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 Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This is going to be a pathetic stills camera. Low resolution, small sensor, and less than stellar focal ratios. I really do not agree with this article at all.

Out of genuine interest (I promise) how would you describe the kind of photography you most often do?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 16:56 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Native advertising makes its way to dpreview?

?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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WACONimages: At last Canon offers something out of the box. And see all those comments here on dpreview. Bashing a product no one seen for real, no one touched or had the chance to use.

Give it break. I'm sure there is a market for and soon many website will show reviews from video customers and will tell if it up to do the job.

Just don't understand bashing products you never used or saw in real life.

OK OK I surrender! Everything is terrible! Canon is doomed! Nobody wants this camera!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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The Squire: I do wonder what this is for.

It's not an enthusiast product at that price.

Maybe production companies need a decent 4k b-camera. But if drone mount is a big part of the story then perhaps they'd have been better off creating something more like a scaled-up GoPro but with a decent 4K codec and IS? IMHO there's a market for such a device, even at this sort of price.

But this... It's hard to justify it over a GH4 or FZ1000 and I suspect if Sony update their excellent RX10 to 4K, this will be dead in the water.

I think that reflects the average concerns of our core (active) audience more than it reflects the likely success of the camera in the market which it's intended to compete...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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WACONimages: At last Canon offers something out of the box. And see all those comments here on dpreview. Bashing a product no one seen for real, no one touched or had the chance to use.

Give it break. I'm sure there is a market for and soon many website will show reviews from video customers and will tell if it up to do the job.

Just don't understand bashing products you never used or saw in real life.

Nobody offers 4K with these specs plus a 24-240mm lens and ND filter built in. I don't mean to sound like I'm defending the XC10 too much (since I haven't used it) but there really aren't equivalent models out there for 'under $1K'.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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The Squire: I do wonder what this is for.

It's not an enthusiast product at that price.

Maybe production companies need a decent 4k b-camera. But if drone mount is a big part of the story then perhaps they'd have been better off creating something more like a scaled-up GoPro but with a decent 4K codec and IS? IMHO there's a market for such a device, even at this sort of price.

But this... It's hard to justify it over a GH4 or FZ1000 and I suspect if Sony update their excellent RX10 to 4K, this will be dead in the water.

It's not for you - something you have made abundantly clear in your comments on this article.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I didn’t even know what a CFAST card was until I read this article. It looks like a 256 GB CFAST card is “only” $990. Even a 64 GB card is “only” $352. At 300 mb/sec you are going to be burning through those very expensive cards rather quickly.

It looks like a reasonable setup for this camera is in the $4500-$5000 range. I’ll pass.

It's in the press release.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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The Squire: I do wonder what this is for.

It's not an enthusiast product at that price.

Maybe production companies need a decent 4k b-camera. But if drone mount is a big part of the story then perhaps they'd have been better off creating something more like a scaled-up GoPro but with a decent 4K codec and IS? IMHO there's a market for such a device, even at this sort of price.

But this... It's hard to justify it over a GH4 or FZ1000 and I suspect if Sony update their excellent RX10 to 4K, this will be dead in the water.

It's for multimedia professionals who need the smallest possible 4K/Hybrid body and the best possible footage. Assuming the footage is as good as it *should* be from the XC10, it's a pretty cheap package. But it's not an enthusiast stills camera - that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:29 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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WACONimages: At last Canon offers something out of the box. And see all those comments here on dpreview. Bashing a product no one seen for real, no one touched or had the chance to use.

Give it break. I'm sure there is a market for and soon many website will show reviews from video customers and will tell if it up to do the job.

Just don't understand bashing products you never used or saw in real life.

"Just don't understand bashing products you never used or saw in real life."

Welcome to this little corner of the Internet, my friend...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:27 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Canon is so out of touch with what their consumers will actually buy.

I don't know - they do seem to be selling a pretty healthy number of cameras...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I didn’t even know what a CFAST card was until I read this article. It looks like a 256 GB CFAST card is “only” $990. Even a 64 GB card is “only” $352. At 300 mb/sec you are going to be burning through those very expensive cards rather quickly.

It looks like a reasonable setup for this camera is in the $4500-$5000 range. I’ll pass.

The camera includes a card in the box, so far as we can tell.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
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xmeda: Gitzo? Giottos? Manfrotto? Velbon? Triopo? Novoflex? Benro? Cullman? Kood? etc...

Page 1, paragraph 2:

"we've collected six ball-type heads for review that are in the medium-to-large size class, having a ball diameter between 38 and 48mm. These heads are suitable for most large cameras and lenses, with only the truly gigantic or heavy devices requiring something larger. Therefore, this is a very popular head size among most manufacturers. To narrow the field, we've focused on heads that offer some new or interesting way to manipulate the ball. This group adds some of the most requested brands excluded from our earlier group review"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 18:45 UTC
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halfmac: Was the video shot with the OM-D E-M5 MII?

Oh dear - never smug, I hope. Hair pulling-outedly frustrated, often, but hopefully never smug. Glad you appreciate the work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 06:25 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (796 comments in total)
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FujLiver: "So should you expect similar image quality to what we've seen from the D750? Definitely not. For starters, they use comparable, yet different sensors and the D750's is likely newer."

"likely newer"

a review based on speculation
great :(

Yet again dpreview turns in an appalling critical review for one of the best cameras ever made (as other reviews seem to acknowledge). We will never get to the bottom of why, for example, the Olympis e-m1 with its noisy as hell sensor above ISO 400 gets gold whilst a full frame mirror less with IBIS and some of the best IQ available (eg DR) gets slammed at every opportunity. The E-M1 is a great camera BTW it's just the reviewers here hate Sony. Possibly as another comment pointed out, they don't jet dpreview to a posh location or sponsor the site ....

@ FujLiver:

"Yet again dpreview turns in an appalling critical review for one of the best cameras ever made"

With respect, who's showing bias now? You'll find plenty of justification for our generally very positive review of the a7 II in the body of the review.

"Possibly as another comment pointed out, they don't jet dpreview to a posh location or sponsor the site ...."

Cheap shot, and a strange one since it's so easily disproved. Sony has been one of our main advertisers for years. It's actually the Sony ads on DPR that fanboys for *other* brands most frequently point to as evidence that our reviews must be biased (towards Sony of course).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 01:14 UTC
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straylightrun: Not bad for a FF superzoom that starts at 24mm, but the RRP is crazy.

Recommended Retail Price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 22:35 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (325 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Re the long debate below about DPR's policy on the prioritisation of camera reviews ; what happened to the old pre-commercialisation DPR's aim to be a leader of opinion not a follower ?

When DPR staff/journalists say they are responding to the volume of interest from their followers it is a feeble cop-out when most photography enthusiasts urgently want to know about the groundbreaking/state of the Art cameras to keep in touch with developments in the industry. Devoting all that time and effort to reviewing re-hashed Canikons must be as frustrating for the journalists as it is for the bloggers.

The point is that the lesser lights in terms of camera sales ( Sigma, Samsung, Pentax, etc. ) have no choice but to innovate to grow their market shares forcing them to differentiate their products by innovating.

( when this comment finds its way into the DPR stat's it will give another "tick" to Nikon !!! )

""Traffic" relates to what followers are presented with and gives no indication of what they want to see"

This makes no sense.

"You have good tools on the site for collecting votes from your subscribers ; so put it to the test and prove me wrong."

We use tools which tell us how many visitors come to the site, what content they visit, for how long, and how many pages they view. etc. This data pool is vastly larger than the number of people who would reply to a readers' poll, and the information is cleaner (i.e., bias, fanboyism, and brand loyal trolls with multiple accounts etc., don't have a disproportionate impact on the figures).

That's how we use traffic data.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 17:43 UTC
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halfmac: Was the video shot with the OM-D E-M5 MII?

Seems like you're baiting me, @ Looleylaylow.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 06:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (796 comments in total)
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kape06111: hey this time i don´t understand DPR reviewers at all. I was already starting to doubt about the objectivity of them previously (Nikon DF not Awarded, Canon 70D gold awarded , but the 7DmII just silver awarded, and the best Nikon D600 "Gold awarded and 87 points", being a camera with a lot of defects and replace 6 months later by Nikon because of that and you may continue mentioning cases).
Now the A7 II, This is the best mirrors camera out there, much better than the others A7s, A7 and A7r, Better ergonomic (Grip, shutter button position, more customizable buttons and better located, IMHo better body shape), much much better built quality, incorporate a really new feature (not just more Mpx, or more fPs), but Image stabilization in body, great low Iso performer, great EVF, great video capabilities (better that in the A7 and A7r). I don´t get it. in the examples, i much prefer the file of the A7II compare to the files from D750, just more detail there. Now i pretty i want a A7II.

Once you're grasped two very simple facts, it's actually very easy to comprehend. Those things are:

1: Awards (gold/silver/none) are not intrinsically related to the % score

2: Cameras are scored relative to other models in their category and the scores are relevant at the point in time at which they are created.

Seriously. It is THAT SIMPLE.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 05:40 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (325 comments in total)
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Komakai Okane: How much do visitors to this website pay to have access to a ton of great content: $0.00

The self entitlement expressed by many posters to have what they want and when they want it - and for free, is disgusting.

Perhaps there should be a policy that if you criticize DPR staff you shall be banished from the site forever. Those banished will probably go beat up Ken Rockwell next. This is a photography website, not psychology or a 12 step course on how to be a good boy and play well with others.

We rarely ban people outright but we do apply an extra layer of moderation to people who persistently troll our content without adding anything constructive. This is in an effort to reduce the amount of noise in the comments.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 05:37 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (325 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: You have to really do something special to get the Gold award now and I am OK with that fact.

@ GordanG - it does.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 05:35 UTC
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