Magazines for reviews?

A friend called me down for citing Popular Photography as a source for reviews on cameras and lenses. I don't know who else does the extensive testing that they do. In the most recent issue, they addressed some issues with comparision tests, stating that they request equipment and if the manufacturer can not... show more A friend called me down for citing Popular Photography as a source for reviews on cameras and lenses. I don't know who else does the extensive testing that they do. In the most recent issue, they addressed some issues with comparision tests, stating that they request equipment and if the manufacturer can not provide it in time for pres deadlines, it can't be in the comparison, but that makes sense.

What's your opinion of their tests for cameras and lenses?

Do you have any suggestions for other publications for high quality reviews?
Update: The exact quote is: "Dr. Sam, you need to stop using pop-photo as a reference, their credibility is mud! Like you said before, they took the Sony Alpha from Camera of the year to last place in one issue." There is an explanation of why certain cameras were considered and others were not. Also, they... show more The exact quote is: "Dr. Sam, you need to stop using pop-photo as a reference, their credibility is mud! Like you said before, they took the Sony Alpha from Camera of the year to last place in one issue."

There is an explanation of why certain cameras were considered and others were not. Also, they were apparently called on the Camera of the Year choice, but said that the Sony was still a great combination of features for the price and still deserved the recognition.
Update 2: Here's the actual quote defending the Sony as the right choice for Camera of the Year. This was in response to a reader's letter to the editor saying that Pop Photo's testing was "very inconsistent and the reviewers even worse." From Pop Photo letters page, April 2007: "Of the... show more Here's the actual quote defending the Sony as the right choice for Camera of the Year. This was in response to a reader's letter to the editor saying that Pop Photo's testing was "very inconsistent and the reviewers even worse."

From Pop Photo letters page, April 2007:

"Of the cameras in the February 2007 shootout, only the Sony and Nikon D80 had been tested by the time we picked the 2006 Camera of the Year. The Canon EOD Rebel XTi was tested in January 2007 and the Pentax K10D and Samsung GX-10 test results were first published in the February shootout.
"Despite the Nikon's excellence, we stand by the Sony as the 2006 Camera of the Year for its great price, built-in image stabilization, and solid performance. It certainly met our criteria for "the camera that best refined and redefined photography" that year.
"Could we name a Camera of the Year without first testing it? That would be ... inconsistent or even worse."

Okay, I understand now.
3 answers 3