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We bought the Canon G9X (Mark 1) as a small compact travel camera, and have found it a great camera. One of our friends was also recently bought the Mark 2 version based on the photos he saw taken by us.
Another good website to look at sample photographs taken by various cameras…to allow comparison based on the same or similar imagery is Digital Photography Review. Just type the camera model name in the search function. Based on the sample imagery for a few cameras in our possible buy list, we narrowed the ultimate purchase to the G9X. I am a believer that the proof in the pudding is the image quality, and often one’s own preferences can’t be decided by a written review in itself.
As part of online content, maybe Choice could consider a photograph sample library of the same images/shots to allow Choice members to compare image/photograph quality. Sample images should highlight the performance of the various (recommended) cameras.
Thanks @phb, glad the Canon has served you well. Thanks also for the feedback, I’ll be sure to pass it on.
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I had a couple of Canon compacts in years gone by - one I put custom firmware onto for a bit of fun. I’ve had Olympus and more recently Panasonic, and based on experience with these I think my next camera will again be a Canon …
Couldn’t help myself so had to post my burning question…What’s the best way to start the burning?
I am not really sure what answer my above question may evoke but at the outset let me say how sorry I am for my very bad taste in humour.
maybe 1000 vintage flash bulbs and an empty pool?
This review has an attribute for DSLRs “Camera controlled by USB”. This is tethered shooting where the camera is set up from software on a device (computer) and the images taken can be downloaded directly. Both control and download are via a USB cable.
I don’t know about all of the cameras in the review but for several Nikons (D500, D850, D5600, D7200, D7500) the third party software Control My Nikon will do all that is required. Here is the list of Nikon models that are compatible. I have no reason to think this is not accurate.
This is fine software (which I will vouch for) and it is better than that from Nikon according to some reviewers.
Yet the review says these cameras do not have the Camera controlled by USB ability. Either we have a clash of definition or the Choice review is wrong.
Feedback: I found the filter to be poorly implemented. I am interested in a compact ultra-zoom. Clicking both of those filter options returns all the compacts and all the ultra zooms, not all the compacts that are ultra-zooms. Maybe a first world problem easily circumvented by scrolling, but.
I note that some bodies with compatible lens mounts and sensor size are tested with the same lens but others are different. For example the Nikon DX format F mount series the D500 is tested with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm 1:2.8-4E ED VR lens but the D7200 and D7500 use the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens.
Why not use the same lens for testing where compatible?
How are we to know the contribution to the image score from the body and the lens?
Sticking to mid-range zoom lenses (like 24-210), I might buy a body with the default kit lens because it is cheap and then as budget permits buy a better lens latter. How will this review help me choose the best body for my needs?
I like to check DPR quite often, and the most useful part of the site (apart from news and reviews) is the camera comparison tool. If you are thinking of buying a particular camera, and have others in mind as well, side by side is an excellent way of seeing the specs.
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I notice that this survey suffers the same problem that I raised a year ago, the testing has not separated the performance of the lens and the body on interchangeable lens systems. So mediocre lenses can bring down the score of good bodies and body image scores are not directly comparable because they use different lenses. I know bodies are often bought with a kit lens but the review is of cameras, ie bodies. If it is deemed too hard to separate the two I wonder how other reviewers do it and why Choice does not at least point out that the problem exists.
Another problem is the property “Control via USB”. Taking Nikon SLRs (because I am somewhat familiar) the report says none have the ‘Ability to control the camera using a remote USB device, or via software when tethered to a computer.’ I wonder how this rating was determined as the models D850, D500, D7500 and D5600 all have this ability using the software Control My Nikon. Perhaps Choice staff might enquire as I cannot find the detail in How we test section.
I’m sorry, Choice, but no serious photographer would get anything out of this, and I really don’t think that its all that useful for not-serious photographers. You need to be comparing like with like instead of a) lumping them all in together and b) leaving discontinued models in the lineup. It gives a really rubbish picture of whats good.
I think the review is possibly relevant to most domestic consumers as most are amateurs and use the camera as bought. Consumers with a photography passion and professionals are different and are less likely to rely on as bought reviews as they will buy accessories, including range of lenses, to meet their own needs. The later are likely to rely on specialist, detailed photography reviews targeted to their particular audience.
You are probably right, if so why include a full format DSLR with all the bells and whistles for $6000?
It looks to me that the scope of the survey has been misjudged. There are no disposable cameras, underwater or large format but the range is still so wide that it would be hard to find a set of properties that usefully covered the span.
Having addressed the question of the different users who want to do different things and need a different machine (which is very valuable in itself) Choice then lumped too many together. If your table of attributes and models has too many meaningless cells because attributes apply to only a few of the models you are not doing the naive reader any favours.
It’s as if a big circulation car magazine instead of doing, compacts, off-road, luxury, performance, family cars, etc in separate reports decided they would do an omnibus review that compared a Ford Fiesta, Toyota Landcruiser, Mercedes S and Maserati Granturismo. With cameras the situation is worse as the car buyer understands the different types and probably knows which class he/she is buying from before they start, many camera buyers do not.
I think at the least the fixed lens and interchangeable lens models ought to be separated with an explanation of why that was done and how to decide which group one should study. In the case of the interchangeable models the choice of lens and the impact on the image quality should be explained. I know there is some overlap in capability between the edges of these categories but many such categorisations (including cars) have this problem and some simplification is needed.
It was an interesting decision by Choice to include high end, mid range and some lower end options in the one review.
One could read from the reviews that it is pointless spending more than $1,000 on any digital camera. There are 3 sub $1,000 cameras, all recommended buys that scored 79% for one and 77% for the other two. Setting the upper price limit to twice that ($2,000) found many more cameras to choose from, but only upped the overall score to 81% for the highest rated.
In comparison the three highest scoring cameras reviewed, full format DSLR with standard kit lenses are in the many thousands of dollars. The top 3 scored 87-88%.
This could suggest professional photographers are not very bright or astute consumers. Alternately are the full bodied interchangeable lenses cameras in a different class and have not been fairly rated?
The review does make it easy to select a camera to suit everyday use, and to avoid lemons while prioritising preferences. As for the serious amateur or semi pro, it probably falls short. In particular knowing that there are numerous divided opinions on the best bodies (sensors - digital systems). Lense selection, quality and cost is also a complex topic.