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Happy Holidays from dpreview
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 15th anniversary we're looking back on one of the busiest years that we can remember and looking ahead to 2014, which is likely to be even more exciting. Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!
With more cameras reviewed (and over twice as much content in total) than in any previous year, four new writers trained and put into action, a swathe of improvements to the forums, a new studio comparison scene, our first foray into live video streaming and the launch of GearShop, 2013 has been another hectic year at DPReview.
You haven't all liked all the changes (and I know a fair number of you have hated all of them), and we still need to work out how it is that the more reviews we do the more complaints we get about how we used to do more in the old days... But that's part of the fun of producing content for a passionate, invested and hyper-critical audience: it keeps you on your toes.
The good news is that, in the face of tough times for our industry, DPReview is still managing to grow its audience year over year, and it is our goal in 2014 to introduce even more content and even more features to keep you coming back.
This year we concentrated mainly on ironing out the bugs and adding features in the new forums, as well as doubling down on our efforts to review more cameras, faster - something we're still working on, and something we're definitely getting better at. We also launched the first part of our new Buying Guide section. In 2014 we plan to revamp our Feature Search, Challenges and Galleries systems and, fingers crossed, to launch our first apps, as well as expanding our editorial content to cover more accessories, lenses and photo techniques. We'll also be producing more video content, and we have some exciting events planned (which, I can't, unfortunately, tell you about yet).
Oh, and we're hoping to be able to share our ideas for a complete site redesign at some point in the first half of the year. If you've been waiting patiently for 15 years to be able to read DPReview on a white background there is light at the end of the tunnel (and if you haven't, we'll let you keep the old white on black style, so don't fret!).
Of course 2014 is likely to be an interesting camera year thanks to Photokina (in late September). We'll be there, on the floor, reporting on the latest developments, just as we have since the earliest days of digital photography.
I'd like to personally thank all the editorial and web dev staff for the incredible hard work they've put in during 2013. These are people who live and breathe DPReview, who are obsessed with making it better and with getting it right. And I'd like to thank you, our audience, our community. Thanks for visiting, thanks for reading, thanks for contributing and thanks for keeping us honest with your no-holds-barred feedback.
Again, merry Christmas from us all. Without you, none of this would be possible.