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 DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (568 comments in total)
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Alser: FZ200 is certainly not pocketable, compact? Not in my opinion.
I stopped reading after that.

@Alser - but it is a 'compact camera'. And this is a roundup selection of our top 5 recommended compact cameras.

By the way, I have carried an FZ200 in my coat pocket more than once. It fits in just fine.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 18:02 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (568 comments in total)
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Slanicka Tomas: I can't believe my eyes. I have checked calendar. Today is not 1.april. Where is LX7, P7700, XF1 and other cameras which takes good pictures? If you define category which requires to choose between G15, LX7 or P7700, so I don't agree but accept that the G15 win. But the theme is Compact cameras. Compact. So why is FZ-200 between compact cameras? Is it possible to put this monster into pocket? No! Much more compact than FZ-200 is G1X.
Boys, boys, I believe that you made this list of top 5 cameras with good intention but without description of your ideas we don't understand to you.

This is intended as a market-spanning quick roundup of 5 (in our opinion) standout models, from point-and-shoots upwards, covering the major classes of compact zooms. I would hope this is obvious from the selection, and from the explanatory text in the opening paragraphs.

And the G15 doesn't 'win' it's just first in the list because it's an alphabetical list.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 18:00 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (568 comments in total)
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Caplin: Why Nikon P7700 isn't in this top5 list?

This list is intended to cover a range of different types of compact. I've now made that clearer in the introduction. Other models worth looking at are mentioned (and linked to) in the test.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 17:48 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)
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luxor2: As shown in the photo of the poor hipster trying to use the viewfinder, the finder is placed poorly for easy use, he has to jam it into his nose and tilt his head to peer thru it. Horizons probably won't be level, a "hipster camera" look?
However, finder is good for vertical shots.

I was at the same gig and Lars is right - they were terrible and we didn't have any fun. So we're not proper hipsters.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 06:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)
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Hélios Méroé: Let me guess..Dpreview had a factory Nikon P7700 in hands since nearly 2 months (so nearly before the G15 release announcement..) same thing for Dcresource, Cameralabs as well..

and let me see..those 3 influent & independent photo web sites have all already published a very nice G15 review..did someone saw one single review of the P7700??..

Therefore, let me guess which APN in expert category the big market wants to sell to the customer?..

at least, not the P7700 for sure..but thanks for your "loud oriented proposal"..

I don't really understand what you're saying, but I think you're imagining a conspiracy theory whereby the world's photo press agree secretly not to review the P7700 in favor of the Canon PowerShot G12. If so, then I'm afraid that your version of reality - while fascinating, is inaccurate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 06:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)
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timo: At the risk of being dismissed as a Pentax fanboy, I would respectfully ask why the K30, which scored three points more on the (admittedly dubious) scoring system, got only a 'Silver Award'; while this Canon got a 'Gold Award'?

It would be ignoble to suggest that DPReview has regard to which camera companies butter its bread, so I won't. But I would welcome an explanation.

Same explanation as we've given a million times before. Because we score cameras ACCORDING TO THEIR CATEGORY. So the K-30's score is fundamentally incomparable with that awarded to the G15.

And silver/gold awards are subjective. There's no intrinsic connection between % score and award (if any).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 01:03 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (340 comments in total)
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Gothmoth: wow this camera was released when?

September.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 22:17 UTC
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jjnik: In the unaltered image you can barely see this. I'm not saying there is not an issue, but videos like this blow it WAY out of proportion. In most uses, you'd never even see that dust in your final image. I'd only be really concerned If it keeps doing this after a few cleanings.

You're right to the extent that shooting mixed-content scenes at medium/wide apertures won't show the issue up (except in the case of a reallyreallybig lump of cr*p) but as soon as you stop down and shoot scenes with a lot of brightish plain tones (like sky) it can be a real annoyance.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 21:26 UTC
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SunnyFlorida: Wasn't you last review of a megazoom lens also? What's next, the sigma 18-5,000mm F/5.6~F/8?

Ah, sarcasm... how useful. What would you like to see reviewed? (a serious question)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 20:07 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview article (263 comments in total)
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tabbyarthur: What about skine tones and white balance? Is the 6D as good as the 5D III with skin tones and WB? It would be nice to add the portrait of someone...

Portraits are on their way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 03:53 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review article (177 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: I compared it to the new Nikon 7700. What's the problem with the Panny? Both JPEGs or Raws, the detail is missing, the noise is higher. The IQ of this camera is really horrible, unless DPR did something wrong with it. Or maybe the sensor here is much smaller, is that correct?

Barney, is this IQ really worth of an 80% score, even for a compact camera?

It's not just about IQ. A big part of the reason why the FZ200 got such a good score (and bear in mind that scoring is relative to product category, and the P7700 is in a different one) is that it has an excellent lens, is nice and quick, handles really well, and offers Raw mode.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2012 at 18:26 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review article (177 comments in total)
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chillgreg: Thanks DPR for expediting the review, even if these collaborative efforts are 75% repetition of DCR. Better than nothing though! :)

I own the FZ200 and am absolutely thrilled with it. In some situations the IQ is not quite as good as the FZ35, but overall it's pictures and videos are excellent. And on occasion jaw-dropping!

Upon careful consideration of its main competitors, given its outstanding battery life, unmatched flexibility (60-1/4000 shutter, included hood, lens threads, HD high speed video, RAW burst etc), well there is no competition, really.

Of course the beautiful Leica glass is in itself is an engineering marvel. The 2.8 aperture should not be underestimated; there are many situations that other cameras just can't get the shot at all, or are forced into hand-shake territory or high ISO land...

As most experienced and intelligent photographers point out, a little (attractive) noise is not detrimental at all in the real world, especially when detail and colour are so well preserved.

In nearly all cases (early-build faulty units excepted), those complaining about noise either have unrealistic expectations, weren't using the camera properly, or live under bridges...

A simple search of the DPR forums quickly validates the incredible quality, flexibility and sheer fun this camera makes possible.

When I was researching cameras, I came across some truly mind-boggling astrophotography shots of constellations using the FZ200. Just wow!

PS DPR please correct the video length limit! In Oceania and Asia (at least) the AVCHD recording length is unlimited (battery and card capacity notwithstanding)

@Timmbits - that was the model with the 'orbing' sensor. Unfortunately, that took so long for Fujifilm to sort out, and we didn't want to review a camera with a faulty sensor so it just ended up at the back of the queue. I promise to review the X-S2 :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2012 at 17:36 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review article (177 comments in total)
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chillgreg: Thanks DPR for expediting the review, even if these collaborative efforts are 75% repetition of DCR. Better than nothing though! :)

I own the FZ200 and am absolutely thrilled with it. In some situations the IQ is not quite as good as the FZ35, but overall it's pictures and videos are excellent. And on occasion jaw-dropping!

Upon careful consideration of its main competitors, given its outstanding battery life, unmatched flexibility (60-1/4000 shutter, included hood, lens threads, HD high speed video, RAW burst etc), well there is no competition, really.

Of course the beautiful Leica glass is in itself is an engineering marvel. The 2.8 aperture should not be underestimated; there are many situations that other cameras just can't get the shot at all, or are forced into hand-shake territory or high ISO land...

As most experienced and intelligent photographers point out, a little (attractive) noise is not detrimental at all in the real world, especially when detail and colour are so well preserved.

In nearly all cases (early-build faulty units excepted), those complaining about noise either have unrealistic expectations, weren't using the camera properly, or live under bridges...

A simple search of the DPR forums quickly validates the incredible quality, flexibility and sheer fun this camera makes possible.

When I was researching cameras, I came across some truly mind-boggling astrophotography shots of constellations using the FZ200. Just wow!

PS DPR please correct the video length limit! In Oceania and Asia (at least) the AVCHD recording length is unlimited (battery and card capacity notwithstanding)

"even if these collaborative efforts are 75% repetition of DCR"

Not true. We added almost all of our original preview of the FZ200 into this review, completely replaced the product images with our own photographs, shot in-house, and added scores of sample images. We also added Raw analysis, a side-by-side comparison showing the difference between F2.8 max aperture and F5.2, as well as resolution, noise/NR and image quality comparison samples and commentary. And we added the lion's part of the 48-image sample gallery, as well as a dynamically comparable score.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 18:57 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Review article (177 comments in total)
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worldcup1982: Raw comparison at f6.3 for the FZ200 and f3.5 for the FZ150? is that correct? if so, wouldnt that give a good advantage for the FZ150? in resolution terms? (less diffraction for the FZ150)

It is incorrect. Both Raw and JPEG files were captured simultaneously at F4.5. I have no idea why the aperture is incorrectly described in the information panel but thanks for spotting it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 01:58 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Airless: Just curious, is it possible for a camera to get 100%? What would the camera have to do to get such a grade? I think this 87% is the highest I've ever seen but it is still quite a ways below 100.

Unless the last camera ever made was rubbish, of course ;)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 05:27 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Gasman66: I investigated this camera thoroughly before I bought my 5DmkIII. The D800 and 5DMkIII seemed too much camera for me, and I didn't want to wait around for the 6D. I really enjoyed my day with the D600, BUT - the autofocus really does suck. For street photography it was hopeless, and I can't begin to imagine how frustrating it would be for sports. Even acknowledging this camera's market niche, it should've lost more points because of this. The gold score is too high.

"Popular Photography" magazine have just released what I would consider a more balanced review of the D600. My advice? If you are a serious amateur, and can afford it, go for a D800 or 5DMkIII.

Not our experience, although it does depend on the lens. Some G lenses (like the 50mm F1.4 and F1.8 for example, and the new-ish 85mm F1.8) are relatively leisurely regardless of the camera they're mounted on, compared to optics like the 24-70mm F2.8 or 70-200mm F2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 01:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Tape5: Yeah why give this camera a score lower than say D800? After all that would be unfair. Because it must be only compared to cameras of its own caliber ....Huh?!

Guys that is the whole idea of scoring so a camera that is not as good as the one next to it can be scored lower....Otherwise soon we are going to have a ridiculously complex system where every camera gets a 100 because it is the only one of its kind...( which is the genuine truth already anyway isn't it?) So one way of getting a higher score for a camera becomes belonging to a cheaper class??!? This is Marxist scoring :) or Mother Teresa scoring, or don't-upset-the-kids scoring....take your pick.

Me doesn't get it. Your P&S will score higher than your uncle's Hassy soon. Your number goes up but your class goes down.........

We've justified the RX100's pricing and award multiple times. Ultimately, if you start looking for logical inconsistencies in a complex scoring system, based on qualitative and quantitative testing of cameras with relatively frequent replacement cycles, you'll be there for a while...

Best (as always) to read the reviews in full. There's a lot in there that can't be expressed in a bare % figure.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 01:01 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Tape5: Yeah why give this camera a score lower than say D800? After all that would be unfair. Because it must be only compared to cameras of its own caliber ....Huh?!

Guys that is the whole idea of scoring so a camera that is not as good as the one next to it can be scored lower....Otherwise soon we are going to have a ridiculously complex system where every camera gets a 100 because it is the only one of its kind...( which is the genuine truth already anyway isn't it?) So one way of getting a higher score for a camera becomes belonging to a cheaper class??!? This is Marxist scoring :) or Mother Teresa scoring, or don't-upset-the-kids scoring....take your pick.

Me doesn't get it. Your P&S will score higher than your uncle's Hassy soon. Your number goes up but your class goes down.........

Scoring is relative to category - a continuous scale would be an absolute nightmare, especially for older or discontinued models. There's no perfect way of doing it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 00:25 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Felix11: Page 4, picture 9 says: "The D600 has two IR windows, on the front of the camera (shown here) and one the rear"

This is unclear. Does it have 2 (one on the front and one on the rear), or 3 (2 on the front plus one on the rear)?

Two. But that sentence is clumsy - I'll edit. It should say 'one on the front of the camera and one on the rear'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 23:54 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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Ivanaker: Nikon D600
Category: Mid Range Full Frame camera

The only one in its category.
Does anybody know what cameras belong to ``Low (budget) Range Full Frame camera``?

Dear DPR, you really need to reevaluate your categories.
For instance:

Nikon D800
Category: Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens camera / DSLR

Whats the real difference between ``Mid Range Full Frame camera`` and ``Semi-professional Interchangeable Lens camera / DSLR``.
Mid range is semi pro as far as i know. And considering that d800e has far superior sub 7k$ base ISO sensor than anything else on the planet, please tell me how is it ``semi pro``?

I love your site, but you have so many categories now. My proposition is do divide cameras by price factor:

1-199$
200-599$
600-999$
1000-1999$
1999-3499$
3499-6000$
6000-9999$
9999-

Thats is the fairest system i can think of.

You mean mid-range and semi-pro? Lots of things - price is a good indicator, but it's what that extra money *buys* that's at the root of the distinction. So the D800 has Nikon's best AF system, for example, and highest pixel count. Yet it lacks the integrated vertical controls that Nikon offers in its flagship 'pro' models, along with a host of other things, which matter to the top 2% of photographers, but not really anyone else. So the D800 is semi-pro. Professionals can and do use D800s for serious work, and the camera is nice and rugged, but the D4 (or D3S) still have some advantages.

The D600 is 'mid-range' because its systems are mostly one rung down from those used in the pro and semi-pro models. It uses a tweaked version of an older (and smaller - with fewer AF points) AF system, it isn't 100% magnesium alloy in construction, and shares a very similar UI to the consumer-targeted D7000 and D5XXX-class products.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 20:47 UTC
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