Best budget compact system camera: 6 tested

Six of the best budget CSCs tested

Under lab conditions, we shoot three charts with each camera to assess sensor performance with visual and computer analysis. Dynamic range and noise are measured with the DxO transmission chart. Images of this chart are processed in DxO Analyser.

Colour error is measured using the X-Rite ColorChecker chart. We also shoot a resolution chart, indicating the detail each camera is able to record in LW/PH.

Best budget compact system cameras 6 tested

Colour error result: The Panasonic GF3 and G3 just top the group for colour error. The Nikon J1 sits at the bottom of the pile.

Best budget compact system cameras 6 tested

Noise result: The Olympus E-PM1 leads the field from ISO 200. The Samsung puts in a good performance up to ISO 800, at which point the Sony C3 just overtakes it.

Best budget compact system cameras 6 tested

Dynamic range result: The E-PM1 produces consistently high dynamic range. The GF3 and Samsung NX11 lag behind the rest of the group at higher sensitivities.