Best Camera

Find the best camera there is since 1888

best camera

Camera technology goes back to 1923 when Leica revealed the revolutionary Leica 0 camera. Since then, SLRs and DSLRs of various kinds, Full-Frame, with cropped sensor and even mirrorless cameras joined the race. Here is the chance to measure their performance and compare the specs, and eventually, help you, finding your next camera, if not, the best camera !

DxOMark Scores

Matter of fact, it’s hard to determine which is the best camera. Of course it depends on various factors: Your needs. Your expectations. Quality of the camera. Reliability of the camera. Your budget etc… All things said and done, there is however one criteria we can use: DxOMark when it comes to digital cameras

DxOMark’s score according to the behavior of the sensor, based on its performances on Color Depth, Dynamic Range, Low-Light ISO and eventually, the performance for a general purpose. Whatever there is to argue or like about this score, there is one great advantage: The consistency of the measurements. Therefore, overall ranking makes sense in the end as to how your digital camera behaves, and if it is, or not, the best camera you can find.

Specs of the cameras

Of course, the DxOMark Score is not the only feature listed, but every other characteristics you could long for: Specs of all the cameras that have been around (Nikon cameras, Canon cameras, any DSLR camera or SLR camera you can think of, not to mention Rangefinder cameras etc.), including : Sensor size, Storage, Shutter Speed, ISO Range, Frames per second, LCD specs, Dimensions, Price etc.

Combined with the others specs the Spreadsheet has to offer, I bet, this is quiet a very handy tool, similar to a DMS, to enhance your decision-making.

Camera content

To this date, December 4th, 2016, these are the following camera brands listed :

Argus, Asahi, Asahiflex, Brooks, Canon, Contaflex, Contarex, Contax, Cosina, Exakta, Fujica, Fujifilm, Hansa Canon, Hasselblad, Icarex, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Kwanon, Leaf, Leica, Leicaflex, Mamiya, Mamiya/Sektor, Minolta, Nikkorex, Nikkormat, Nikon, Nikonos, Noblex, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, PhaseOne, Praktika, Rolleiflex, Samsung, Seitz, Sigma, Sony, Voigtländer & Yashica

Digital & SLR Camera Lens

Complete history since 1924

digita optical lens history

Talking about optical camera lenses, we cannot separate a SLR Camera Lens from a Digital Camera Lens. Simply because a lot of modern digital optics lenses are also suitable on SLR cameras, and vice-versa. That’s why I decided to confront both type of lenses within the same Spreadsheet. Plus, their construction hasn’t really changed. It still is a mix of various elements, whithin other groups. And the same specs are still noteworthy : Mount, Minimum distance for focusing, Reproduction ratio, size of the filter thread etc.

As usual, we, at, wanted to get to the bottom of things concerning a SLR camera lens. Hence, we managed to put down 1,954 different lenses since 1924. All major lens manufacturers are present. (Canon, Cosina, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Irix, Konica, Konica Minolta, Leica, Leitz, Mamiya, Minolta, Nikon, Nikonos, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, PhaseOne, Rokinon, Samsung, Samyang, Schneider Kreuznach, Sigma, Sony, Tamron,  Tokina, Venus Laowa, Voigtländer, Zeiss & Zenitar).

We have listed all available specs such as : Labeling, Elements, Groups, Blades, Mininum aperture, Minimum Focusing distance, Reproduction ratio, Filter size, Diameter, Length and Weight). This should allow you to compare any SLR camera lens, with any similiar lens iteration, or lens from another lens manufacturer.

This chart contains every notable SLR & digital lens since the early years, whether for full format cameras, medium format cameras, or cameras with cropped sensors. Of course, if you should spot a missing camera lens, feel free to hint us about it, and we’ll be more than willing to add it to this chart.

Digital Camera Lens Performance

DxOMark Performances of digital camera lenses

digital camera lens

We’ve all been through this. It was already hard enough to pick up the right camera, the right DSLR or mirrorless camera. Now, which digital camera lens should I pick?

DxOMark’s Score as a guidance

First of all, you’ll agree, there are probably as many answers as they’re people person you could ask for advice. Depending on preferences, skills, budget just to name three of them. But at least, there is one lighthouse that can guide our way through the maze of digital camera lenses. The scores on DxOMark’s benchmark.

Most of all, they compute a score from 5 different measurements: Resolution derived from the MTF, Distortion of the digital camera lens, Vignetting, Light Transmission, and finally, Chromatic aberrations.

Digital Camera Lens & SLR camera lens

Hence, to make it even easier for you to handle those scores, I’ve prepared an Excel Spreadsheet containing every score done so far, in order to let you sort and filter at your will, and eventually, help you pick that digital camera lens with the best score.

Consequently, here’s your own gigantic Excel Spreadsheet containing, Nikon Lenses, Canon Lenses, Olympus, Pentax, Leica, Zeiss etc. Most noteworthy: More than 550 camera lenses combined with more than 130 digital cameras, yielding more than 9,630 combinations with scores ranging from 2 to 50. Any recent digital camera lens, and older ones, are listed for you very own personal use. Any prime lens, zoom lens, wide-angle lens, portrait lens, telephoto lens, there all there.

Sort and Filter

In conclusion, just pick up the camera lens you’re interested in:

Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, Samyang, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, Voigtländer or ZEISS

the camera body you would like to see it performance with:

Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung or Sony

and you’re good to go.