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 Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, maybe if you had remained a camera and LENS review site rather than a camera review and a lens press release relay site you could have turned the tides on Samsung's decisions as well.

Big good it does us to know that the two new lenses are outstanding if we have to make an opinion on them from Amazon's star system and from bloggers.

You used to be the MAJOR lens review site with still the BEST lens review widget. Shame we have yet to check several years old reviews to enjoy those.

Yeah we're working on it, and I am sincerely sorry that we're not doing better. It is a major goal for 2016 to restart lens reviews in a meaningful way. There's a review in the pipeline right now but I won't give away too much in case something ends up delaying it!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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ksrk: Is the http://samsungcamera.com site running? Looks like it's taken down.

http://www.samsung.com/us/photography/digital-cameras

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, maybe if you had remained a camera and LENS review site rather than a camera review and a lens press release relay site you could have turned the tides on Samsung's decisions as well.

Big good it does us to know that the two new lenses are outstanding if we have to make an opinion on them from Amazon's star system and from bloggers.

You used to be the MAJOR lens review site with still the BEST lens review widget. Shame we have yet to check several years old reviews to enjoy those.

We're very aware of the requirement for more lens reviews (we actually did post a lot of lens review content in 2015, much of it courtesy of Rishi and we continue to post DxO test data in our proprietary widget) but conflating content on a separate site (connect) and sub-1000 word accessory articles with long-form lens reviews is to do a massive disservice to the sheer time required to do lens reviews properly. It's not a case of 'one or the other'.

My trolling comment was in response to your bizarre suggestion (which I took as trolling, and I can only apologise if this was not your intent) that our content strategy could have caused a reversal in the fortunes of a major camera manufacturer. Especially one to whom we devoted so much time and attention in 2015. Even a casual search of our product database should show up plenty of samples, analysis, comment and criticism of many (if not most) major current lenses, including the two Samsung 'S' series zooms.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 06:32 UTC
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Tons o Glass 0 Class: The raw links are a little mixed up.

Yes, we're aware. I've been trying to fix it but to no avail. We'll give it another crack from the office tomorrow. Rest assured that all of the right files are there, but just not necessarily in the right order...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 06:21 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (323 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, maybe if you had remained a camera and LENS review site rather than a camera review and a lens press release relay site you could have turned the tides on Samsung's decisions as well.

Big good it does us to know that the two new lenses are outstanding if we have to make an opinion on them from Amazon's star system and from bloggers.

You used to be the MAJOR lens review site with still the BEST lens review widget. Shame we have yet to check several years old reviews to enjoy those.

Goblin - I think you spelled 'troll' wrong in your username.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
On article Nikon D1 Review (2 comments in total)

First.

Damn.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:53 UTC as 1st comment
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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MikeMiami: Nikon rolls out the D5 and D500 and Canon rolls out trio of inexpensive 20MP PowerShot ELPHs. Hmmmmm I wonder who has been listening to consumers!

Before you get too cynical, do bear in mind that there's another major photography show happening in Japan, next month.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
On article Vote now for Best Product of 2015! (130 comments in total)
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CheersUK: Sadly, I'm not going to vote in this.
The list is too restrictive...far more products were released that are deserving of of a listing in this, than what the DPR staff have deemed worthy. The available list is far too restrictive.
I'm not saying that there are not strong contenders in the list, but not really representative of a wide range of products.

You've lost me, I'm afraid. Just like last year, this is the fifth and final poll, where you get to determine the overall best products of 2015 via a vote. If you don't see the point, that's fine.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 06:32 UTC
On article Vote now for Best Product of 2015! (130 comments in total)
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CheersUK: Sadly, I'm not going to vote in this.
The list is too restrictive...far more products were released that are deserving of of a listing in this, than what the DPR staff have deemed worthy. The available list is far too restrictive.
I'm not saying that there are not strong contenders in the list, but not really representative of a wide range of products.

Did you look at the original 4 polls?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 04:12 UTC
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Scottelly: Thanks for the info. What advantages does the TG4 have over the TG-860? (I like the fact that the TG-860 has a fold-out screen, unlike any other waterproof camera that I know about.) http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_tg860

Raw mode is the biggie, really.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Well Simon, some of us get banned more often than others for less provocation so you'll have to understand why some folks get upset.

My main criticism about your review contents is the comparison of the subject gear to gear from other competitors or even to other models within the same manufacturer's line-up. Surely, a piece of gear can stand or fail on its own merit. Of course, some discussion of other gear is unavoidable, crop vs. FF for instance, but this can be handled generically I believe.

There is no need to insert a blurb about Sony in every non-Sony review is there?

@Snapper, I was just kidding. And respectfully, maybe you should soften your definition of 'personal attack' a little...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Well Simon, some of us get banned more often than others for less provocation so you'll have to understand why some folks get upset.

My main criticism about your review contents is the comparison of the subject gear to gear from other competitors or even to other models within the same manufacturer's line-up. Surely, a piece of gear can stand or fail on its own merit. Of course, some discussion of other gear is unavoidable, crop vs. FF for instance, but this can be handled generically I believe.

There is no need to insert a blurb about Sony in every non-Sony review is there?

@ Snapper - defensive? Childlish? All I said was that we liked you (sad face).

Well, we *used* to like you. Until you started being mean to us on Christmas day.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 02:16 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I HATE the white background on most web pages. It strains the eyes. White text on black is better, I wish more websites used it.

Merry Christmas!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 02:15 UTC
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papasnap: Hi Barney! I've got the RX1RII and it's a superb little camera. Out of curiosity, what's that handsome looking leather strap you're using on it? And which soft release are you using?

Hello there - well the leather strap was pulled from a very old junk camera I found in a charity shop (something ubiquitous - maybe an old Argus) and the soft release is actually part of the package of accessories that Fujifilm made for the black X100/S/T.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 18:52 UTC
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Mike FL: If you say these samples were from Panasonic $600 LX100, half of the potential buyers will quite.

Quite what?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
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aftab: Image #1, really noisy including girl's face and neck.
Image #3. If you like this image Barney, then its your choice. But to me lifted shadow doesn't look like shadow at all. Grass simply looks like painted in blue instead of being in shadow. A problem often seen when people try to lift shadow unnecessarily to show the DR of these sensors.
Image #4, extremely noisy.
Image #5, so accurate focus can't be achieved unless you activate certain focusing mode? And DPR has been praising Sony's latest focusing capability as something never seen before?
Image #6, again terribly noisy.
Image #7, noise is expected due to high ISO.

Of course you like this camera.

Image #4 has a film emulation filter applied (which I would hope is obvious upon close examination) and image #1 was not taken with the RX1R II. The portrait has *slightly* missed focus due to user error, and is sharp enough for large printing because - it turns out - you have 42 million pixels in this file.

I respect your opinion, but I must say that you seem to have crazily exact requirements...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
On article Field Test: Brad Puet and the Fujifilm X-T10 (119 comments in total)
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Heritage Cameras: Interesting trivia: The YouTube automatic subtitles feature on this video says it's by "Brad Pitt", which won't hurt the Google search ranking...

Ha ha!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
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Clint Dunn: Maybe I'm jumping on the bandwagon here but I'm amazed at the lack of detail and the amount of noise in the bridge shot (at iso 400!!!). I got better results shooting my 5D at night back in 2006. All I can think is maybe Barney couldn't hand-hold the shot and way underexposed and then tried to compensate in post.

I would have to think that if it would have been correctly exposed in-camera the results would have been better...right???

Wow some people get angry about such odd things. My apologies for applying a filter. I'll update the captioning right away... in the meantime, you can download raw files from our real-world samples and studio tests.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 20:02 UTC
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Clint Dunn: Maybe I'm jumping on the bandwagon here but I'm amazed at the lack of detail and the amount of noise in the bridge shot (at iso 400!!!). I got better results shooting my 5D at night back in 2006. All I can think is maybe Barney couldn't hand-hold the shot and way underexposed and then tried to compensate in post.

I would have to think that if it would have been correctly exposed in-camera the results would have been better...right???

I applied a VSCO filter (can't you tell? That's pretty obviously film-like grain to my eyes). If you want original untouched OOC images and Raw files, plenty are available from this camera elsewhere on DPReview. This is a personal opinion piece.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 17:55 UTC
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PeteGrady: Well, I'm glad you're happy with a $3,300 camera that you can't change lenses on. I'm not sure I could.

be.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
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