DxO Labs: Sony FE 100-400mm GM is Sharper than $12,000 Canon 200-400mm L Lens

Boo-yah!!! DxO Tests show that not only is Sony FE 100-400mm GM OSS lens the SHARPEST tele-zoom lens in its class – it’s even sharper than $12,000 Canon 200-400mm L IS USM lens!


Quoting DxO Labs:
“Sony’s longest lens in the lineup, the Sony FE 100-400mm GM OSS lens performs exceptionally well, especially given that it’s a tele-zoom. It has very high levels of sharpness, low fringing and vignetting, all helping it achieve a high DxOMark score. In terms of optical performance, it outperforms the popular Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 and the Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II, and ranks alongside a couple of the pro favorites – the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG on the Nikon 800E, and the much pricier Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM. It’s even not far behind the latest iteration of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 (the DG OS HSM S model). More interestingly perhaps, in terms of sharpness levels, it outperforms them all, even those mounted on the Canon EOS 5Ds R with its higher pixel count sensor.”

“Sony’s new FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS stands out not only for its seismic shift in sharpness, but also for being not much different in size to the FE 70-200mm F2.8. Best of all, perhaps, is that for once there’s a tele-zoom that offers seriously impressive image quality at that prized 400mm focal length.

The Canon 200-400mm L IS USM lens is an excellent benchmark – but this shows what many of us have already seen – the Sony FE 100-400 GM is SHARPER!

Here’s how Sony FE 100-400 GM compares to its Canon & Nikon competition in the same price range:

Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
DxO Sharpness: 36 | DxO Mark Score: 29

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
DxO Sharpness: 26 | DxO Mark Score: 24

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
DxO Sharpness: 19 | DxO Mark Score: 24

Testing Notes: Every lens was tested with the highest resolution native camera body.
• Sony lenses were tested on the 42mp Sony a7RII
• Canon lenses were tested on the 50mp Canon 5DS R
• Nikon lenses were tested on the 36mp Nikon D800E


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7 thoughts on “DxO Labs: Sony FE 100-400mm GM is Sharper than $12,000 Canon 200-400mm L Lens”

    1. Sony lenses were tested on the 42mp Sony a7RII
    2. Canon lenses were tested on the 50mp Canon 5DS R

      If you’re saying that Sony cameras are superior to Canon, I won’t disagree. But…if you do believe that’s the case, why are you surprised that Sony lenses are also sharper?

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