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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.

The highest rated Sony cameras

Top Elo
Camera with highest Elo: Sony A7 IV

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 A7 IV is currently the top-ranked Sony camera with a Camera Elo of 3176, followed in second place by the Sony A1 with a rating of 3174. 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 A7 IVSony E 317697 Mirrorless 32.74K/60p Oct 2021 2,499 amazon.com
2.
 
Sony A1Sony E 317498 Mirrorless 49.88k/30p Jan 2021 6,499 amazon.com
3.
 
Sony A7R IVSony E 312599 Mirrorless 60.24K/30p Jul 2019 3,499 amazon.com
4.
 
Sony A7S IIISony E 307186 Mirrorless 12.04K/120p Jul 2020 3,499 amazon.com
5.
 
Sony A7CSony E 303995 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Sep 2020 1,799 amazon.com
6.
 
Sony A9 IISony E 300493 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Oct 2019 4,499 amazon.com
7.
 
Sony A7R IIISony E 2966100 Mirrorless 42.24K/30p Oct 2017 3,199ebay.com
8.
 
Sony A7 IIISony E 286796 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Feb 2018 1,999 amazon.com
9.
 
Sony A6600Sony E 285682 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Aug 2019 1,399 amazon.com
10.
 
Sony ZV-E10Sony E 285585 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Jul 2021 699 amazon.com
11.
 
Sony A9Sony E 281092 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Apr 2017 4,499ebay.com
12.
 
Sony A6100Sony E 280184 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Aug 2019 749ebay.com
13.
 
Sony A6400Sony E 275683 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Jan 2019 899 amazon.com
14.
 
Sony A99 IISony A 268992 DSLR 42.24K/30p Sep 2016 3,199ebay.com
15.
 
Sony RX10 IV 24-600 mm f/2.4-4.0 259563 Compact 20.04K/30p Sep 2017 1,699 amazon.com
16.
 
Sony RX100 VII 24-200 mm f/2.8-4.5 259263 Compact 20.04K/30p Jul 2019 1,199 amazon.com
17.
 
Sony ZV-1 24-70 mm f/1.8-2.8 257866 Compact 20.04K/30p May 2020 799 amazon.com
18.
 
Sony RX100 VI 24-200 mm f/2.8-4.5 254764 Compact 20.04K/30p Jun 2018 1,199ebay.com
19.
 
Sony A6500Sony E 254785 Mirrorless 24.04K/30p Oct 2016 1,399ebay.com
20.
 
Sony A7R IISony E 241798 Mirrorless 42.24K/30p Jun 2015 3,199ebay.com
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

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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