The Absolute Best Cameras For Working In Low Light From Each Brand

These days many photographers like to work in a variety of situations, from bright noon sun to starlight, but many cameras can’t handle themselves well in all these situations. So, if you are a photographer that finds themselves wanting a camera that can handle itself in lower light scenarios as well as during the day, which cameras should you be considering?

That is why were are here today, to help you sort this out. So we will be going down the list, brand by brand, giving you our recommendations for the best performing cameras in low light. Ready? Ok, let’s get into it…

Canon: 5D Mark IV

“In extremely low light situations, the hit rate is simply astounding. Very few Nikon cameras can keep up like this. Part of that has to do with the autofocus system being very similar to the 1DX Mk II’s. It just works. Comparatively speaking though, Olympus is still better in a lot of situations and the new Sony a99 II can track moving targets extremely well.”

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Nikon: D750

“Other than some quibbles with the partially plastic frame, you’re going to love the Nikon D750 through and through. It follows a long line of professional level Nikon full frame cameras putting all the controls right on the camera body. With better ISO performance and a faster autofocus than the D610, this camera is perfect for photography enthusiast and professional shooters who want more than the barest of essentials of a full frame DSLR.”

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Sony: A7S II

“The best strength of the Sony A7s was its ability to shoot at ISO levels that you wouldn’t have thought possible and deliver significantly cleaner images than anything else out on the market. The Sony A7s Mk II takes that strength and improves on it with some absolutely ridiculous high dynamic range abilities up to ISO 80,000. Beyond that, the idea of pushing the files become a real thought process. However, the idea of pulling the files is still very possible.”

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Fujifilm: X-T2

“There is a whole lot to love about the Fujifilm X-T2. It’s got some of the best autofocus of any Fujifilm camera and is very reliable in most situations. The build quality is top notch and that continues to add to its reliability as we found after dropping the camera. The overall ergonomics will appeal to so many people, but not me. I prefer the rangefinder style camera body offerings. Then there is the image quality. Overall it’s fantastic.”

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Panasonic: GH5

“One of the bigger changes about the Panasonic GH5 from the GH4 is the ergonomics on the grip. This grip is really nice and despite the fact that I typically hate SLR style cameras, this is one that I probably wouldn’t mind warming up to partially because of this grip. It just feels good in the hand.”

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Olympus: OMD E-M1 II

“The Olympus OMD E-M1 Mk II is a fantastic camera in many regards. But it’s expensive. However, I’ve sat there debating the price point back and forth. While with some other options you get better image quality, you don’t get the absolutely bonkers feature set that you do with Olympus. You can’t run a Nikon D500 under a faucet–nor can you do that with a Sony a7 II, a6500, or a Fujifilm X-T2 and X Pro 2. None of these cameras can be handheld for 15 seconds to get a clean exposure. None of these cameras can shoot at the frame rate that this is capable of either.”

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Pentax: K-1

“The Pentax K-1 has fantastic weather sealing, a great interface that mostly keeps your eye in the viewfinder and not on the LCD screen (though I wish the viewfinder were easier to see for those of us with extreme astigmatism) and a very nice build quality overall. The menu is also pretty simple, but Canon trumps it there.”

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So, there you have it! Our picks for the best performing low light cameras from each brand. Hopefully this has been helpful to you in your search.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.