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Happy Holidays from dpreview

By dpreview staff on Dec 25, 2011 at 05:56 GMT

The entire team at dpreview would like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas or whatever you say in your part of the world. As we celebrate our 13th anniversary we're thrilled with the changes we've made to the reviews and community tools in 2011 and are looking forward to another exciting year in 2012, with even more new features in the pipeline and of course even more of the high quality content that made this site what it is today. Whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!

2011 has been an incredibly busy year at dpreview, with our relocation to Seattle completed in January and our team expanded by five in the first half of the year. Dpreview's editorial team has never before had such a wealth of photography experience, knowledge and passion - not just for the technology, but also the art of picture taking - and I'm excited about what our (now not so) new recruits will bring to the content in 2012.

We also introduced several major new features to the site and completed a lot of 'under the hood' work on some of the creakier areas of code. This work continues - and continues to cause occasional hiccups as new bugs surface, something I can only apologise for and which I can promise will gradually disappear as our software team works tirelessly to make browsing dpreview.com as fast and fuss-free as possible.

2011 has been a tough year for much of the photographic industry. Aside from the overwhelming human tragedy, the aftermath of the catastrophic Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March caused extensive delays in new product launches and severe supply problems for existing products. And then, just when things looked like they were getting back to normal, the equally catastrophic flooding in Thailand left many camera factories under six feet of water.

That both disasters occurred against a backdrop of global economic turmoil and poor consumer spending meant anyone in the business of selling - or writing about - digital cameras had what politicians like to call a 'challenging' 2011. It almost goes without saying that 2012 is expected to be a better year, and we expect some pretty exciting developments in the market in the run up to Photokina in September. More on that soon...

2011 highlights

If you're one of the many commenters or forum posters who regularly state that 'DPR used to review more cameras in the good old days' look away now. In 2011, despite a dearth of new models from some of the major players, we reviewed 40 cameras, and published original content (in the form of previews, hands-on first impressions articles etc.,) on around 20 more. That's more than 500 pages of original preview/review content, and is one of our best ever. And that's not to mention the new content we introduced in 2011, including video previews and interviews and the all-new articles section.

Since we launched in late August we've published over 100 articles of original content, and our readers have contributed scores more on top of that. We added printer, software and app reviews (more of all to come in 2012) and we published more news stories than ever before. Even if you didn't like everything we did, we certainly hope you found something interesting to read on DPReview in 2011.

What we didn't do, regrettably, was any lens reviews. This was purely a problem of logistics, and we will have them back in 2012. Other things to look out for next year include a better site experience for users visiting using mobile devices (phones/tablets), our first apps and some amazing new writers for our articles section. There's a lot more that I'd like to tell you about, but I can't right now - so stay tuned!

Here's a few of the things we added to DPR in 2011:

  • Totally revamped our spec database, feature search, camera compare pages with new product, brand and category pages, user reviews, external reviews and much more (March)
  • Added lenses to our database (March)
  • Added 'My Shortlist' to product comparison tools and user images to lens pages (April)
  • Introduced commenting to news stories and previews (June)
  • Introduced email notification system for news and forum replies (June)
  • Expanded the forums, adding many new photography related, off-topic and for-sale forums (July)
  • Added printers to our database and published our first printer review
  • Launched our new - and rapidly expanding - Articles section
  • Published our first video preview
  • Launched the (continuing) beta of User Created Articles (blogs)
  • Revamped user profiles
  • Added a 'Gear List' feature
  • Added a black on white 'print view' option to news stories and articles
  • Migrated the site to AWS servers and added news tagging
Again, happy holidays from us all. Without you, none of this would be possible.
Simon

Comments

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tombell1
By tombell1 (Dec 25, 2011)

Well done guys. Great site , constantly being improved. Not keen on the grey idea. Personally like white on black! I have been a frequent visitor for over 5 years ... most days .. so You can rtell that I generally really like the site. However
I use a Pentax K200D and have used for years a Nikon F3 and befor that a Canon A1 ..... but I do feel that there is a slight bias agin the smaller players. For instance the Samsung NX200 has a more complete system .. by far than the excellent NEX5N or NEX7 ....but one feels it comes way down the league in being reviewed .. even after the Nikon J1 with its tiny sensor. You even give the Nikon system its own page before many have even bought it ???

So please think of small innovative camera wings like the Ricoh, the Samsung and Pentax ....they are wirth it ...

But all in all ... excellent Happy new year guys tom

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

Some of these smaller brands are just that -- smaller. Which is probably why they garner less coverage everywhere else as well. I am not sure if it is an outright 'bias' on the part of the press, but then if it is, it could be the bias of camera and lens buyers who vote with their wallets.

I thought Ricoh is no more, they merged with Pentax, didn't they? Next to "merge" with somebody else is probably going to be Olympus, and of course we have already heard the rumors about the Canikon Group. :-))

I agree, though, that I am also getting a slight food poisoning reading about yet another Sony NEX miracle-cam. 'Nuff is enough, guys.

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Dec 25, 2011)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS ALL :o)

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UlrichB
By UlrichB (Dec 25, 2011)

Happy Hoidays and congratulations to a nearly perfect site. Due to excellent content it is easy to overlook your poor design choice of a white font on a black background, a considerable strain on your eyes, and on my eyes. Particularly as your beefy and excellent reviews compel me to read along for quite a bit -unusual in the computer age, where a nano second is the attention and timespan most sites get from their readers. Things don't always have to be black and white, don't be afraid of a gray (grey) !

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

My browser immediately and super easily converts black BG and white letters to the boringly traditional white BG and black letters. Doesn't yours? But I still prefer to see it exactly the way it is here, natively. It easily differentiates DP Review from the rest of the contenders.

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four under
By four under (Dec 25, 2011)

Thank you Simon and all the staff at dpreview for all you do. Merry Christmas everyone!

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clementperron
By clementperron (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Chrismass and a great new year. A good article is to have a step by step "How a preview happen" from A to Z. the tests, discussions ....

Your make a great, interesting and practical tools for helping us to choose and learn our equipment.

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skisagooner
By skisagooner (Dec 25, 2011)

Come up with a flash database next. :)

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

Or not.

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papparazzi
By papparazzi (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas to ALL!!

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sherwoodpete
By sherwoodpete (Dec 25, 2011)

Happy Yuletide!

And a thanks to all at Dpreview for the work they put in all year round, including those behind the scenes who we hear little about.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Dec 25, 2011)

This might just be me, but I don't see the point of the spec database and lenses database. There is a serious deficiency in lens reviews, and the spec database/brand and category pages seem to lack any real functionality other than prettying up the site with more content- filler content I would even call it.

These are things that can easily and arguably more informatively be found on manufacturers' websites or even Wikipedia articles, although I suppose it helps dpreview cover a more holistic material set if anything, to make the website feel more established.

But again, generic company information and lens specs without any meaningful, unique info/perspective seems rather filler to me. I do apologize if there are certain features I am [unintentionally] ignoring, but these databases seem to simply be catalogs that manufacturers' already have on their websites.

I do like the new comments/likes system, new categories in the forums, and more dedication to articles.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Dec 25, 2011)

Things I would like to see are an even bigger effort with articles, at least until there is a good amount of material for a certain number of determined areas of expertise. I would also like to see better utilization of the database center that has been created, as well as more frequent polls.

Overall though, great to see dpreview constantly improving its already solid website.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

@ jj74e, why don't you tell us how badly you really feel about DP Review in general, hmmm?

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Dec 25, 2011)

You're really going to believe each manufacturers' data and specs on their website? Like there's never been a case of them exaggerating features or fudging some numbers.

Also, having these stats on one site where you can compare them is a lot easier than having multiple pages/tabs up comparing each similar lens/camera from different companies.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Dec 25, 2011)

@Francis- oh yes, i completely hate dpr because I don't find any use for a couple features on the website. clearly a little criticism amounts to feeling completely "badly" about the entire website.

@heezdeadjim- if you didn't notice though, a lot of the lenses clearly state "manufacturer's description," and the specs probably come from the manufacturers as well.

And I suppose having them all in one place is helpful, but again, how helpful is it to compare a bunch of specs without meaningful review comments? But like I said before, maybe that's just me.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 26, 2011)

Right U R, HeezDeadJim. We need this central clearinghouse to compare apples to apples. Some of the mfrs' raw specs are highly suspect, and this adage applies particularly to optics. Not that anyone would expect DP Review staff to re-measure and re-calibrate all these thousands of products.

@ jj74e: What you asking is probably possible to accomplish -- with a well-paid staff of 100 camera and optics professionals. For me, I do not expect DP Review to review and analyse and do elaborate tests shoots and videos for every single product that comes down the price. No outlet out there could pull that off, nor should they.

But I will say this: if something is out there and DP Review had not even mentioned in fleeting or have it in one of its databases, it is probably not worth getting, anyhow.

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Herman Dijkhuis
By Herman Dijkhuis (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the entire DPR team and all DPR members!

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Bertalberto
By Bertalberto (Dec 25, 2011)

Felici festività natalizie Dpreview. Grazie di tutto. Alberto.

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Benny Sørensen
By Benny Sørensen (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas Dpreview.
When I wanted to start making foto´s again after nearly 30 years, a friend told me abaut you´r site, and I used Dpreview to find my first SLR Camera, a Nikon D5000. Now I have had the pleassure of this camera for nearly a year and I´m verry pleased with it an most of my spare time is filled with the pleassure making foto´s.
Dpreview is the site that I´m visiting and using more times every day, so thank´s for a verry useful site.
I wish you all here on Dpreview a Wery Happy Newyear.

The best from
Benny Elbæk Sørensen, Denmark.

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mais51
By mais51 (Dec 25, 2011)

Thank you Dpreview
Eversince I got my first digital SLR - the Nikon D70 - incidentally based on DPR review back in 2004 Dpreview is the most frequently visit site for anything photographic - there are other sites but nothing as unique and useful as DPR - Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year 2012

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jcelias
By jcelias (Dec 25, 2011)

DPR is one of the 3 or 4 sites I visit virtually every day. I am "only" an amateur photographer, an "enthusiast" you would say, but DPR has proven to be an invaluable source of information I can easily access, find and that I can trust. The icing on the cake is that it is also entertaining. Thank you and keep up the good work.

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zxaar
By zxaar (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas to DPR team and others.

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Vittorio Fracassi
By Vittorio Fracassi (Dec 25, 2011)

DPReview has been during 2011 my constant companion in photography. Articles inspire. Challenges and Fora are a mirror in which to see and rationalise our "photographic self". Reviews a guideline to reduce harware misdemeanours. Irreplaceable.
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Dec 25, 2011)

Thanks guys! I've been around since those early times, dpreview still rocks! I feel like you have invented and launched so much new stuff lately that it is amazing. Keep up the good work!

May I suggest and article or a series of articles? You guys could interview the top 'togs from Sports Illustrated, Magnum, some of the noted nature photogs and the like and get the feel from them about the flagship pro bodies and lenses they lug around every day. What do they like and what do they wish for. What are their favourite accessories? It would give us a view to this stuff from the top of the game. I believe that would be most interesting.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 25, 2011)

Personally, I prefer DP review to stay as it is, reviewing and testing new digital cameras and lenses. Worked fine so far, why mess it up now?

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Dec 25, 2011)

@Francis Carver: Personally, I prefer Commodore staying with just being a computer (and programming in BASIC) instead of trying to introduce the Amiga as a video editing or video game programming computer. Same thing with my Apple II. Just typing up reports and data has worked fine so far, why mess it up with introducing music and video hardware/software?

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Dec 26, 2011)

@ HeezDeadJim: Last I checked on this issue, there were other web sites where one can freely troll about. Some like DP Review as it is, w/o finding the need to criticize everything they do.

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Dec 25, 2011)

I think the whole DP Review team is really doing a great job - thank you very much. I am looking forward to your reviews and articles and all the new stuff you will (I am sure) come up with :)

I wish you all a successful and happy New Year.

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (Dec 25, 2011)

DP Review.
Thank you for doing what you do.

All the best in the New year!

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unotisto
By unotisto (Dec 25, 2011)

Simon, the team shouldn't feel bad about some glitches. You guys have done a great job. After all, there aren't some 100 people doing the reviews!

Happy holidays everyone!

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Rob_Koenders
By Rob_Koenders (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to al of you. I thank you for your reviews, articles, news. Enjoy the Happy Holidays...

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mbrobich
By mbrobich (Dec 25, 2011)

Merry Christmas to Christians and Happy Holidays to all others taking a break at this time of year !!

Looking forward to more reviews and how-to's in the New Year !!

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