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Some people think I call everything the world's best, but pay close attention to the marketing weasel words I use to qualify each, and you'll discover that I use these weasel words to let each product be the best at something very specific.

Being the world's best camera is completely different from being the world's best DSLR, because there are many kinds of cameras other then DSLRs.

Here are some examples of how this logic works, as well as the current list, explaining the use of weasel words to restrict the class to a smaller number of things in italics:



The Lord God Almighty.


World's Best

Jesus Christ.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son..."

The Universe is bigger than just Earth. Restrict "Best" to "World's Best," and that's a smaller region.


World's Best Camera

Mamiya 6, Mamiya 7, or iPhone.

The Mamiyas shoot in much higher resolution than any digital camera and are also the smallest and most portable medium-format cameras there are, with extraordinary lenses. They are even smaller than a DSLR.

The iPhone excels with superb color rendition and handling of highlights and shadows in almost any light, is well enough designed so that people can use it, and is portable enough to be taken everywhere without thinking. More photos are taken with it each day than with any other camera. Fuji, Canon and Nikon digital cameras can make images as good as from from the iPhone, while other brands like LEICA, Sony, Casio and the rest just don't have color rendition as good.

Which is best depends on your preference for format (6x6cm or 6x7cm) or smaller size (iPhone).


World's Best Digital Camera

Fuji X100T.

The Fuji X100s is super light weight, has all the right controls in the right places and gives better images faster in more kinds of real-world lighting than any other camera.


World's Best 35mm Camera


The LEICA M3 handles faster and has better lenses and a better viewfinder than any other 35mm camera.


World's Best SLR


The CONTAX 645 has the simplest set of exactly the right controls for great results fast, has autofocus and interchangeable backs, for both real photography as well as digital.


World's Best Digital SLR

Canon 5D Mark III.

If we further restrict the SLR class to digital SLRs, the Canon 5D Mk III is the world's best.

Most of you reading this shoot digital SLRs, and if this is you, then the Canon 5D Mark III is the very best — and it is!


World's Highest Technical Performance DSLR

and Nikon's best DSLR

Nikon D810.

Nikon's best DSLR lacks the overall ergonomic brilliance of the 5D Mk III, but the D810's static image quality is even better than the 5D Mk III.

In this case, we're only talking about technical image quality and ignoring the many other things that make a camera great that would make it the World's Best. We're also ignorring all other brands when we say Nikon's best.


World's Best 35mm SLR

Nikon F6.

The CONTAX 645 is medium format, not 35mm. When we restrict the class to 35mm SLRs, the Nikon F6 has the best ergonomics, the quietest shutter and an infallible light meter.


Canon's Best 35mm SLR

Canon EOS 1V.

When we restrict our world to "Canon's," then Canon's best 35mm SLR is the EOS 1V.

The Nikon F6 is better than the EOS 1V, but if we only consider Canon 35mm SLRs, then the EOS 1V wins.


World's Best Sports Camera

Canon 1D X.

At 12 smooth frames per second, the Canon 1D X is the world's best for sports.


World's Best Sports Camera under $6,500

Canon 7D Mark II.

At 10 frames per second, the $1,799 Canon 7D Mark II is almost as good, for a fraction of the price.


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