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    Many times I have been confused by camera choices when I wanted to purchase a camera...decided that perhaps I should simplify by two parameters..image quality and performance (ie. speed). Decided to do so by looking at dpreview ratings...here it is, hope it is useful to you as welll. Of course, there will be some controversy...but it helps to narrow down the choice:



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    How reliable is this? What happen to the Sony A700, Nikon D300 and Pentax K20D? Not good enough to make it to the chart???
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    Don't neglect the price. A D3 is $7999RRP while a 50D is selling at $2000 only.

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    Also don't forget things like ergonomics and having an intuitive interface. Those are factors that are going to contribute to your long term enjoyment of using a camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by achanth View Post
    Many times I have been confused by camera choices when I wanted to purchase a camera...decided that perhaps I should simplify by two parameters..image quality and performance (ie. speed). Decided to do so by looking at dpreview ratings...here it is, hope it is useful to you as welll. Of course, there will be some controversy...but it helps to narrow down the choice:



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    Are you thinking of using a 2x2 matrix as well?

    Really, image quality is not that much different for the top cameras, and the maximum is beyond the capabilities of most handheld shooters anyway.

    Performance? How can that be summed up into a single number? It's not like a car where you have a single number for max speed, fuel consumption, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galdor View Post
    How reliable is this? What happen to the Sony A700, Nikon D300 and Pentax K20D? Not good enough to make it to the chart???

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    Too many criteria...cannot compare, so simplify. This is dpreview rating, though.

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    Not sure if you're aware that some review sites are 'sponsored' so the reviews are not totally true. Anyway from the blog, the 1st paragraphy will tell you something about this person or at least his knowledge with photography. Did he ever mentioned what settings, light conditions and lens he's using?

    Look at the ratings of the Olympus E3 which is their highest end cam at the moment and the ratings given to the E420/520/E30. Why would people bother to get the E3 and why would Olympus launch the E3 in the first place if the ratings are in this manner.
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    Of course...this is the start. Some of the ratings are correct generally...since I own some of the cameras...and sold them....the image quality was not that good, which was consistent with the rating, generally.

    Of course, for details we need to refer to dpreview test review.

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    Also, dont forget about lenses available. Image quality also depends very much on the kind of lenses used.

    To me, the biggest difference for a body is between full frame vs crop. Then build quality and then speed.

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    Depends on what you shoot. If you want to shoot birds or sports, performance is the issue. If you do landscape, where the mountain is not going to run away in the next second, image quality should be the priority.
    The equipment can only bring you so far - the rest of the photographic journey is done by you.

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    wow, can give score like numbers, so fun..

    this is my chart then..

    it will only have one camera, since the chart above can leave out camera choices in the market..

    and it will have one score, since i only have one camera..

    pentax k20d: 10 / 10

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    jokes aside, get the camera you want, make an informed choice, read up

    looking for scoresheets is like saying "i want to be fooled by the choices that you have made and want to justify by making scoresheets and posting it up on the net"

    how neutral do you think anyone can be? do you think you have the same priority as the reviewer? if you do not need fast af, if you do not need good noise handling, why are you going to pay more for that?

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