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10-11-11, 04:25 PM
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With all due respect Angela, we raised some of them to you before. You gave the D7000 a 3 star rating because it "doesn't have an articulated screen" and "doesn't do exposure bracketing". Not having an articulated screen doesn't seem to be a big issue for a lot of camera users, and it actually does have exposure bracketing.
I also raised the point above that using a 5 star rating gives accuracy to within 20% - so its very hard to gauge something that is 60% good versus something that is 79% good - they both get 4 stars.
I have already responded to the points raised about the D7000 and it was a bit more involved than you make it sound.
Anyhoo. I get your point about the 5-star rating. It is intended to give a quick indication to those who don't want to get bogged down in some of the discussion in the full review. I have used a % rating system in the past and it can be more flexible. However, most readers demand some form of breakdown so that they can tell what the camera is good and bad at.
There are also some elements that are more important than others. Image quality or detail resolution for example, is often considered more important than some aspects of the featureset, or white balance performance (for example). This means some form of weighting is required. Before you know it you've wound up with a % scoring system that actually only generates scaore within a fairly restricted band.
As we use a 5-star system I think it is important to use it's range. There are no really bad cameras from the main manufacturers these days, which means that a score of 1 should imply a reasonable, if not spectaular standard. That said, none of the manufacturers are too pleased to get a score below 3.
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