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Friday, March 31, 2006

Steve's Posts D200 Review

Steve's Digicams has posted its Nikon D200 Review. I've been very impressed with the pictures I've seen from this new camera, which, considering its amazing features and very favorable price, has to be considered a current leader in the field. The only problem with it is that Nikon's so jammed up with back orders that it's almost impossible to get one, at least quickly.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit visiting Steve's site when I discovered multiple instances of text apparently copied directly from company press releases without any attribution. For example, compare the fourth paragraph in Steve's D200 review, which disucsses power management, with the text found in Nikon's D200 press release.

I believe the relevant term is plagiarism.

Bob

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Joe Decker said...

I believe the relevant term is plagiarism.

Not quite, if you'll allow me to be pedantic. Usually commercial press releases are written with the understanding and consent that they may be republished. The best thing in the world that can happen for ones product is to journalists to simply repeat what you'd like them to say about your product!

Still, "poor journalism" indeed, particularly when and if the borrowed sections are not marked as taken from a press release.

11:35 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

I've been using a D200 for a couple months now. I've sold my D2x!

The D200, everything considered, is almost in the too-good-to-be-true category.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Right, it's not plagiarism to print a press release. Every website, newspaper, radio station, etc. does it all the time.

One photo magazine used to let the advertisers' PR films write the ARTICLES, even. (That's unethical.)

--Mike

6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve's reviews are so painfully verbose. I now know where he gets the copy from.

I agree, it feels like plagarism but technically not. However, filling a review with pre-generated content, especially content worded biasly, is a poor way to serve your audience as an independent review site.

10:23 AM  

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