portfolio of consumer electronics products and since the acquisition of the photography branch of Konica-Minolta in 2006 has become one of the top brands for digital cameras. Sony provides a broad range of models, including digital single lens reflex cameras (A-mount), mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (E-mount), and compact cameras that come with a built-in lens. It also uses a variety of imaging sensors in its models, ranging from full-frame, over APS-C and One-inch, to small 1/2.3-inch sensors.

A7R II
Sony A7R II with 1.4/85mm

The choice of a particular type of camera depends very much on the intended use. A professional wedding photographer has different requirements than a casual family holiday shooter, and a sports reporter has different needs than a landscape artist. The importance of individual preferences and selection criteria means that the question which camera is best is not easy to answer. That said, general camera rankings can give a useful overview of the overall capabilities of various camera models and thereby provide the basis for more use-specific model comparisons and assessments.

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The highest rated Sony cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Sony A9 III

The Camera Elo represents a comprehensive rating that takes the body, sensor and feature characteristics of digital cameras into account. It is based on the outcomes of thousands of pair-wise comparisons undertaken via the CAM-parator app.

The Sony A9 III is currently the top-ranked Sony camera with a Camera Elo of 3200, followed in second place by the Sony A7R IVA with a rating of 3145. The table below lists the 20 highest ranked Sony cameras in descending order of their Elo. It also reports the cameras' DXO Mark sensor quality score, which can be taken as indicators of pure image quality. For both the Camera Elo and the DXO score, higher values represent better performance.

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The Cameras with the Highest Elo
    Camera
Model
Lens
Type
Camera
Elo
DXO
Score
Camera
Type
Resolution
(MP)
Video
Format
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony A9 IIISony E 320096 Mirrorless 24.04K/120p Nov 2023 5,999 amazon.com
2.
 
Sony A7R IVASony E 314599 Mirrorless 60.24K/30p Apr 2021 3,499 amazon.com
3.
 
Sony A1Sony E 310598 Mirrorless 49.88k/30p Jan 2021 6,499 amazon.com
4.
 
Sony A7R VSony E 3067100 Mirrorless 60.28k/24p Oct 2022 3,899 amazon.com
5.
 
Sony A7 IVSony E 304197 Mirrorless 32.74K/60p Oct 2021 2,499 amazon.com
6.
 
Sony A7C IISony E 301196 Mirrorless 32.74K/60p Aug 2023 2,199 amazon.com
7.
 
Sony A6700Sony E 300186 Mirrorless 25.64K/120p Jul 2023 1,399 amazon.com
8.
 
Sony A7C RSony E 297996 Mirrorless 60.24K/60p Aug 2023 2,999 amazon.com
9.
 
Sony A7R IVSony E 296099 Mirrorless 60.24K/30p Jul 2019 3,499ebay.com
10.
 
Sony A7CSony E 295395 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Sep 2020 1,799 amazon.com
11.
 
Sony ZV-E1Sony E 295096 Mirrorless 12.04K/60p Mar 2023 2,199 amazon.com
12.
 
Sony A7S IIISony E 293486 Mirrorless 12.04K/120p Jul 2020 3,499 amazon.com
13.
 
Sony A7R IIIASony E 2932100 Mirrorless 42.24K/30p Apr 2021 3,199 amazon.com
14.
 
Sony A9 IISony E 287693 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Oct 2019 4,499 amazon.com
15.
 
Sony ZV-E10Sony E 281185 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Jul 2021 699 amazon.com
16.
 
Sony A7R IIISony E 2776100 Mirrorless 42.24K/30p Oct 2017 3,199ebay.com
17.
 
Sony A6600Sony E 277382 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Aug 2019 1,399 amazon.com
18.
 
Sony A6100Sony E 271284 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Aug 2019 749ebay.com
19.
 
Sony A6400Sony E 267283 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Jan 2019 899 amazon.com
20.
 
Sony A7 IIISony E 264596 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Feb 2018 1,999 amazon.com
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.
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You can access more detail on the listed cameras by clicking on the camera's name. Alternatively, you can compare two Sony cameras using the search boxes below. Just enter two model names into the input fields and you will promptly be taken to a respective comparison.

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    Further Reading

    Additional information on the calculation of the Camera Elo can be found on a respective Elo methodology page. Moreover, there are other rankings of cameras by category that might be of interest:

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