What does a Gold Award really mean?

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What does a Gold Award really mean?
Dec 28, 2012

At the very least, I feel the Gold Award should mean the camera is a top performer in it's price range and category, and also does not have any serious shortcomings or false claims.

However, after reading DPR's review of the Sony a99 http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-slt-a99/  and also David Kilpatricks' review of the a99, http://www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/12/27/sonys-alpha-99-mastery-wrapped-in-dilemma/ it appears that DPR downplayed some important deficiencies in the a99, in particular, it's small AF array, short battery life, high price compared to it's Nikon and Canon peers, extremely slow single-shot shutter cycle and limited sensor bit readout depth which is14-bit readout in single shot shooting mode only, and otherwise uses 12-bit readout from the sensor.

My question is this:

After reading David Kilpatricks review of the a99, do you agree with DPR that the a99 deserves a Gold Award, and if so why?
- Jon

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