PIX 2015
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 Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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MidwestDad: Look, the Sony marketing slideshow! Just what I would expect from an unbiased review site...not :)
Seriously, did someone go to a Sony marketing event, drink some kool-aid and then take snapshots of all the slides from the PPT presentation?
Wouldn't a link directly to Sony work just as well if not better?

@ Steve - we've been asking Sony about Raw compression for years. I'm optimistic now that senior Sony executives are impatient to get it sorted out, since this is something which does temper our enthusiasm for the products.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 19:27 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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Chris Noble: This is not a "closer look" by DPR; it is an extensive advertisement entirely written by Sony.

@ Chris - long story short, if you see something on the site labeled as 'sponsored content' then it's been created in partnership with a sponsor. If you don't, then it hasn't. The implication that every positive piece of content we write has been paid for by someone is lazy and insulting. And I'm not singling you out here - it's a frequent criticism of any piece where we dare to show even a modicum of enthusiasm for a product.

If you're not seeing any 'independent DPR evaluation' in this article then with respect, the best advice I can give you is to go back and read it again. I'm seeing plenty of balanced praise, plus some pretty unwhitewashed criticism, and summaries of our testing methods to back it all up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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Andrei Todea: "Speedy autofocus", "Smart and accurate AF". Good marketing lesson!
I used to love this site back when Phil Askey was in charge. It's such a shame what they did to it. It's still probably the best site with the best community but it's getting harder and harder to open this site everyday.

It's called the 'Off Topic' forum ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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J A C S: "The original Sony Alpha 7R had some - we think - rather severe issues surrounding shutter shock when using longer focal lengths."

Not mentioned in the "Conclusion - Cons" section of the A7R review (I did not read the whole review)? I wonder which A7RII cons you have missed now; and there are many already reported.

@bluevellet - we have evolved our testing significantly since we reviewed the original a7 and a7R, and some of our new tests (like shutter shock) evolved from experience of using cameras like the original a7-series.

Saying 'A7r-specific problems like shutter shock which weren't even investigated when they were doing it for other cameras at the time' is wrong. There were no other FF mirrorless cameras around at the time. We've learned a lot since then and our new more rigorous shutter vibration and AF tests reflect that.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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MidwestDad: Look, the Sony marketing slideshow! Just what I would expect from an unbiased review site...not :)
Seriously, did someone go to a Sony marketing event, drink some kool-aid and then take snapshots of all the slides from the PPT presentation?
Wouldn't a link directly to Sony work just as well if not better?

@MidwestDad. I'm not sure you've actually read the piece, but if you have, and somehow you still think this is marketing content, I'd invite you to read our guidelines on sponsored content. Which this isn't.

http://www.dpreview.com/faq#qsc1

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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RubberDials: The journalists on this site must die a little, inside, when they read some of these comments.

@AbrasiveReducer - we used to have a 'wall of shame' in the office where we'd print out the rudest, meanest, most stupid, least logical, most torturously worded emails, comments and forum posts that were directed towards us.

Sadly we had to take it down because sometimes children visit our offices and they started asking what certain words mean.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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Andrei Todea: "Speedy autofocus", "Smart and accurate AF". Good marketing lesson!
I used to love this site back when Phil Askey was in charge. It's such a shame what they did to it. It's still probably the best site with the best community but it's getting harder and harder to open this site everyday.

Oh for heaven's sake, Andre... this is a technical article created by an expert, on the basis of extensive testing of a new camera. The depth and rigor of this article, and several others like it, is markedly superior to most of the articles and reviews we've published in the past.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:03 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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ET2: Where are the studio shots?

Coming soon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 17:00 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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Chris Noble: This is not a "closer look" by DPR; it is an extensive advertisement entirely written by Sony.

No it isn't, Chris. We have strict guidelines around sponsored content. You'll know it when you see it, because it's clearly labeled.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 16:47 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (593 comments in total)
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RubberDials: The journalists on this site must die a little, inside, when they read some of these comments.

You'd be amazed what you can get used to.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
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rkumar: So home-state is Washington, and not London anymore? :)

As of five years ago, yes!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2015 at 02:10 UTC
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JeremiahL: Is it just me, or are the full size images incredibly noisy? I have a several year old Fujifilm X-Pro, and get less noisy pics. And the images in the D810 sample gallery blow this out of the water at comparable ISOs.

I know they're huge images and can be resized, but what's the point if they *have* to be resized due to noise?

I'm a little disappointed because I've been waiting for this camera to come out so I can decide between it and the D810. At this point it's looking like not much of a decision :-/

This might be a record for the longest comment thread on DPReview.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 22:20 UTC
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Mark Banas: Do you want projects that are already funded/ shipped so you can put them physically on display? (Like the FlashQ mini-triggers) Or are you looking for examples of crowd-funded gear that may still be vaporware? (Miggo Agua)

I'm pretty sure no current campaigns will still be accepting funding by Oct. 6...

Both! We'd love to show off some successfully funded projects.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 00:27 UTC
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Jim Evidon: DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

<strike>Whine</strike> Wine.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 23:31 UTC
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Jim Evidon: DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

It still feels weird being criticized for doing 'too much' camera review content.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
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Kuppenbender: What's with the random 'Zuiko' pronunciation?

One of those words I guess I've always pronounced wrongly! Whoops. I've only been writing about the company for ten years...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
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OzarkAggie: Sunny Seattle? Nothing like a bit of humor to spice up a camera review.

The climate change that definitely probably isn't happening, would be my guess.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 20:47 UTC
On Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live article (115 comments in total)
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David Lumsden: Until DPR dumps outmoded and vulnerable FLASH, the Galleries and related functions (Challenges, etc.) are useless, despite any interim cosmetic tweaks. Some commenters are applauding the demise of Flash, but I still get an error message when I try to upload, and the message is "No Flash, no upload". Am I missing something? Is Flash still required to upload, or not and, if not, why can't I upload?

I'm still unclear what you're driving at here. This article, which you're commenting on, is about a new interface for our samples galleries, on dpreview. For now, this means galleries uploaded by DPReview staff only, from cameras and lenses that we're working on. This new system does not require Flash. As I've already mentioned, we're hoping to introduce these improvements into other areas of the site (no promises on exactly when, but we know the user gallery experience is still stuck in 2009).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 20:45 UTC
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OzarkAggie: Sunny Seattle? Nothing like a bit of humor to spice up a camera review.

Not lucky! The Olympic rainforests are burning...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
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Waleed Alzuhair: Dusty sensor, or dusty lens?

Sensor - something we'll be more careful about next time :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 15:37 UTC
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