Maximum effective ISO is an estimate of the highest sensitivity at which a camera can capture excellent quality photos.
Cameras with higher effective ISO will be better choices for indoor photography, night shooting, and indoor sports photography, especially if you intend to make large prints.
You can learn more at our glossary entry.
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Cameras with longer battery life can take more photos before exhausting their batteries.
Really solid body littered with external controls feels like a camera should; Very bright zoom lens; Clever EXR modes; Raw support.
White orb problem; EV dial difficult to turn; Below average battery life; Shallow buffers; Occasional demosaicing errors.