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 well - here we are!

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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 25, 2014 |
The Ona Lima strap is a hand-made leather and canvas camera strap which makes a handsome companion to light and medium-weight gear. Barnaby Britton takes it out for a spin.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 6, 2014 |
We've published a series of interviews on dpreview over the past couple of weeks, during and after the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. It’s always informative to speak to the people in charge of major companies, and in this article we've distilled some of the key messages from the major players.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 3, 2014 |
Recently, editor Barnaby Britton had the opportunity to interview senior figures at Canon Inc. on two occasions, in Japan. The first meetings were held in late 2013 at Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, and a follow-up interview was arranged at the recent CP+ show in Yokohama. Click through for more.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 25, 2014 |
After the CP+ show in Yokohama closed last week, editor Barnaby Britton journeyed out to Olympus's design facility in Hachioji to speak to executives and engineers. Among the people he spoke to was Hirofumi Imano division manager of product strategy.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 17, 2014 |
The CP+ show in Yokohama Japan has just closed, but in between visits to the various booths we made time to sit down with four senior Nikon executives, to get their thoughts on the state of the market, future opportunities and what makes Nikon unique.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 15, 2014 |
We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan where Toshihisa Iida, senior sales and marketing manager at Fujifilm found time to sit down with editor Barnaby Britton to discuss a range of topics.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 15, 2014 |
We're at the CP+ show in Japan this week, where Editor Barnaby Britton sat down with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma, for a chat about the dp2 Quattro, as well as the challenges of the modern photography industry and what it's like being the head of a family business.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 21, 2014 |
In theory, if you've got a collection of old or obscure lenses for long-defunct 35mm film cameras, the full-frame a7 / a7R may allow you to breath new life into them. In this article, Barney Britton describes his experiences.
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Barney Britton | Published on Dec 6, 2013 |
There's a long tradition of high-quality compact cameras and today there are some incredibly capable compact cameras on the market. Top-notch lenses, great sensors and plenty of control are the hallmarks of every one of our top five recommended compact cameras for enthusiasts.
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Barney Britton | Published on Dec 5, 2013 |
A few years ago, the idea of a DSLR under $1000 was just a distant dream, but these days the financial bar to entry is much lower than it was in the past. Here's our list of the top five interchangeable lens cameras that we'd currently recommend for under $1000 - including a kit zoom lens.
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Barney Britton | Published on Dec 1, 2013 |
Social photography didn't always mean snapshot selfies taken on a smartphone. For this list we've selected five of our top recommendations for cameras that you should consider taking out socially, to informal or special occasions.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 27, 2013 |
There's a big world out there, just waiting for you to explore it. In our opinion, a camera is one of the best traveling companions you can have. Here are our top five recommendations.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 27, 2013 |
Most cameras are delicate objects, and the last thing you want to do is drop them or subject them to wet or freezing conditions. But there are cameras which are specifically designed to handle rough treatment. In this list, we've chosen our top five recommendations for waterproof cameras.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 26, 2013 |
Choosing a first camera is extremely important. You want to make sure that the beginner has room to grow as they learn more, but you don't want to put them off with a lot of options that they might not understand. We've prepared some recommendations for you.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 12, 2013 |
In this series of short articles, DPReview staff will be highlighting their personal standout products of the year. It might be a camera, a lens, an accessory or even a piece of software. This week, editor Barnaby Britton takes us through his personal favorite - the Fujifilm X100S.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 4, 2013 |
Kimio Maki is something of a legend within Sony, and is considered the 'father' of several important products. These include the RX100 / II and RX1 / R, and also the new Alpha A7 and A7R We caught up with him at this year's Photo Plus Expo in New York.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 9, 2013 |
If you're looking for a compact digital camera, you've got a lot of choice. In this five-page buying guide we'll try to help you find the right compact camera for your needs.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 26, 2013 |
The Canon PowerShot G16 adds a few cool new features compared to its predecessor, but is that enough to make it worth buying? We've been shooting with one for a while, and we've compiled our early findings in this article.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 24, 2013 |
Apple launched a new iPhone last week, with plenty of features designed to appeal to photographers. In this article, Barnaby Britton takes a look at what it's like to use as a camera.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jul 31, 2013 |
Dpreview editor Barnaby Britton hasn't used his DSLR for months. In this article, he considers why not.
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A hands-on look at the Pentax K-50 and K-500 digital SLRs, including real world sample photos.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 5, 2013 |
The new AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F4.5-5.6 G ED VR, announced today, will come as very welcome news for a lot of Nikon DSLR owners. Here's Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton's take on the new lens.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 28, 2013 |
Over the last few years the line between the once totally separate worlds of video and stills photography has been getting gradually more blurred. This article aims to explain all.
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Adrian Godong, Barney Britton | Published on Jan 28, 2013 |
In 2010 we undertook a major overhaul of the way we rate and score cameras for the final conclusion of our in-depth reviews. This page explains how we produce those scores, how to interpret them and how they compare with the old system
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 11, 2013 |
This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analyists and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new cameras on show at this year's CES.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 10, 2013 |
Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 9, 2013 |
We're at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one of the most interesting products announced at CES is the Samsung NX300 - a well-rounded replacement for the NX210. We made a beeline for the Samsung stand to get our hands on the newest NX, and here are our first impressions.
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The holiday season is upon us once again and with all the sales and special deals around at the moment, this is a great time to start thinking about getting a new camera. In this article, we'll be looking at the current field of enthusiast zoom compact cameras to help you make your buying decision.
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Barney Britton, Simon Joinson | Published on Dec 4, 2012 |
So you've decided to invest in a digital SLR, but the huge range of models and technical jargon are confusing you? This article will take the pain out of choosing the perfect digital SLR for you, whether you're a seasoned shooter or a total novice.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 23, 2012 |
Here at dpreview we get to use a lot of cameras, from simple point-and-shoot models to professional workhorses, and everything in-between. In this short article, we've selected five of what we think are the best compact cameras on the market right now, and summarized their strengths.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 25, 2012 |
We had a chance to get our hands on Nikon's latest 1 Series mirrorless camera - the 1 V2. It gains a 14MP sensor, built-in flash and more conventional control points than its predecessor. Here we give our first impressions of Nikon's smallest 'serious' interchangeable lens camera.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 25, 2012 |
We've had a chance to handle Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. The example we used is officially pre-production, so we weren't able to shoot samples, but it had the build and handling of a finished model, so here are some initial impressions of this long hoped-for F4 tele-zoom lens.
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Apple might not have set out to make some of the most popular cameras on the planet with its iPhone line of smartphones, but that's exactly what has happened. The iPhone 5, brings a larger screen, faster processor and redesigned camera compared to its predecessor. Let's find out how it stacks up.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 25, 2012 |
When we spoke to Dirk Jasper, Nikon's Product Manager for Professional Products and Product Planning, at Photokina, we ended up having a pretty long conversation. In this interview - the second of two - we spoke to Dirk about Nikon's new Android camera, the S800c, and the development of the Nikon 1.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 21, 2012 |
The big lines at Leica's stand at this year's Photokina were for the new M and M-E rangefinders, but Leica also announced a new camera in its 'S' medium format line. Barnaby Britton caught up with Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Imaging at Leica, and asked him all about it.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Nikon has launched several new products this year, including the enthusiast-oriented D600. Barnaby Britton caught up with Dirk Jasper, product manager for professional imaging at Nikon Europe at Photkina, to find out what he thinks makes the D600 special, and get his opinion on the competition.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 20, 2012 |
Barnaby Britton caught up with Samsung's VP of Sales and Marketing, Sun Hong Lim at the Samsung stand, who explained why the Galaxy Camera is so important to Samsung, and why the Korean manufacturer is confident that it's a leader - not a follower.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Just before the opening of Photokina, Pentax it refreshed its popular K-5 DSLR, releasing two new models, the K-5 II and the K-5 IIS. Barnaby Britton caught up with John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales & Marketing at Pentax Imaging USA, at the show.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Big, blue and very very connected. That's Samsung in 2012, and the Korean electronics giant has a large stand at this year's photokina, the better to showcase its range of compact and interchangeable lens cameras, all of which feature Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 19, 2012 |
Photokina 2012 is proving a busy show for Leica, with two new M models, the 'M', which succeeds the M9, and the ME. Barnaby Britton caught up with M product manager Jesko von Oeynhausen at the Leica stand.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Canon has been busy this year, and the demonstration areas are thronged with enthusiasts keen to get their hands on Canon's latest products including the mirrorless EOS M and the 6D - Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR yet.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 18, 2012 |
Nikon has a large, and very yellow presence at this year's show, and the Japanese manufacturer has a lot to show off. 2012 has been a busy year for Nikon, and crowds several people deep are lining up to get their hands on the latest releases, including the recently-released D600.
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Barney Britton | Published on Aug 30, 2012 |
Vertical grips can aid the handling of DSLRs for portrait-format shooting and when working with long, heavy lenses. In this short review, we look at the Vertax Pixel D12 battery grip, designed for the Nikon D800. At $99 it's considerably cheaper than Nikon's MB-D12 but can it do the same job?
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Barney Britton | Published on Aug 1, 2012 |
Following our recent review of the Nokia 808 PureView, Damian Dinning - Lead program manager of Imaging Experience at Nokia, wrote to us responding to some of the issues raised.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jul 30, 2012 |
When the Nokia 808 PureView was announced earlier this year its 41MP camera sensor and innovative PureView pixel oversampling made headlines all over the world. On paper, the 808 offers the most advanced camera features of any previous smartphone. Read our review to find out how it performs.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jun 15, 2012 |
Sometimes even the widest angle lens isn't wide enough to capture the scene in front of you. That's where photo collages come in. In this single-page technique article, Barney Britton explains how to shoot and create your own collages.
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Four photographers spend some time shooting with the Leica M9-P and their favorite lenses. Read about their impressions of using gear that most of us can only dream about owning.
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Barney Britton | Published on Apr 19, 2012 |
Samsung has just announced three new Wi-Fi-equipped NX models - the NX20, NX210 and entry-level NX1000. We spent some time with Samsung in Korea prior to their announcement, and got an exclusive opportunity to ask senior executives about their vision for the future of the NX line.
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Barney Britton | Published on Apr 19, 2012 |
On a recent trip to Samsung's Seoul headquarters Barnaby Britton got the opportunity to use the new 20MP NX20, and get a feel for how it performs. Click here to read his first impressions of the new flagship NX.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 22, 2012 |
We've had a production D800 in our Seattle office for a few days, and we've spent that time getting to grips with its feature set and exploring the potential of its 36MP sensor. In this article, reviews editor Barnaby Britton explains what Nikon's newest DSLR is like to use.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 15, 2012 |
Dpreview is in Seoul, South Korea, with Samsung. Sunhong Lim - VP Sales & Marketing in Samsung's Digital Imaging division, spoke to us at length about his vision of Samsung's role in shaping the future of cameras as mobile communication devices.
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Barney Britton | Published on Mar 7, 2012 |
A few days ago we took delivery of a factory-fresh production D4 in our Seattle offices and it's hardly been turned off since. In this article, which includes more than 40 'real world' samples, Barnaby Britton explains what the D4 is actually like to use.
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Not long after samples of the Fujifilm X10 became available reports started surfacing of 'white orbs' appearing in images. Fujifilm subsequently released a firmware update that promises to address the issue. So does firmware version 1.03 banish the dreaded 'white orbs' for good?
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 23, 2012 |
In the past few weeks Nikon has launched two major new DSLRs, the 16MP D4 and the 36MP D800. To get a feel for what the professionals think we asked four photographers, whose work and expertise spans a wide variety of genres to give us their take on the new cameras.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 19, 2012 |
When Vivian Maier died in obscurity in 2009 she left behind a huge collection of photographs, taken over several decades. Barnaby Britton, dpreview reviews editor takes a look at a new collection of her work, 'Vivian Maier, Street Photographer'.
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Barney Britton | Published on Feb 10, 2012 |
Respected photojournalist Dan Chung has been touring the world's trouble-spots for more than a decade, supplying images to newspapers and websites all over the globe. But although he made his name as a stills photographer, he has embraced video in a big way. We asked him why.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 31, 2012 |
At this year’s International CES show in Las Vegas, we spoke to Tetsuya Yamamoto, General Manager of Nikon’s Development Headquarters within its Imaging Division. In a broad-ranging interview we discussed the market’s reaction to the 1 J1 and V1, and how the system might evolve in the future.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 18, 2012 |
At this year's International CES trade show in Las Vegas dpreview spoke to Kazuto Yamaki, Sigma's Chief Operating Officer about the company's new Digital Neo lenses, and the challenges that lie ahead as Japanese manufactures recover from last year's Tsunami and the ongoing global economic turmoil.
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 11, 2012 |
CES 2012 Samsung Stand Report
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Barney Britton | Published on Jan 10, 2012 |
Dpreview is at CES 2012 and at the Pepcom Digital Experience exhibition on Monday evening, we took the opportunity to grab some hands-on time with two of this year's biggest CES releases - Canon's Powershot G1 X and Nikon's professional-level D4.
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Barney Britton | Published on Dec 15, 2011 |
The ranks of photographers' compacts have been swelled by the arrival of the likes of the Fujifilm X10, Canon G12 and Nikon CoolPix P7100. After extensive use of all these cameras, here we see where these latest offerings sit in comparison with the existing models.
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Barney Britton | Published on Dec 7, 2011 |
We're working on a review of the Canon PowerShot S100, but progress has been slower than we'd hoped. In this article Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton explains the delay, and shares his early impressions of the camera's handling, operation and image quality.
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Barney Britton | Published on Nov 4, 2011 |
Dpreview was at the Hollywood launch of the new Canon EOS C300, the first in Canon's new 'C' system interchangeable lens video cameras. During a packed evening we made some time to sit down with Larry Thorpe of Canon U.S.A. and asked him about the new camera, and what it means for videographers.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 29, 2011 |
The interviews are done, the pictures have been taken, the video footage is awaiting editing, and the dry sandwiches and warm coke have been consumed. We're heading home from PPE 2011 now, but here's a taste of some of the things that didn't quite make it into our other coverage.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 29, 2011 |
Sigma is at PPE, showing off its huge range of lenses and (smaller) range of cameras, including the innovative SD1 DSLR. We got our hands on some of the latest products and met up with Rudy Guttosch of Foveon.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 29, 2011 |
Panasonic has a small stand at this year's PPE but there's plenty to see. We got our hands on the latest G-series Micro Four Thirds Models, including the featherlight GF3.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 29, 2011 |
Sony has had a busy year, and its stand is thronged with photographers who want to get their hands on the latest equipment.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 29, 2011 |
Interview: We caught up with three Leica executives at the German company's stand and asked them about the past, present and future of the iconic camera manufacturer.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 28, 2011 |
We visited the Canon stand and got hands-on time with its new EOS-1D X and Powershot S100, and spoke to Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 28, 2011 |
The Fujifilm stand is very busy this year, and all the buzz is around the X-series compact cameras, the APS-C format X100 and the recently announced X10. We grabbed ten minutes with Kayce Baker, Director of Marketing at Fujifilm US, and here's what she had to say.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 27, 2011 |
Nikon is one of the biggest exhibitors at this year's show, and here's what we found when we visited the stand.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 23, 2011 |
The Nikon V1 is the more enthusiast-oriented of two cameras in Nikon's brand new 1-system. Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton has been using the Nikon V1 since it arrived in the dpreview office and shares some initial impressions ahead of a full review.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 10, 2011 |
Searching through his archive for some photographs to print, dpreview.com Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton uncovers a twilight portrait from 2008 and explains how he took it, and what it means.
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Barney Britton | Published on Oct 3, 2011 |
The iPhone is the most popular camera on photo-sharing site Flickr, and Apple's App Store for iOS has transformed cellphone photography. Dpreview reviews editor Barnaby Britton takes a walk down memory lane and explains how the iPhone has transformed his photography.
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Barney Britton, ValentinaValentini | Published on Sep 24, 2011 |
Three-dimensional still and video imaging has been around for a very long time, but in recent years, 3D has enjoyed something of a resurgence in popularity. In part 2 of our 2-part primer, we look at who's who in the consumer 3D video market, and how they see the market evolving.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 23, 2011 |
Although not as well-known as some of his contemporaries, Saul Leiter is one of the most interesting photographers of his generation. This collection, 'Early Color' showcases some of his experiments with color film in the 1940s and 50s and reveals a unique eye.
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Barney Britton | Published on Sep 12, 2011 |
Linda McCartney was much more than just Paul McCartney's wife. An established photographer when they met, Linda spent the rest of her life documenting her family's private and professional lives. A career retrospective and memorial to a life cut short, 'Life in Photographs' showcases a rare talent.
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Barney Britton, ValentinaValentini | Published on Sep 12, 2011 |
These days it seems like every other movie in theatres is 3D, and retailers' shelves are groaning with 3D televisions and home cinema systems. In this first part of our two-part 3D video primer, we look at the history of 3D, the present state of the technology, and take a glimpse at the future.
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