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 Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (237 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 (191 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
On article Extreme made easy: GoPro HERO4 Session review (57 comments in total)
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aramgrg: And why does Dpr categorize GoPro as an "Accessory"? Accessory of what? Helmet?

This was a mistake, and has been fixed. It's now tagged 'review'.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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SupremeWideAngle: Battery power ??? !

Powered by magic, I thought.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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Eleson: Love the headline!
Borderline sarcastic to both dpreviews to long going praise of Sony cameras ( accordingly to the most bitter ones.) and to press conferences less-than-objective sales pitches!

OT: The camera looks great!!

I can't parse your comment but I can assure you that the enthusiasm is genuine.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
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SidePod: oh wow .. how underwhelming ... but since its a Sony: "WOW!"

Underwhelming...?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
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Boissez: There seems to be something wrong with your price. From the Sony press release:

"The α6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 body only and €1,400 with SELP1650 lens. The α6300 will also be available as a kit with the SEL1670Z lens in April 2016, priced at approximately €2,250."

EDIT: About the camera - it seems like exactly the expected upgrade - all the bells and whistles while lacking the really useful stuff like IBIS and more lens options. Still an exciting camera though.

That's Euros. Not $$

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The winners (61 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: Not exactly surprising results considering you presented only a handful of options with some brands not represented at all. I thought the Pentax K3 II was the best APS-C of the year, funny enough that was not an option. How hard can it be to provide a range of options >7?!

What Revenant said.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 01:10 UTC
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Timbukto: I thought the first image was a fancy optical adjustment bench. But it's just hand sanitizer station. I think Chipotle needs some of those.

Also why on earth would anyone need to unbox a unit to QC vs just QC prior to boxing? Shady boxing workers? Or just nonsensical workflow?

Anyone seen any good movies recently?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
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