C'mon. CR does a decent job of disclosing their rating scale, and they tend to emphasize the useability of complex consumer electronics such as DSLRs over pure photographic capability for advanced shooters. I've found (with occasional lapses) that their reviews are accurate in the sense that they properly describe the relative attributes of the products being tested. If you try and infer other values, like IQ or whether a sophisticated user would find the button placement and menu scheme preferable on this camera or that, then your reading more into what they say than they mean.
Sun 14-Jul-13 01:28 PM | edited Sun 14-Jul-13 01:31 PM by PSAGuy
I always find CR to be just that..CONSUMER based reporting. They do not look for the same criteria as someone very serious or professional about their avocation. For example....read their articles on boats. Now there are a couple boat companies out there who are widely known to make world class boats...but they are never ranked highly because they make SPECIALIZED boats for very serious and specialized folks. They are phenomenal boats but NOT for the general public or mass marketing. I find it's the same with cameras of all brands. Canon's flagships, and Nikon's flagships are never on the list because they are NOT considered "consumer" cameras. The other mistake CR makes is assuming everyone uses the same criteria to judge "quality". Some like features, some like environmentally "green" products, and some like price.
CR is a nice publication but making a buying decision solely using CR is a bit misguided. My wife keeps it always in the bathroom for our guests as "bathroom reading". Probably the right spot for it.