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 article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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fastHID: Barney, very nice! Please detail for us more about the video settings used. Thanks!

1080/24p almost 100% of the time, 'Standard' Picture Profile.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 18:10 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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F8and30years: @Barney Britton
I've looked at the flower shot again and again...
The out of focus area and bokeh does not look natural.
Due to post-processing?
If not, this is the worst thing what I've seen from any camera+lens combo.

Did I apply any post-processing to the background in that shot? No I did not.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 22:42 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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F8and30years: @Barney Britton
I've looked at the flower shot again and again...
The out of focus area and bokeh does not look natural.
Due to post-processing?
If not, this is the worst thing what I've seen from any camera+lens combo.

The worst thing what you've seen? Really?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 22:00 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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wkay: I don't know.. this is not a controlled comparison due to the admitted variation in atmospheric conditions. And look at the studio comp between RX10 II and FZ1000, the FZ1000 outperforms. Cant want until dpr adds the III to the studio..http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-cybershot-dsc-rx10-ii-in-depth-camera-review/9

Coming soon!

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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biza43: Given that it is double the price of the competition, it better be better than the competition?

Sadly, if we express enthusiasm about *any* Sony product, in any article, a certain number of our readers will fill our comment threads with bile and send me (literal) hate-mail. It's happened enough times to be very predictable at this point.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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biza43: Given that it is double the price of the competition, it better be better than the competition?

The point here is that this is the first 'superzoom' we've ever seen to offer a lens of this quality, across such a wide focal length range. This kind of performance is far from inevitable, in a camera that costs X amount. It's a major technical achievement, and a significant huge shift in our expectations of what is possible in a camera of this type.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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bardick: I realize this is only a review of lens capabilities but how can you say 'destroys the competition' without considering ergonomics, menu system, reliability, after sales service, all of which are issues for which Sony has been frequently criticized. In other words while the lens does appear good, if these other aspects detract from the overall performance then this report is meaningless. Also, can you print 20" X 30" from a 1" sensor, no matter how good?

It's a lens comparison.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

I was kidding.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

Exactly. We meant it very literally - no other Canon, *ever*, past or present, could.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

"Headline is the most influential part of an article"

Well that makes our lives easier - if we only have to write headlines, we'll post ten reviews a day!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: DPReview destroyed by writers feeling that it's necessary to create clickbait headlines.

Hardly dozens (most are commenting on the actual article) and the traffic will speak for itself. But do you think this article is bad journalism?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

Uuuurgh. This is the kind of lazy comment that I hate (sorry - I mean that with all due respect, I'm just venting). The purpose of headlines is both to inform the reader about whatever the linked article is about, and to encourage people to read it. I repeat - that is *the point* of headlines, on the Internet.

Our images, our analysis and our everyday experience tell us that the RX10 III's lens is - in totality - significantly better than the competition. We're really impressed by it. Hence the headline. This is good content. To suggest that we're falling short of some kind of broader standard here because of our choice of a single word in the headline is a fiction, and it does a major disservice to our writers.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: DPReview destroyed by writers feeling that it's necessary to create clickbait headlines.

I'm not sure that many people would recognise your definition there. Ultimately, this is just a headline, on a piece of non-review content. It reflects our enthusiasm about the performance of the product, but clicks through to a reasoned article full of images and analysis to help you make your own mind up.

There are many, many terrible things happening in the world to get annoyed about. Arguing that our credibility is destroyed by a single word in a headline is specious (adj. - superficially plausible, but actually wrong.
"a specious argument").

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (479 comments in total)
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Grig: I don't see destruction compared to FZ1000... Sorry... May be good idea to change it to "outperforms" or something like it if you really think so, but not destroys for sure... But to me FZ Leica lens is sharper and less CA... Especially on the sides at F8 at 400mm

It's just a headline.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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rgarijo: Hi Barney,

Unrelated question to the topic, but I'd love to know what model is the keyboard you are using on the iMac. I miss old style mechanical keyboards and I am trying one that can be used on macs.

Thanks!

That's an Apple Extended Keyboard II, with an ADB-to-USB adapter. You can also use IBM Model M keyboards on any mac using the right adapter (but they're too noisy for use at work!)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 17:18 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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Canonman99: Good video Barney, nice to see people using woodworking techniques which are rapidly diminishing in this modern age.

Also nice to see you have a lightweight bike with an English Carradice saddlebag and what looks like a Brooks saddle too. Keep getting the miles in!

Yeah, the bike was pretty lightweight before I added the Brooks saddle and the Carradice bag...

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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User0960624030: You're taking a lot of heat on this...

We've had worse.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 19:11 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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MasterWayne: This is so good! Everything, from production quality to content.
Thank you very much for sharing this story and thank you for taking the effort to create that very entertaining video in the first place! I would definitely love to see more stories/videos like this one.

For the workshop, is there a website that explains a little bit more? Timeline, pricing, etc..

[Seawolf kayak](http://www.seawolfkayak.com/)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 18:59 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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Phillip Lynch: Well done and refreshing,I like the the little clips towards the end that showed the camera mounted on a cart,would love to have seen more of those camera mounting and positioning, stay well and keep up the good work.

"showed the camera mounted on a cart"

What you saw was one dude sitting in a wheelbarrow, holding a camera, being pushed by another dude. Movie magic!

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)
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Jozef M: Sponsored content????? Yes, I've read the FAQ about this, but ..... this is playing with fire ...
I'm not liking this Canon sponsored hidden advertising.

It's hardly 'hidden' and beyond supplying the cameras, Canon had zero editorial involvement in this video. The first time anyone from Canon saw it was when we published this article to our homepage.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
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