Barney Britton

Barney Britton

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 Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (420 comments in total)
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Scorehound: First of all, she is a FF shooter and from the get-go she is going to slam the camera based on this fact. It should be a non issue. It isn't a FF camera, so don't use the lack of FF as a negative on the camera.

Second, it wasn't much of a review. She spend a little time talking about how much she hated the 7D and went on about how she didn't like the lack of audio notation (a feature most people don't care about).

She didn't discuss the quality of the images she got out of the camera, didn't discuss her opinions on the noise and ISO performance in the shots she made, and didn't spend a lot of time talking ergonomics and features. She touched on points, and that was it.

I, for one am disappointed in this. I was expecting a balanced review based on a $1800 camera, and not a comparison to a $7,000 camera (or a $3500 camera at that). It was a useless review IMHO and didn't tell anyone anything different than what you can read online. I want a real review. This was not it.

This isn't a review.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (420 comments in total)
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brownie314: to all the people complaining about the "adds for Canon". Lets assume - worst case scenario - Canon is paying DPR to get some space in the articles section. So what - you are getting all of this content for free. So you have to skip over a few articles that you are not interested in - what harm is done? On the up side - they are funding reviews of other equipment. So lets say Canon is behind this - get over it. Doing all of this equipment review isn't cheap.

I think what Marty means is that it would be stupid for us to bias our content for the sake of selling more, or more valuable advertising. And he would be right.

Plus - if our content was artificially positive, surely the advertiser would have *less* incentive to pay us to place their adverts on the site, since we'd be doing their job for them. Oddly, that's something that the 'this is an advertorial!' idiots never seem to consider.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (420 comments in total)
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brownie314: to all the people complaining about the "adds for Canon". Lets assume - worst case scenario - Canon is paying DPR to get some space in the articles section. So what - you are getting all of this content for free. So you have to skip over a few articles that you are not interested in - what harm is done? On the up side - they are funding reviews of other equipment. So lets say Canon is behind this - get over it. Doing all of this equipment review isn't cheap.

Canon is not paying for this (or any content).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (862 comments in total)
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olypan: Jeez DPR, how many times are you going to try and flog this dead horse!

by... reviewing it? That is what we do....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
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snapa: Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Clearly not you!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 00:13 UTC
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Petak: Since this is not a new idea and has already been implemented by several manufacturers, this is obviously nothing more than an advert, Why is it in the news section? Also, warming filter is irrelevant in digital photography, which is 99% of today's photography.

I love you, you're brilliant.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 03:58 UTC
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Petak: Since this is not a new idea and has already been implemented by several manufacturers, this is obviously nothing more than an advert, Why is it in the news section? Also, warming filter is irrelevant in digital photography, which is 99% of today's photography.

@SmilerGrogan - OK, you gave me a smile. I never expected you to equate a photography site posting news about a new photography accessory with the British class system and the legacy of empire. Well played.

But you know we're based in Seattle, USA, right?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 22:01 UTC
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Petak: Since this is not a new idea and has already been implemented by several manufacturers, this is obviously nothing more than an advert, Why is it in the news section? Also, warming filter is irrelevant in digital photography, which is 99% of today's photography.

It's a (likely high quality) new photography accessory released by a manufacturer that sends us press releases. Simple as that. It's tagged as 'accessory news'.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 21:27 UTC
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Petak: Since this is not a new idea and has already been implemented by several manufacturers, this is obviously nothing more than an advert, Why is it in the news section? Also, warming filter is irrelevant in digital photography, which is 99% of today's photography.

@ Petak - how is this an advert? I simply don't understand this mode of criticism. Unless you're suggesting that we've been paid to run it? Are you?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 19:37 UTC
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Laslen: Why is DPReview covering this? Are you sponsored by this company? This an idiotic product. If something like this was released for Canon or Nikon, it would be laughed at and immediately dismissed.

@ Laslen - if someone came out with this kind of product for Canon or Nikon mounts, I promise we would cover it...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On 7DII_beta_ISO3200_030A9456-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (12 comments in total)
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Jozef M: This is bad, a lot worse then the high iso's of the competition.

Uhuh?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (163 comments in total)
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Artistico: Okay. If this niche videography product is DPreview newsworthy, when can we expect reviews of medium format digital cameras that might be a tad more in line with DPreview's purpose?

There is a massive disparity between the amount of resources required to write a short news story like this and reviews of medium-format digital cameras. Something to think about...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 17:29 UTC
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ProfHankD: Wow, that's a pretty serious color shift! Is either one right?

It's all 'to taste' to match how I remember the scenes looking. That said, WB adjustments (where I made any) are actually pretty minimal.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
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Mssimo: Must have same binding/shadow noise as previous sensors since author avoided pushing shadows in all the images. I would like to see some shadows pushed in low ISO (1oo or 200)

There's plenty of shadow pushing actually, if you look at the technical captions on the raw conversions.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 22:19 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: REALLY! DPReview is doing a major disservice here. Who would buy an a5100 and use it with a $1000 prime lens in a mount that is not even native to it. I can pretty much guarantee that the vast majority of a5100 purchasers will only ever use the kit lens that comes with it- and that is how it should be tested. I understand you want to show what the sensor is capable of but that has no basis in the reality of how the camera will be used.
So throwing that out of the mix, I like the Canon least, its lens performance has compromised the sensor, I guess getting an extra 30mm on the telephoto end compared to the RX100Mk3 has had an effect on IQ. As for the SONY vs the LX100, the SONY has more detail(expected with the extra pixels) but the LX100 has much lower noise, especially at higher ISOs(again, expected). If choosing, I like the LX100 best, it is an "all arounder". Great job, Panny but the SONY is no slouch. Love the Panny's controls far more though(no PASM dial needed)!

As a general principle, studio photography with interchangeable lens cameras is intended to show the potential of the camera's sensor. What that means in practical terms is that we try to shoot with the best lens we can (without getting into the realms of the truly silly) for whatever system we're looking at.

Sample galleries on the other hand are shot with a mixture of lenses, mostly biasing towards kit or add-on options which are commensurate with the camera's market positioning.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 03:21 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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KerryBE: What a great event. Getting this organized on the heels of Photokina is really an accomplishment. I saw some segments and look forward to catching up with the others.

Great job DPR!

Thank you!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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aftab: Enjoyed all of it so far. But real inspiration was Art Wolfe and Lytro. Among the manufacturer spokesmen most likable were Sony and Panasonic folks.

Glad you liked Art and Lytro. Both Art and Ariel have great stories to tell.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 16:02 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: I think I watched most of this in the end.

Art Wolfe – there’s an unbridgeable cultural chasm between us, but I still got something from his interview.

Mark Weir – this guy has poise and gravitas and all the more so when he’s in the studio rather than on Skype. An immeasurable asset to Sony. The other reps all had interesting things to say too, especially when they weren’t selling their latest baubles.

Barney – good job, well judged. And I see you’ve worked on your personal style since last year. (Is it okay to say that?) Nice boots. Proof that geeks need not be slobs or grey.

Missed Richard’s lucid clarity.

Missed Simon’s withering big-picture critique of the state of the industry.

By the way, has Shawn gone? He seems to have been replaced by “DPReview Staff” on the site.

Allison and Richard are on-camera this morning so there's (thankfully) less of me today!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (332 comments in total)
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buybuybuy: Some Do's and Don'ts:

Do remember that the samples:
(1) are just for eye-candy.
(2) contain no important discriminatory/distinguishing attributes that may be used as indicators of the performance of a given camera/sensor format.
(3) come with more caveats, asterisks, and footnotes than a typical tax document
(4) are for people to say "Wow, how great the horse is," "Wow, how great Puerto Rico is," and "Wow, how great the D750 is."

Don't:
(1) use your own mind to form opinions about the camera, including but not limited to high ISO performance and performance in different lighting conditions.

Do:
(1) remember that when DPR wants you to have an opinion about a camera, they will tell you your opinion (that's the same thing Nikon told them)

Hope that helps!

Cynical nonsense.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday article (238 comments in total)
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Digital Dick: Was watching on Creative Live site. Ok for the first discussion but the stream died a couple of minutes into the Olympus interview and never restarted until it got into the Nikon interview. Very disappointing.
I watch Creative Live a lot and usually never have streaming problems.
Did Nikon take down Olympus?
Dick

Sorry to hear that - you can watch everything again 'on demand' in a few days and the program is currently being rebroadcast (see window above).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 22:48 UTC
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