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 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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diforbes: Hi Barnaby,
As a fellow Seattleite, I must know from where you shot the night view of downtown. Thanks.

Why, from top of the Space Needle, of course!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 18:52 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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Cheezr: Your words drive fear into the hearts of japanese executives!

P.S. I love your friend's tattoo of the measuring tape, my imagination goes into overdrive ;-)

It's actually meant to be a birch tree, I believe :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 18:41 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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David Hardaway: I just reviewed the sample images that Barney took with the original x100. Night and day difference. The x100 images are very good and with good color and detail. X100s is clearly not an award winning camera so why is the dpreview gold being awarded to a jpg snapshot camera that is grossly overpriced?

David, you've made that point several times in the comments already, and you've also sent me three personal emails about the same matter. I respect your opinion, but at this point you're just trolling, whether you realise it or not.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 23:20 UTC
On Sample gallery: Nokia Lumia 1020 post (74 comments in total)

It's fixed now, sorry about that. It was mistakenly left 'hidden' but visible to site admins (hence Erin's earlier comments).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 20:12 UTC as 27th comment
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Boris F: OMD EM-5 is look better on the studio comparison. Take, for example word "IRISH" from the scene.

Well, and the fact that we're shooting the X100S much closer to the scene, and it's a 35mm wideangle, not a short telephoto...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 18:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Adrian Tung: I don't get why this is a con: "Focus must be acquired for every exposure in AF-S mode (use AFL to get around it)"

Isn't that practically how all cameras behave in single shot mode, unless you engage some form of focus lock (e.g. manual focus, AF-L, etc)?

It used to be one of the small, annoying differentiators between low and high end SLRs. These days, I only notice when a camera doesn't let you do it. But some people I'm sure will never be aware of the 'feature'. I suppose it comes down to how you use your cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 06:27 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: Barney do you ever get fed up with people whining about the reviews?

Oh, it got very stringent testing, let me assure you... but some of the back-end work (boring stuff like coding, skinning and deployment which is much harder to do than to say) for this new studio comparison scene is still being perfected. Which is to say - we'll have the shots ready for you soon, but not yet.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 06:21 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: Barney do you ever get fed up with people whining about the reviews?

Fortunately, I feed only on bile. But credit to the commenters on this review - compared to some other interactions, people are being very pleasant, and I appreciate it. I shall have to find something else to eat...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 04:34 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: Thank you, Barney! MUCH appreciated! :-)

Pleasure - I was as keen as you to get this review on the site, I've been chipping away at it for bl**dy ages...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 01:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Zoltan Csuka: Actually Video IS important today in 2013 and a camera for $1299 should not get Gold award with a completely neglected video feature. Other than that it is a good review.

It's a valid criticism, and one that is called out in the review (and reflected in the score). But yes - Revenant's point is a good one, and that's basically the reason why it didn't cost the X100S its gold award. Awards are subjective, and there's no inherent connection between score/award (it's explained in a link next to the scoring widget on the conclusion page).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 01:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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JDThomas: I'm not sure why Continuous Autofocus (AF-C) is referred to as the "least useful option" a number of times.

Least useful for who? The reviewer? That's pretty subjective.

It's a fixed 35mm - there really aren't that many applications where we found that AF tracking is really useful. That's a feature we use more at longer focal lengths (you may of course disagree, but that's just what we concluded).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 01:10 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (489 comments in total)
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tripodfan: typo: "Sony's RX1R, which offers a full-frame 245MP CMOS sensor ".

would be a bargain of a camera on a per pixel basis if that were true :)

Fixed now, sorry.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 00:35 UTC
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locke_fc: Please, not here too. Enough with the royal baby silliness. Who cares?

We're allowed to live abroad as long as we promise not to enjoy it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 19:12 UTC
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locke_fc: Please, not here too. Enough with the royal baby silliness. Who cares?

I'm British, I'm actually legally required to publish this or technically it's treason.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 18:21 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax WG-3 GPS Review preview (68 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: "There's one more review left in our waterproof camera series, followed by a wrap-up article that will help you pick the best one."

Alas! You could have timed that better: 2/3 of vacation season has already passed. April and May are good months to publish such wrap-ups.

Yep, we got slammed this year - we had good intentions but other priorities got in the way. We hear 'ya.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 00:09 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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C1in: might as well make it as trade platform for user here, rather than trying to open a store...

Yeah, I think there's some point-missing going on here.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 18:43 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: @ Barney Britton. i appreciate DPR intentions are to benefit its members and users, but would it of not made sense to have offered a chance to vote on this rather than just do?

Also as the store is only open to US members and to quote the DPR announcement "In celebration of the launch, GearShop customers will be able to claim up to $150 in free accessories with select camera purchases now through July 27, 2013." Will those in other countries be offered a similar promotions as and when the Store opens up in the those Countries? Otherwise your smacking 2/3rds of this sites users in the teeth.

It's a little unfair to damn us for not doing things that we haven't not done yet, don't you think? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 16:44 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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JonB1975: For a site that started in the UK starting this in the US only? SHAME!

Let's calm down and be sensible here. There was never a point where previews *didn't* outnumber reviews. Unless you count the time when we didn't do previews at all. The reason for this is simple - previews take less time than full reviews, and more cameras are released in a year than we can hope to review in full, because we don't have infinite editorial resources.

Comfort yourself that most of our previews are longer and more detailed than most 'reviews' published by other sites.

If you look at the numbers for the past couple of years, year on year we're putting out almost as many, the same amount or more camera reviews per year as we've ever done at any point in the site's pre-acquisition history.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 02:37 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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King Penguin: Just a request.....please stop using the word 'utilise' , why use a word with 7 letters when one with 3 (use) can be used in ALL circumstances that the 7 letter word is often used.

I'm sorry to be critical but it shows sloppy copywriting, plain English in future please......thank you, rant over :)

Could be worse - we could have said 'leverage'.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 02:32 UTC
On DPReview launches GearShop article (327 comments in total)
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C1in: might as well make it as trade platform for user here, rather than trying to open a store...

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/1056

but we don't take a cut of these sales (obviously) so we can't use this service to fund site expansion, it's just something nice that we made for our community.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 02:28 UTC
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