What does a Gold Award really mean?

Started Dec 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
jonikon
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Re: Gold/Silver award are subjective
In reply to Eric Perez, Dec 31, 2012

Eric Perez wrote:

Doug Pardee wrote:

The Gold and Silver awards are based on the reviewer's overall subjective feeling about the camera, as opposed to the clinical reviewing and "sum of the parts" approach used for the ratings. To some extent, you could say it's about how much a typical buyer is expected to enjoy that camera model (versus its contemporaries), rather than how highly-specified the model is.

DPR has an article that describes their scores, ratings, and awards.

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Hmm, I would have expected a more scientific approach from a gear site. The review scores mean even less to me than before.

I have to agree with Eric. This kind of subjective awarding of Gold and Silver awards gives too much discretion to a particular reviewer and can lead consumers to a false conclusion about how these cameras compare. I  don't think it is any accident that Amazon puts the DPR Gold or Silver Award on the bottom of their camera information, as shown here:

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SLTA99V-SLT-A99V-Full-Frame-Digital/dp/B0096W1P6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356974776&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+a99

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