CIPA standards: resolution, battery life|
(Saturday, January 3, 2004 - 12:09 EST)
CIPA, the Japanese "Camera & Imaging Products Association", has announced two new standards which - albeit optional for member companies to abide by - could help make it easier for users to compare digital cameras directly.
Spotted by our good friend Yamada Kumio of the digitalcamera.jp website, the standards were released in Japanese a few days ago, and have now been translated into English. The full versions can be read as PDF documents on the CIPA website, but briefly they define how manufacturers should measure and state both camera resolution and battery life.
If manufacturers actually choose to abide by these recommendations, it could result in an easier time for consumers when trying to compare digital camera specifications directly (although we'd obviously always see impartial reviews from third parties like ourselves as the best way to gauge how one camera compares to another!)