Richard Butler

Richard Butler

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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And the winners are: DPReview Awards 2015

PIX 2015 has given us the opportunity to do something we've wanted to do for a long time: present awards recognizing the significant bits of photographic gear that have been announced in the last year. We handed them out last night, see which products were winners. Read more

Adding it up: Sony a7R II First Impressions Review

The Sony Alpha 7R II has been the topic of much discussion and in our office, much testing. We've published a number of articles with results of our tests, picking apart Raw files from its 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor and pushing its 399 on-sensor phase detect AF points to their limits. This first impressions review is the culmination of that work to date, including an in-depth analysis of the camera's image quality and the effects of shutter shock. Read more

What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw

Sony has just announced that its latest cameras will gain the option to shoot uncompressed Raw files. Given the interest that was generated when we detailed the effects of Raw compression, we though it was equally important to make clear the benefits of the newly-added uncompressed Raw option. Here's what we've found so far. Read more

Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and...

Sony has announced an uncompressed Raw option for its forthcoming a7S II model and will offer firmware updates for some existing models, starting with the a7R II. Up to now, Sony's cameras have only recorded compressed Raw files that can have a visual impact on some images. The company says the move comes in response to feedback from its users.

To the skies! DJI launches Zenmuse X5 and X5R 4K Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras

Drone maker DJI has announced a pair of Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras including a model that can shoot lossless 4K Raw footage. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are built around 16MP Four Thirds sensors, are compatible with a handful of small Micro Four Thirds lenses and can be flown on the company's Inspire 1 drones. Read more

The Raw and the cooked: pulling apart Sony's Raw compression

A Raw file is a Raw file, right? Well, not exactly. Lately, there's been a lot of talk and a lot of anger about the compression Sony uses in its Raw files. Compressed Raw files aren't uncommon, but they're usually compressed in a way that retains all the original 'raw' data from the sensor. That doesn't seem to be the case with Sony's latest cameras. Read more

Making the grade: Firmware brings log gamma to GH4 and new Panasonic GH4R gets unlimited recording

Updated: Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-GH4R, a Europe-only variant of the GH4 that offers a Log gamma curve and unlimited 4K video recording. There will also be a paid-for firmware update adding the V-Log L Photo Style to the GH4 - a super-flat tone curve designed to capture the maximum dynamic range for greater flexibility while color grading. Read more

Is it the smartphone or lack of fun that's killing the camera?

Camera companies are struggling to sell cameras - that much is widely known. But analyst Heino Hilbig says that it's not smartphones, market saturation or the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis that's caused this. Instead he argues that it's the fun-factor and easy operation that the iPhone brought that have made cameras seem less attractive. We think he's on to something. Read more

Pocket full of tricks: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV review posted

Sony defined a category when it rolled out the enthusiast-focused Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. This shirt pocketable compact's fourth iteration brings a new 20MP 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor to the table, maintaining an F1.8-2.8, 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens from the preceding model. Our full review analyzes its performance in the field and in our studio. Read more 

The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

We got a chance to get our hands on Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX8 recently, and have prepared a slideshow running through its features. It's the first Micro Four Thirds camera to gain a 20MP sensor and it wraps a whole host of cleverness, including a Dual IS system, into its substantial magnesium alloy body. Read more