Is DPR biased?

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Bill Ferris
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Re: Is DPR biased?
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kiwidad wrote:

Reading the https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-cameras-for-sports-and-action/2

Noticed the X-T3 is criticized for no IBIS!

the phrase "The lack of image stabilization is the main factor you might want to consider in what is otherwise a great all-rounder."

Why isn't this an issue for the reviewer with the Nikon and Canons mentioned costing 3 to 4 times more money?

If I'm not mistaken, the same summary review is displayed for a camera regardless of the segment in which it is listed. For example, it appears the same summary review of the X-T3 is listed in Best Cameras Under $1500 as is included in the Best Cameras for People and Events and "Best Cameras for Sports and Action" categories. So, the summary reviews address issues relevant to a wide selection of shopping segments.

The context within which DPR dings the X-T3 for a lack of IBIS is in its video recording capabilities. It's a legitimate criticism when compared to Panasonic and other cameras considered among the top options for video. BTW, the X-T3 may not be DPR's first recommendation as a video camera, but is their "Also Consider" selection for both video and people & events. It's DPR's top selection in the "Under $1500" category. Clearly, the DPR editorial staff hold the X-T3 in high regard.

Within the sports and action segment, is there really a debate that the Nikon D5, Canon 1 DXII and Sony A9 are the best cameras for this kind of photography? To be fair, a strong case can be made that the unsurpassed build quality of the Canon and Nikon bodies along with the large selection of high quality, professional and enthusiast lenses for this genre set those brands apart from Sony.

This isn't a ding on Fuji, which offers a selection of cameras and lenses that are excellent options for a variety of photographic genres. It's just acknowledging the reality of this niche segment.

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