Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

This is my work. My family is my life. Dedicated to keeping my baby girl alive and free from the effects of Cystic Fibrosis as long as I can. http://www.cff.org/

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On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 700D / EOS Rebel T5i review (178 comments in total)
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rallyfan: At the end of the day it's about clicks. People love to buy Canons, and conveniently, Amazon sells Canons. Match made in heaven, and the faster the review is posted the faster money changes hands.

Shame about Pentax though.

Yeah what a surprise, a website that wants traffic! I don't deny that we intentionally publish content we think a lot of people will want to read (as we always have) - I don't care about 'clicks' but I do want 'visitors'.

But what you are implying here - and in pretty much every other comment you've made that i've seen - is that we base our reviews on what Amazon wants to sell. You're suggesting we're lying to our readers and that we are corrupt and dishonest. And yes, that is kind of irksome.

I don't even understand your point about the Pentax cameras - should we have spent 'more' or 'less' time reviewing them? Why would that change the score?

And you can't really argue against the point that the scores were, are, higher. I think we can agree that there's little ambiguity over the validity of the statement '81 is more than 76', is there?

As explained ad nauseum, you can't compare scores across generations, only when comparing a product with its contemporary peers.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 01:12 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 700D / EOS Rebel T5i review (178 comments in total)
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marike6: Nice to have new reviews, but at 27 pages, this is one longest, most detailed reviews in recent memory. In fact it's a much longer and far more detailed review than even the K-5IIs, D7100, D5200, Coolpix A, GH3, X-E1, et al.

When looking three item list of the differences between the T4i / 650D on page one (Introduction), I have to ask, why?

as mentioned in the review 'We've retained product images of the EOS 650D where there's no meaningful change in design, and except where indicated, any comments in the body of this review which reference the Canon EOS 650D / T4i are equally relevant to the Canon EOS 700D / T5i and vis-versa.' - this was a lot less work than a full, new, review. And it didn't really deserve a lot of work.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 23:54 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 700D / EOS Rebel T5i review (178 comments in total)
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rallyfan: At the end of the day it's about clicks. People love to buy Canons, and conveniently, Amazon sells Canons. Match made in heaven, and the faster the review is posted the faster money changes hands.

Shame about Pentax though.

I think you'll find that, less conveniently, Amazon sells Pentax too. And we just reviewed the K5II and IIs. And gave them higher scores and gold awards. But hey, let's not allow facts to get in the way of a good story huh?

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 23:53 UTC
On article Dpreview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras (559 comments in total)
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mmendo: Another Canon sponsored Post?

The animosity against Nikon have to be for money, I can not find another explanation.

considering there's 2 panasonics in there and (as clearly stated they are presented in alphabetical order) I don't see how you draw this conclusion. This was our pick of the top 5, at the time. No Nikons made the grade.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2013 at 19:56 UTC
On article Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review (351 comments in total)
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jackspra: If the d4 was a big seller on amazon would this be a reason for a review.Why a point and shoot and not the flagship nikon. Whatever just go to other sites to read the info.

looking at your posting history i'm getting the idea you think we should review the D4. Rest assured, it's great: you should buy one.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 04:50 UTC
On article Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review (351 comments in total)
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jackspra: Why was a review of the d4 never done and why is this question never answered

the D4 is in the studio comparison. We'll add the 1DX as soon as Canon can get us one.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 02:03 UTC
On article Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review (351 comments in total)
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jackspra: Why was a review of the d4 never done and why is this question never answered

BTW we don't review all cameras, and we've written a lot about the D4, published plenty of samples etc. We almost certainly won't do a full review on it.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 00:44 UTC
On article Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review (351 comments in total)
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jackspra: Why was a review of the d4 never done and why is this question never answered

see the comment above yours. People are fed up with reviews, and they're irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 00:43 UTC
On article Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review (351 comments in total)
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JohnyP: I hate to admit this, but i think your reviews are largely irrelevant now. You can't keep up with volume of cameras and reviews simply matter less. People are quite fed up with reviews and buy what they want and ignore opinions.

I know i do and i believe many others are doing the same.

Must be true then :)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 00:42 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIS Review (262 comments in total)
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mark25: sadly, another camera review with horrible sample photos... i'm afraid no one pays attention to the samples anymore here on dpreview.com... back in the day, when most reviews were done by Phil Askey, the samples were so much better in terms of content and composition...

so it's been downhill since 2004, basically.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 16:28 UTC
On article New CompactFlash card to allow RAID-style 'mirroring' (100 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I've been using digital camera since 2001....not once have I ever had a corrupted memory card...just sayin'.

you obviously never used SmartMedia :)

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 20:52 UTC
On article Sign up for the DPReview newsletter today! (36 comments in total)
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guinness2: Is it DPreview newsletter only , or Connect too ?

It's DPR only. Mostly.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 01:16 UTC
On article Sign up for the DPReview newsletter today! (36 comments in total)
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techmine: Seriously,how are newsletters better than constant engagement via twitter, google+, tumblr etc. I follow DPR everywhere so why now a newsletter?

A newsletter we've been running for over a decade and a single PM telling you about a new feature once every 14 years. It's an avalanche alright.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 16:08 UTC
On article Sign up for the DPReview newsletter today! (36 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: EVERYONE wants to send me a freakin 'newsletter'. Spam by any other name is still spam.

there's some people who spam our news stories with grumpy comments too.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2013 at 16:04 UTC
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Sam Carriere: How is this interesting, relevant or important?
DPReview just seems to get hoplesser and hopelesser.
I now consult it once or twice a week just to see how crazy or useless the most recent content is ... which puts you in the same league as Ken Rockwell.

hey george, could you send us the 100 stories? I'd love to see them!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 16:17 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100S Real-world Samples (205 comments in total)
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mas54: Just to vent a bit - why do you guys even bother with on-line samples. Nobody can tell anything from them, unless, of course, they're really awful. The best thing you could do for us is to make some big prints and let us know what the results are. Can we get as good a print as from the a Contax T3 with tri-x?

I'm assuming this is a joke. Because if it isn't.... <walks away shaking head>

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2013 at 23:29 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 6D In-depth Review (531 comments in total)
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reach0775: dpreview will remain my No.1 source for camera reviews, but I'll really stop taking their conclusions seriously.
The 6D has similar or better IQ than the mighty Mk.III, some VERY serious USPs (GPS, weight...) and it costs a 1.000EUR less!
Hey, that's an awful lot of money! It's a shame they even compare those 2 within the same sentence.
But taking it down because Mr. dpreviewer would have had different ideas where to save money is really outrageous arbitrariness.

nope. we clearly state that we score relative to contemporary competitors in the same category. 'Although no replacement for actually reading the review, the results box is designed to give you an 'at a glance' view of the camera based on our findings, and how it compares to its competitors. Very short bars mean below the average for the category, very long lines mean above average.'

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 07:05 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 6D In-depth Review (531 comments in total)
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SiliconVoid: In recent years I have defended DPReview dozens of times across the internet regarding their integrity and analysis, specifically regarding their ability to assess a product on its own merits and across its designed capability range - instead of penalizing a product for what it lacks in a comparison. THEN I read this review.

If you add the D600 to the scoring module on page-25 you can see what is supposedly areas that would allow it to score differently (higher in this case) and it is interesting that the areas showing better performance are simply not substantiated in the pages of the 6D review. Not to mention areas of heated debate and comparison (the 6D's inferior 11-point AF system and Canon's tired old 63 metering zones) where even though DPR hops on the bandwagon to proclaim Canon's failings of the 6D their own testing shows that the 'lowly' 11-point AF and 'zone' metering system out perform the D600.

What the hell is that, does DPR write the reviews before or after testing???

Small, but important correction to a point you make somewhere waaay up there near the start. We do in fact score based on how a product compares to its peers at the time of review. http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604/camera-scores-ratings-explained

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 07:02 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: This article has still not been updated to reflect that dpreview has an affiliation with DXO.

The response given a couple of pages ago is completely inadequate. Publicizing it on a post that has long since vanished from the homepage and not including that relationship in this review of a DXO product is not exactly "transparent".

Original response:
By Amadou Diallo (4 days ago)
We incorporate DxO Mark test data in our lens reviews and smartphone camera reviews. We publicized the announcement on our homepage and include their logo on the relevant review pages. So we're being as transparent as we reasonably can.

We, like many publications, use DXOMark test results as part of our review process (phones and cameras). This data is publicly available at www.dxomark.com. This is the full extend of our 'relationship'. We have no affiliation with DXO Labs (the team behind Optics Pro).

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 20:32 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (164 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I think a lot of folks are missing the point.

This review was NOT done at the expense of reviewing any other camera. It's not like this will create any delay in reviewing some DSLR you want to see reviewed.

The review was largely written by Jeff Kellar. Jeff has always been great at writing quick reviews of P&S cameras. He's got it down to a science. Dpreview has some sort of arrangement with Jeff where they take his basic review, transfer it into their own format and then publish it.

Everyone wins this way.

Dpreview gets to print reviews for cameras they would otherwise not be reviewing, the Dpreview members get to read these reviews, and hopefully... Jeff gets paid something. If Dpreview didn't do this this we would get fewer reviews of P&S cameras, and many of the members here have a strong interest in these cameras.

Jeff will not be writing the review for the Canon 6D. That will most likely be done by Amadou, Richard, Barnaby, Andy or Lars, or maybe a combination of them.

DPR runs on strong coffee

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 04:42 UTC
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