|DIWA Labs Focus On Image Quality Matters|
Dennis Hissink : December 3th 2007 - 14:19 CET
DIWA Labs : DIWA, a organisation of collaborating websites within digital imaging, proudly announces the establishment of DIWA Labs, one of the most sophisticated camera testing facilities in the world. Testing image quality is a complicated and time consuming task. Artefacts in the optical design, image sensor imperfections and shortcomings in the image processing algorithms are equally important factors in providing high quality images. Many photo magazines and websites rely solely on the visual judgment made by their technical editor. This is a highly unreliable principle, no matter how experienced and skilled the person is, as the conclusion may involve human error, personal preferences, mental focus and other individual issues.|
|DIWA Labs - Digital Camera Test Facility Norway|
Every second of your life is a unique photo opportunity and any occasion is worth capturing, says DIWA Test Manager, Kai Thon. - Shooting digital images is cheap, but the value of priceless memories is often reduced because of poor image quality. Therefore, our mission at DIWA Labs is to focus on image quality, the single most important factor in any camera. For many years, members of the DIWA Awards organisation have used a sophisticated, unbiased, error-proof and quality-controlled testing procedure for camera quality. This includes a scoreboard where more than 200 camera details are tested and/or evaluated.
DxO Analyzer version 3.1
To overcome potential variables in image quality test results from individual members, a common test lab was established, the DIWA Labs. It is a fully equipped testing studio with controlled lighting, advanced test targets, experienced testers and the world’s most sophisticated software for unbiased analysis of image quality, DxO Analyzer v. 3.1.
DxO Analyzer image quality test results
The software provides roughly 1 million measurements for each camera, carefully coordinated and summarised by complex mathematical calculations to deliver useful and comparable data of about 20 image quality issues, depending on camera type. Complete DxO Analyzer image quality test results are available to DIWA members, supporting their evaluation of overall camera performance.
DIWA Labs website
Today, a DIWA Labs website www.diwa-labs.com was officially launched, making the DxO Analyzer test results available also to the public, both as simplified graphs and as complete results in PDF format. Here, you may also find links to the latest reviews made by DIWA members, published in various languages.
The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a fast growing group of independent Web-based specialist publications dedicated to digital imaging. DIWA harnesses the collective talent and expertise of its members, resulting in industry awards that command unparalleled confidence and value, both for consumers and the industry alike. DIWA awards come in the form of bronze, silver and gold medals for various product categories.
DIWA Test scoring procedure
DIWA product test awards are exclusively decided through the analysis of multiple test scores from different DIWA testers, testing different samples of the same product. A very detailed and comprehensive standardized scoring procedure is employed, tailored carefully for each category of product. Multiple testing eliminates the chance of an isolated, unrepresentative product sample or test error or a hidden bias from affecting the trustworthiness of the overall result.
Awards throughout the year
DIWA is also unique in its policy in issuing awards for deserving products throughout the year, culminating in annual best of the year Platinum medal awards in all product categories.
DIWA Awards members
• Czech Republic: www.fotoaparat.cz
• Germany: www.digitalkamera.de
• Hungary: www.fotovilag.hu
• Netherlands: www.letsgodigital.org
• Norway: www.digit.no
• Poland: www.fotopolis.pl
• Slovenia: www.e-fotografija.com
• Spain: www.nuevafotografia.com
• United Kingdom: www.photographyblog.com
DIWA Awards multi-lingual Web site
At the heart of the DIWA organisation is its multi-lingual Web site, www.diwa-awards.com, where you can find links to the latest reviews published by DIWA member publications. The site also archives DIWA awards and is designed to aid consumers in their choice of imaging products.