Simon Joinson

Simon Joinson

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States SEATTLE, WA, United States
Works as a Editor, writer, photographer
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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.

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Photokina 2014: Nikon interview - 'large-sensor mirrorless could be a solution'

When we visited Photokina last week in Germany we made time to sit down with senior executives from several camera manufacturers. Among them was Toshiaki Akagi, Department Manager in Nikon's 1st Designing Department. In our conversation we spoke about reaction to the D750, the legacy of the D600 oil problem and the potential for a large-sensor mirrorless camera from Nikon in the future. Click through to read the full interview

Site Update: notifications

You may have already noticed that we've made a small, but we hope very useful, change to the notifications system, adding on-site notifications for answers to your comments and activity in forum threads you've participated in. Click through for a little more detail on how it works, and to tell us how much you like it / hate it / how it could be improved / report bugs / ask us where the Nikon D4 review is...

Challenge of Challenges: vote for the best shot of 2013

To showcase the talent and imagination shown by our Challenge hosts and entrants, we're once again running a 'Challenge of Challenges,' to find the Picture of the Year for 2013 (yes, it's a bit late, but we ran out of days before the holidays). We've whittled more than 1000 challenge winners down to a more manageable 25 - selected by the dpreview editorial team. We're also trying out a completely new voting interface for the first time. Click here to jump straight to the voting page.

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!

Beginner's Guide Video: DSLR vs SmartPhone

DPReview just posted the first in an ongoing series of short videos aimed at the novice photographer. In this first segment hosts Jordan and Mark compare the results from a smartphone and an entry-level digital SLR in everyday shooting conditions such as low light, moving subjects and the challenge of capturing a flattering informal portrait. In future spots the video guides will be covering more practical shooting advice and diving into creative techniques in an effort to help beginners choose the right gear. 

Buying an ILC

So you've decided to invest in a digital SLR, but the huge range of models and technical jargon are confusing you? This article will take the pain out of choosing the perfect digital SLR for you, whether you're a seasoned shooter or a total novice.

Quick Tour of the Article Editor
A quick guide to the new article editor - learn how to create, edit and publish your own words and pictures on
Studio comparison widget
Our studio samples 'widget' is a fully interactive way to look at 100% crops from different cameras at different settings side by side. This article explains how it works and includes a short video that shows you everything the tool has to offer.
Pentax Q small-sensor mirrorless camera announced and previewed
Pentax has announced the 'Q' mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The camera is the first to use the company's Q mount and features a compact-camera-sized 1/2.3" image stabilized CMOS sensor. This is wrapped in a magnesium alloy body with a distinctly rangefinder-esque design but distinctly compact sizing. Its feature set ranges from the 1080p30 movie shooting (with H.264 compression), to a series of fun filters that can be applied to the Quick Dial on its front plate. We've had a chance to play with a pre-production Pentax Q and have prepared a quick preview.
Pentax Q Hands-on Preview
The Pentax Q is the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market. And, just like the company's famously diminutive Auto 110 SLR from the late 70's, it achieves this by embracing a smaller format than its peers. Being built around a 1/2.3" sensor, the Q is a fraction of the size of even the smallest existing mirrorless cameras and is the first really pocketable model (though the protruding lens still means that'll have to be the pocket of your jacket, rather than your shirt or trousers).