Updated on 3 December 2015 by

The best cameras for low light selection includes those with a big sensor size (atleast 10 mm) and capable of high ISO shooting (atleast 1000 ISO). The best cameras for low light are the ones which work best on higher ISO's. ISO measures your cameras sensitivity to light - the higher you can go on your ISO rating the lower you can go on your lighting. Our list of some of the best cameras ever for 2015 also deal with capturing photographs in very low light.

Best Digital Camera for Low Light Buying Guide Video




Most compacts and ultra-compacts perform well in normal lighting for their price, but are not the best and tend to sputter when it comes to low light and night photography at higher ISO's with a lot of grainy images.

The standard point and shoot model performs well till ISO's of 400. If you are looking at taking a lot of indoors or night photos as in museums or concerts etc. then you need to invest in a high end compact or a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which performs well at ISOs 800 and above.

The best cameras for low light conditions have larger sensors and better lenses which handle more light and have a higher dynamic range. Many of the high-end compacts perform well in low light as well as the new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras which are more sophisticated with larger sensors. However they are more bulky than the ultracompacts, since lightweight cameras do not perform well in low light as they tend to shake. You can also never go wrong with a dSLR which has better sensors and a host of manual settings for better night photography shots.


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Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
$849 - $1,273
$4,250 - $5,970
$599 - $800
$699 - $1,700
$870 - $1,000
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
43.26 mm
21.64 mm
28.28 mm
13.23 mm
Max. ISO Speed
12800.0
50000.0
25600.0
51000.0
12800.0
Camera Type
Compact SLR
Large sensor compact
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Compact
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Quality
73% Positive
27% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
87% Positive
13% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Focus
88% Positive
12% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
58% Positive
42% Negative
Display
100% Positive
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Negative
71% Positive
29% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Performance
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
87% Positive
13% Negative
100% Positive
Connectivity
71% Positive
29% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Ease of Use
83% Positive
17% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
Viewfinder
40% Positive
60% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
87% Positive
13% Negative
100% Positive
Video
50% Positive
50% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
57% Positive
43% Negative
85% Positive
15% Negative
Look and Feel
100% Positive
57% Positive
43% Negative
100% Positive
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Positive
Low Light
100% Positive
100% Positive
62% Positive
38% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Flash
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
Audio
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
GPS
100% Negative
Battery
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
100% Negative
Exposure
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive

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