1600 Club Camera Rankings
by Peter Gregg
A ProPhotoHome Exclusive
DSLR camera ranking scores are here!
A Paradigm Shift in Shooting Styles:
We live in an age of great camera sensors and many photographers often find themselves shooting their cameras comfortably at ISO levels of 800, 1600 and 3200. Just a few short years ago this was almost unheard of in digital photography, yet our shooting habits have been forever altered, as sensors have taken a dramatic turn for the better.
Read the camera score rankings after the jump!
Why do we need yet another camera ranking system?
The birth of the 1600 Club addresses a gaping hole in the current camera ranking systems available today. The 1600 club brings together higher ISO shooting and the strength of megapixel power into one easy to read camera score. There are 2 scores, the overall score and the sensor performance score. Both are described below.
First – the overall camera rankings!
1600 Club Overall Camera Scores . . .
And the 1600 Club Sensor Performance Scores . . .
1600 Club Ranking Method:
While we cannot reveal our “secret sauce” (proprietary formula) we will provide you with the factors influencing these rankings.
In general terms, these are the factors affecting the 1600 Club ranking scores.
• 1600 Club Overall Camera Score:
Resolution + High ISO performance + General image quality +
Focus + Features + Accessory Depth. R+H+G+F+F+AD = Overall Camera Scores
• 1600 Club Sensor Performance Score:
Resolution factor + High ISO performance factor + General image quality. R+H+G= Sensor Performance Scores
These factors are weighted and compiled using a method designed to deliver a true representation of overall camera performance for those who regularly use ISO 1600, and above. Image quality at High ISO settings is paramount, with all of the other identified factors also playing a very large role.
The ultimate purpose of these rankings:
1600 Club rankings are designed to assist you when making purchase decisions. It may guide you in answering questions like these:
“What is better to use, a super clean 12 megapixel camera or a pretty clean 21 megapixel camera?”
“It sounds like a great camera but what lenses are available for it and how current are they?”
“The files look great, but can it consistently lock focus in low light environments?”
“What custom functions are available to mold the camera into the tool I want it to be?”
As we all know, the camera manufacturers give, and the camera manufacturers take away – but they all want you to purchase their camera – so what are you getting in return for your hard earned cash? This is what the 1600 Club Overall Camera Score and 1600 Club Sensor Performance Score rankings are all about.
Please bear in mind that the Overall Camera Score ranking of a particular camera may be different from the Sensor Performance Score ranking of a camera because it incorporates additional camera specific information regarding focus performance, features, lens and accessory availability.
We hope the 1600 Club ranking scores provide a convenient and simple tool for accurately assessing all the new image making tools at your disposal. Look at the camera(s) you are interested in and see what they will and won’t do for you.
You are cordially invited to join us at the 1600 Club, there is no entry, no cost, no fuss no muss – just come back and visit us every once in a while to see what is happening in the high ISO world of the 1600 Club.
We hope the 1600 Club ranking scores provide a convenient and simple tool for accurately assessing all the new image making tools at your disposal.
More DSLR cameras will be added to the lists in the future, be on the look-out for them. You can use the PPH RSS feeds to let you know as it happens.