Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

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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On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)
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Jogger: Editorial??? More like, Advertorial.

so to be clear here, you're saying Apple paid us to write this?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 17:53 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (499 comments in total)
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Antimateria: Dpreview on Sony reflex like Alpha700, no lcd on top, was a cons...

Dpreview on Alpha 77, lcd on top too, was a cons TOO and useless, because there is a resr too.

For Sony, Dpreview invent cons that on others brands are plus or simply not cons.

wow if that's the best you can do to prove an institutional anti-Sony bias.... two reviews 4 years apart of two wildly different cameras, both of which got high scores and (in the case of the 700) our highest award. Oh and you're simply wrong about the A77 not having a top LCD being listed as a con. So maybe 'So false' would be a better reply.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 15:20 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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jcmarfilph: Why not just say "Mobile Phone studio comparison tool?" Do you really have to put iPhone word in the title? Why not Nokia or Samsung Studio comparison? Is that how desperate Apple now to get more sales?

Actually we did more, and then we reviewed it as fast as we could http://connect.dpreview.com/post/1305711237/lumia-1020

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 04:23 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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jcmarfilph: Why not just say "Mobile Phone studio comparison tool?" Do you really have to put iPhone word in the title? Why not Nokia or Samsung Studio comparison? Is that how desperate Apple now to get more sales?

well the iphone 5s is the new model (as in only released today), and without the others it wouldn't be a comparison would it? I notice you never make this complaint when we publish this kind of thing for other cameras or brands (should it only ever say 'camera studio comparison' in the headline?). But yeah, I'm sure Apple's desperation about selling some iPhones has been swept aside now DPR has published a studio shot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 01:57 UTC
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (274 comments in total)
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ThePassenger: Lots of good ideas:
- comeback of the two line-charts. I missed them in the previous test-scene.
- PhaseOne reference rocks! Its resolution is incredible and very useful to compare details.
- dim light function: cool, but I wonder if it is really reproducible
- print and web- buttons: gets us back to the real world

Well done dpr !

in what respect would it not be reproducible? These are fixed lights built into the scene.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 17:36 UTC
On Studio Test Scene article (55 comments in total)
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steras: How is focus set, AF or manually, and at what spot in the target?

manually, bracketed, center

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 16:44 UTC
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Jogger: I've never considered Fuji to be premium.. they sell expensive cameras and lenses like other makes. But, its hardly a premium brand.

To be fair, the E series Finepix models were built to a (low) price - the F series were incredibly well built. Same as Canon with the A vs S series etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 16:33 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2126 comments in total)
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Haider: When is the E-620 successor coming out? Oly remember the E-620 body only is about £500...

I'm going to guess we'll see porcine aviation before we see another 4/3 body...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 16:29 UTC
On Editorial: Why Some People Hate Comments (And Why We Don't) news story (288 comments in total)
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randalusa: Control-freak, everybody must think like me moderators MAKE THEIR OWN labor by presiding over every conversation to keep their readers from, oh my, hearing the unapproved thoughts from independent thinkers.

Ok you're talking about forums, on an article about comments. We don't really moderate the comments unless we really have to.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 23:16 UTC
On Editorial: Why Some People Hate Comments (And Why We Don't) news story (288 comments in total)
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Jogger: Comment sections are a huge revenue boon for website owners. It brings people back to the page and keep them there.. and the participants are interested in that topic (e.g. photography), which lets you negotiate higher rates for ads.

If DPR were just articles and reviews, the web traffic would be 10% of what it is.

i count three factual errors in your comment, and one with a grain of truth. Any idea which is which?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 17:18 UTC
On Editorial: Why Some People Hate Comments (And Why We Don't) news story (288 comments in total)
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randalusa: Control-freak, everybody must think like me moderators MAKE THEIR OWN labor by presiding over every conversation to keep their readers from, oh my, hearing the unapproved thoughts from independent thinkers.

given 99% of what we delete relates to someone's sister making $8000 on her computer last month, this comment shows an admirably open-minded approach to spam.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 17:13 UTC
On Editorial: Why Some People Hate Comments (And Why We Don't) news story (288 comments in total)
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mapgraphs: Another thought,

If you're going to be more involved with comments, and placing a higher priority on comments, will that be at the expense of doing reviews?

no

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:02 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)
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Betarover: The desk top image is fine, but we need more. dpreview should take full advantage of the person on their staff they hired who had the internet camera test site http://www.dcresource.com/. For each camera he tested he posted identical landscapes taken from the same spots in San Francisco and Palo alto. I have saved hundreds of his real world test images.

Lets have the Space Needle scene that dpreview has used from time to time (taken from near the Cancer Center building in Seattle) be one of the standard scenes. The present system of comparing cameras to each other by using shots of a baseball game for one camera and of a leaf laying on the grass for another is not very useful for landscape photographers.

Another site that takes the same landscape for each camera is http://www.steves-digicams.com/

Dpreview did this several years ago for their review of compact zoom cameras. Each had a landscape of the Space Needle in the distance with lots of other Seattle buildings.

it is pretty big (like 6 feet wide)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 06:32 UTC
On Pentax Q7 Review preview (239 comments in total)
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Optimal Prime: Er... Isn't there a more recent Q10 announced almost a year ago...? Why is DPR only receiving the Q7 at this late stage? Strange...

No, the Q7 is much more recent.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 15:14 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: DPR You do not have a great track record recently of reviewing mirrorless cameras. The GF5, G5, E-PL5, NEX-5R and NX 20 seem to have been skipped completely, and the GF6, G6 and NEX-3N have been available for a few months with still no review. I'm not even counting the E-PL6 but you haven't reviewed that yet either. In contrast you've reviewed literally every DSLR released so far except the newish K-50, as far as I can tell, and almost every premium compact and even some cheap compacts.

So with that all being said, I strongly request that you give the GX7 review VERY HIGH priority. On paper it is the best mirrorless camera to date, and one of the best if not the best consumer-level cameras of any variety to date. It deserves your quick attention, a whole lot more than, say, the Canon T5i did.

sad truth is DLSR reviews get a lot more traffic than most mirrorless, so they get prioritized. It's not because we don't want to review them all, we just don't have the resources (yet) to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 06:44 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (590 comments in total)
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veroman: Reads like a promotion for the cameras named, particularly the X100s.

In any event, there's something to be said for the weight of a quality DSLR. Brought to the eye, they dampen vibration, including the natural movement of one's hands and arms. Lighter cameras don't do this as well and small cameras without a viewfinder don't do it at all.

My small take-anywhere cam is the Pentax K-01 ... a superb tool. But it doesn't replace my DSLRs. Their solidity is important to me.

Reads like a promotion for the K-01

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 02:48 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (590 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I don't know what is the purpose of this article.
Of course DSLR cann't be a "always with me" camera. If I go shooting, I take DSLR, if I go cycling/hiking/walking I take a pocket camera.
So that's it.

It's an opinion piece. It doesn't need a purpose.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (470 comments in total)
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GURL: To B. Britton or A. Westlake

"This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position."

This sentence is probably carved in the stone of your studio scene frame but inaccurate for non-zoom non-removable-lens cameras like this one: I doubt you silently cropped the resulting image...

ah boilerplate text...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 17:44 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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cmvsm: How does the Canon score a Gold Award at 78%, yet the Nikon D5200 scored 79%, but received a Silver Award? Furthermore, all other cameras reviewed within the last year, that scored a 79 or above, all received Gold Awards, except for the Nikon D5200.

I really could care less either way, just trying to understand DVR's scoring/rating system, as its a bit inconsistent.

also, if someone decides to buy a camera because we rate it highly, surely they were in the market for a camera anyway? And if we rated it poorly then surely they'd choose a different one? And if we rated it highly and it was demonstrably poor/flawed do you not think someone would notice, eventually?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 23:23 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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cmvsm: How does the Canon score a Gold Award at 78%, yet the Nikon D5200 scored 79%, but received a Silver Award? Furthermore, all other cameras reviewed within the last year, that scored a 79 or above, all received Gold Awards, except for the Nikon D5200.

I really could care less either way, just trying to understand DVR's scoring/rating system, as its a bit inconsistent.

i wish people would decide how our payola system works. Is it direct cash payments to the reviewer, more advertising for DPR or higher sales for GS?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 23:19 UTC
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