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[OM] Re: Dvorak's new rating system for P&S cams

Subject: [OM] Re: Dvorak's new rating system for P&S cams
From: Andrew Fildes <afildes@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 20:48:48 +1100
No worries. But I think you are missing the point somewhat. He's not  
really talking about any individual product but the very tricky task  
of finding a quantitative assessment of quality, whatever the  
product. (Wine for instance). After that it's a bunfight. Sure we  
know lots about cameras but really, how many of us really know much  
about comparative assessment of quality and functionality. After all,  
most of us are addicted to a marginal product!
Me, I'd wonder why noise isn't a factor for instance as I know that  
it is such a problem with so many otherwise fine cameras. Then  
there's that 'haptics' concept ascribed to Erwin Puts (er, not Putz,  
guys!) How do you measure the 'it just felt right' factor - I claimed  
it for the Leica Digilux over the Panasonic version. That's almost  
purely subjective but oh so important. 'Haptics' isn't quite the word  
anyway from what I can see - it's more like a combination of design  
aesthetics, ergonomics and positive prejudice.
As to the prediction of Apple's demise - he was hardly alone there  
and I'm one of those entitled to dislike him for it. However, just as  
the bumblebee should not be able to fly, Apple should have been in  
the toilet by now. The reasons it survived are many and delightfully  
various and only go to show that predicting the future is an  
impossible task. Surprising how many people making a decent living by  
pretending to be able to do it - and only because we insist that they  
try.
AndrewF


On 02/03/2006, at 7:30 PM, Winsor Crosby wrote:

> Sorry, Andrew, to jump on your message to rant about Dvorak.



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