Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

http://www.cff.org/

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wansai: Shouldn't the title be: SPONSORED CONTENT?

It's only an analysis insomuch as it talks about the camera but it's actually a marketing and sales pitch (or press release).

I have no issues with reading sponsored content but I'd like to know beforehand so I don't start rejecting the content as I read through, expecting it to be an unbiased look when it isn't.

\_(ツ)_/¯ lost in translation...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
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Fred Mercern: DXO and DPreview are partners, DXO proudly states this partnership on their website. It is pretty clear that there is a lot of bias from DPreview on this product with the unprecedented amount of coverage regardless how good or bad it is, and I am sure the product really is great but I think that DPreview should really state the relationship that they have.

it's pretty simple. We use their data to produce the graphs in our (somewhat rare) lens reviews. There is no commercial relationship.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
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wansai: Shouldn't the title be: SPONSORED CONTENT?

It's only an analysis insomuch as it talks about the camera but it's actually a marketing and sales pitch (or press release).

I have no issues with reading sponsored content but I'd like to know beforehand so I don't start rejecting the content as I read through, expecting it to be an unbiased look when it isn't.

so, to be clear: you're saying we're all lying? That despite the real threat of action against us and our (rather large) parent company if we were to so blatantly ignore the clear FCC regulations on disclosure, we're just gonna go ahead and risk everything over an opinion piece about a phone accessory?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
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wansai: Shouldn't the title be: SPONSORED CONTENT?

It's only an analysis insomuch as it talks about the camera but it's actually a marketing and sales pitch (or press release).

I have no issues with reading sponsored content but I'd like to know beforehand so I don't start rejecting the content as I read through, expecting it to be an unbiased look when it isn't.

if this were sponsored content it would include a prominent disclaimer. It is not.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: 3 front page features on this copy of a sony innovation? Three. It's almost like dpreview has some sort of formal relationship with DXO. Oh wait they do.....

We have no formal relationship with Dxo. We use their (publicly accessible) data for lens reviews, and chat to them about image science / testing now and again. The only thing we've ever signed is a standard NDA.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 14:48 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1265 comments in total)
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Light Pilgrim: There is no mention of the DR - did the new sensor make another step forward in that area too?

We were told it is similar, maybe fractionally better.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 13:13 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1265 comments in total)
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Seanacy1: " At the press launch in New York we even got a glimpse of the a7R II autofocusing Canon EF lenses using a Metabones electronic adapter. Focus appeared to be on par with OVF focus on a native Canon body"

>> Does this mean that the 'speed' of the AF focusing using metabones is on par with when using a native canon body?

(I know it's too good to be true, but just in case..)

Yes it does. Very impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 13:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)

Are you sure this isn't the difference in each camera's output file pixel dimensions ?

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 20:43 UTC as 18th comment
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beholder1: A lot of these all in ones have severe in camera processing regarding noise reduction. For the sharpest shots noise reduction needs to bet set to the lowest setting and the aperature controlled to lessen diffraction. And of course the lowest iso is also ideal. Look for shots where the user has specified the in camera process settings. I have yet to test one of these all in ones myself so I am not sure about other factors at the 200-250mm and above or without a tripod. Again diffraction is also a real concern especially when the aperture is not specified.
I recall reading that this review site is forced to capture pics at the default in camera settings.

at most focal lengths this camera is already diffraction-limited at max aperture, and at longer focal lengths you only have the choice of two or three aperture values. Add to this a top SS in Av mode of 1/2000th and you can't always optimize for diffraction. We shoot default JPEG settings generally, but reviewers can play with the exposure controls as much as needed. That said, these are pretty much point and shoot models for most buyers, so the auto/default settings are important.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 23:44 UTC
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semorg: WOW...Dpreview finally discovered ETTR?

yes, whenever we write about anything it indicates that we have literally just discovered it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Very clever April Fools Day story.

I appreciate your editorial sense of humor!

Thanks!

No one takes my spot!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Very clever April Fools Day story.

I appreciate your editorial sense of humor!

Thanks!

We actually make them arm wrestle for a parking spot... hence her current situation...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)
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Paul Guba: Is this an April Fools joke? Really DP Review recommends selfie sticks. We come a long way baby and its all downhill from here.

Is your comment an april fool's joke?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:51 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (164 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Tag for the last photo reads ISO 200, not 2000. Confused me when I opened up the file and I saw the noise in the sky!

I guess Samsung hasn't mentioned if there's an add-on EVF coming?

verified. No EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (164 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Tag for the last photo reads ISO 200, not 2000. Confused me when I opened up the file and I saw the noise in the sky!

I guess Samsung hasn't mentioned if there's an add-on EVF coming?

as far as we know there will NOT be an add-on EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
On Adorama launches Flashpoint Ring Li-On 400ws ringflash article (56 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Isn't this site a front for Amazon?

Whether or not amazon sells a product has no bearing on our decision to write about it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 06:40 UTC
On Adorama launches Flashpoint Ring Li-On 400ws ringflash article (56 comments in total)
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CanonKen: Isn't this site a front for Amazon?

yeah it's almost like we're not a front for Amazon

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 02:57 UTC
On Nikon D5500 real-world samples article (129 comments in total)
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zakaria: why on the earth nikon dont want to put this fantastic sensor on a d300 body!

We ask them every time we meet them. Every time they give the same answer, which is basically no answer at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 18:12 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (488 comments in total)
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Looleylaylow: Review in sum: "Average performance in nearly all regards. Gold Award!" Once trusted site is acquired by the world's biggest retailer and becomes enamored with the world's biggest consumer brand. Shocking.

and it only took 8 years to manifest itself in this review

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)
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Sprintmedley: OK one more time - will my panasonic/lumix 4/3 lenses (8mm, 100-300mm, 14-140mm) work on this camera? If so, I think so, is it true that I should turn off the panasonic lens OIS stablization function in order for the Olympus OMD body to actuate the image stabilization ??

yes they will work and you'll be using IBIS for stabilization

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 15:53 UTC
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