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DPReview Audio Quality Comparison: Fujifilm vs Sony vs Canon vs Nikon vs Panasonic vs Olympus


DPReview compared the pre-amp of various cameras to determinate which camera has the best audio quality.

They compare:


Proper Audio Levels

Most of the cameras sounded great. Only the Sony A7III was a shocker with how bad it sounded

Low microphone levels and boost in post

Each camera had more noise, but there were some surprises.

  • Canon 1DX MK III – sounded weird
  • Nikon Z6 – sort of rushing water sound
  • Olympus EM1 MKIII – sort of rushing water sound
  • Panasonic S1H – sort of rushing water sound
  • Fujifilm X-T3 – sort of rushing water sound and high pitch
  • Sony A7III – very bad

High microphone levels

  • Canon 1DX MK III – performed really well and natural sound
  • Nikon Z6 – more similar to Canon. Natural and usable sound
  • Olympus EM1 MKIII – not as bad as the Fujifilm, but not as good as the Nikon and Canon
  • Fujifilm X-T3 – a little crunchier than he’d like. You can kind of hear the limiter affecting the audio, although it didn’t clip
  • Panasonic S1H – something with that limiter didn’t sound great
  • Sony A7III – sounds like garbage, it is so noisy

Overall Ranking

  1. Canon 1DX MK III
  2. Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1H
  3. Fujifilm X-T3 – good sounding camera
  4. Olympus EM1 MKIII – nowhere near as good as the other cameras tested
  5. Sony A7III – the amount of noise is unbelievable, it’s last in all categories and might not even be fixable in post

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