A Quick Look at DXOMark’s Top 10 Performing Sensors For July 2019

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It has been a quiet month over at DXOMark, but it’s still worth checking out the top sensor league table before you drop your cash on a new camera.

While it may have been a quiet month in the labs at DXOMark, the camera world has been rocked by new announcements that will surely shake up the DXOMark top-performing sensor league table here very soon. A quick look at the current league table shows that Sony has three cameras in the top ten already, and one can only imagine that the new a7r IV (once reviewed) will likely jump in and will make a mess of the current DXOMark standings; until that time though, lets take a look at the top ten performing sensors according to DXOMark for July 2019.

It’s hard to imagine that the lab rats at DXOMark have taken a long nap with all of the new cameras that have hit the market recently, but July 2019 has been a quiet month. As such, there have been no movers and shakers in the sensor league table; perhaps this is the calm before the storm.

It’s surely just a matter of time before the Bayer sensor Fujifilm GFX 50S and 50R are tested, and of course, with new behemoths like the 61 Megapixel Sony a7r IV coming out in a few months time, things are likely to become very interesting. Check out all of the cameras that make up DXOMark’s top ten for July 2019 below. Take the results as you will. We respect the work that DXOMark does but make sure you combine their findings with our real-world reviews so that you can make a more informed purchasing decision.

 

Hasselblad X1D-50C

 

Pros

  • Small size and weight makes it easy to handle
  • Feels nice in the hand thanks to the great grip
  • Autofocus is fast enough even for street photography
  • Easy to navigate menu system
  • Exceptional image quality with gorgeous colors

Cons

  • Poor battery life

Check out our full review

Buy now ($6,995): Amazon

 

Pentax 645Z

 

Pros

  • The excellent high ISO performance
  • Out of this world dynamic range
  • Incredible detail can be captured
  • Despite its size, the camera is nice to hold

Cons

  • Only 27 autofocus point and they’re all in the center
  • Autofocusing is a slow affair which is limiting
  • This camera is huge and weighs a fair amount
  • No rear joystick

Check out our full review

Buy now ($5,499.90): Amazon

 

Panasonic S1R

 

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The Panasonic S1R has surged into third place. We’re still waiting on our review unit, so here’s an excerpt from the DXOMark review:

“With its combination of high pixel count, low noise, and exceptional color sensitivity, the Lumix DC-S1R is likely to appeal to the most demanding studio photographers. And when conditions require it, its excellent dynamic range means the S1R should be a viable candidate for interior, wedding, and landscape photographers. Finally, its competitive price will also strongly appeal to keen amateurs who are looking for a solid all-rounder.”

Buy now ($3,697.99): Amazon

 

Nikon D850

 

Pros

  • Fantastic image quality
  • Built like a tank
  • Buttons that light up
  • The touch screen makes the menu navigation so much better
  • Great color depth and versatility
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Putting the ISO button on the right side of the camera by the grip is the better long term strategy
  • Weather sealing
  • Lots of video options
  • Dual card slots
  • The best viewfinder of any DSLR I’ve used, but still not as great as many older medium format DSLRs and SLRs.

Cons

  • Slower autofocus than the Nikon D810 in some situations
  • We wish the white balance levels were a bit more adjustable. Many of you may groan about fixing it in post and we know photographers who would want to smack you, accordingly. But we maintain the judgment that having a consistent, film-like white balance can help you in the editing process much more when it comes to both exposure and working with color channels.
  • Sort of shocked the dual card slots aren’t both SD; we don’t know anyone that used XQD. Sony, the developer of the card, doesn’t even use them in their still cameras.
  • We’re over DSLRs at this point, except if they’re medium format. The viewfinders are bugging me now.

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Buy now ($2,996.95): Amazon

 

Sony A7r III

 

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Pros

  • Weather sealing
  • Lots of RAW file versatility
  • Sony a9’s autofocus
  • Nice ergonomics
  • The new battery makes shooting with it for prolonged periods of time much better
  • RAW files work fantastic with Capture One
  • Touch screen capabilities for shooting
  • Fast shooting capabilities
  • Silent shooting abilities

Cons

  • No one is going to actually use the Pixel Shift imaging mode because it’s complicated to work with and few people want to use Sony’s own software
  • We’d love a top LCD screen
  • We’d love to navigate the menus with the Touchscreen capabilities
  • Sony got rid of the PlayMemories apps and therefore all abilities to do more with the cameras such as the touchless shutter. It absolutely baffles me as to why Sony doesn’t just put all that stuff into the cameras.
  • Wireless flash capabilities need to be enabled via the menu in order to use them

Check out our full review

Buy now ($2,498): Amazon

 

Nikon Z7

 

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Pros

  • Good feeling in the hand
  • Solid weather sealing
  • Lots of focusing points
  • Good high ISO output
  • Lots of resolution
  • A touch screen
  • Image stabilization is very good
  • The viewfinder is beautiful
  • We genuinely appreciate the top LCD screen
  • Outstanding battery life

Cons

  • Little things annoy me, like not being able to push the joystick in to bring the focusing point back to the center
  • Why the hell is there an XQD card slot?
  • We’d really prefer dual card slots
  • Changing the white balance I feel is the slowest thing
  • While we understand Nikon’s philosophy in putting a dedicated ISO button, we’d have preferred a dial of some sort
  • Did we mention the autofocus isn’t up to par?
  • Nikon created a brand new camera system and yet they decided to keep the single most awkward mounting system that, like their DSLRs, requires you to screw the lenses in to the left instead of to the right like LITERALLY EVERYONE ELSE DOES!
  • The muscle memory learning curve is steeper than with most other cameras
  • Expensive

Check out our full review

Buy now ($3,596.95): Amazon

 

Sony A7r II

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Pros

  • The best image quality that we’ve seen from a camera yet
  • Surprisingly good high ISO results
  • Very good RAW file versatility, but not the best
  • Feels great in the hand
  • Fastest autofocus of any Sony ILC camera body
  • Improved battery life over previous generations
  • 4K video is a nice addition

Cons

  • Really, really want a direct joystick of some sort to move the focusing points rather than pressing a button and then moving them around.
  • That cost…
  • Sony could use better weather sealing for a camera body this expensive

Check out our full review

Buy now ($1,498): Amazon

 

Nikon D810

 

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Pros

  • Probably the only DSLR you’ll ever need
  • Absolutely, positively, amazing high ISO performance
  • Great color output
  • Some of the most versatile RAW files that we’ve ever seen in Adobe Lightroom 5
  • Fast autofocus in great lighting even with third party lenses
  • Build very solidly yet isn’t too heavy
  • The small RAW mode can be a lifesaver when you don’t have high capacity cards
  • Same old simplistic Nikon menu system
  • Quiet shooting mode makes this one of the most stealthy DSLRs that we’ve tested. But the shutter is already much quieter than previous Nikon DSLRs

Cons

  • Price point
  • Autofocus in extremely low lit situations (we’re talking about candlelit events) is inconsistent and requires lots of thought to carefully place a focusing point on a high contrast spot
  • A tilting LCD screen when shooting timelapse videos would have been really, really useful
  • AF assist lamp is in a weird spot that doesn’t always help enough
  • Wish there was WiFi transmission built-in instead of needing to use an external dongle

Check out our full review

Buy now ($1,996.95): Amazon

 

Sony RX1r II

 

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Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • Fast-focusing
  • Great lens
  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • For most of us, it’s all the camera you’d possibly need
  • EVF addition is welcome.
  • Fair battery life for a Sony camera

Cons

  • Sometimes very hard to hold and shoot with when doing street photography
  • When used with a radio flash trigger, the EVF can get in the way

Check out our full review

Buy now ($3,298): Amazon

 

Leica Q2

 

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Pros

  • Good image quality, though arguably better offerings from competitors
  • Weather sealed
  • Feels nice in the hands
  • Beautiful
  • The lens is exceptional

Cons

  • This is questionable, but the Leica Q2 could have really used a joystick. Not everyone wants to manually focus the lens.
  • High ISO output is a bit under par
  • The LCD screen is pretty low resolution
  • Autofocus in very low light isn’t great
  • Could have used a few more function buttons

 

Check out our full review

Buy now ($4,995): Amazon