Barney Britton

Barney Britton

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Seattle, United States
Works as a Editor
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Nov 2, 2009
About me:

I'm in charge of the editorial content of dpreview. I joined dpreview when it was based in London in November 2009, after several years as a print journalist in the UK specialist photographic press. I moved from London to Seattle, USA, a year later and I've been here ever since.

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On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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agentlossing: My takeaway is that underexposing to -1.7 EV is too much for this sensor, as in the waterfall pic. Slight underexposure is fine, however, and detail retention is pretty impressive. Lens appears to be fairly high-resolving, details aren't super crisp but you can tell they would stand a fair amount of microcontrast adjustment.

Snoqualmie Falls, WA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 23:32 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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agentlossing: My takeaway is that underexposing to -1.7 EV is too much for this sensor, as in the waterfall pic. Slight underexposure is fine, however, and detail retention is pretty impressive. Lens appears to be fairly high-resolving, details aren't super crisp but you can tell they would stand a fair amount of microcontrast adjustment.

Yeah that was a bit of a push. Some of the foliage in the middle-right is a bit mushy but color fidelity is impressive and it's fairly remarkable that you can maintain all that detail and color in the (near) sunset sky, as well as the details in the waterfall and surrounding rocks. Considering that this shot was basically backlit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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owenleve: every single one of your test photos is garbage. why do you keep insisting on creating such incredibly poor test photos. take your time, do something creative, push the camera to it's limits. Show the sharpness, low light capabilities in real world shoots. Shoot a moving subject. ANYTHING.

Don't leave garbage comments, Owen. Don't be that guy. Keep your feedback constructive and polite. And hopefully previous replies in this thread will make you understand why - and how - we shoot these samples galleries.

With new products, we create these samples galleries as rapidly as possible (over 48 hours in this case) to get you images as quickly as we can, from as wide a range of situations as we can, to give an idea of overall performance.

If you want to see my personal, more creative work, google me. You might still hate it (which is fine) but don't confuse a good samples gallery with a good portfolio. The images are shot with different aims in mind.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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Yanko Kitanov: Why so few low ISO samples and so many ISO400 and ISO800 samples shot at lightning conditions allowing to freely use a lower ISO..
The camera is looking good.

Exactly. DR mode. DR Auto (most of the time) and DR400 for the really tricky scenes, which locks at ISO 800 (or upwards). We'll have full studio comparison shots published at all ISO sensitivities very soon.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:51 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Any of these 35mm or 50mm?

Nope. All upcropped 28mm equiv.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (164 comments in total)
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Colin Dutton: The link is dead...404 page not found

Fiiiiiixed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 19:44 UTC
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maxnimo: Over 1440 comments already? Holy snap! Is this a record?

This is an update to pages already published in our first-impressions review. The comment count is taken from that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 17:39 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (291 comments in total)
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Nimbifer: Cooked RAWs? Thanks for the information, DPR. That was all I needed to know.

I'll never ever consider purchase of such cameras or lenses. To me it is the exact equivalent of olympic athletes proven guilty of doping. No way, Sony. I do hope, DPR takes this into account in their reviews and will not hand out gold or silver awards to that stuff.

The thing about athletes that dope is that they win. Which is where your analogy arguably falls down, since in the world of cameras and lenses, better performance is... better? Surely?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
On article Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience (170 comments in total)
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dynaxx: sorry Barney but the blogger below is right - if it was the "shoot" was paid for by Samsung then it has to be stated up front very explicitly. I know many people that would have given up on Samsung with that many firmware bugs

Anyone fancy a pint? Samsung is paying.

DAMN. I LET IT SLIP.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 01:34 UTC
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Don Diafragma: WOW! Another Sony Story....

DPR says they are independent press, but sometimes I unfortunately get the feeling they are an extension of the Sony PR machine.

"On the fence" means 'unsure'. Not sure if that's what Don meant.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
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Don Diafragma: WOW! Another Sony Story....

DPR says they are independent press, but sometimes I unfortunately get the feeling they are an extension of the Sony PR machine.

Player 1 has left the game.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
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Don Diafragma: WOW! Another Sony Story....

DPR says they are independent press, but sometimes I unfortunately get the feeling they are an extension of the Sony PR machine.

So Don, what - in the end - is your point? I'm the editor of the site. If I'm not biased, then nor is DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
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Don Diafragma: WOW! Another Sony Story....

DPR says they are independent press, but sometimes I unfortunately get the feeling they are an extension of the Sony PR machine.

Also, let me add for additional context - Sony is one of the most popular current brands among our audience. Check out our 2014 and 2015 readers' polls for products of the year.

So, *not* covering Sony's new products, or writing less about them than we could, would make zero sense from a publishing point of view, and would do our audience a disservice.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 19:18 UTC
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Don Diafragma: WOW! Another Sony Story....

DPR says they are independent press, but sometimes I unfortunately get the feeling they are an extension of the Sony PR machine.

Let me break this down for you:

+Sony makes cameras and lenses.
+Sony released several major products yesterday.
+DPReview covers camera and lens announcements
+DPReview has posted several articles over the past 24 hours about Sony's new camera and lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (202 comments in total)
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Brian Isaman: Something tells me we are going to see endless articles about the A6300 from DPR staff. Get ready for the hyperbole.

Not sure about that, but we're already seeing apparently endless comments from people that don't understand how technology journalism works.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
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Siobhan A: Don't blame DPR. Part of their job is to get everyone excited about new cameras....then get them to buy them on Amazon.

But this new Sony shows Sony doesn't care about a small affordable system anymore, and shows they are not willing to add the features that so many were asking for the past 18 months.

Doesn't bother me either whether people go to Amazon to buy or not. DPReview is editorially independent of its parent company.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
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M H S: Oh wow? SMH!

At least they don't try to hide their bias.

Nor do you, apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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Siobhan A: Don't blame DPR. Part of their job is to get everyone excited about new cameras....then get them to buy them on Amazon.

But this new Sony shows Sony doesn't care about a small affordable system anymore, and shows they are not willing to add the features that so many were asking for the past 18 months.

"Part of their job is to get everyone excited about new cameras....then get them to buy them on Amazon."

Uuuurgh. This nonsense again?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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Kaso: "Oh wow..."?????

Shameless.

Maybe read beyond the headline?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
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piratejabez: I love how there's more backlash here about seeing "Oh, wow!" in the title than there is actual discussion of the camera... That's what I get for reading the comments section :)

8fps with live view and almost edge-to-edge phase-detection autofocus. That's pretty 'wow' to us.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
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