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 Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Did the GH4 survive the water? It is supposed to be weather proof with the 12-35 and 35-100m F2.8 lenses. Did it have either of those lenses on it when it took the bath?

12-35mm F2.8, I think, and thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 06:49 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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wombat661: You are not really pushing the camera are you. Walking towards the camera at a leisure pace, and calling it autofocus tracking? Any camera can do that.
Problems comes when you are running towards the camera with f2.8 narrow depth of field, and the subject is getting close to the camera.

"any camera can do that"

Not true, actually - certainly not at this framerate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (300 comments in total)
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plasnu: Which camera should I buy? Sony, but I didn't know that Sony is not the enthusiast mirrorless camera.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4555856197/2014-mid-range-mirrorless-roundup

And the a7-series will be covered in a separate roundup, before Christmas.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Bill Bentley: Hi Barney. I watched to the end but didn't really hear you guys talk about or see any images from your beach walk continuous focus test. How many of the dozens of images were sharp? For me this camera has to be able to track BIF reliably or its a nonstarter. Also, no back button AF is a huge oversight since they're targeting this to Pros/Prosumers. My Canon 600D has this for goodness sake.

It has back-button AF, but right now (pending I would hope a firmware update) the shutter button still initiates AF.

And as for focus tracking, the NX1 is seriously impressive. I've been very pleased with the hitrate in the situations where I've used it and we'll be doing more testing in our full (written) review.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:08 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Did the GH4 survive the water? It is supposed to be weather proof with the 12-35 and 35-100m F2.8 lenses. Did it have either of those lenses on it when it took the bath?

It's weather-sealed but that's not the same thing as being submersible.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:06 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

It literally just arrived this morning ;) I want to get my hands on it asap and answer your questions - hoping to do that Friday. But yes - it's a preproduction unit so really, all judgement is reserved for now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:58 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Gesture: What do you use to shoot the video?

Unknown. It's still sitting in a tub of rice, I'm told. We're optimistic.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:55 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Gesture: What do you use to shoot the video?

Well technically it was the director who fell in the river. He just landed camera first.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:46 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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bpjod: At 9:40 Jordan says he wants to be able to divorce the AF from the shutter button. This would be essential for me too. What does the AF ON button on the back do, if it doesn't do exactly this?

Yeah it seems like a bug.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:59 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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braisim: It's actually the first sensor stabilisation on a MIRRORLESS full frame camera. All Sony full frame DSLRs and DSLTs have sensor stabilisation. DP Review shows its ignorance of the Sony system (also through its refusal to review the A77 Mark2).

His criticism (and much, much more) and my responses can be found here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3758209

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:42 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Gesture: What do you use to shoot the video?

A combination of Canon C100, Panasonic GH4 (before it fell in the river) and GoPro with some NX1 footage in there, too (as indicated on-screen).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:32 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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bpjod: At 9:40 Jordan says he wants to be able to divorce the AF from the shutter button. This would be essential for me too. What does the AF ON button on the back do, if it doesn't do exactly this?

It activates AF, but the shutter button continues to do so regardless.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:13 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Prairie Pal: A little on the macabre side. I hope that you intend on doing a few more of these with the Samsung NX1, working in sunny sky and portrait studio.

It's the circle of life, my friend...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 01:59 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Spectro: Cameras tested in Seattle's late fall and winter outdoor are at a disadvantage. The sun just don't shine much, mostly cloudy days. Colors are not going to pop. It doesn't stop from me taking photos in Seattle though.

*Rishi* and yeah - I can't say I wasn't jealous.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:47 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (356 comments in total)
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Spectro: Cameras tested in Seattle's late fall and winter outdoor are at a disadvantage. The sun just don't shine much, mostly cloudy days. Colors are not going to pop. It doesn't stop from me taking photos in Seattle though.

Can I interest you in my gallery of sunny pictures from the east coast, shot on the NX1?

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5763191205/samsung-nx1-real-world-sample-images

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:27 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: dpreview starts using the "ten things you need to know about..." clickbait titles.

E tu, brute?!

I (like to) think that the secret is in the content itself. If the content is disappointing thin, unoriginal or just spam, that's one thing. That's "click bait".

If, on the other hand, you click on a headline and get to valuable content which informs/entertains, then "click-bait" it most certainly ain't.

Hopefully we trend towards the former of those two types of content.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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braisim: It's actually the first sensor stabilisation on a MIRRORLESS full frame camera. All Sony full frame DSLRs and DSLTs have sensor stabilisation. DP Review shows its ignorance of the Sony system (also through its refusal to review the A77 Mark2).

Aha, got it. Thanks I'll make that change.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:05 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Looks promising! But please, please don't get addicted to these buzzfeed-style clickbait titles...

Your first sentence hooked me. The second made me think. By the time I'd read your whole comment I was in tears.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:03 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: What? dpr already got one on hands?

A non-final sample, yeah. We can't shoot with it, sadly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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braisim: It's actually the first sensor stabilisation on a MIRRORLESS full frame camera. All Sony full frame DSLRs and DSLTs have sensor stabilisation. DP Review shows its ignorance of the Sony system (also through its refusal to review the A77 Mark2).

@quezra - we wrote: "The shutter release falls more naturally under our shooting finger, and the front command dial sits on the front of the grip".

Is any of that untrue?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
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