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 Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I think the biggest problem I have is that Dpreview doesn’t understand its own audience. We simply don’t want to hear about this camera. It isn’t something that we would ever consider buying. We accept that you don’t EVER talk about products from RED or the high end Panasonic video cameras because we know that not many people here would ever buy those.

So why is this camera so special? What makes Dpreview think that their readers want to have this camera shoved in our face every couple of days. For once and for all. Stop pimping this camera to us. We get it that you think it is revolutionary. However, we simply don’t see it that way.

@ fatdeeman - Repeatedly posting negative, unhelpful and offensive comments on a piece of content will get you moderated. Repeatedly making the ridiculous (false) assertion that DPReview was paid to post said content will also get you moderated. Simple as that. Thanks for playing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 03:40 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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Eleson: Hallelujah ...

May I ask DPR if you have pushed the XC10 enough now, or is there more to come?

Not including the press release we've produced a mere *two* pages of words on this product, and a slideshow. Hardly anything, by our standards.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 18:13 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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IEBA1: What the hell is it with DPreview and this stupid camera?
First we get the powder puff piece of why it's a "big deal" and "leading the convergence." Then we get this.

As a writer for over a decade, I'd like to see this author ask one followup question to clarify the double-marketing speak that contradicts itself:

"The XC10 has a 5-axis stabilization system when recording HD video. That’s … optical stabilization with digital stabilization. With digital stabilization you [crop the sensor]. You don’t lose image stabilization when shooting still images or 4K video. … since you’re using the entire sensor to capture an image or video, the camera reverts to normal optical stabilization."

So then there's no "5-axis" stabilization in 4K or stills.
If not, then don't promote it.

"The XC10 uses the same codec as the C300 Mark II. It’s called XF-AVC. It is a proprietary Canon codec in an MXF wrapper, but it is H.264 based, so it is standards based."

It's proprietary - it's standards based.

World's #1 camera manufacturer releases innovative hybrid stills / video camera. World's #1 digital camera review website covers it.

Not including the press release we've produced a mere three pieces of content on this product, totaling two pages of words and a slideshow.

Why are you getting so upset?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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ObelixCMM: It took DPReview 8 months to review Pentax K3 and 11 months for Sony A77 II, and we already have 4th article on camera that shoots JPEG stills only.

Yeah - turns out that full reviews of cameras take a lot longer than writing news coverage of new products. I enjoy false equivalence as much as the next man, but come on...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 05:09 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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rallyfan: TL;DNR.

Four entries so far (two advertorials, an "intro" piece, and now an interview) about this cam.

We get it. The world absolutely must take notice of this cam.

OK, noted. Thanks.

"posters that disliked the cam or complained about the repeat coverage weren't the target audience. Then someone from DPR below asked "what if we want to expand our target audience?"

You do realise that you're conflating two different audiences here, right? Canon's, and DPReview's?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 03:52 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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rallyfan: TL;DNR.

Four entries so far (two advertorials, an "intro" piece, and now an interview) about this cam.

We get it. The world absolutely must take notice of this cam.

OK, noted. Thanks.

We don't publish advertorials. If you're not interested in this camera, you're entirely free to ignore our coverage of it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 23:46 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I think the biggest problem I have is that Dpreview doesn’t understand its own audience. We simply don’t want to hear about this camera. It isn’t something that we would ever consider buying. We accept that you don’t EVER talk about products from RED or the high end Panasonic video cameras because we know that not many people here would ever buy those.

So why is this camera so special? What makes Dpreview think that their readers want to have this camera shoved in our face every couple of days. For once and for all. Stop pimping this camera to us. We get it that you think it is revolutionary. However, we simply don’t see it that way.

@ mpgxsvcd - please stop. You've been posting some variation on this EXACT SAME THING for a while now and your posts are getting increasingly hyperbolic.

All you're really saying is that you're not interested in the product. Fine - move along and let other people have a say. Continued posting in this manner will be considered trolling and dealt with accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (554 comments in total)
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paulski66: Where's the d810 review? That camera has been out for a year now, and here we're getting hands-on previews for just-announced, not-even-released cameras.

Outrageous...

First time for everything! Apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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Combatmedic870: Nice camera.

No word on the new FE Zeiss batis lenses just announced???? 25 and 85mm

They are beautiful!!!!

We're preparing a news story at this very moment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 17:46 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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KerryBE: No scoring shown

Refresh the page - it should be good now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On Accessory Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless article (71 comments in total)
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JerryShots: I read over and over and over again how it wouldn't save to "iOS Camera Roll" - Could the reviewer <cough, cough> simply have tried the more relevant ANDROID OS to indicate if there were any issues that the majority of prospective buyers might have with this unit?
The other COMPLAINT she had with the drive - The whine that ran through the "review" was that it was too slow for in field real time back up. If she said it once she said it 5 times...Why not just have 2nd SD card to use while the drive was taking (four minutes?) to copy from the 1st SD card? No waiting and the solution (to end the whining) costs about 16$ for a 2nd card - Which if you can afford a dam helicopter then a 2nd SD card should already be in your camera bag.
Pretty poor "review" imo.

She?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 17:36 UTC
On Art Wolfe: In search of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica article (31 comments in total)
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jkrumm: I get error messages with the images after clicking.

Should be fixed now - sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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J A C S: ... and why we are not worried...

How does a test of the D800 and the 70-200 say anything about the new Nikon 300/4?

It is funny that a news about a Nikon recall (for which Nikon deserves a credit) triggers three Canon references in the text and a few more in the comments. I find the Nikon forums less biased.

I'm just going to enter the room here and say 'magic' then leave the room again.

[enters room]

"It's magic!"

[leaves room before being drawn deeper into a discussion he's not smart enough to participate in]

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:26 UTC
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maxnimo: Duh! - Just cover the camera body with solar cells so it perpetually trickle-charges a battery or capacitor.

Well obviously not but at 40 x 30px it's also not a practical camera in any sense - it's a proof of concept prototype. I read somewhere recently that prototype iWatches were iPhone-sized ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 21:37 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (84 comments in total)
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jtan163: @Barney @Rishi
The Tamron 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 VCs have a problem where AF fine tune (at least on Nikon models) recognises both as the same lens.
I.e. if you make AF fine tune adjustments to the 24-70 they will be applied to the 70-200 (or vice versa).
Are you able to confirm how the 15-30 behaves in this respect?
Tnx

Interesting - we don't have those lenses in front of us to check but we'll certainly look at it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
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J A C S: ... and why we are not worried...

How does a test of the D800 and the 70-200 say anything about the new Nikon 300/4?

It is funny that a news about a Nikon recall (for which Nikon deserves a credit) triggers three Canon references in the text and a few more in the comments. I find the Nikon forums less biased.

"How does a test of the D800 and the 70-200 say anything about the new Nikon 300/4?"

It's clearly explained in the article.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 00:18 UTC
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maxnimo: Duh! - Just cover the camera body with solar cells so it perpetually trickle-charges a battery or capacitor.

"Just cover the camera body with solar cells so it perpetually trickle-charges a battery or capacitor"

This is impractical for a small form factor camera or one which had to be concealed (i.e., for surveillance). Also, it wouldn't work at night whereas - provided the subject is illuminated - this camera would.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
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Niko Tod: I got my copy today with a SN starting with 202... and I don't have any issues on D4s at any shutter speed. But I'm curious - what could be so specific with the 8 series circuitry?!

This is just speculation, but it could simply be that 36MP is so unforgiving that the issue is only really a problem on these high-resolution bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
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3LPC Photography: More and more I am marveling at the genius of Sigma to sell a dock so that users could do such activities themselves and apply tweaks. Nikon should offer the same.

Well, if it was a Sigma lens, yes. But the Sigma dock can't write firmware to a Nikon lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
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3LPC Photography: More and more I am marveling at the genius of Sigma to sell a dock so that users could do such activities themselves and apply tweaks. Nikon should offer the same.

This looks like an issue of vibration, not focus.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
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