Pixel Peeper Meaning
(idiomatic, photography) A person who carefully scrutinizes a magnified digital photograph in order to evaluate resolution and image quality.
Example: 2004 March 27, Michael Reichmann, "The Case of the Nit Picking Pixel Peepers", The Luminous Landscape (luminous-landscape.com) (retrieved 23 April 2012):
Those whom I have called pixel peepers are satisfied with nothing less than an intimate dissection of a camera/lens' abilities (always at 100% pixel magnification), without regard for whether or not perceived optical defects are even actually visible in real world prints.
2006 July 17, Aravind Krishnaswamy, "Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM review," Aravind's Reviews (www.aravind.ca) (retrieved 23 June 2011):
Overall unless you are a merciless pixel peeper I can't imagine someone being unhappy with the sharpness of this lens.
2007 April 8, "Owners Opinion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3," www.dpreview.com (retrieved 23 June 2011):
There is detectable noise at the lower ISOs if you are a pixel peeper.
2008 Nov. 24, Stephen Shankland, "DxO sheds light on camera sensor performance," CNET.com (retrieved 23 June 2011):
Detailed tests of image sensors are raw meat for performance-obsessed pixel-peepers.