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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 Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Could you define "convergence" as opposed to "Hybrid"please. I fail to see the difference at the moment.

We think it's the first camera we've seen yet where it makes no more sense to say it's a video camera that shoots stills, than it does to say it's a stills camera that shoots video. So yeah - it's arguably the closest thing to a true 'convergence' product.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:21 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Klaus H: Great Advertorial. Meanwhile in the real world... check out a realistic objective opinion over at EOS HD. ;-)

"Objective opinion" is an oxymoron. I suspect you mean an opinion that agrees more with yours. Just saying.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:07 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Alexis D: DPR is entitled to its opinion, but to go out of its way to publish a separate article with such a title and such a claim seems extraordinary, especially when there is apparently little experience with the product. Even the provided specs (which are what the claim was apparently based on) show very little reason for it to be called a great "convergence" pioneering product or "a big deal" at this time. For example, a 12 MP 1-inch sensor is nothing to trumpet about or to show how much stills capability this product has, and therefore not so convincing in its contribution to "convergence". I suspect this is actually going to do the opposite of what may be intended, i.e. raise so much expectationin the product and therefore so much frustrated readers when they found out it really is no big deal.

DPR should have someone like a newspaper editor to read what it is publishing. The content and the language do read like something poorly paraphrased from Canon material. Unprofessional.

As the editor (which is 'something like a newspaper editor', but without a wood-paneled office and a green-visored hat) I stand by this opinion article entirely, and I think Dale has shown great patience dealing with the feedback from lots of people who don't seem to understand the concept of an opinion article.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:05 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Could you define "convergence" as opposed to "Hybrid"please. I fail to see the difference at the moment.

Hybrid cameras represent convergence :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 19:57 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Kjell Olsson: We all know that Amazon owns DPR, but I thought that this fact wouldn´t affect DPR´s views and reviews and that every manufacturer would be treated in the same fair way.

As this article is written by a DPR "Reviewer / Staff Writer", I think the readers are entitled to an explanation to why this very biased article was published.

It´s time for Simon Joinson: Editor-in-Chief to enter the stage!

I also notice that the presentation of Dale Baskin has been altered today - after the animated discussion here started to heat up . Why?

Well firstly, let's all calm down. And breath deeply.

Fact: This is an opinion piece. Written by an experienced video professional on our full-time editorial team. His professional background is very different to mine, and likely very different to yours and most of the other people commenting in this thread.

His opinion is not worth less than anyone else's on this forum. That's how opinions work. Calling this article 'very biased' is entirely specious since *it isn't meant to be an objective analysis of a product*. Again - this is an *opinion* piece, written by someone who (in *my* opinion as his editor) is eminently qualified to write it.

The fact that DPReview is owned by Amazon has no bearing whatever on our content (we're editorially independent) and to the best of my knowledge, Amazon is not even stocking the XC10.

PS - Simon is on vacation. I wish I was too, and after the insane level of bile directed towards him in the past 24 hours, I bet Dale feels the same.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 19:56 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

I'm not outraged, just thoroughly baffled at how a well-argued opinion piece from an experienced video professional can generate this level of ire. The idea that we're not allowed to have an opinion on something at all until we've tested it is just silly. I suggest everyone just calms down...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 19:49 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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rallyfan: The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats.

Other than that though... Meh... Calling this some sort of revolution is unfounded, and the primary reason the author has to list for whom this device is intended is that it is ostensibly unclear for whom this device in intended...

Will Jackie Treehorn buy 20-30 cameras for his company? I doubt it. Skin tones are poor, and low light performance is unremarkable.

We've shot Canon since the first EOS 6x0 series. The following decade we got the Kodak/Canon hybrids. Then actual Canon DSLRs, and so on, and I'm sure many here have similar backgrounds. If Canon thought this device would be exciting, they've lost the plot.

No idea, sorry! Believe it or not I just write about cameras for a living :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 05:33 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: No RAW photos so how can this be a serious tool for photographers?

@Angrymagpie - "Looking at how they responded to the comments now, I am getting the feeling that they realised they were been hyperbolic and are now trying to downplay this convergence claim."

No - we responded to the entirely reasonable request from some of our readers to explain in which respects the XC10 out-specifies cameras like the FZ1000. If you're looking for a definition of hyperbole, by the way, your comment above contains several examples.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:44 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

@ harcourtfenton - we're not allowed to have any opinions about something before we've had direct experience of it? Are you joking? I'm genuinely asking. Because unless I'm radically misreading your comment, that's ridiculous.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:32 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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rallyfan: The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats.

Other than that though... Meh... Calling this some sort of revolution is unfounded, and the primary reason the author has to list for whom this device is intended is that it is ostensibly unclear for whom this device in intended...

Will Jackie Treehorn buy 20-30 cameras for his company? I doubt it. Skin tones are poor, and low light performance is unremarkable.

We've shot Canon since the first EOS 6x0 series. The following decade we got the Kodak/Canon hybrids. Then actual Canon DSLRs, and so on, and I'm sure many here have similar backgrounds. If Canon thought this device would be exciting, they've lost the plot.

"The best part of the advertorial was the bit about "Even DPReview would benefit from this type of camera." Well, yes, if it sells via the site I suppose DPReview will benefit. Congrats."

Well Amazon isn't stocking it, so far as I can tell, so bang goes that theory. Please at least *try* not to be offensive?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 04:24 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Dale Baskin: Since there have been a lot of questions/comments about this camera relative to cameras like the FZ1000 we've decided to put together a small addendum to add to the article that may clarify the differences between cameras. (Which is why I'm not hanging out here responding to comments.) I'll post a message as soon as it's up.

You've lost me. 'Convergence' is a word that we use frequently to describe the principle embodied by devices like this and 'high-end video capture' is *four* words, none of which which we invented.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 22:02 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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random78: Unlike dpreview which thinks that XC10 is so much out of league of FZ1000 that it doesn't even warrant a mention in the article, filmmakers at EOSHD which actually use these hybrid cameras, are giving a far more lukewarm response to XC10:

http://www.eoshd.com/comments/topic/8343-canon-xc10-4k-camcorder/

Andrew Reid clearly doesn't think XC10 offers anything of signifcance over the FZ1000 and actually recommends getting an LX100 over the XC10. His final comment "This camera tarnishes the Cinema EOS brand."

Nice video from our old pals at What Digital Camera in the UK. As for Andrew Reid's comment, he knows his stuff for sure, but he hasn't used the camera yet (like us) and I'm not sure how a non-EOS camera can tarnish the EOS brand...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:44 UTC
On Canon PowerShot Pro1 Review preview (1 comment in total)

First.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Dale Baskin: Since there have been a lot of questions/comments about this camera relative to cameras like the FZ1000 we've decided to put together a small addendum to add to the article that may clarify the differences between cameras. (Which is why I'm not hanging out here responding to comments.) I'll post a message as soon as it's up.

Well not to reignite this argument again but when it comes to being an 'embodiment of convergence' we're literally talking about the body design, apart from anything else. This is the first camera we've seen with truly hybrid ergonomics for stills and high-end video capture.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: This is a two for the price of one deal: a great opinion piece and a hilarious thread to follow it.

DPR: It is now confirmed, if you want to crazy up the comments section just write something about Canon.

Oh we've known that for a while...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:08 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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gvfx: FZ1000 clone, but with lower rez stills.

Come on now. Even a cursory glance at the spec-sheet would tell you this is untrue.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: “The Canon XC10 may be the first true 'convergence' camera.”

If you have your head buried in the sand and don’t realize that the FZ1000 came out last year for 1/3 the price.

Biased to Canon? Tell that to the Canon fans - many of them are convinced we're biased *against* their brand of choice. Honestly I can't keep up with who we're meant to be biased towards on any given week. Maybe because we're not? Just a thought.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

Canon USA hasn't even given us full specifications yet - trust me they're not bugging us for positive coverage...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: “The Canon XC10 may be the first true 'convergence' camera.”

If you have your head buried in the sand and don’t realize that the FZ1000 came out last year for 1/3 the price.

How many times are you going to leave some variation on this comment?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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harcourtfenton: If this was written in the forums it would sound like fanboy worship. Reads like advertising copy from Canon.

If this is he new face of previews on DPR I'd as soon we had none.

We come to DPR for objectivity, comparisons and, to be frank, a more clinical examination of product that this was. Not gushing product evangelism.

See the word 'opinion' in the headline. Once we've had our hands on a camera we'll produce our usual range of studio and real-world tests and samples.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:56 UTC
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