You may have noticed some changes over the last few months and most recently the Reviews section
has been redesigned, combining our buyers guides into the reviews section. This means whenever you need any additional help or guidance when looking at the reviews, you'll find it right there! Here are the ways in which the new reviews section can help you find the perfect camera or product for you:
- New Jargon Buster at the top of every review - Switch this on and you'll find terms explained when you hover over them
- New Buyers Guides - on the Reviews page, on the left hand side you'll find relevant guides (such as How to Choose a Digital Camera, when in the Digital Camera section)
- New rating system - displayed in stars to help you see how a camera rates instantly
- Latest price information, dynamically generated, so you can see how much each product costs and search based on price
- Updated awards logos
More useful buyers guides: Complete guide to bags
, Complete guide to memory cards
Introducing our new "5-star" scoring system...
Keen observers may have noticed a change in the way ePHOTOzine displays the scores of product reviews. We have switched to the popular and industry wide scoring system of displaying product scores as stars out of five. Here are some of the key highlights of the new design:
- Same great scoring system, now easier to see at a glance.
- 9/10 now becomes 4.5 out of 5 stars
- Overall score more prominantly displayed, at top of articles.
- Overall score displayed on all reviews - while previously some reviews were missing the overall score
- Useful scoring - incremental by half a star, compared to less useful full star increments
- New "Recommended" Award - this helps you sort the wheat from the chaff
Redesigned award logos to make them all match - and look more modern, fresher.
Editor's Choice is reserved for the BEST products, either they have scored an outstanding overall score of 5/5, or they have won a comparison review, beating the nearest competitors. Without doubt Editor's Choice awarded products are definitely worth buying.
ePHOTOzine's new, improved and brilliant new scoring system, is explained in detail, starting with highlights of some of the key features of the ePHOTOzine review scoring system:
- Thorough scoring methodology
- Scores products on a wide variety of categories, designed to encompass all important aspects of products
- Each scoring category (features, handling, performance, value for money) is backed by consitent scoring criteria
- This enables fair, consitent, comparable results
- Backed by industry experts
- Scoring system covers all photographic products: Cameras, Lenses, Printers, Tripods, etc
- Uses industry recognised testing procedures and methodology (IMATEST, DXOMark, X-rite Colour Checker, Shutter response test... etc)
- Regularly reviewed scoring system, to ensure fresh reviews are meaningful, current and above all, what the consumer wants from reviews (Polls, forum feedback and your comments on reviews)
So to summarise the key points of the ePHOTOzine scoring system, it is thorough, consitent, backed by industry expects, comprehensive, covers all photographic products, uses industry recognised testing methods and most importantly consumer lead.
Review Types Defined:
Hands on Preview
- Time with the camera has been limited so we have not been able to be as in-depth as we would have liked, however we have had a hands on look at the camera and given our opinion on the product - it may be too pre-production to give a full first impressions review.
First Impressions Review
- In depth review of a pre-production model, or hands on from a camera, without having been able to fully test in studio.
- we have had the camera in our studio, taken the full range of test shots, however, these reviews are shorter as there is less interest in the camera, or we want to bring the review to you as soon as possible.
- Full expert review, detailed, in depth, with speed testing, may include additional comparisons with other cameras.
- Review posted in stages to allow feedback and questions in the forums, may include additional information in response to questions etc.
Comparison Review / Group Test
- A number of cameras have been in at the same time and shots are taken at the same time with each camera to find out the strengths and weaknesses of the cameras, to find the very best of the range of cameras - resulting in an Editor's Choice.
How do we rate the products?
The core scoring systems, handling and performance, these are directly comparable and are ranked on key indicators that are of priority to photographers.
Whether using film, digital, medium format, etc, these key aspects stand the tests of time and include aspects such as "Ergonomics", "Build quality", "Ease of use", for handling and "Colour reproduction", "Lens distortion", "Noise" for Performance, although these are just some of the examples and is in no way the full list of criteria that we score products on.
Features will change and value for money will change over time, price usually decreases increasing value for money, but also the features you expect changes over time, so too our scoring for features may change (for example, a 2008 camera would have scored highly for 720p video, a 2011 camera would be expected to have 720p as standard and would score a higher mark for full HD, plus optical zoom and stereo sound), and in this regard scores are correct at the time of publication of the review.
Value for money should remain a useful score throughout time, as this is in comparison to it's market competitors / equivalents, so as all products price falls over time, the value for money should remain a fair and realistic assessment of the products value. (Assuming product prices drops over time at roughly the same rate as each other).
We want your feedback, and if you have any questions, please ask!