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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Kodak distances itself from failed Bitcoin scheme

The Kodak-branded 'Kashminer' Bitcoin mining scheme announced at CES has apparently collapsed, with Eastman Kodak distancing itself from the company behind it.

Sony replaces RX100 V with RX100 VA, bringing RX100 VI processor and firmware

Sony has quietly updated its RX100 V, bringing a couple of the goodies from the RX100 VI travel zoom. The updated RX100 VA gains a new processor and various firmware tweaks but misses out on the VI's other hardware improvements.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review

The Sony RX100 VI is a spectacularly capable travel camera, combining a flexible zoom range with impressive autofocus. But there's no getting around the fact that it's an expensive camera, and a longer lens comes with certain trade-offs. Read on for our full analysis.

Sony RX100 VI vs Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic ZS100: which is the best travel companion?

The launch of the RX100 VI, with its 24-200mm equiv. zoom, sees Sony enter the large sensor travel zoom market. This puts it squarely into competition with the much less expensive Panasonic TZ / ZS100 and 200. How do the three compare?

Nikon D850 sensor confirmed as Sony-made

A teardown of a Nikon D850 has provided proof that the camera's sensor is made by Sony Semiconductor. The chip's design and performance already strongly supported this, but the confirmation also gives a hint about how the industry works.

Buying Guide: The best waterproof cameras

Whether you're hitting the beach in the Northern Hemisphere or the ski slopes in the Southern, a rugged compact camera makes a great companion. In this buying guide we've taken a look at seven current models and chosen our favorites.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI first impressions

DPReview's Technical Editor Richard Butler was in New York for the launch of the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI. Find out his first impressions of Sony's powerful new pocket zoom.

Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX100 VI, a 1"-type compact camera with a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, 315 phase detection points and the ability to shoot at 24 fps with autofocus.

Sony reveals faster, higher-res OLED viewfinder display

Sony has unveiled a faster, higher-resolution OLED panel for use as an electronic viewfinder. The UXGA panel gives a 25% increase in each direction, compared with the 2.36M-dot finders in recent high-end models. The panel also promises a 240 fps mode to give a more lifelike preview.

Does sensor size still make a difference?

We've seen huge breakthroughs in the computational photography techniques in the latest smartphones, as well as the launch of some excellent small sensors in more traditional cameras. Does that mean that bigger is no longer necessarily better?