FormatWhen we review digital cameras, we adhere to a specific format to make sure that we cover all the important aspects of each camera. The format is as follows:
The Introduction: In this section, we introduce the camera and explain any background information that may be helpful to understand the rest of the article. This may include its competitors, previous models, new features, etc. We also will give the article a direction by posing a question. The rest of the article is then, in a sense, an attempt to answer that question.
The Specifications: Here, we will list all the major specifications of the camera in a table. It is designed to be a reference that quickly and easily lists the features of the camera that we are reviewing. Also included in this section is a list of the contents that come in the product's box.
The Design: In this section, we will take a look at the overall feel of the camera. We will discuss the construction of the body, the different features of the camera, the lens, the menu navigation system, and any other important design-related items.
The Battery: The battery section will contain the results of our battery test as well as a description of the battery source and our impression of its performance. A detailed description of our battery test is on the next page of this guide.
The Timing Tests: In this section, we put the camera through our three time tests and report the results. The three tests are: shutter lag, startup time, and disk write time. These tests are described in detail on the next page.
Image Quality Tests: Our image quality section is designed to test and analyze the camera in a studio setting. We test the camera's ability to resolve fine lines accurately using our ISO 12233 IEEE-approved resolution chart and to reproduce colors using our GretagMacBeth ColorChecker. We also include samples of our own studio test image taken at differing ISO settings to provide an evaluation of the camera's noise-handling ability. A simple flash test is done to see how well the camera's flash can depict skin tones accurately.
General Image Quality: Our samples page consists of everyday-type pictures (usually outdoors), providing our readers with full-resolution files to download and examine. We also crop out portions of the images to analyze for quality issues.
Conclusion: The conclusion is the section that ties everything together. We highlight the good and the bad of the camera and provide our impression of its performance. We end the article by answering the question that we posed in the Introduction.