“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”

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New Day Rising
New Day Rising Senior Member • Posts: 2,853
Re: War is over, if you want it
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Pete_W wrote:

Richard Butler wrote:

Since we don't have the capacity to review and assess every single comment, it's up to each individual to consider whether they're fighting or contributing to the nastiness.

Richard - dpreview.com

In my view, DPReview indirectly encourages this nastiness by presenting almost everything it reviews through the prism of FF. Every other camera system reviewed on this site is put into equivalent terms and by default, FF is presented as the best/ultimate/superior model, which means that by default everything else is viewed as inferior. This builds arrogance in many of those FF owners who seem intent on posting derogatory comments about any other format.

If reviews only compared cameras to others within the same format and did not refer at all to other format cameras, it would help reduce the nasty comments from people boasting about their superior light gathering/resolution/DoF/etc. And comments posted on articles that mention another format camera could simply be deleted as off topic, a simply way to moderate.

So, if you review a camera like the E-M1X, what are you supposed to compare it to? It's unique selling point is that it is fundamentally different to every other camera in its format. Olympus seems to have been quite explicit about marketing the E-M1X as a competitor to the full frame D5 and 1DX.

DPR is obviously doing "Is the (Camera X) right for me?" articles as a regular thing (at least for now). DPR editorial staff obviously think this type of article is useful for people out there who might be in market for Camera X. Given this is a camera gear site, I tend to agree. Yet you obviously believe this type of article is a useless waste of time. You must - how could they possible do this type of article without comparing camera (sometimes, like in the case of the E-M1X), necessarily across formats).

I know this may seem radical, but what's to lose? If people want to compare a M43 camera with an APSC or FF format camera, they can just dial up the relevant review and make their own comparison. Comparing cameras across formats seems completely daft to me. To use a car analogy, review articles are always done by class. I've never seen a VW Golf compared with a large 6-cylinder SUV.

It's funny how lots of members here are very quick to argue that m4/3 cameras can produce IQ as good as full frame in most conditions, argue that the smaller sensor is not a deficit and is even a benefit in some respects, it is not fair to say the smaller sensor is inferior in any way (all rightly enough). Yet here you are arguing that that the smaller sensor needs to be treating as some kind of special needs case.

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