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 well - here we are!

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On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Please do not post any comments until we get a full review of the Fuji X-E2.
How long can we wait???
The camera appeared months ago and has been on sale since.
No excuses please.

With any luck the review is hours away. Which I realise could describe anything that will occur in the future until the end of recorded time, but in this case means 'not very many hours away'.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 23:48 UTC
On Fujifilm UK previews customized X-series cameras at TPS news story (125 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Please do not post any comments until we get a full review of the Fuji X-E2.
How long can we wait???
The camera appeared months ago and has been on sale since.
No excuses please.

?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 22:20 UTC
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thx1138: Wow, Barney you really let them off the hook with that first question. The answer was insipid and you should have highlighted the fact that the weaknesses are in the lack of sensor development for going on 7 years. From clear leaders to clear trailers. Of course the sensors are still good, but they are not great except for high ISO noise. You could have at least pressed them harder on how they will face the challenge not only from Sony, but Toshiba and Fuji. And FWIW, I am a Canon person through and through, but would dearly love to see a sensor like the Sony 36MP in a 5D IV. Also don't forget even if Canon can match the current Sony sensors, by that time Sony will probably have moved ahead again with their next gen sensor.

@ InTheMist - I do wonder exactly how that question was phrased by the translator :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 02:36 UTC
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thx1138: Wow, Barney you really let them off the hook with that first question. The answer was insipid and you should have highlighted the fact that the weaknesses are in the lack of sensor development for going on 7 years. From clear leaders to clear trailers. Of course the sensors are still good, but they are not great except for high ISO noise. You could have at least pressed them harder on how they will face the challenge not only from Sony, but Toshiba and Fuji. And FWIW, I am a Canon person through and through, but would dearly love to see a sensor like the Sony 36MP in a 5D IV. Also don't forget even if Canon can match the current Sony sensors, by that time Sony will probably have moved ahead again with their next gen sensor.

This interview consists of excerpts from the on-record comments of multiple very senior figures, assembled from three separate sessions, communicating through three translators. All of those people (including translators) have a built-in PR filter. Just because you don't see an answer in here, it doesn't necessarily mean that there wasn't a question...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes news story (147 comments in total)
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Todd Ka: This the dumbest thing ever featured on DPR.

You may have noticed that towards the end of the week and over the weekend we like to feature lighter 'just a bit of fun' stories, often picture-lead. The cynics might be interested to know that they're often among the most popular pieces of content that we publish per week....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 06:32 UTC
On DSCF2603 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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czeslaw: Nie Jestem zawodowcem-ale zdjęcia są nie ostre ,wszystkie

nie nie są.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 06:20 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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pew pew: Hi dpreview mods

How come I click on the photos from japan taken with the xt1 and leads me to the camera review.

What link (where) are you clicking?

You can find those photos here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/fujifilm-x-t1-in-japan-february-2014

and here: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/albums/fujifilm-xf-10-24mm-f4-r-ois-beta-samples-gallery

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2014 at 06:17 UTC
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jhinkey: Maybe it's the processing, maybe it's the apertures used, but it seems the sharpness down at the pixel level is not all that great and I see sharpening halos around many objects. At these apertures the sharpness across the frame seems pretty even at 10mm (even into the corners) which is no small feat for sure.
The ghosting/flare characteristics seem pretty darned good for an UWA zoom!

These are straight out of camera JPEGs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Couldn't DPReview have used the new LR/ACR 8.4 beta before showing these pictures?

The camera is tack sharp, but because of the way DPreview processes their images they look soft.

IMHO not a good way from DPreview to show these pictures in this way as it unfortunately gives people false information regarding the quality of the lens/camera.

These are straight out of camera JPEGs.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
On DSCF2742 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Sergeg: Very encouraging, my first DSLR was and still have, the S2Pro.
Why Fuji got out of the DSLR market so many years ago after the demise of the S5, is a real puzzle. Their P&S products while rich in feautures, have never matched the competition in terms of IQ.

"Why Fuji got out of the DSLR market so many years ago after the demise of the S5"

My guess is that given most of the profit is generally in the 'add-ons', i.e., lenses and system accessories, Fujifilm lost a lot of money to Nikon, from whom the S-series lens-mount and much of the camera hardware was licensed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:12 UTC
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NZ Scott: I find it disquieting that photographers for the world's biggest camera review website can't take a decent head-and-shoulders pic. The background in the above pic is just awful. I used to be a newspaper journalist, and if any of our photogs came back with a shot like that they would be ... well, they would be shot. It doesn't do much for the credibility of dpreview.com that their photographers can't take photos and they consistently block/shut down threads that criticise their favourite brands.

Oh well that's OK then.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:08 UTC
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M DeNero: Are those cameras really large? Or is Mr. Imano really small?

Wideangle lens at a low angle to the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 01:07 UTC
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NZ Scott: I find it disquieting that photographers for the world's biggest camera review website can't take a decent head-and-shoulders pic. The background in the above pic is just awful. I used to be a newspaper journalist, and if any of our photogs came back with a shot like that they would be ... well, they would be shot. It doesn't do much for the credibility of dpreview.com that their photographers can't take photos and they consistently block/shut down threads that criticise their favourite brands.

Hopefully the image at the top of this interview isn't the most important aspect of the content, but I'll summarily execute myself after lunch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
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xpanded: Are you quite sure it was not carried out with the services of an interpreter?

Is seems far too cumbersome and time consuming to have everything written into English, which you then read, then reply to in writing in English for the translator to translate into Japanese in writing. An interpreter would just interpret everything on the spot.

It was a conversation, conducted through a translator.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
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daddyo: Thanks for the well done interview Barney and DPR. Also, well done photos Barney!

I thought Mr. Imano's comments were all very reasonable, including his 'push the envelope' comment. Olympus has shown itself to be a very innovative company.

Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:39 UTC
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maaggyr: This gentleman should be dismissed due to poor video quality in Olympus cameras.

That's a bit extreme, don't you think?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
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David Mifsud: Looks like it's only available in the U.S.
I'm in Europe, any ideas?

This is a global announcement, I'm told (by Nikon).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 05:49 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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wetracy: "A camera for all weather?" Or just a silly, ignorant headline?

If there are no weather-sealed lenses available, why would anyone ask if it's a camera for all weather? Or, can I use it without a lens?

XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS standard zoom lens, XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS tele-photo zoom, and XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS zoom are all on the roadmap and are weather-sealed. They're just not available quite yet.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 01:33 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview news story (54 comments in total)
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peevee1: "Mr Matsushima explains further enhancements:

'Another improvement is wireless LAN which was 100 base T in the D4 and is now 1000 Base T."

That makes NO sense. 100baseT and 100baseT are WIRED Ethernet standards, not "wireless".

Good point - almost certainly an error in translation, which I'll fix.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 20:01 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview news story (54 comments in total)
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Cheezr: ok i officially give up! you got me Barney!
so where is the link to read the interview?
if i click interview it takes me to a list of interviews and if i click the d4s title it takes me back here, if i click any of the labels above the "you may also like" they just circle around but afaik there is no link to the interview.

If this is a test i surrender and maybe this is why there are only 5 comments, something broken???

Yep - as noirdesir points out, the interview insights are built into the running captions. Sorry if that was unclear.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
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