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Cameratico: A Sleek Camera Comparison Engine Based on Human Experience

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Cameratico is a new “humanized camera recommendation engine” that’s being developed by Brasília, Brazil-based photographer and programmer Fábio Pili. Sick of camera comparison websites that only dealt with specifications, Pili decided to create one that takes into account real world usage experiences.

The site uses a special comparison algorithm called the Cameratico CameraIndex, which attempts to translate hands-on experiences into camera comparisons and recommendations. It’s like Snapsort, except it much simpler and not 100% spec driven.

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Here’s Pili’s explanation as to how the cameras are evaluated and scored:

We are humans. All products are evaluated by editors with years of real professional photographic experience. We trust human opinion and experience.
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We compare the cameras we have direct access to and also cross reference them with other cameras, assessing reviews and image samples from the most reputable photography websites. In other words, we do the buyer’s homework and translate it into an objective recommendation. In the end, every product review is subjective, but we try to use several sources and first hand experience to be as objective as possible. [#]

The site also keeps track of product prices and price fluctuations in the market, allowing the site to determine whether the price is trending downward or staying stable.

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Want a more personalized list of recommended cameras? Click the “Get personalized recommendations” button on the page to bring up a short survey. Once the site knows what you’re into, it will deliver recommendations that are much better suited to your needs.

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New cameras are regularly being added to the database. Upcoming features may include additional filters (e.g. camera brand), individual camera product pages, detailed ratings, price analyses, and side-by-side camera comparisons.

From our experience so far, the site does generally recommend cameras that other spec-oriented reviewers praise as well. The biggest strength of the site, however, is its sleek user interface and simplicity — it’s a site that you can recommend to non-tech savvy folk without worry about overloading them with technical information.


 
  • Zefanya Hanata

    So, NEX-5r has more features than NEX-6.

  • http://gearoracle.com/ Fabio @ GearOracle.com

    Hello

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    Zefanya, The Nex-6 has some advantages: electronic viewfinder and flash hot shoe, but the NEX-5R scores higher for having a flip out touch screen, which earns it a few more points in our methodology. We’re always reevaluating and improving out methodology and any feedback helps us. Thank you for your comments.

  • http://twitter.com/kylejbrady Kyle Brady

    if you consider “Touch Screen” to be a feature. i consider it to be a negative.

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    Actually, me too. I photographed for ten years with a Nikon FM3A and love simpler, more straightforward cameras. But I have to count touch screen as a feature. It allow beginners to interact with the camera on a more familiar ways, allowing, for example, touch to focus. Not my cup of tea, but important, nonetheless.

    I’m working on new filters that will allow users to find the cameras not only by overall rating, but also by specifications. This would allow you, for example, to filter out touch screen cameras. Hope to have this update ready soon.

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Trey Mortensen

    So I have first hand experience with the lowlight performance of the Nikon and Canon Brands and I would argue that although Nikon has sharper images, Canon has better lowlight and high ISO sensitivity. This page, however, gave the advantage to Nikon and never mentioned it on the Canon cameras.

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    Hello, Trey. We’re working on ways to improve our methodology and also how the ratings are displayed. Sometimes, higher resolution cameras (Nikon D800, D5200) have worse image noise at the pixel level, but better overall performance when the larger files are downsampled to match the lower resolution cameras. This is considered into our algorithm and should explain some of the results you’re seeing. Thank you for your feedback.

  • Collins

    I like how the D700
    has a Video Quality of Zero >__<

  • John D

    You rated the Nikon D600 in the price point group, but no mention of the Sony A99?
    The camera has been out for a whole now. That seems to be a very curious omission.

  • Sam Sayali

    So where is Pentax?

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    John, I decided to launch Cameratico with a limited set of cameras and only to expand after gathering as much feedback as possible. This will allow me to perfect the evaluation methodology and how results as displayed, before expanding. The initial set of cameras was chosen for popularity. Unfortunately, the A99 sells less than comparable cameras from Nikon and Canon. But rest assured, it’ll be added to our database soon. Thank you for your feedback.

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    Hello Sam. I decided to launch Cameratico with a limited set of cameras and only to expand after gathering as much feedback as possible. This will allow me to perfect the evaluation methodology and how results as displayed, before completing the catalog. The K-01 is there and more models will be added soon.



    I was a Pentax user for about 8 years. Pentax makes nice cameras that offer great value for the money. It’s a great brand for new photographers, since the lenses are backwards compatible and you can buy them cheap on the used market. I had the 28mm F/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 and the 135mm f/2.8 and they were all great, specially the 50mm.

  • aa

    what about considering a brand over another. For example if you already have some lenses… Why would I care for Nikon if it would be insane to change brand?

    Also, why is there a pro level ig there are no pro cameras. In example if i would need the camera for sport, the D4 should be before the D800.

    And also why is there a size factor if it doesn’t compare mirrorless and dslr togheter. In example I would need a good camera, but the size matters, so why not put the fuji x-pro 1 above all the SLRs?

    Overall, this might turn out to be a nice page for info, more for the amateurs, but it needs a lot of work to be complete.

  • Lee Harris

    Em-5 ‘Bad’, image quality??? Sorry but that beggars believe.

  • Fabrys

    Totally agree, E-M5 with bad image quality !? Totally out of reality, how to trust this site with such a result :D

  • Gary Hartman

    Another vote for the E-M5… it’s ease of use is by far greater than the other considered cameras, and image quality – very hard to beat.

  • http://cameratico.com/ Fabio Pili – Cameratico.com

    Our methodology puts a lot of emphasis on image quality and low light performance. While the EM-5 is the best micro 4/3rds camera, the APS-C competitors lead on those areas, specially Fuji, making the Olympus score look bad in comparison. We noticed our current algorithm exaggerates the difference between cameras and we’re currently reviewing it to achieve a more balanced and precise comparison. Thank you for your feedback.

  • Kev Williams

    This is a load of rubbish. Nikon D700 has low poor low light, therefore saying the D3 has poor low light performance, im a Canon user and i shoot with a 5D3 and i know the high iso performance from the D3 isnt as good as a camera from the last year but its far from poor. Everything is relevant to context, somthing that this site is lacking

  • Adrian Chin

    Is there a feature that compares two or more cameras directly with more depth than the current UI (shows 2-3 points on good and bad only). I think that would help people compare two cameras of the same price range more accurately. But I really like the personalized recommendation, more consumer friendly than other camera recommendation websites!