How much credence to on-line user reviews?

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    I finally got sufficiently annoyed at my old waterproof Pentax pocket camera that I decided to upgrade. (The dead battery and my inability to find where my wife is hiding the charger also played a role in my decision.  She is out of town with our kids, so no better time to buy stuff).  Plus, I want a camera for an upcoming trip to the beach.

    First place I looked for reviews was on here.  The advice here is always excellent.  (In fact, someone was already asking my precise question, which was very cool).  Moving on to B&H, I was considering the reviews for the Pentax http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755626-REG/Pentax_16926_Optio_WG_1_Digital_Camera.html

    According to the B&H reviews, it has either excellent or poor image quality, excellent or poor low-light performance and excellent or poor image stabilization.  People mostly loved it.  However, a few were very disappointed and returned it.  The reviews were so contradictory that I basically ignored them and bought on brand reputation.  Maybe they were just expecting too much from a P&S?

    Generally speaking, do you bother with consumer reviews on places like the retailers site?  Is there anywhere else (other than here) to obtain trustworthy reviews?  Just curious.  Thanks.

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    Don Thompson
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    For general camera reviews, I use http://www.dpreview.com. For lenses, I use dpreview and http://www.the-digital-picture.com.

    I avoid consumer reviews. I could be wrong, but I assume most know less than me.

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    Neal Osborn
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    Internet reviews are almost alway hogwash; especially for photography gear.

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    Personally, I would give to much weight to on-line user reviews of photo gear, but I agree with the above post that there’s good advice on gear on this site from a lot of people who get out and use the stuff for fishing.

    When I research new stuff I start at dpreview.com and also check the numbers on lenses at photozone.de

    Generally, if a camera has a problem, dpreview will know about it.. 😉

    www.dsaphoto.com

    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

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    Bob Riggins
    Bob Riggins
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    I am in the market to replace my drowned Pentax WP60 and just added a new point and shoot Canon SX130IS (a very nice camera by the way).

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    wraysinclair
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    For general camera reviews, I use http://www.dpreview.com. For lenses, I use dpreview and http://www.the-digital-picture.com.

    I avoid consumer reviews. I could be wrong, but I assume most know less than me.

    AMEN!!! dpreview was great in helping me purchase my DSLR and i always use the digital picture for any lens choices!

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