Comparing the Dynamic Range of the Sony A7 III, Canon EOS R, Fujifilm XT-3, and Nkon Z7

Let’s see how the current flagship mirrorless cameras stack up against one another in terms of dynamic range

When we look back at 2018 in the future, we will remember this year as the year that the photography industry moved full steam into the mirrorless world. Never before have we had so many compelling mirrorless camera options on the market at the same time, with the Sony A7III being the first one to be announced back in February of this year at WPPI, followed by the Nikon Z7, Canon EOS R, and the Fujifilm XT-3 being announced within mere days of one another later on during the summer. Photographer Michael Andrew recently did a comparison of the dynamic range between these four mirrorless cameras in his latest video, which you can view after the jump.

Andrew conducted the dynamic range comparison and examined the noise artifacts from each camera system by capturing images fired from a strobe at each system through a Stouffer Industries Transmission Step Wedge strip containing 41 minuscule ND filters which gradually increases at 1/3 F stop increments, and subsequently reviewing the images in Adobe Camera Raw to determine the point at which you can no longer differentiate between adjacent ND filers on the Stouffer strip.

At base ISO, Andrew’s comparison found the Sony A7III to have demonstrated a slight dynamic range advantage over the Canon EOS R, Fujifilm XT-3, as well as the Nikon Z7. The Sony A7III, Canon EOS R, and Nikon Z7 were at ISO 100 while the Fujifilm XT-3 was at ISO 80. At ISO 1600, the Sony A7III continued to lead the pack in terms of dynamic range, with the full frame Canon EOS R and the Nikon Z7 falling slighting behind but performing better than the crop sensor Fujifilm XT-3, which began to show considerable noise.

Have you made the jump into any of these mirrorless systems already? Did this comparison test match your expectations of how each camera system would perform? Let us know in the comments below.