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Photo Quality Reviews

Is there a source that directly compares the photo quality of cameras against each other? CNET and some of the other sites I have looked at review the photo quality of a camera as part of the overal review but don't provide any specific measure as compared to other cameras they review (CNET does have an overall rating--but does the Cannon SD700 produce better quality photos than the SD800? What about as compared to the top Canon A series? I can't tell from the reviews--is a lower total score the result of poor design quality or other non-photo quality performance factor?). If the sites are going to judge the cameras' picture quality (the most important component of the review imho), it seems a standard against which other cameras could be judged would be helpful--at least within the contect of the authoring site's reviews anyway. Didn't CNET used to provide a breakdown of their review score?

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There are scientific methods to compare photo quality but always exists a personal factor. In my case I love skins tones produce by Kodak cameras, but technically, is not the better.

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It took me a while to learn but you can edit things like skin tone and brightness. Now i look for features

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I for one, disagree with C|nets method of rating cameras.

They throw all camera into one category and assign them a rating.

Point and shoot cameras directly compared to DSLR cameras just does not make sense.

There has to be major categories of cameras to get a meaningful comparative rating.

I remember one review where they down-rated a point and shoot camera because it did not have a feature that is never found on a camera of that price range.

There are ways to measure how true the colors are, by taking photos of a color chart. But the final image is more that just absolute true color. It all comes down to how a photo looks to your eye.

I read the reviews and then carefully check the sample photos that accompany the review. Looking at the sample photos at 100% size will tell you a lot about the sharpness of the lens and the clarity of the detail.

Here is someone Else's outlook on comparison and image quality:


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Thanks for the thoughts. I guess there is no substitute for actual experience with the cameras.

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