Pixel Peeper Let’s You Preview Photos Taken With Various Cameras, Lenses, And Exposure Settings Before You Buy

Jan 2, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Pixel Peeper Let’s You Preview Photos Taken With Various Cameras, Lenses, And Exposure Settings Before You Buy

Jan 2, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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If you’re in the market for a new camera or DSLR and are not familiar with Pixel Peeper, you may want to check out what the gear-centric website has to offer. Pixel Peeper essentially let’s users choose from a large selection of cameras and lenses, then allows users to further narrow down their search (should they choose to) by entering very specific exposure settings information. The website then serves as a search engine of sorts and returns back sample images whose EXIF data matches the user requested settings.

For an example of how it works, the screenshot at the top of the article is of a search for photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 50mm f1.4. The search is limited to exposures taken at an aperture between 1.4 and 5.6 and an ISO of 6400 or greater. In live version of the Pixel Peeper query, the thumbnail results show up under the search query, clicking them links you through to Flickr to inspect the full size image. The advanced search could be very useful if you’re looking to see how a camera performs at a high ISO, for example, or if you want to see the quality of a specific lens’ bokeh. 

Of course, if you don’t need images quite as specific as what the advanced search yields, you can always browse through the lists of different gear. There’s enough there to keep an interested person busy for quite a while. It covers mirrorless, SLR, and compact digital cameras. The lens selection is vast, too.

Even if you’re not planning on doing any shopping in the near future, it’s still kinda of interesting to browse through all the different combinations.

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3 responses to “Pixel Peeper Let’s You Preview Photos Taken With Various Cameras, Lenses, And Exposure Settings Before You Buy”

  1. Feroz Khan Avatar
    Feroz Khan

    Love this website. Always refer to it

  2. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    When it comes to lens performance – i usually refer to The-Digital-Picture.
    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx

  3. Robin Dood Avatar
    Robin Dood

    I’d like to recommend goat.vision as alternative, database and cameras/lenses collection are bigger