Blindly following DXO might prove damaging

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meland
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Blindly following DXO might prove damaging
Apr 23, 2013

Noting the fascination and esteem that many seem to have for DXO results I wonder if manufacturers will start to tweak their products to perform well using those particular testing metrics.  That may or may not be a good thing that some here may be interested in discussing.

But if the example of the EU Fuel Economy Test is an indicator - http://green.autoblog.com/2013/03/14/carmakers-taking-advantage-of-eu-fuel-economy-test-by-taping-up/ - then if we start demanding good DXO figures then camera manufacturers are going to start find ways of producing those figures, regardless of whether they actually produce better images or not.

A case in point may be DXO's lens tests. Trying to provide a single all-encompassing figure for a lens (or camera) is patently ridiculous. But if enough people are convinced by it then future lens design, in order to obtain that good figure that attempts to average the performance of all a lens's characteristics, is unlikely to produce some of the amazing lenses we have today.

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