Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jul 9, 2002
About me:

This is my work. My family is my life.

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On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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Create Dont Imitate: So long everyone... taking this site off my favorites and canceling my membership.

I haven't been here long... but this site cant possibly be unbiased... if they are SELLING THE GEAR THEY ARE REVIEWING.

Good luck to everyone.

i should point out that *we* aren't selling any gear....

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 23:18 UTC
On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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RichRMA: In the late 1980's a magazine called, "Astronomy" had an editor named Richard Berry. Berry was a straight-shooter and started to review telescopes and other astronomical products with a critical eye. This was a time when a lot of trash was being turned out because comet Halley's appearance was causing telescope makers to ramp up production and avoid proper testing. Berry said as much and shortly thereafter was relieved of duty of the magazine by the Board because he was slagging advertiser's products.

@rallyfan. Here's the truth. DPR has ALWAYS - since 1999 - made money by selling advertising, and by selling cameras (thru referral schemes). By allowing GearShop to use our content and advertise to our audience we are less reliant on advertising to stay in business. But our editors have little to no interest in retailing, and as the 'boss' (General Manager) as well as the head of editorial, the buck stops with me. I entered into this initiative only because I could assure my editorial staff that I would never allow GearShop to influence what we write. It will not happen. I'm not ready to gamble with the site we all love and spend every waking hour working on.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 23:01 UTC
On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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offtheback: No matter your level of integrity,it's very difficult to be thoroughly objective when money/your living is at stake.Best of luck.I very much like your site.

Our writers get paid the same whether gearshop sells 1 or 1 million cameras. Whether we're selling ads, getting affiliate revenue or charging for content makes no difference to the editorial staff - they do their job, and they answer only to their audience and the editor.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 22:53 UTC
On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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Gothmoth: beside the obvious conflict i think this undermines the credibility of dpreview even more.

it has suffered already when amazon bought the website,

i worked myself 4 years for a car magazin and i know how things work in such advertising based business.

if you want independed reviews you need someone who is independend.
independend from money that comes from companys or through selling reviewed products.

unfortunately everyone wants to make money from blogs and websites these days....

so out of interest, do you think the site made no money from 1998-2007 (pre-amazon)? And if not, why was it so valuable that Amazon bought it?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 22:49 UTC
On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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offtheback: No matter your level of integrity,it's very difficult to be thoroughly objective when money/your living is at stake.Best of luck.I very much like your site.

the editors of the site have no money/living at stake here. Our business has to make money to pay them, but that's not their concern.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 22:04 UTC
On article DPReview launches GearShop (316 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: Why should I buy my gear from GearShop over other retailers like Amazon, B&H, Adorama, etc.?

Besides competitive prices, can I expect a Rewards program?

the GearShop team has lots of plans, but the key thing is that you help keep dpreview alive.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:27 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5/FT5 (74 comments in total)
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tonywong: Is it me or does the photo of the camera on the sand look very 'flat'?

well it's not a real photo. That's my 10 minute photoshop skills you're dissing :)

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 21:44 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5/FT5 (74 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: DPR Here are the cameras I want you to make TOP PROPRITY for review as soon as they are announced (roughly in the following order):

Olympus OM-D model(s)
Panasonic GX7
Sony NEX-7N
Any other interchangeable lens cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony

Thank you.

i assume you checked with everyone else?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 21:44 UTC
On article Nikon Coolpix AW110 (101 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Quote from the conclusion :- "Details are smudged at base ISO (though likely not an issue for target audience)"

Why is there this ongoing assumption that people who like the outdoors aren't interested in better IQ? In my experience, people who want tough, WR cameras to take to wild places greatly value where they go and the images they bring back. Perhaps the target audience who buy these cameras do so because there's simply nothing better available. It doesn't mean it isn't wanted and wouldn't sell. And no, one shouldn't have to carry a D4 in housing. We need something in-between - a modern day Nikonos with a fixed wide to standard zoom.

Surely someone could make a better small WR camera with a 1"- APSC sensor, a WA zoom, and real O-ring seals? Yes it would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera.

i think the point is that the target audience is likely to be looking at these images at considerably less than 100% (pixel level).

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 03:05 UTC
On article Lens reviews update: DxOMark data for Sony NEX primes (54 comments in total)
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TimT999: I'm disappointed by the lens reviews. For many of us, the excitement of the mirror less approach is to have near-DSLR quality in a smaller form factor. Yet these lens reviews don't include DSLR comparisons to give us that context.

Obviously the Nex lineup can't come close to a full frame -- and no one would expect that. But if I'm going to consider one of these mirror less systems, I want to know if it can come close to (or better!) the crop systems that Canon and Nikon is coming out with now.

After all, these Sony lenses are priced comparably -- I can currently get the Canon 24-105mm L for under $800 from lots of vendors. So why not include a Canon/Nikon crop body/lens system in the mirrorless system reviews done by DxO and DPReview so we know how these newer technologies stack up?

Fuji X lenses are also much more complicated (mainly down to the raw format used by xtrans IIRC). Believe me we want them in there too!

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 17:27 UTC
On article Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review (212 comments in total)
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Bamboojled: I find this review interesting...

I dont think that I have ever read a review on DPReview that has such strong wording... "we've already reviewed the Coolpix A and seen it outgunned by the Ricoh GR".

The writer speaks of "long loved line of Ricoh cameras"
The review seems to be written by someone who is a Ricoh shooter or has been one.

If this is the case, it seems to me that bias is very strong in this review, especially when every other review has basically said that both cameras are dead even and that pricing is the only real determining factor.

I read the Canon T5i review and even though the Nikon D5200 beats it in almost every category in the comparometer I did not see such strong wording or vehemence that I saw in this review for the Ricoh over the Nikon.

I have never cried foul in any of the reviews in the past, I have never partaken in the conspiracy theories that abound after reviews, but this review really comes across as a Ricoh user or someone rooting for this camera.

maybe the reviewer, who has been reviewing cameras here since 2007, just really liked it?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 16:57 UTC
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Shamael: Hope that some day again DPR will return to its roots and become a camera site again. As it looks now we are on the way to become a fashion publicity platform.

we just thought it was funny. But i'll make sure we check with you next time...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 16:42 UTC
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Shamael: Hope that some day again DPR will return to its roots and become a camera site again. As it looks now we are on the way to become a fashion publicity platform.

i could've sworn this was a camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 23:54 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)
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RStyga: I do not follow the review priorities of this site. You spend time reviewing a camera like D20 and skip reviewing other much more important ones. This looks bad... almost "dodgy". Shape up a bit, please.

is there a replacement? No. Is it still available? Yes. Is it still popular? Yes. Is this camera - and is this review - still relevant to the shopper looking for a vacation camera? Yes.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 14:58 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot D20 (83 comments in total)
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RStyga: I do not follow the review priorities of this site. You spend time reviewing a camera like D20 and skip reviewing other much more important ones. This looks bad... almost "dodgy". Shape up a bit, please.

our annual roundups of rugged cameras are some of the most popular pieces of content we produce. Maybe not for you, but we don't only do this for you :)

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 03:49 UTC
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)
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Tony Sx: And as this point in time I can't insert images! Clicking on the "Insert Image" button offers me the options of inserting from the web, my computer or my gallery. But I can't select any option....Another untested rubbish "upgrade".
P.S. I'm using Opera which is a perfectly acceptable browser.

it has been extensively tested and this is the only report we've had of this issue. Can you (as requested above) use the feedback feature so we can actually help you?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 00:45 UTC
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: I hope you also fixed the issue that email notifications don't work (at least for me).

separate issue, being addressed (they're being sent, just never arriving)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 14:42 UTC
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)
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Michael Foran: Can you employ a filter that removes all the bitchy, off topic, and misleading comments from brand fanboys?

although I wouldn't use the language, we are working on something that addresses the sentiment of your comment

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 14:42 UTC
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)
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007peter: ** MAJOR PROBLEM ** I can no longer UPLOAD any photo. There is challenge ending tomorrow. Any chance if FIXING this problem. I try using 3 browser to upload the. Nothing happen. The upload button is grey out!

this is unrelated to this update - i'll get someone to look at it.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 03:32 UTC
On article Forum updates (68 comments in total)
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jalywol: Found a bug....when in the "Photos" tab; in Grid view, there is no way to move off the first page. When you switch to the regular line view, you can see all the posts, but there is no way to access anything past the first 30 or so in Grid view.

(In Grid view on all of the other tab categories, the "go to page #" buttons are present at top and bottom of the thread; just not in the photo tab/Grid view.)
(In both IE9 and FireFox, on Windows Vista64 machine).

-J

we're on it

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 02:16 UTC
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