Best COLOR SCIENCE: Canon vs Nikon vs Sony vs Fujifilm

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I gave 1,500 photographers a blind poll and had them pick the image with the best color in several different scenes, including portraits in different lighting and outdoor photos. Which camera was the best: Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Fuji?

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Basic Starter Camera ($280 used at Amazon): Canon T3
Better Starter Camera ($500 at Amazon): Nikon D5300
Better Travel Camera ($500 at Amazon): Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

Good ($550 at Amazon): Sony a6000
Better ($1,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
Best ($3,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8

Beginner ($950 at Amazon): Canon T6i & Canon 50mm f/1.8
Better ($3,000 at Amazon): Nikon D610 & Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
Best ($5,300) at Amazon: Nikon D810 & Nikon 70-200 f/2.8E

Starter ($1,100 at Amazon): Canon 7D & Canon 400mm f/5.6
Great ($3,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Beginner ($500 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 & Panasonic 14-42mm
Better ($1,400 at Amazon): Panasonic GH4 & Panasonic 14-140 f/3.5-5.6
Best ($4,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8

Beginner ($400 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3
Travel ($1,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro
Better Image Quality ($1,500 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 4 Pro


Daniel Jenkins says:

“Color is like wine” – so true, individual taste is the ultimate decider.

Martin Suen says:

No! Tony! It's not like bokeh!!! We do have a strong feeling of losing control when we can't see a bit of the lake behind you for that F1.2!!!
I'm glad I saw this before making a buying decision. Great research!

Jeremy C says:

What brand did the 8% choose? You said the 8% who could actually tell the difference chose a different brand.

Gate Crasher UK says:

Would never buy a Sony 💩

patrick771 says:

Were there also landscape images in your survey?

Matias Bertuzzi PH says:

My favourite brand is the one that delivers the most for a fair price. I had a 5d Mark II which was great for the price back then but when I had a few bucks to invest I switched to Nikon D610 for its awesome dynamic range. Still entry level full frame but awesome for the price and do not regret it. 5d mark iii stacks pretty well with the D610 but it's 25% more expensive, at least here.

Dee Bea says:

Tbh I actually really loved my Pentax K20D’s colour ; it can record RGBY for every single pixel (Y being luminosity ☺️) I moved to Canon 5D3 / then 5D4 … I often get complements on colour and the Pentax photos still stand up well on my website!

Keyvan Goodarzi says:

And the rest
But what about painters which is trained highly with the colors and are the best to judge the colors?
As i realism oil painter and years of color study i go with fuji 👌

Charles Carlson says:

The behavioral psychology fits right in with studies in many other fields. There's so little objectively associated with human perception and everything is so colored by our social perception filters. It's simply the way our brains work and it's how we define what we consider to be important. Thanks for the lovely explanation.

rom har says:

FujiFilm maybee because of the Film Area..

o0 RECON 0o says:

How do we know that you didn’t skew the results because of your brand loyalty? Honest question.

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