We just started testing cameras, and our test bench v0.7 is rather simplistic, so we decided to launch without text in the test boxes. If you have any suggestions on what to improve, let us know here. As we gather your suggestions, we plan on making more frequent changes to our methodology and we'll be able to add text to the reviews in the near future.

Our Camera Design Tests
Lens

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What it is: This is the information on the lens we use to test the camera. For DSLR, the result will be different if you buy the camera with another lens.
When it matters: Mostly for point and shoot, because you're stuck with the lens.
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Our tests

Lens Type

What it is: Whether the lens is interchangeable or built into the camera.

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Maximum Aperture

What it is: The maximum aperture (opening for light in a lens) that the camera can achieve. Higher-end lenses will have it fixed for the whole focal length range.
When it matters: A higher aperture gives you more flexibility for your exposure and gives you a very shallow depth of field for a portrait.

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Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)

What it is: The maximum aperture (opening for light) that the lens can achieve. This is converted to a full-frame sensor equivalent to be compared across sensor sizes.
When it matters: A higher aperture gives you more flexibility for your exposure and gives you a very shallow depth of field for a portrait.
Good value: below f/5.0
Score distribution

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Minimum Focal Lenght

What it is: The minimum focal length of the lens. This isn't tested; it's reported from the manufacturer. This isn't the equivalent focal length.

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Maximum Focal Lenght

What it is: The focal length of the lens. This isn't tested; it's reported from the manufacturer.
When it matters: When you want to have an idea of the zoom the lens can achieve.

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Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)

What it is: The maximum focal length of the lens. This is converted to a full-frame sensor equivalent, to be compared across sensor sizes.
When it matters: A longer focal length is useful for wildlife photography.
Good value: 300-500mm for wildlife photography
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Luminance

What it is: The ratio of light captured by the sensor from the light source. The luminance value is taken in the center of the photo.
When it matters: Light reaching the photo sensor of the camera is the most important thing in a camera. A better luminance will allow you to select a lower ISO, decreasing the noise in your photo.
Good value: 70%
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Light Falloff

What it is: The ratio of the lowest luminance point to the highest in the above picture. Typically, the lowest luminance transmitted by the lens is in the corner, and the highest is in the center. It's a lens limitation caused by the way they're built.
When it matters: A light with good uniformity (low light falloff) is better because it gives you more flexibility. If required, light falloff effect can be added later on with software.
Good value: 70%
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