DPreview post is interesting

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    I don't know how this will format here, but it does raise questions
    as to what criteria is used when choosing cameras for reviews on that
    site.
    -Rich

    Post;
    "Well okay, that's a bit of a trolling subject line. It really should
    read, "Phil loves reviewing Sigma, hates Toshiba" but I don't think
    that would get much attention.

    I was looking at the "Cameras" category over on the lefthand side of
    the site and noticed that some camera companies got lots of full
    reviews on new models, while some didn't - as might be expected. Going
    into 'pixel peeping' mode, I did some counting (I ignored brands that
    have no current cameras, such as JVC) and did a little arithmetic and
    came up with the following percentages:
    Company----Total-------Reviews------Percent Reviewed

    Contax --------2----------------0--------------------0
    Epson----------5----------------0--------------------0
    Ricoh-----------8----------------0--------------------0
    Sanyo----------7----------------0--------------------0
    Toshiba-------18---------------0--------------------0
    Samsung------15--------------1--------------------6.7
    Kyocera-------14---------------1--------------------7.1
    Kodak----------33--------------3--------------------9.1
    Casio-----------26---------------4------------------15.4
    HP--------------22---------------4------------------18.2
    Panasonic----24----------------5------------------20.8
    Pentax--------28---------------6-------------------21.4
    Sony-----------26---------------6------------------23.1
    Olympus------5---------------14------------------25.5
    Fuji-------------49--------------13-----------------26.5
    Minolta--------36--------------14-----------------38.9
    Leica------------2----------------1------------------50
    Nikon----------33--------------19-----------------57.6
    Canon---------31--------------18------------------58
    Sigma-----------2----------------2-----------------100

    If you throw out Sigma which only has two dSLRs, Canon and Nikon are
    the number leaders, with Konica-Minolta a moderately distant third. I
    can understand only reviewing 25% of Olympus and Fuji cameras - they
    seem to come out with a 'new' one every week. However Kodak seems
    shockingly under-represented, especially when you consider that of the
    three cameras given a full review, two are dSLRs that have been
    discontinued. Not to mention Toshiba's rate of zero reviews out of 18
    models.

    Phil has stated from time to time that he only review cameras that the
    makers have sent samples of - however I don't recall if he's ever said
    whether he requests the cameras, or whether the makers send them
    unbidden. And does he receive cameras that he does not review? Is
    there a big pile of Kodaks and Toshibas moldering in the corner? How
    does it all work? I'm not really complaining mind you - I can just
    imagine the howls of, "Why is Phil reviewing another damn Kodak?" if
    all brands were treated equally. Just making an observation of the
    numbers.
     
    RichA, Jun 23, 2005
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  2. Perhaps he chooses not to review cameras which would only get an "average"
    rating or worse. (How does he know that without doing the review?).
    Perhaps he doesn't publish reviews of such cameras?

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jun 23, 2005
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  3. RichA

    Tony Polson Guest


    In the case of DSLRs, which specific models has DPReview NOT reviewed?

    And which of those could be considered "below average"?

    I suggest that many "reviews" are written with more attention paid to
    sponsorship and/or advertising than objectivity. I am not referring
    specifically to DPReview here, nor any particular review site.
     
    Tony Polson, Jun 23, 2005
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  4. We have yet to see a full review on the Canon 1DsMkII. All DP has is
    a "Preview" right from the Canon Sales booth.

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    John A. Stovall, Jun 23, 2005
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  5. RichA

    Tony Polson Guest


    So that's the one?

    DPReview rating for Canon EOS 1Ds Mk II:

    "BELOW AVERAGE" ... ??

    I think not!

    ;-)
     
    Tony Polson, Jun 23, 2005
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  6. DPreview is based in Europe. A lot of the Kodak point & shoots that
    can be found in every retail outlet over in the Colonies are never
    released this side of the pond.
     
    Gisle Hannemyr, Jun 24, 2005
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