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PROOF of dpreview's horrible pro Canon bias

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Doug Jewell
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      10-12-2007, 08:58 PM
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For once RichA, I'd say you are absolutely spot on.
I looked at the comments on the W80 review, including the conclusion. The
ISO 400 page that the link that your link referred to was interesting - the
Sony was clearly sharper and less noisy, yet the reviewer basically says
they are equal. Go to ISO 800 and ISO 1600 and the differences are even more
pronounced. The Sony is several orders of magnitude better than the Canon
for both detail and noise, indicating that it's noise reduction doesn't have
to be as aggressive, IOW the sensor has less noise. Once again though the
reviewer basically says they are basically equal. Is he blind? The
difference jumps out and grabs you!
Now for the interesting part - go to the conclusions page of both the W80
and the SD800 and they both get 7/10 for image quality.
You'll see the same pro-canon bias in some of their other reviews, eg the
S2IS (I bought one of these a little over a year ago, and have regretted it
since). In the comparisons both the Sony and Panasonic wipe the floor with
the Canon at ISO400, but again the reviewer makes comments like "there's not
a lot in it", "[The sony has] excessive contrast and sharpening" - no the
canon is noisy, soft and lacking contrast. In the conclusion he says "The
S2IS can produce images every bit as good as anything else in its class".
Really? the Sony and Panasonic are clearly better in the comparisons. The
Panasonic's review says "Noise reduction at ISO400 in low light obliterates
too much fine detail".

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      10-13-2007, 03:18 PM
On Oct 12, 12:52 pm, RichA <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

Yawn. Phil and Simon are a couple of Canon guys. What else is new? I
don't disagree with you on this one, but I am way past caring about
such things. Phil and Simon are entitled to their opinions and readers
are entitled to disagree with them.

The other thing to remember is that P&S prices tend to vary widely
from country to country. Here in Canada the Canon point-and-shoots
seem to command a hefty price premium over other brands, and you have
to factor that into any purchasing decision.

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Wolfgang Weisselberg
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      10-13-2007, 06:03 PM
RichA <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

PROOF RichA is a kook
on half of the Usenet!

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      10-13-2007, 07:21 PM
On Oct 13, 2:03 pm, Wolfgang Weisselberg <(E-Mail Removed)>
> RichA <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> [something]
> PROOF RichA is a kook

Some things are just self-evident.

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      10-14-2007, 08:46 AM
On Fri, 12 Oct 2007 09:52:07 -0700, RichA <(E-Mail Removed)>


Rich, Might I suggest a little recreational reading? Go out and pick
up a copy of "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale

I truthfully think the book could do you some good.

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