the flying moose wrote in post #17270056
POTN members represent a very small group of the camera buying public. I meant in general. When was the last time you were in a camera store and heard someone say, "I'd stay away from that camera if I were you, its dxo rating is not very good."
The general public just doesn't care enough to let that dictate their buying decision.
As they should. They're more interested in workflow and how the camera improves their lives. A little research couldn't hurt, but ultimately feel and operation would prob take priority with the majority of people. Also note that Canon offers a way sharper kit lens (STM) and newer pancakes (STM) included in the kit than Nikon currently does, so the average consumer might not understand why, but they can certainly see the results that Canon consumer kits easily outresolve Nikon ones in actual resolution (lens is the bottleneck here) vs. the higher megapixel counts on the Nikon cameras. There might be greater dynamic range, but that average consumer's not going to push shadows by 5 stops in post, so that sharper kit lens will make the biggest difference in their photos, and it'll cost Canon less than it costs Nikon to license and buy Sony's sensors from them.
CanonVsNikon wrote in post #17270074
But if we went by what the general public cares, we wouldn't be talking about 1/2 stop hi ISO improvement from last gen or AF speed is 1/10 faster this time around. Or facial recognition finally works or AF down to f/8.
So if the general public doesn't care, how come Canon/Nikon is constantly trying to improve their cameras. Just pop in more megapixels and that is all you need.
Measurebating, pixel-peeping, ever notice how these terms coined by some of the early camera bloggers have a perverse connotation to them? It's because people who are concerned with minute image quality differences over other details like ergonomics, customer support, lens selection are often outliers in the target markets for camera companies.