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 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (329 comments in total)
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cknapp61: Off topic, but thought provoking.

Why hasn't someone come out with a grip/battery compartment (most of which is empty space) that is stuffed full of electronics which solves the digital work flow problem?

All configured from Smartphone (Android or iApple):

1. Wi-Fi to computer (in sub-directories of your creation (set up through the smartphone....YYYY MO DY HR MIN SEC LOCATION), upload automatically when pre-set Wi-Fi is detected.

2. Identify while reviewing photos which ones to Upload to FLICKR, FaceBook, etc., or E-mail to "x" (pre-set addresses loaded into camera's grip) through "x" E-mail....all through the wi-fi of your smartphone.

Seems to me a device of this type for $400-500 would be a market killer and allow legacy DLRS to become "smart".

Just off the top of my head... power consumption, heat production, expensive FCC (and multi-territory equivalent) certification, component cost and probably quite a limited market?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On Save the date! DPreview PIX2015 Expo May 2-3 article (10 comments in total)
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John Driggers: Are you going to rebroadcast this during off hours (like Creative Live does) for those of us in other countries/time zones?

Yes, all content will be archived in perpetuity.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
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Jan_Shim: Download link for 5D Mark III wrongly points to 5D Mark II page.

Correct link:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/support/professional/professional_cameras/eos_digital_slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_iii#DriversAndSoftware

Thanks! This has been fixed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 00:59 UTC
On Save the date! DPreview PIX2015 Expo May 2-3 article (10 comments in total)
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Leandros S: So, same thing as DPReview Live, basically.

Not really - this has a physical show space which will be open to the public. But yes - live-streamed, so similar in that regard.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

Hopefully our responses aren't *too* strong. I suppose we're just gun-shy from 5 years of having the same conversations :) thanks for your input, anyway. None of us are huge fans of our scoring system (or indeed any scoring system) and long-term we're working on a new way of doing it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

Which is me. And look - it's a rare situation where the score of a camera doesn't correlate with its 'award' (if any). And this isn't a 'new system', as someone said in this thread. We've been using it for years. For the most coherent statement on whether we think a camera is any good or not, just read the review and look at the samples. Job done :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 02:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: "Panasonic's JPEG high ISO noise reduction continues to disappoint us."

Hehe. A trait typical to female writing: "I like it" but "it disappoints us". For positive or neutral opinion - "I", but for the (esp strong) negative one - "we". :)

Considering that it is your only slip on the whole "Shooting Experience" page, I think it highlights the biggest disappointment with the little camera you had.

@greg - that's a typical man thing to say that a man might say if he was saying something as a man.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: "Panasonic's JPEG high ISO noise reduction continues to disappoint us."

Hehe. A trait typical to female writing: "I like it" but "it disappoints us". For positive or neutral opinion - "I", but for the (esp strong) negative one - "we". :)

Considering that it is your only slip on the whole "Shooting Experience" page, I think it highlights the biggest disappointment with the little camera you had.

"A trait typical to female writing"

I think you owe Allison an apology for that incredibly crass comment.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

Ooooh Richard - you had to spoil the fun...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 22:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

As Allison writes in the conclusion to this review:

"The GM5 won't be a silver award camera for everyone"

But it earns a silver award for *her*. It's her opinion, as distinct from the score which is based on objective criteria.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 22:03 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

No but I can point you towards plenty of cameras which didn't get any award - just a score.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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Trk: What does it mean "16MP Four Thirds sensor starting to look a bit dated"? It will have always the same physical size, only technology can change but I do not believe that it will mean significantly better quality. More megapixels? I do not need them with micro 4/3.

If you say so!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Let’s get one thing straight. Dpreview has never given any camera anything less than a Silver award. The only thing that the silver award says is that the camera is not good enough to warrant a Gold award.

This is completely untrue.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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Trk: What does it mean "16MP Four Thirds sensor starting to look a bit dated"? It will have always the same physical size, only technology can change but I do not believe that it will mean significantly better quality. More megapixels? I do not need them with micro 4/3.

@HowaboutRAW "Do you call the sensor in the amazing Fuji XT1 "dated"?"

No because it's (almost certainly) a Sony-built APS-C sensor with class-leading dynamic range, and Fujifilm's X-Trans array placed over the top of it.

I'm not even talking about resolution, I'm talking about dynamic range and high ISO noise.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 20:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (369 comments in total)
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Trk: What does it mean "16MP Four Thirds sensor starting to look a bit dated"? It will have always the same physical size, only technology can change but I do not believe that it will mean significantly better quality. More megapixels? I do not need them with micro 4/3.

Alongside current 16MP and 24MP APS-C sensors in similarly (but obviously not quite so) small cameras like Sony's a6000 / a5100, this 16MP sensor looks dated.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 20:04 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I usually avoid phone reviews on what used to be a digital camera site, but I decided to take a look at the review.

What I find is that digital phones are now where digital cameras were 10 years ago. As far as I can see, the only use for digital cameras in hand held phones is (1) use it if you need to catch the freeway accident you pass when your real camera isn't handy; i.e, it's probably better than nothing...a debatable point point. And/or (2) it's good for those people that really could care less about photography and like to engage in narcissistic exercises like taking selfies. Blech!

@nekrosoft - it's our sister site. It produces cameras reviews, just of a different kind. A lot of people read them and like them. So I'm not about to stop promoting it...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 17:53 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I don't know. Phone reviews before plenty of good real cameras have been reviewed? Might as well review restaurants or movies.

@ Markol - Lars left, then someone else joined.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014 article (47 comments in total)
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WanderleySA: Thanks to DPReview by selecting my photo as one of the best in the People category.

This made me very happy, and is an incentive to try to improve my photography through practice, reading and knowledge sharing with other colleagues.

Thank you very much

You're very welcome!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 06:39 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I don't know. Phone reviews before plenty of good real cameras have been reviewed? Might as well review restaurants or movies.

@ Dave - well, yeah - I mean we could just stop doing everything except our core DSLR review content, but we'd be out of business in 6 months. One freelancer writing a handful of cameraphone reviews for us per year on a separate site makes very, *very* little difference to our bottom line and the interest in those reviews both from the audience and the industry more than justifies the expense.

And that statement, the one I just made, on the basis of actual metrics, is 100% true.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 06:35 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I don't know. Phone reviews before plenty of good real cameras have been reviewed? Might as well review restaurants or movies.

Connect is a separately staffed site to dpreview.com. No camera reviews were harmed in the creation of this... camera review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 01:22 UTC
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