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 Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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nunatak: "With this in mind, Samsung's choice of sunny Hawaii (aloha!) for a 48-hour shooting event to introduce the viewfinder-less NX500 to journalists was perhaps unfortunate."

thanks. i was wondering when you were going to get around to mentioning this was a "paid for" photo junket. the early "tip-off" was the short time DPR had to play with the new Samsung 300mm. :)

Hopefully it's fairly clear that I'm not fawning all over the NX500 in this article ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:39 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Tag for the last photo reads ISO 200, not 2000. Confused me when I opened up the file and I saw the noise in the sky!

I guess Samsung hasn't mentioned if there's an add-on EVF coming?

That's a yes. No - there will be no EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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nunatak: "With this in mind, Samsung's choice of sunny Hawaii (aloha!) for a 48-hour shooting event to introduce the viewfinder-less NX500 to journalists was perhaps unfortunate."

thanks. i was wondering when you were going to get around to mentioning this was a "paid for" photo junket. the early "tip-off" was the short time DPR had to play with the new Samsung 300mm. :)

Does it matter?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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shademaster: It's a bit unfair to knock it for lack of EVF when there will likely be an NX50.

Like it's unfair to knock the Nikon D810 for being a bit slow because the D4S exists?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 20:57 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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mr.izo: can someone tells me, which sensors use fuji, samsung, olympus etc in theirs mirrorless models?
i'm guessing fuji (same pentax in thier new dlsr line) is sony/toshiba "bitch", while for oly i would song goes with kodak?, for samsung i have no idea, panasonic etc??

Samsung is the world's #1 manufacturer of imaging sensors, I believe. All of the sensors in the NX range are made by Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:34 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Are the solarized effects there on purpose? Seems very strange.

I know what it means, I'm just confused about where HaR is seeing it :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Tag for the last photo reads ISO 200, not 2000. Confused me when I opened up the file and I saw the noise in the sky!

I guess Samsung hasn't mentioned if there's an add-on EVF coming?

Confirmed. There will not be.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 19:14 UTC
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: Are the solarized effects there on purpose? Seems very strange.

?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 17:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (552 comments in total)
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malboni: How can DP review possibly review an upgrade and score it lower than the previous model when it is clearly improved in many ways.
X100S achieved 81% and received Gold rating yet the X100T received the same score but only Silver.. !!!!!!!
Sometimes you completely miss the point of improvement and baffle me !!!!!!

There's a very simple explanation for that - time (and the competitive landscape) moves on. Gold/Silver awards are not intrinsically tied to the scoring. This has been explained many many many many many many many many times and there's a link to the full explanation of our scoring system here:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
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Angrymagpie: As with the previous a6000 field test video, I am curious to know how DPReview team managed to find photographers who actually use the particular camera system in question.

Actually I've known James for years through mutual friends. We featured his M43 Roller Derby work on dpreview last year, too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 16:42 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

@ cinemascope - the interview went from english, into japanese, then the responses were given in japanese before being translated back into english.

As for 'bias', assuming you're not just trolling that's a baffling misreading of the article. I'd suggest you read it again.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 01:21 UTC
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Horshack: A great torture test for an image stabilization system would be to let Barney take photos while trying to stand still on roller skates.

We thought about it but the risk of expensively destroying loaned camera equipment was deemed to be too high.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: I'm confused. Was this video shot on an EM5?

Sony a7S + Atomos Shogun.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
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pkosewski: Ah... the "eyes are sharp" thing.
I looked at some shots in the gallery. We are talking about DoF of 2-3 meters. It's not really about nailing focus as getting something in focus or being totally lost. Players are isolated very well...
As such, 20% rate of "being totally lost" is quite a lot. Especially at 5 fps.

I'm pointing this out because Olympus is planning to release the 300/4 and
600mm FF equivalent is not exactly a general-purpose lens. With this quality of focusing I don't think it will win over many nature photographers...

It's very good for a contrast-detection AF system in this kind of lighting. That's the point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 19:39 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: I'm confused. Was this video shot on an EM5?

Where indicated. Mostly it was shot on a 4K system.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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Ayoh: Its a shame the interviewer didn't call him out on the nonsense about the 300mm lens being the same as a 600mm lens on full frame. The "effective focal length" is obviously just a function of pixel density and not sensor size. A full frame sensor with the same pixel density as the four thirds camera has the same resolution.

"he totally disregards the existence of mirror reflex lenses which in 500-800mm range for full frame are very much hand holdable."

To be fair, they are utterly different types of lens. Fixed aperture, for one thing... manual focus for another...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:22 UTC
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Ross the Fidller: "Olympus's forthcoming 300mm F4 lens offers a focal length equivalent to 600mm. Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame, it's highly portable by comparison."

Saying "Although not as fast as a 600mm F4 would be for full-frame" in the above is just nonsense!

No it isn't. Read this.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:16 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

Arrogant indeed. Ok well here goes...

@ J A C S - telling us not to analyze and draw conclusions from our conversations with senior executives in the camera industry is, frankly, absurd.

@ MeganV - the 'it is clear' line refers to the challenge of processing power in general. Not to heat specifically. That's just one line in a longer paragraph.

@ Sean65 - you're putting words into my mouth here. I doubt very very much that Olympus has received 'no requests' for +16MP resolution. We get such feedback from M43 users pretty frequently in our Forums, apart from anything else. Mr Ogawa is being smart, sensible, cautious and appropriately political about his on-record statements. This is the camera industry - he's not on trial.

"You also seemed to have edited out his cheeky backhanded swipe at Sony lenses being compromised."

You may be interested to know that Olympus was shown a draft of this interview and we were asked for one single edit. Can you guess where?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 06:10 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

Very kind, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 03:00 UTC
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J A C S: The "Editor's Note" leaves a bad taste in the mouth. If you had something more to say, you should have said it during the interview.

This remark is not restricted to this interview only.

And yet still no explanation of why this is so objectionable...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
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