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02.11.20         photography  

Maven’s Camera Usability Score - Methodology


Being that I am the only one on Youtube who reviews usability, and at the suggestion of a subscriber, I have devised my own camera usability score methodology. Here is how it works:

Here is how the point system is broken down:

Maven Usability Score Start at 65

Main Features:

Primary Settings - 1 Button Press
Secondary Settings - 2 Button Presses
Tertiary Settings - 3 Button Presses
Quarternary Settings - 4 Menu Presses


Monitor Considerations
Touch Operation & Focus Monitor +2
Non- Obscured Front Facing Monitor +2
Tilty Monitor +1



Menu Considerations

Touch Menus +2
Homongenous Menu Systems )(Like Sony) -2
Buffer Lockout 1, or -2 depending on length after full burst.


Ergonomics

Ergonomic Grip
Eye Relief +1
Pinched Finger with certain lenses -2

Joystick (in addition to directional pad)
Other duplicate controls +2

Power around Shutter +1


Functional Bonuses


2 Card Slots +2
Each Fully Customizable button = 1/2
Customizable Quick Menus +2
Locking Mode Dial / ISO Button / Drive (+1 each)
Lock Feature +1
Charge Battery In Camera +1




Performance Bonuses / Make Camera Easier To Use


Good Eye Af +2
Peaking Focus +1
Zebras +1
Digital Level +1


Penalties


Left Eye Problem Worth -3, Gets "R" Designation
Short Battery Life, -1, -2 depending on battery
Front facing monitor that conflicts with other feature -1
No Back Button Focus Abilities -1

I would love to have your feedback as to what I should add or score differently. Once I have all the variables, Ill post it all on a google document!


Michael’s Intro Camera Tutorial Videos

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My new MAVEN Mini Microphone kit for beginning videographers

Michael’s Maven Straps

#CameraUsability #CameraErgonomics #CameraEfficiency

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