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 Sony Alpha 7S added to test scene comparison tool article (272 comments in total)
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km25: I my test, the 7s was the best by about 2 F stops to the Nikon D4s, the Nikon D4s was about 1.5 F stops over the Nikon Df and because I own one, A fuji X-T1. To be honest I like the Fuji X-T1 in Jpeg, better then the Df. Below ISO the Nikons and Fuji start to take over from the 7s, not in noise, but in resolution. 16MP can be considered low by some, just think were 12MP comes in. It must take fine movies. It is too bad Sony does not offer high speed lens that are native to the camera. An F/1.8 cuts near and F stop over the cameras performance.

@ Felts - you're thinking of the D4. The D4S has (slightly) better high ISO performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 23:07 UTC
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Just another Canon shooter: So this is essentially an advertising device, trying to make you buy something from Amazon?

Well, it's also a phone and a gaming platform, but yeah - obviously Amazon's model seems geared around making money from letting you buy things *using* its hardware rather than from selling the hardware itself (opposite to Apple's traditional approach).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 00:01 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Manah: phone photography! What is the freaking point? Is it because they are too lazy to carry a real camera and lenses that we should make this a topic? Ridiculous! DPreview, please focus on photography, not cell phones.

These are photographs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 23:43 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography article (11 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: One of you at DPR needs to find a dry suit and jump in Puget Sound. There are a world of wonders in your own back yard.

And - ironically - some of the same stuff you might find in a back yard, like old fridges and car tires.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 17:15 UTC
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Thematic: Some very bad advice in this video.

Like another member mentioned - do not use a cloth to clean the camera body and lens.

Most pros NEVER clean lenses with a reusable cloth anyway. Use a disposable lens tissue - you can buy boxes of Zeiss disposable cleaning tissues/wipes for very little money. That way you are not rubbing the same dirt you removed back onto the front lens element.

Not sure why Canon would show things like this in a corporate video unless it is a spoof or joke.

It's really aimed at amateurs/beginners. There's a lot of sound advice in here that first-time camera owners might not have been aware of. Pros do what works for them. (and I've seen plenty of them cleaning their lenses with anything that falls within arms' reach...)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 20:30 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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NetMage: Nice article, but I think you went wrong in the first paragraph - the problem with most traditional superzooms is they are not right in the middle - they use the exact same sensors as compact (often non-enthusiast) cameras and so are all tilted to the zoom side.

This camera and the Sony RX10 are in the middle - less zoom, more sensor. Slightly the Fuji XS-1 as well, but it tilts toward zoom as well.

I don't think there has been any superzooms in the middle until recently.

The first paragraph deals with physical size - it's that respect in which I meant they were 'in the middle'.

You are completely correct.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 23:31 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)
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TNCasual: Maybe its the angle of the photo 11, but this thing looks comically huge! It cover up nearly her entire face!

Allison't face is on the small side of average (I made sure I asked her permission before writing this). You can see dimensions of the camera - not Allison's face - in our first-impressions review.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Biggstr: I wish at DPReview would stop playing with its Studio Scenes. Every new one seems a step in the wrong direction. The latest is the worst yet. One cannot find comparisons that visually highlight significant differences between cameras.

We''ve only had three in the past 15 years, to be fair...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)
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JustDavid: is this still a review update or a part of direct advertising? 4 articles and one huge banner for one camera on front page in one day? this will surely break the record of Sony RX100 III :)

^^phazelag^^ is correct.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Pat Cullinan Jr: You're a fine writer, Barney -- in case no one ever told you.

Very kind, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:02 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

Yes I know what it stands for. It's also passed so far into the vernacular that I'm perfectly comfortable using it. As for what is appearing then vanishing, I'm not sure what you mean.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:59 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)
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davidjlee: Which venue denied this camera? The Showbox?

The shoebox, yep.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:58 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)

Sorry about that - we like to keep you in suspense. The system for scheduling homepage stories is separate from that which schedules articles - hence the snafu.

Hopefully you can see the article now, sorry about the break in service.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 07:24 UTC as 48th comment | 6 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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DGates: All those sample pics and no low-light images. That has been the Achilles Heel of the Lumix line. But seeing they used the GH4's sensor in this, it would've been nice to see some pics to compare this cam with my FZ200.

We're going to be updating the sample gallery very soon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:50 UTC
On bb_ISO_500_DSC08981 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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skytripper: There are two photos of a young woman reading a newspaper in a cafe. Notice how much noise there is in the RAW conversion compared to the straight JPEG version.

That'll be the JPEG noise reduction.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 01:00 UTC
On 1939: England in Color (part 3) article (90 comments in total)
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EthanX: And once again, thank you!

What amazes me most is the way things looked like with the absence of cars everywhere.
The world used to be a much nicer place, back then...

There were certainly fewer cars, I completely agree - as for 'a much nicer place' on that I think the matter is less clear...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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Bervilat: If possible, I would like to make a request: photos of people in the pub, at high ISOs, with and without flash. You know, typical social pics when you take the camera to have a beer. Also, it would be cool to have it compared to a pic taken with a cellphone in this low light conditions, just for fun.

Nice pics BTW, I'm really enjoying this review.

We are trying to get into the good habit of including ISO sensitivity in the filenames in our gallery samples - it's easier than adding complex backend features by orders of magnitude. Bear in mind that we have limited developer resource - it's nothing personal.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
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windmillgolfer: Errrr, DPR is owned by Amazon. Chinese walls or just poorly disguised publicity? Not that it's needed :-)
If it offers innovative technology, works well as a phone, and is competitively priced then it'll sell.

He could be, but I'm pretty sure he's in Germany. I will check though. If he *is* on Mars I might be waiting a little while for him to reply to texts.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 07:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: Thank you for the additional photos now archived in the photo gallery.

I am impressed by the IQ and low light performance of this pocketable compact.

Could have fooled me that the photographer did not have fun taking these photos. The pictures look intimate and engaging.

Oh really? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 00:10 UTC
On bb_ISO_125_DSC08699-ACR photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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BigBen08: Is it worth it?

I mean, is this VW bug worth $750?

According to the sign it runs on an aircraft engine. I did wonder, myself...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
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