Camera testing

It is an exclusive service that TIPA provides to its member publications on a regular basis.

To further support TIPA members with regular exclusive testing reports, TIPA appointed Image Engineering GmbH & Co., located in Cologne, Germany. This independent testing lab, with a worldwide reputation, performs routine digital camera tests based on an objective testing method.

TIPA’s Technical Committee worked closely with Image Engineering to ensure that these tests will provide additional, in-depth metrics and cover four main areas: image quality, camera speed, features, and handling. The reports can be used by all TIPA member publications to support their reviews of new cameras for their readers.

worthy appraisal of photo and imaging products. Their magazines and websites have built a loyal following among their readers. Each member publication is engaged in the selection and final vote in the TIPA WORLD AWARDS process to name the Best Photo and Imaging products of the year.

TIPA Association cannot only be characterised as an organisation that bestows TIPA WORLD AWARDS to the very best products, but also as an active and committed association that plays an important role in the industry. Visits to factories and meetings with leaders of major companies have ensured that TIPA is a recognised interlocutor that the industry listens to.

Most TIPA members conduct their own product testing in order to give their readers informed and first-hand product reviews, now by combining their own field tests with the precise lab tests of Image Engineering, members are able to publish comprehensive and authenticated camera reviews that their readers can count on. TIPA sponsored tests range from popular and professional DSLRs and mirrorless and even up to high-tech medium format models. Top compact cameras are also considered.

Once a camera had arrived at the Image Engineering lab, all settings are put at “factory default”. From this starting point, settings are then set for the test to ensure consistency between tests. From pixel count to compression, from sharpening to colour space or noise reduction and stabilization to cite a few. Each camera is tested using two top lenses of the same brand, a prime to measure the image quality while a second lens, a zoom usually, is used for timing-related measurement. 

Testing cameras requires rooms where light, temperature and humidity are always optimized in a way that no external factors can influence the results of tests. All measurements are performed with dedicated software and devices designed by Image Engineering. Image Engineering starts testing a camera taking shots of their multi-functional chart (TE42). This chart is used to objectively measure resolution, texture reproduction, acutance, dynamic range, noise, colour reproduction, distortion, shading, chromatic aberration, and visual analysis.

Image Engineering is an independent testing lab for digital cameras since 1997. Apart from testing cameras, the company actively designs and develops image quality test equipment and in the past twenty years has grown into the world’s leading supplier for such equipment. All of the more than 280 testing products and test methods are based on ISO standards.