Staff Profile

Richard Butler
Richard Butler
Technical Editor

Richard graduated as a scientist but had a lot more fun writing and shooting for his university magazine. A number of years spent variously as a reporter, writer and editor on science and engineering titles combined his knowledge of science with his interest in images and words. But it was spotting the connections between emission spectra, white balance and all the nonsense he'd taught himself playing around in Photoshop that helped kindle an interest in digital photography. Searching for a camera led to him discovering DPReview and Richard was recruited by Phil Askey in 2007. He's been combining his love of photography, communication and attention to detail (pedantry?) ever since.

He has unusually strong opinions about lenses for the APS-C format.

Editorial content

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Sony promises firmware updates for a7 III, a7R III and a9, improving AF

Sony has announced major firmware updates for the a7R III, a7 III and a9. All three cameras gain improved Eye-AF, the ability to recognize and focus on animals' eyes, and timelapse capability. The a9 gets more sophisticated subject tracking.

Nikon Z6 Review
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The Nikon Z6 may not offer the incredible resolution of its sibling, the Z7, but its excellent video quality and faster performance make it an impressive camera at a considerably lower price.

Sigma releases X3F Raw conversion plugin for Photoshop

Sigma has released 'Sigma X3F Plug-in for Photoshop', a Raw conversion plugin for processing files from its Foveon Merrill and Quattro sensors.

Gear of the Year 2018 - Richard's Choice: Fujifilm's 4K video cameras

Technical Editor Richard Butler's pick helped him capture his favorite images of the past 12 months: all 17,100 of them. Specifically, two series of 8MP images. Shot at a rate of 23.97 frames per second.

Why we haven't taken a stance on in-body stabilization vs OIS - and why that has changed

We've never taken sides in the row over whether image stabilization should be provided in-body or in the lens, but we'll now list the absence of in-body stabilization as a Con in our camera reviews. Here's why.

Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review

The Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 Mark II is a rather belated update to one of our favorite enthusiast compact cameras. Is it enough of a refresh to keep up with the times?

Sony a7 III vs. Canon EOS R vs. Nikon Z6, which is best?

Sony had the full-frame mirrorless market to itself for nearly five years, but it's no longer alone – the Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R have both arrived priced to compete with the a7 III. We take a head to head to head look at these three cameras.

Panasonic LX100 II: solid image quality in studio and real-world shooting

We've been shooting with the LX100 II both in and out of the studio, as part of our ongoing review. We're pretty impressed, so far, with the revised JPEG color and addition of a touchscreen both noticeable improvements.

iPhone Xs: How does the variable bokeh effect compare to a real lens?

We take a head-to-head look at the Apple iPhone Xs's bokeh effect versus a 58mm Nikkor lens on full-frame. The results? Well, we're pretty impressed.

Rumored 8K multi-aspect sensor could point to 4K super camera (Sony a7S III?)

A rumored sensor from Sony that hints at 32MP stills and 8K video could underpin an a7S III, but Richard Butler wonders whether that 8K spec might be a red herring.