What is IQ?

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Re: What is IQ?
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sluggy_warrior wrote:

While I'm a novice and don't have clear definition of IQ, I assume it means "image quality" and vaguely associate it with what make an image "good": brightness, sharpness, contrast, color, noise, DR, ...

That's right for technical quality. Artistic quality is a different matter.

But in a recent post by someone with over 1,500 posts, the definition of IQ seems to be different from my understanding ("intelligent quotient" of camera? how smart a camera is?)

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/63229158

Recent improvements in both phone cameras and separate cameras are intended to improve the image quality of the photos they produce.

Examples are: more sophisticated auto focus, multishot images, higher resolution sensors, better lenses. These are the methods used, and when they work, better image quality is the result. Don't confuse the technology with the output.

When you compare the results from various cameras, what matters is the final photograph, not how it was produced.

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